Tech returns to WCHA play against Lake State

HOUGHTON – As it was against Bemidji State and Bowling Green before the break, the Michigan Tech men’s hockey team finds itself in a WCHA battle this weekend at Lake Superior State jostling for position in the conference standings.

Just two points separate five teams right now, with Bemidji and Bowling Green currently sitting in the coveted third and fourth slots (for home ice advantage in the playoffs), while Tech, Lake State and Alaska-Anchorage sit two games out.

The Huskies and Lakers have played two fewer games as well.

Both teams have enjoyed almost equal highs and lows this season with Lake State carrying a 6-6-0 WCHA record into today’s game, while Tech has posted a 4-4-4 mark in conference.

The pair split their series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in November.

Tech will be looking for Pheonix Copley to maintain his form after another stellar Great Lakes Invitational, as the sophomore goalie gave up just three goals on 57 shots.

Copley and the Huskies were swept by Minnesota-Duluth following their GLI triumph last season, dropping a pair of one-goal decisions to the Bulldogs.

To prevent a similar outcome this time, the Huskies must find some life in a power play that ranks No. 56 of 59 teams in the nation.

If they can get a goal or two from the special teams unit, the Huskies have been skating well five on five for most of the season, and rank No. 15 in the nation in goals allowed. They need just a bit more scoring to tip some of their conference leading four ties into wins.