PREVIEW: Huskies and Wildcats meet in CCHA game

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THIS WEEKEND SERIES
• Michigan Tech faces northern Michigan this weekend in a CCHA series.
• The Huskies will host the competition on Friday at 7:07 p.m. with the team meeting at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Saturday at 6:37 p.m.
• The Huskies and Wildcats will also meet on January 21-22 in another round-trip series.

ON THE RADIO
• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games. Fans can listen live on the radio on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or using your favorite radio streaming app.
• Dirk Hembroff will call all the action in his 20th year behind the microphone.

FLOHOCKEY.TV
• All Michigan Tech and CCHA home games during the 2021-22 season will be broadcast live on FloHockey.tv.
• Fans can purchase annual ($ 150) or monthly ($ 30) memberships and will have access to all CCAA games as well as the full Atlantic hockey schedule.
• Download the FloSports app today from Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and the App Store.

FOX-UP & TV6 COVER
• TV6 will broadcast both matches across the Upper Peninsula.
• Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will be the center of the action.
• TV6 and Fox-UP began broadcasting the Tech vs. NMU rivalry during the 2013-14 season.

HEALTH AND SAFETY LEVEL TWO
• Michigan Tech is currently at level two in health and safety.
• Face coverings are recommended in the DDC regardless of vaccination status.
• Tech encourages all fans to continue to wash their hands frequently (especially before and after meals), sanitize their hands and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

SERIES INFORMATION
• Tech is 75-76-14 against NMU, since 1979.
• The Huskies are 39-32-8 in games played at MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• Tech is 31-43-6 in Marquette.
• The Huskies have won the last eight games and 11 of the last 12.

EXHIBITION MEET
• Tech and NMU met in an exhibition game on October 2 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The teams drew 4-4 and did not play overtime.
• Tyrone Bronte, Logan Ganie, Arvid Caderoth and Tristan Ashbrook scored for the Huskies.

PLAY CCHA
• Michigan Tech was with the CCHA from 1981 to 1984 and has a 41-40-1 CCHA record.
• The last CCAA game Tech played before last weekend was February 25, 1984 against Lake Superior State.

LAST SEASON AGAINST NMU
• Tech went 6-0 against NMU last season.
• Trenton Bliss had seven points against the Wildcats last season. Alec Broetzman, Arvid Caderoth, Colin Swoyer all collected six points in the seasonal series. 19 Huskies have scored at least one point.

SCOUT WILD CATS
• NMU is 4-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in CCHA. They have victories over St. Thomas and Boston University. The losses are for Notre Dame, the State of Bemidji and the State of Minnesota
• Northern was picked one point behind Tech in fourth place in the CCAA preseason poll after going 11-17-1 last season and advancing to the WCHA Championship game. .
• AJ Vanderbeck and Hank Crone lead the Wildcats with 13 points while Vanderbeck and Mikey Colella each have eight goals.
• Head Coach Grant Potulny is in his fifth season as Head Coach. He holds a record of 68-52-10.

NATIONAL RANKS
• Blake Pietila has a 1.42 goals against average and .940 save percentage in seven games. He ranks fifth in the country in GAA and eighth in save percentage.
• Tech is third in the country in defensive scoring, allowing 1.43 goals per game.
• Tech’s power play leads the nation 100 percent after killing all 23 chances by the opponent.

LAST WEEKEND
• The Huskies opened the CCAA game last weekend by hosting Lake Superior State. LSSU won 3-2 in overtime on Friday and the Huskies shut out the Lakers 2-0 on Saturday.
• Brian Halonen, Tristan Ashbrook, Trenton Bliss and Colin Swoyer scored for the Black & Gold last weekend. Halonen scored for the third game in a row on Friday.
• Blake Pietila made 18 saves on Friday and 20 Saturdays to earn his second shutout of the season.

CCHA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Alec Broetzman – CCHA Forward of the Week on October 11.
• Blake Pietila – CCAA Goalkeeper of the Week on October 11th.

CAPTAINS
• Senior forwards Trenton Bliss and Alec Broetzman are the captains of the Huskies. Broetzman wore the C as a junior and Bliss had an A.
• Senior defensemen Eric Gotz and Colin Swoyer are assistant captains for a second consecutive season.

