Senior forward Mike Hoeffel posts two goals and assist for Gophers

Mike Hoeffel had two goals and an assist for Minnesota

HOUGHTON, Mich. - Ryan Furne recorded a career-high three points (one goal, two assists), but the Michigan Tech hockey team dropped a 6-4 decision to No. 19 Minnesota at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena tonight. The home game was the first for the Huskies since Oct. 16th.

"I felt that in the first 10 minutes a good majority of our team was wondering who is going to step-up," said head coach Jamie Russell. "You can't get down 3-0 and expect to win games."

The Gophers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period. Max Gardiner scored at 2:02 and Mike Hoeffel added a pair of goals at 5:13 and 7:28.

Despite the early deficit and playing without senior captain Brett Olson, the Huskies battled back.

Ryan Furne took advantage of a poor clear by the Gophers from behind their own net midway through the period, scoring his fourth goal of the season unassisted on the power play.

Milos Gordic added a second power-play goal for the Huskies with 26 seconds remaining in the first period. He pounded home a rebound off Furne's initial shot. Jacob Johnstone also assisted on the goal.

Minnesota won the second period behind a pair of power-play goals by Jake Hansen for a 5-2 lead at the second intermission.

The Huskies pulled within 5-3 on Gordic's second goal at 13:49. The Gophers iced the game a minute and a half later.

A piece of plexiglass shattered with three minutes to play, halting the action for 15 minutes while arena staff replaced the broken pane. Holmberg finished off scoring at the 19:16 mark with a goal directly off the faceoff.

Tech (3-5-2, 1-5-1) finished two-for-three on the power play and Minnesota (6-4-1, 4-4-1) was two-for-four.

Kevin Genoe finished with a season-high 44 saves in net for the Huskies. Kent Patterson tallied 19 saves for the Gophers.

Tech and Minnesota will face-off again tomorrow at 7:07 p.m.