|1st||4:30||MTU||1-0||EV GW||Alex Petan (17)||Brent Baltus/9, Jake Lucchini/8|
|2nd||16:18||MTU||2-0||EV||Brent Baltus (9)||Jake Lucchini/9, Alex Gillies/10|
|2nd||18:12||MTU||3-0||EV||Matt Roy (7)||Shane Hanna/15, Mike Neville/9|
|3rd||3:41||MTU||4-0||PP||Jake Lucchini (5)||Mark Auk/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (15-13-7)||0/4||8/27||0|
|Michigan Tech (20-8-5)||1/6||5/10||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Mathias Dahlström (L, 7-2-1)||43:41||4||14||11||1||26|
|Michigan Tech Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jamie Phillips (W, 20-7-5)||59:35||0||10||7||4||21|
HOUGHTON, Mich. - Four different players scored and Jamie Phillips turned in a 21-save effort as the No. 13 Michigan Tech hockey team shutout Northern Michigan 4-0 in a WCHA battle tonight (March 4) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
The victory clinched Tech's second consecutive 20-win season, the first time the school has accomplished that feat since 1981-82 and 1982-83.
"That's a big win for our team tonight," said head coach Mel Pearson, who becomes the first coach to lead Michigan Tech to back-to-back 20-win seasons since John MacInnes. "I'm happy and proud for our seniors. Obviously we're in the chase for the MacNaughton Cup and to get two big points is huge. Overall I thought we played well, got some timely goals and Jamie played well."
Alex Petan opened the scoring just 4:30 into the contest when he one-timed a Brent Baltus pass home from the edge of the crease. Baltus started the play when he forced a turnover in the left circle. Jake Lucchini swooped in, grabbed the loose puck and dished it behind the net to Baltus, where the junior winger put a pass on a tee for Petan in front.
Neither team scored for a 20-minute stretch before two quick goals - the first by Baltus and the other by Matt Roy - blew the game open. Baltus made it 2-0 at 16:18 of the middle frame when he went to the net and backhanded a rebound into the top corner. Then, just 1:58 later, Roy blasted home a pass from Shane Hanna to make it 3-0 Tech.
Lucchini closed the scoring with a power-play marker 3:41 into the third. After Mark Auk held the line at the far point and hit Lucchini with a cross-ice pass, the rookie center baited a Northern Michigan defender into the shooting lane and picked a corner from the right circle.
Lucchini had a career-high three points (1-2), while Alex Gillies and Michael Neville also had points for the Huskies, who are now 18-0-2 when scoring three goals or more in a contest.
The shutout for Phillips was his 10th as a Husky and third of 2015-16.
Michigan Tech (20-8-5 overall; 17-7-3 WCHA) concludes its regular-season schedule tomorrow (March 5) at Northern Michigan. The game, which is set to begin at 7:07 p.m., can be seen live on TV6 and FOX UP.
NOTES: Michigan Tech outshot Northern 39-21 ... The Huskies were 1-6 on the power play while killing off all four power-play tries by the Wildcats.