Husky hockey splits squads

HANCOCK – Michigan Tech hosted an intrasquad game at Houghton County Arena Saturday, with the Gold Team defeating the Black Team 4-3. A $2 admission was charged, with proceeds benefitting local junior hockey associations.

With a bye week in their WCHA schedule which in between back-to-back series vs. No. 2-ranked Ferris State, the Huskies used the game as a tune-up.

“We wanted our guys who have played well recently to stay sharp and also give our guys that haven’t played much a chance to get in a game-like setting,” said head coach Mel Pearson. “I thought we accomplished both those things.

“I also liked that we scored some goals and got some work in on our power play.”

The game format was two 25-minute halves of running clock.

Jacob Johnstone scored the lone goal before intermission for a 1-0 Gold lead.

The margin grew to 3-0 with tallies from Blake Pietila and David Johnstone.

The Black squad raced back with three goals in a six-minute span including an unassisted marker from Patrick Anderson.

David Johnstone registered the game-winner when he tipped in a Shane Hanna shot from the point with three minutes to play.

Pheonix Copley played both halves in net for the Black Team. Jamie Phillips did not surrender a goal in the first half for the Gold. Matt Wintjes played the second half for the Gold Team.

Michigan Tech, which has not played a game at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena since Dec. 14, will break the 40-day stint with a WCHA series vs. No. 2-ranked Ferris State next weekend. Games are Friday and Saturday (Jan. 24-25) at 7:07 p.m. each night.

“It’s good to be off the road and get rested up for the big series next weekend,” said Pearson. “I’m looking forward to playing at home in front of our fans.”

Saturday’s game is Youth Hockey Night, with $5 tickets for all youth 14 and under and a Skate with the Huskies after the game.