HOUGHTON, Mich. - Michigan Tech started the second half of its WCHA schedule tonight with a convincing 6-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage in front of 2,229 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Six different Huskies scored goals to help the hosts improve their record to 10-11-1 overall and 7-7-1 in the league.
A three-goal third period helped Tech gain control of the game. Ryan Furne and Justin Fillion both scored in the first two minutes of the frame, and the Seawolves replaced goaltender Chris Kamal with Dusan Sidor. David Johnstone added another tally at the 17:33 mark of the period to break the game open.
"It was good to get goals tonight," said Mel Pearson. "We hadn't scored very well for a few games, so it was good to see the pucks go in the net."
Furne ended up with three points on the evening with a goal and two assists. David Johnstone (goal, assist), Blake Pietila (goal, assist) and Milos Gordic (two assists) all tallied multi-point games as well.
UAA (6-11-1, 3-11-1 WCHA) jumped on the scoreboard just 2:24 into the game as Derek Docken fired the puck past a screened Josh Robinson in net.
It took the Black and Gold only 90 seconds to answer, as Tanner Kero pounded home a loose puck in front of Kamal. The score remained 1-1 until Chad Pietila registered his first goal as a Husky. The tally came on a three-on-one rush as Dennis Rix made a nice pass to Pietila, who finished with a wrister over Kamal's glove shoulder.
The margin grew to 5-1 during the second period. Furne sniped a goal from the left circle and Fillion sent a bouncing puck into the net from the blue line for his first career goal.
UAA gained a little spark when Sidor replaced Kamal just 1:38 into the second. The visitors held a 11-9 shot advantage in the period, but it was Tech who scored the next goal. Milos Gordic brought the puck into the zone, reversed direction behind the net and fed a pass to Johnstone for a wide open net.
The Seawolves pulled back within three in the final minute of the second on a Tyler Currier goal as the defenseman jabbed one through traffic in the crease.
Tech killed off three penalties in the third period, and Blake Pietila capped the scoring with just 4:47 to play.
Both teams were scoreless on the power play (Tech 0-4, UAA 0-5). Robinson finished with 25 saves. Kamal (10) and Sidor (13) combined for 23.
"It's a good win," said Pearson. "You have to take care of your home games. We did tonight, and now we have to go out and do it again tomorrow."
The teams will wrap up their two-game weekend series and four-game season series with a 7 p.m. faceoff tomorrow.
Notes: Tech has secured its first 10-win season since the 2007-08 squad was 14-20-5 ... The six-goal output was the most by the Huskies since a 7-2 win over Denver earlier this season (Oct. 28).