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Wednesday January 19, 2022
Michigan Tech Stops NMU To Earn Hockey Split


This story was written by Michigan Tech Athletics

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Michigan Tech earned a CCHA series split with a 5-2 victory at Northern Michigan Saturday (Nov. 13). The Huskies defeated the Wildcats at the Berry Events Center for the ninth straight time.

"I thought our goaltender was outstanding and we got those two huge power-play goals in the second," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "I thought our guys battled hard all night and again I thought Blake was incredible"

Down 2-1 midway through the second period, the Huskies scored four straight to take the win. Trenton Bliss tied it up at 14:09 with a power-play goal from Tommy Parrottino and Colin Swoyer. It was the second goal of the weekend for Bliss and the eighth in his career against NMU.

Arvid Caderoth
 gave the Huskies the lead 65 seconds later with a power-play goal from Bliss and Swoyer. It was Caderoth's first goal of the season and third of his career.

Logan Pietila
 scored an insurance goal 14:44 into the third to make it a 4-2 Tech lead. He settled a bouncing puck in the slot and fired in his second of the night and fifth of the season. Michael Karow was given an assist along with Justin Misiak.

NMU pulled its goaltender with over 4:30 remaining and Brian Halonen scored into the empty net for a 5-2 lead. Parrottino picked up his second assist of the night and third of the weekend on Halonen's sixth of the season and 38th of his career. Bliss also assisted.

Northern outshot Tech 29-22. Blake Pietila had 27 saves for the Huskies.

Pietila opened scoring 11:38 into the first when he finished off a centering feed from behind the net off the tape of Justin Misiak.

Hampus Eriksson tied the game 6:37 into the second period with assists going to Andrew Ghantous and Mikey Colella.

Hank Crone gave the home team the lead with a power-play goal 10:41 into the second period.

Tech was 2 for 5 on the power play and 3 for 4 on the penalty kill.

"It was another four-point weekend," added Shawhan. "We'll take every point we can get. We've lost only one game in regulation and it was a 2-1 game at Clarkson where we played really well."

The Huskies travel to Bemidji State next weekend for their first CCHA road trip of the year.

This story was written by Northern Michigan University Sports Information

The Northern Michigan University hockey program battled it out on the ice Saturday night against Michigan Technological University but ultimately fell to the Huskies, 5-2, for the weekend split.
The Wildcats led in shots through the first period of play but it was the Huskies who led on the scoreboard, 1-0.
Hampus Eriksson tied things up for the Wildcats early in the second period when he found the back of the net for his second of the year. The senior picked up a pass from Andre Ghantous right out front and buried the puck for the 1-1 score.
Just over four minutes later, on the power play, Hank Crone gave the Wildcats their first lead of the night with a goal stick side at 10:41 of the second period.
The Huskies answered with two quick goals of their own on the power play to make it a 3-2 game heading into the final period of play with the 'Cats down by one.
The Wildcats had a few close calls halfway through the third period, including two back-to-back odd-man rushes up ice that got the crowd roaring, but the team was unable to capitalize on either attempt and skated on in search of the equalizer.
Despite outshooting their opponent, 11-7, in the final period, MTU found two more goals, including an empty net tally, for the 5-2 final.
The Wildcats outshot the Huskies through all three periods of play, registering 29 total shots on net to MTU's 22 but their two-goal second period was not enough to earn the sweep, and instead settle for a split with their Upper Peninsula rival.
Hampus Eriksson lit the lamp for NMU at 6:37 of the second period to knot things up. Andre Ghantous found Eriksson on the doorstep and fed him a pass for the quick wrister through the five-hole. Mikey Colella also tallied an assist on the play.

On the power play, Hank Crone nearly sent a water bottle flying with his top shelf goal on the power play. His goal came from inside the far circle, beating MTU's Pietila high stick side for the 2-1 NMU lead at 10:41 of the second. Ben Newhouse and David Keefer each earned assists on the play.

In a strong defensive outing, despite the final score, the Wildcats held the Huskies to 22 total shots while firing 29 of their own on net.

NMU had 11 shots on goal in the final frame but were unable to break the MTU netminding for the final of 5-2.

AJ Vanderbeck led the team in shots with seven while Joseph Nardi and Hampus Eriksson combined for four each.

The defensive duo of Ben Newhouse and Mike Van Unen registered 13 total blocked shots combined, with Newhouse jumping in front of eight pucks Saturday night.

In total, the Wildcats had 18 blocked shots for a series total of 37.

Six Wildcats highlighted the box score Saturday night, including Hampus Eriksson and Hank Crone with the goals.

Eriksson skated in his 150th career game, scoring the first goal of the night for NMU.


This story was written by NMU Sports Information

An overtime thriller, the Northern Michigan University hockey team skated to a 3-2 victory Friday night over in-state rival Michigan Technological University.

A late goal by the Huskies to force the overtime session was no deterrent for the Wildcats as it took AJ Vanderbeck 1:24 of extra hockey to give his team the win.

The Wildcats struck first, snapping MTU's then-perfect penalty kill unit, when Ben Newhouse fired a shot from the point into the back of the net.

