Sophomore forward Jacob Johnstone nets hat trick for Huskies

Jacob Johnstone picked up a hat trick for the Huskies

HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Mel Pearson era opened at Michigan Tech with plenty of offense as the Huskies defeated Lakehead 5-3 in an exhibition game Saturday (Oct. 1). Jacob Johnstone paced the Huskies with a hat trick and Carl Nielsen and Tanner Kero each added two assists.

"I really like how we battled back tonight, especially when we found ourselves behind in the second," said Mel Pearson following his first game as head coach of the hockey team. "We did some things well, but we have some areas we need to improve on such as puck management and penalty kill. Having said that, I was pretty pleased with the effort the team put forth tonight."

Johnstone opened the scoring at the 5:52 mark of the first period with a short-handed goal thanks to assists by Ryan Furne and Riley Sweeney.

The second period saw a plethora of goals as each team scored three.

The Thunderwolves scored a pair of power-play goals at 9:39 and 14:00 of the second period.

Blake Pietila tied the game with a goal at 14:28, but Lakehead answered with a goal by Mike Quesnele at 15:02.

Tech closed the scoring in the second with a pair of goals in the final 65 seconds by Patrick McCadden and Johnstone.

Johnstone tallied his final goal for the hat trick with an empty net goal at 19:35.

Tech finished with a 46-29 advantage in shots in the contest.

Josh Robinson made 26 saves for the Huskies, and Alex Dupuis tallied 41 saves for the Thunderwolves.

Tech will host American International to open the regular season Friday (Oct. 7).