SHAWHAN COACH
• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his fifth season behind the bench. He won his 75th career game in Wisconsin on October 8, 2021.
• Shawhan’s 22 wins in his first season are tied for the most ever for a Michigan Tech freshman coach. Jim Nahrgang won 22 matches in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was named the 22nd head coach of the Huskies on May 30, 2017, having served as an assistant coach of Tech for the previous three seasons.

SELECTIONS ALL CONFERENCES
• Colin Swoyer – WCHA Second Team (2020-21)
• Trenton Bliss – WCHA Third Team (2020-21)
• Arvid Caderoth – All-WCHA Rookie Squad (2020-21)
• Brian Halonen – WCHA All-Star Rookie Team (2018-19)

NHL TRAINING CAMP
• Seven former Huskies were at NHL training camps.
• Pheonix Copley – Capitals of Washington
• Tanner Kero – Dallas Stars
• Jujhar Khaira – Chicago Blackhawks
• Joël L’Espérance – Dallas Stars
• Jake Lucchini – Montreal Canadiens
• Mitch Reinke – Pittsburgh Penguins
• Matt Roy – LA Kings

NON-CONFERENCE
• Tech is playing seven non-conference games this season.
• The Huskies swept through Wisconsin on October 8-9 to start the season.
• Tech lost 2-1 in overtime to Notre Dame on October 15 in the home opener.
• The Huskies went their separate ways at Clarkson on October 29th and 30th.
• The GLI will be a showcase with the Huskies playing in Michigan on December 29 and Michigan on December 30.

TRANSFERS
• Michael Karow comes to Tech after four seasons and 131 games at Boston College. He played against the Huskies in the Ice Vegas Invitational when Tech won 4-3. Karow played youth hockey with Trenton Bliss.
• Matthew Quercia played three seasons and 81 games at Boston University. He comes to Tech with 18 college points (nine goals, nine assists). Quercia and Colin Swoyer were teammates in the USHL at Sioux Falls.
• Tyrone Bronte was a pick for the WCHA rookie squad at Alabama Huntsville last season. He has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 22 games. The Melbourne, Australia native played with Chris Lipe at Dubuque for a few games.

ALL-CCHA PRESSEASON
• Colin Swoyer was named to the CCAA Preseason All-Star Team, while Trenton Bliss also received votes for the team.
• Swoyer was named to the WCHA Second Team All-Star as a Junior and was also a member of the WCHA All-Star Team, the WCHA Defenseman of the Month for February and was a four-time Defender of the week of the WCHA.
• Swoyer was second in the WCHA among defensemen with 17 points, scoring three goals and recording 13 assists. He led the Tech skaters with a plus-9 differential and the WCHA defensemen with 71 shots on goal.

IN THE CCHA PRE-SEASON SURVEY
• Tech was selected third in the CCAA Preseason Coaching Survey, behind Minnesota State and Bemidji State.
• Tech finished the 2020-21 season with an overall record of 17-12-1. The Huskies were 7-7 in the WCHA and placed fifth in the final standings.

TURNERS
Tech sacked 24 players from last season with 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and all three goalies.

FRESHNESS
Tech has five freshmen on the list. The class consists of forwards Levi Stauber, Alex Nordstrom, Marcus Pedersen and defenders Grant Docter and Trevor Russell.

100 YEARS AGO
Michigan College of Mines played their first college hockey game on January 27, 1921. MCM beat the University of Michigan 3-0 in the series opener at the Amphidrome, then lost 4-3 the following night. at the Calumet Colosseum.

HOCKEY MEETING
• Michigan Tech will host a Centennial Hockey Reunion August 4-6, 2022 in Houghton.
• Very few college hockey programs can celebrate significant milestones in their history and Michigan Tech Hockey has joined the elite ranks as century-old legends.

JOE SHAWHAN’S TIME
• Joe Shawhan Time can be heard every Monday morning at 10 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ.
• Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan discuss the previous weekend and the upcoming game.
• Fans can listen live Joe Shawhan Hour on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com Where Pasty.com, or using your favorite radio broadcast app. The show will also be posted for listeners on demand on MichiganTechHuskies.com.

SUMMARY 2020-21
• Tech finished with an overall record of 17-12-1 and had a winning season for the first time since 2017-18.
• The Huskies are 6-7-1 in the WCHA and were fifth in the standings.
• Blake Pietila broke school records for best save percentage (0.934) and goals against average (1.81) for a season.
• Brian Halonen placed sixth in the country with four game-winning goals.
• Arvid Caderoth placed third among all freshmen in college hockey with 16 assists.


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