HOUGHTON, Mich. – The No. 13 Michigan Tech remained undefeated in 2023 with a 2-0 shutout of St. Thomas Friday on the MacInnes Pupil Ice Area. Blake Pietila earned his nation-leading fifth shutout of the season and prolonged his faculty report together with his fifteenth profession shutout after making 27 saves.
“St. Thomas performed arduous, blocked pictures, and created scoring probabilities,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan stated. “If we did not have an incredible goaltender it might’ve been a really totally different sport.”
Tech improved to 15-6-3 total and 8-4-3 within the CCHA with Coach Shawhan’s a hundred and tenth profession win.
Pietila, the CCHA Goaltender of the Week who was named to the Mike Richter Award Watch Record this week for the third straight season, stopped 10 pictures within the first, 11 within the second, and 6 within the third. His .926 save share is the very best amongst goaltenders who’ve performed 20 video games this season.
Blake made a giant proper pad save on a breakaway with 4:45 left within the first after which stoned the Tommies on an incredible likelihood within the closing seconds of the second.
Parker Saretsky lastly broke the ice with the eventual game-winning aim 8:49 into the third. Jake Crespi rushed the puck up the ice and located Saretsky on the blue line. He beat his defenseman for a fast breakaway and scored backhanded for his fifth of the season and twelfth of his profession. Evan Orr additionally assisted.
“There was loads of ice with 4-on-4,” Saretsky stated. “I attempted to achieve some velocity across the internet and the D man had a free hole. Crespi dished me the puck, and I simply took it to the online.”
Tech was whistled for a penalty with 6:06 left within the third. Blake Pietila made three huge saves and acquired a block from defenseman Brett Thorne.
St. Thomas (5-15-1, 4-10-1 CCHA) pulled its goaltender for the additional attacker with 2:47 remaining. Tristan Ashbrook made it 2-0 with an empty netter 20 seconds later. He powered via a slash and flipped in a backhander, scoring for the second straight sport together with his sixth of the season and thirty third of his profession. Kash Rasmussen assisted on the play.
“I knew it was going to be a troublesome sport,” added Shawhan. “I knew guys had been drained after our lengthy journey and with the primary week of lessons. Our guys simply proceed to discover a approach, and the third interval was our greatest interval.”
The Huskies led in pictures 38-27. Aaron Trotter stopped 36 pictures for the guests.
The groups will meet for a fourth time this season on Saturday on Junior Hockey Night time. Youth can get into the sport for $5 with the acquisition of an grownup ticket. There may be additionally Skate With The Huskies after the sport.
“Now we have to climate their push at first of the sport tomorrow,” added Saretsky. “If we follow our sport plan and keep tight on the gaps within the D zone and impartial zone I feel we will have an excellent outcome once more.”
The puck drops at 6:07 p.m.