Series Preview: Michigan Tech Round 2

Here we go again!

tDogs host tHuskies in tBest college hockey games this weekend!

tBulldog fans are hoping for a repeat of what happen earlier this season while Tech fans are hoping to see the super-smoking-red-hot Huskies kennel the poor Bulldogs up in the two teams last meeting as conference opponents (as we know it).

Photo: Dave Harwig

tOverview:

tMichigan Tech is coming out of a very nice Great Lakes Invitational tournament victory where they defeated Michigan 4-0 followed by a 4-0 win over Western Michigan in the championship game all without Blake Pietila who was skating for Team USA in the World Junior Championships at the time.  Phoenix Copley has played much better since the start of the season stopping 70 of his last shots on goal.

Pos
(GP)  G-A-Pts.
Alex Petan
F
(19)  6-9-15
David Johnstone
F
(17)  4-11-15
Jujhar Khaira (EDM)
F
(19)  4-11-15
Steven Seigo
D
(19)  4-4-8
Brad Stebner
D
(18)  1-4-5
Phoenix Copley
G
(9)  3.30/.892

tMinnesota Duluth performed quite differently in their winter break Florida College Classic tournament. The Bulldogs fell to Maine 0-1 on the first night and then 2-6 the following night against Ferris State.  The Dog's reoccurring problem of being unable to find the net seem to arose once again in spite of the previous sweep in Anchorage.  Matt McNeely should start for the Dogs on Friday due to Aaron Crandall being day-to-day injured.

Pos
(GP)  G-A-Pts.
Mike Seidel
F
(20)  11-8-19
Tony Cameranesi (TOR)
F
(20)  8-11-19
Austin Farley
F
(19)  7-9-16
Wade Bergman
D
(20)  1-13-14
Andy Welinski (ANA)
D
(20)  2-9-11
Matt McNeely
G
(12)  2.55/.896


Compare:

tBulldogs
tHuskies
7-10-3
Record
6-10-3
3-4-1
Home
2-6-1
4-4-2
Away
2-4-2
2.7
Scoring O
2.79
2.85
Scoring D
3.32
17.2
Penalty/G
13.3
22.1%
Power Play
17.6%
83.5%
Penalty Kill
79.8%

tVerdict:

The Bulldogs will be without forwards Austin Farley and captain Cody Danberg and defenseman Wade Bergman due to violation of team policies on Friday night, Andy Welinski is out for the weekend due to an injury he sustained in Florida, and Aaron Crandall is injured by labeled as day-to-day so I'm not sure of his situation, take your best guess.  Drew Olson, who sustained an injury in Florida as well, should be back and laced up to play Friday night.  Michigan Tech head coach Mel Pearson said he may leave Blake Pietila behind as he just helped the United States win a gold medal.

Being tDogs are going to be playings some very weird and funky lines, I'm going to predict a split.  I don't see tDogs sweeping a "hot" Tech team, but I also don't see them losing all 4 points.  But I'm rarely ever right so who knows!?

Enjoy the game live, tune into MY9 or listen to Bruce Ciskie on Duluth's 94x on catch the game.  Puck drops at 7:07 CT both nights.


GO DOGS!!

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