HOUGHTON, Mich. - Michigan Tech goaltender Josh Robinson made 29 saves in a 1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Minnesota State tonight at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The 16th-ranked Huskies remained undefeated at home with their first shutout since 2008.
The game's only goal was a 90-foot lob from Ryan Furne at the 14:22 mark of the first that took an awkward bounce past Maverick netmider Austin Lee.
"This was not the way we drew it up, but we'll take the win," said head coach Mel Pearson. "Nobody asks you in March how you got your wins.
"Josh did an outstanding job tonight. He made some good saves and made some tough ones look easy."
Furne's goal came as the Huskies were trying to gain the zone on a power play. He flipped it on net from the center red line and it bounced inside the right post. Steven Seigo and Brett Olson each drew assists on the play.
Tech was penalized five times in the game and the hosts' penalty kill was up to the challenge. The Huskies held the Mavericks scoreless on all five power play opportunities. The Black and Gold finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
Robinson tallied 11 saves in the first period, 10 in the second and eight more in the third. The senior had the last Huskies' shutout as a freshman on Dec. 20, 2008, when he backstopped Tech to a 1-0 win at Northern Michigan with 20 saves.
"Our defense is playing well for us," said Robinson, who improved to 5-1-1 on the season. "It was a total team effort tonight. I'm just lucky it goes as a stat for me."
Despite giving up the 90-footer, Lee was impressive in net as well. The MSU senior posted 40 saves including several that stopped grade A scoring chances for the Huskies.
The two teams will wrap up a two-game series tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. Tech will look to improve on its 6-2-1 record.