OMAHA, Neb. - The UNO Mavericks got two third-period goals to snap a 1-1 tie and beat the Michigan Tech Huskies, 3-1 on Friday night at Qwest Center Omaha. The win gave the Mavericks a sweep of the two-game series.
UNO improves to 11-4-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the WCHA while Michigan Tech drops to 3-10-2 and 1-10-1 in league action.
Matt Ambroz snapped the tie just 3:39 into the third period. He got free in the slot and fired the puck past goalie Kevin Genoe.
UNO earned an important insurance goal on a late power play. Brock Montpetit tipped in a slap shot by Bryce Aneloski at 15:09. It was UNO's only power play of the game.
The Mavericks overcame Michigan Tech's strenuous forecheck to score the first goal of the game at 16:11 of the first period. Aneloski sent Montpetit up the right wing with a long outlet pass. Montpetit slid the puck across to Ryan Walters who wired a shot under the cross bar for his fifth goal of the year.
UNO appeared to take a 2-0 lead near the midpoint of the second period, but the referees ruled that Joey Martin had kicked the puck into the net.
The Huskies responded promptly when Aaron Pietilla cleaned up the rebound of a shot by Jacob Johnstone for his first career goal at 9:51.
John Faulkner stopped 18 shots to earn his 11th win. At the other end, Genoe made 28 saves.
The Mavericks are back on the road next week to visit Colorado College on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19.