HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Michigan Tech hockey team extended its nation leading unbeaten streak to five games with a 5-5 tie with Minnesota State in WCHA action Saturday (Oct. 16). The Huskies (3-0-2, 1-0-1) are off to their best start since the 1972-73 season when the team started 8-0-0. The Mavericks (0-1-3, 0-1-1) are still seeking their first win of the season.
Tech opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game. Freshman Daniel Sova fired a hard slap shot that was stopped by junior goalie Austin Lee, but sophomore Mikael Lickteig buried the rebound for his first career goal.
The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 after junior Alex MacLeod scored his second short-handed goal of the weekend at 4:37.
The Mavericks would answer with three straight goals to claim a 3-2 lead prompting a goalie change for Michigan Tech. Sophomore Kevin Genoe replaced junior Josh Robinson following the Mavericks' short-handed goal at 13:58.
Freshman Jacob Johnstone tied the game at 3-3 with his second goal of the season compliments of assists by senior Eric Kattelus and sophomore Carl Nielsen.
Junior Cameron Cooper reclaimed the lead for the Mavericks with a shot off the cross bar at 12:54 of the second period, but the Huskies would tie the game at 4-4 with their lone power-play goal of the evening.
Sophomore Steven Seigo fired a shot on net that was tipped by MacLeod with 30 seconds remaining in the period.
Seigo followed up with a goal of his own at 11:13 of the third period.
Freshman Chase Grant scored the game-tying goal for the Mavericks on the powerplay with less than five minutes remaining in the third period for the first goal of his career. The power-play goal was just the third given up by the Huskies this season.
"We showed great mental fortitude tonight," said head coach Jamie Russell. "Not getting down. Not hanging our heads. Battling back. I will be honest. We were tired. We did not have a lot of jump. We had a short bench down to 11 forwards after losing Anthony Schooley to an injury. Its a great start, but its only a start. We have a long way to go."
The Mavericks finished with a 46-32 advantage in shots, but Tech won the faceoff battle 49-34.
Tech will enjoy a much-needed weekend off after playing five games in nine days.