HOUGHTON, Mich. - Michigan Tech skated to a 5-3 win over Nipissing in an exhibition game in front of nearly 3,000 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Saturday (Oct. 2). Four of the five Tech goals were scored by freshman.
"I was impressed with our freshman," said head coach Jamie Russell. "They are one of the most mature classes I have been involved with."
Freshman Milos Gordic, who holds freshman eligibility after sustaining a season-ending injury eight games into the 2009-10 season, opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game. Gordic scored on the power play from the top of the circle thanks to passes from senior Deron Cousens and freshman Steven Seigo.
Freshman Ryan Furne would scored his first of two goals less than four minutes later with a wrist shot from the slot. Senior Eric Kattelus and freshman Dennis Rix were credited with the assists.
The Huskies would find the net one more time in the first period after sophomore Aaron Pietila's shot hit Laker goalie Billy Stone on its way to the goal at 11:05.
Kattelus recorded his second assist of the evening with a helper on a power-play goal by freshman Daniel Holmberg in the second period, but the Lakers would answer with their first goal of the game 16 seconds later.
Ryan Maunu scored with a quick wrist shot off a face-off won by Connor O'Donnell, who would also assist on the Laker's second goal of the evening one minute into the final frame.
Furne answered with his second goal of the game less than two minutes later thanks to an assist by Holmberg that would conclude the Tech scoring before a final goal by the Lakers at 14:09.
Tech finished 3-7 on the power play that included one power play of only seven seconds. Nipissing failed to score on its only power play of the game.
Junior Josh Robinson and sophomore Kevin Genoe each made 16 saves in 30 minutes of work with Genoe allowing all three goals.
Stone finished with 42 saves on 47 shots for the Lakers.
Tech will open the regular season at rival Northern Michigan Oct. 8.
Notes: The seven newest inductees to the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame, which included two hockey players, Russ Becker and Jamie Ram, were also honored during the first intermission. Other inductees included, David Cvengros, men's basketball and tennis; Jim Kapp and Walter Kyes, football; Rhonda Pruitt (Lockhart), volleyball; Matt Trombley, men's basketball.