The Wildcats continued to have a handful of good looks on net but held the 1-0 lead until late in the period when the Huskies found the scoreboard with 1:17 to go in the period. Sophomore netminder Rico DiMatteo had made 16 saves in the period prior to the MTU goal.

The two sides skated even in the second, both registering a handful of shots on net but it was the Wildcats coming out big towards the end of the period as Hank Crone found himself on the breakaway and beat the MTU goaltender top shelf to make it 2-1, NMU, after two periods of play.

A chippy third period saw a series of penalties called against both squads but the two teams' penalty kill units left every shot turned aside and the 'Cats held their one-goal lead late.

The Huskies knotted things back up with 1:06 left in regulation as they opted for the extra attacker. David Keefer nearly found the back of the empty net with just under 90 seconds to play but an icing call extended a long shift in the Wildcats' defensive zone.

The overtime session began with the Wildcats pressuring hard, not allowing MTU much time with the puck. A brief clear by the home team found AJ Vanderbeck intercepting the pass in the neutral zone and skating it into the Wildcat end. Waiting for his moment, Vanderbeck skated along the blue line momentarily before firing a shot into the net for the game-clinching goal.

  • Ben Newhouse lit the lamp at 10:43 of the first period with a shot from the point. AJ Vanderbeck and Hank Crone danced around the front of the net on the man-advantage before finding Newhouse at the blue line who ripped a shot through traffic to give NMU the 1-0 lead.
  • Crone scored off the backhand to give NMU the 2-1 lead late in the second period. The Wildcats gathered a loose puck in the defensive zone and sent the puck up ice passed a diving MTU skater. Vanderbeck's pass found the stick of Crone alone at center ice for the breakaway goal.
  • Vanderbeck found the game-winning goal at 1:24 of the overtime session as he skated the puck into the offensive zone, waiting patiently before firing a shot from the top of the circle. His 14th of the season was an unassisted tally and his third point of the night.
  • Prior the Ben Newhouse's tally in the first period, MTU had not allowed a gaol all season on the penalty kill.
  • AJ Vanderbeck, with his game-winning tally, led the team in points Friday night, picking up one point on all three Wildcat goals (1-2-3). Linemate Hank Crone also tallied multiple points in the win, with a goal and an assist.
  • The two now boast three game-point streaks with Vanderbeck registering four goals and three assists for seven points in his last three games played, while Crone owns a goal and four assists for five points in the same stretch.
  • The team's first goal scorer Friday night, Ben Newhouse is now on a two-game point-streak (1-1-2).
  • Rico DiMatteo tied his career-high save total, stopping 43 shots in 61:24 between the pipes Friday.
  • The Wildcats were perfect on the penalty kill, stopping each attempt on their two kills while picking up one goal on the power play for a 25 percent success rate.
  • NMU blocked 19 shots in the contest, led by Mike Van Unen with six stops. Joseph Nardi, Tim Erkkila and Trevor Cosgrove each boasted multiple blocks in the win as well.

The two teams close out the weekend series Saturday night in Marquette. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. inside a sold out Berry Events Center.

Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.

This story was written by Michigan Tech Athletics

--Michigan Tech fell 3-2 in overtime to Northern Michigan Friday (Nov. 12) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies tied it up with 66 seconds left in regulation, but the Wildcats scored 1:24 into the extra session to hand Tech its third overtime loss of the season.

"It was a good hockey game," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "We generated a lot of offense and good scoring chances. I give our guys a ton of credit. We fought hard for that CCHA point with that late goal."

The Huskies twice came back from a one-goal deficit. Trenton Bliss tied the game with 1:18 left in the first period to even it up before intermission. Michael Karow had a shot saved and rebounded out to Tommy Parrottino who also had a shot saved. Bliss finally put in the rebound for his third goal of the season.

NMU (5-5, 3-4 CCHA) regained its lead at 18:55 of the second period when Hank Crone scored on a breakaway. AJ Vanderbeck assisted.

Tech pulled goaltender Blake Pietila with 2:54 left in the third for the extra attacker. The Huskies controlled play and Ryland Mosley finally found the back of the net on a rebound after a shot by Brett Thorne sat loose. It was Mosley's third of the season with Brian Halonen also assisting.

"We played well again tonight," Bliss said. "I thought we responded well after getting down early and then the resiliency we showed to tie it up late was big. We just have to be better in overtime."

Vanderbeck scored the game-winner in overtime as he carried the puck from zone to zone and wristed in his ninth goal of the season.

Tech dominated in shots 45-19. Blake Pietila made 16 saves for the Huskies and Rico DiMatteo stopped 43 shots for the Wildcats.

Ben Newhouse opened the game's scoring 10:43 into first when he found the back of the net on the power play. It was the first power-play goal given up by Tech this season.

The Huskies were 3 for 4 on the penalty kill and 0 for 2 on the power play after the teams combined for 10 penalties.

The CCHA series wraps up at 6:37 p.m. Saturday at the Berry Events Center.

"Northern played well and hard," added Shawhan. "They'll be even better on their rink tomorrow. We may need to change the lineup to get more speed out there."


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