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Tuesday June 25, 2024
Tech's Pietila Boys Celebate Birthday With 3-0 Win

This story was written by NMU Sports Information. (MTU Athletics photo)

Houghton, Mich. -
 The Northern Michigan University men's hockey team dropped game one against the Michigan Tech Huskies Friday night in Houghton by a score of 3-0. The two teams will have a rematch Saturday night in Marquette.

The Wildcats fall to 12-13-0, 8-9-0, and the Huskies improve to 17-7-4, 10-5-4. 

Blake Pietila picked up his seventh shutout of the year (and 17th of his career), and his twin brother Logan scored a goal as the twins celebrated their birthday. Tech outshot NMU 36-20 and six different Huskies got at least one point. 

The 'Cats were blanked for the second time this season, were outshot 20-36, and went 23/55 in the faceoff circle. Both teams' penalty kills were perfect, with NMU killing 3/3 and MTU going 4/4. The 'Cats blocked 17 shots to the Huskies' eight blocks, and Beni Halasz made 33 saves and posted a .943 save%. 
  • The Wildcats were outshot 20-36, dropping to 5-9-0 when being outshot by an opponent and 4-8-0 when allowing the first goal. 
  • Beni Halasz made 33 saves and posted a .942 save%. 
  • Joey Larson and AJ Vanderbeck led the 'Cats with three shots each, Artem Shlaine was 7/8 in the faceoff circle and David Keefer was a perfect 5/5. 
  • The Wildcats are now 0-5-0 when both AJ Vanderbeck and Andre Ghantous are held off the score sheet.
  • The 'Cats are now 0-9-0 when trailing after two periods this season.. 
Goal Summary
1st Period

2nd Period
12:52 - Tyrone Bronte (MTU, 0-1) - Assisted by Nick Nardella.

3rd Period
17:31 - Logan Pietila (MTU, 0-2) - Assisted by Kyle Kukkonen and Ryland Mosley. 
19:38 - Ryland Mosley (MTU ENG, 0-3) - Assisted by Kyle Kukkonen and Jed Pietila.

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