BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – No. 14 Michigan Tech shutout Ferris State 1-0 Friday at Ewigleben Ice Enviornment. Hobey Baker and Mike Richter Award candidate Blake Pietila prolonged his nation-leading shutout mark to 6 and his faculty report profession shutout mark to 16 whereas successful his fiftieth profession recreation.
“I favored our recreation from the goaltender on out,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan mentioned. “This is not a simple place to win in. All people performed nicely and we transitioned the puck nicely and performed quick. We did not rating on the facility play however we bought high quality probabilities. Their goaltender was excellent.”
Kyle Kukkonen scored the game-winning objective with 12.8 seconds left within the first interval. Jake Crespi had a centering go that Kukkonen corralled and shot backhanded for his ninth objective of the season. Logan Pietila additionally assisted.
Blake Pietila stopped 5 photographs within the first, 9 within the second, and 7 within the third. He had an enormous blocker save on a partial breakaway within the first to maintain it scoreless.
Each groups went scoreless on the facility play. Tech had six tries and Ferris had 5. Tristan Ashbrook had one-timers within the slot in every of the second two intervals that have been saved on the person benefit. Nick Nardella racked up 5 photographs on objective with numerous high quality probabilities on the facility play, together with one which hit the crossbar.
FSU (10-11-2, 7-7-1 CCHA) hit the crossbar early within the third. The house group added the additional attacker late within the recreation however could not management play. Ryland Mosley had an opportunity on the empty internet however his shot went excessive as a defender dove in entrance.
Pietila’s shutouts this season have been towards Alaska, St. Lawrence (2), Lake Superior State, St. Thomas, and Ferris State. It was his second straight Friday with a shutout. Blake’s 50 wins rank third in program historical past behind Bruce Horsch (58) and Jamie Phillips (57).
The Huskies improved to 16-7-3 total and 9-5-3 within the CCHA.
The 2 groups will meet for the third time this season and wrap up their solely CCHA sequence at 6:07 p.m. Saturday.