HOUGHTON, Mich. - Jordan Baker scored into wide open goal 2:53 into overtime on an odd play to give Michigan Tech a 2-1 victory over No. 18 Wisconsin tonight in front of 2,958 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies are now 3-0-0 and 1-0-0 in WCHA play.
Badger goaltender Landon Peterson went behind his net and played the a puck out. UW defenseman John Ramage then ran into Peterson while Tech's Brett Olson fed the puck to a waiting Baker in front of the net. The senior right wing made no mistake on his second game winner in the season's first three games.
"I was screaming for Olson to give me the puck and he did," said Baker. "It's exciting to win in overtime and keep the momentum we started last weekend."
Tech's Blake Pietila was there beside Ramage on the game's final play, and Wisconsin players and coaches were looking for an interference call.
"I didn't see the play," said Tech head coach Mel Pearson. "There are a lot of things that can happen when a goalie goes back to play a puck. Olson got the puck in deep in the first place. That was the key."
After a scoreless first period, Michigan Tech got on the board in the second. Freshman Tanner Kero made a nice redirect of a Riley Sweeney pass from the right point. Sweeney, also a rookie, found Kero just below the right circle. The redirected puck found its way over Peterson's left shoulder for a 1-0 Huskies' lead at the 7:41 mark.