Deron Cousens registers four assists while Bennett Royer scores twice for Huskies

Deron Cousens posted four assists for the Huskies

HOUGHTON, Mich. - Senior defenseman Deron Cousens assisted on all four Michigan Tech goals in a 4-4 tie against Northern Michigan in front of over 3,000 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Tuesday (Oct. 12). The Huskies (2-0-1) out shot the Wildcats (0-1-2) 53-26 in the contest.

"The mental strength of our team was outstanding," said head coach Jamie Russell. "We were down 4-2 heading into the third period. We fought back. We threw everything at them, finishing with over 50 shots on goal."

The Huskies power play unit, which entered the game at 43%, wasted no time scoring a goal on their first opportunity of the game compliments of an NMU five-minute major penalty for checking from behind. Cousens fired a hard shot on net that bounced off freshman Jared Coreau and landed on the stick of senior Bennett Royer who scored his third goal of season at 9:43.

Freshman Ryan Furne recorded his first career point on the powerplay for the Huskies burying a rebound created off a shot by Cousens at 12:40.

The Wildcats battled back starting with a goal by sophomore Chad Pietila at 16:42 of the opening frame. The NMU scoring streak continued through out the second period. Northern tallied three more goals including its lone power play goal of the evening at 8:43 to take a 4-2 lead.

Royer sparked the Tech comeback with a low shot past Coreau for his second power play goal of the night at 5:17. Sophomore Steven Seigo, who assisted on Royer's first goal, also recorded a helper on the goal.

Freshman Milos Gordic, the reining WCHA Rookie of the Week, scored the game-tying goal off a rebound that came once again off a Cousen's shot mid way through the third.

Tech was unable to find the game-winner despite playing the final 1:12 of overtime on the man-advantage.

The Black and Gold finished 4-for-7 on the power play while hold NMU 1-for-5.

Junior Josh Robinson (1-0-1) finished with 22 saves for Tech.

Tech will open WCHA play hosting Minnesota State this weekend (Oct. 15-16).

NOTES: The last time a Tech player recorded four points in a game was Brett Olson (three goals, two assists) in a 5-3 win over Northern Michigan on Oct. 9, 2009 ... The last Tech tie was Jan. 12, 2010 vs. Northern Michigan (1-1).