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Huskies win 6-1 Saturday for weekend sweep

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HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech earned its first CCHA sweep of the season after overwhelming Ferris State 6-1 Saturday (Nov. 27) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies have now won four of their last five to improve to 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the CCHA.

"I thought our guys learned a lesson from last night and came ready to play," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "We were able to roll four lines all night and got scoring from every line. I'm very proud of the effort of the entire team tonight. We weren't focusing on the score we were focusing on winning shifts."

Tech hopped out to a 4-0 lead. Matthew Quercia opened scoring 9:17 into the game with his first as a Husky and 10th of his college career. A shot by Ryland Mosley was saved and Quercia was at the doorstep to bang in the rebound. Eric Gotz added the second assist.

Brett Thorne added to the lead with his third of the season at the 12:33 mark of the first. Quercia tried a centering feed from behind the net that went all the way back to Thorne and he fired in his fourth career goal. Tyrone Bronte also assisted on the play

Tristan Ashbrook then scored two goals in a row for the second night in a row. He buried a rebound 5:48 into the second on the power play for his sixth of the season and third on the man advantage. Ryland Mosley and Justin Misiak assisted.

Tristan Ashbrook then buried his 23rd career goal when he found some space in the slot and fired a shot below the glove of the Ferris State goaltender. Logan Pietila and Ryland Mosley picked up the assists.

"First and foremost, I have to give a lot of credit to my linemates," Ashbrook said. "Logan Pietila and Justin Misiak are playing great hockey. We're working hard and pressuring the other team so they don't have time to make plays. We're creating some turnovers and a couple are finding their way in."

FSU (4-12, 2-6 CCHA) got on the board 8:39 into the second when Marshall Moise scored for the second night in a row.

Scoring wasn't done in the second as Arvid Caderoth pushed it back to a four-goal lead when he blasted in a one-timer from Brett Thorne. Tyrell Buckley also picked up an assist on the play.

Brian Halonen scored his eighth of the season 6:48 into the third to round out scoring. Tommy Parrottino, playing in his 100th career game, negated an icing call and found Halonen for a one-timer. Colin Swoyer was credited with the secondary assist.

Tech dominated in shots 44-19. Blake Pietila earned his 22nd career win with 17 saves. Cayden Bailey made his first official appearance in the final 3:28 and stopped one shot.

Logan Stein had 17 saves for the Bulldogs in the first 27:58. Carter McPhail stopped 21 shots in the final 32:02.

Tech was 2 for 2 on the penalty kill and 1 for 2 on the power play.

Four different Huskies had at least two points on the night. Halonen extended his point streak to six games where he has three goals and eight assists. Swoyer is on a five-game point streak with a goal and six assists. Caderoth is also on a five-game point streak with three goals and two assists. Ashbrook has a four-game point streak with six goals and two assists.

Tech's last conference home sweep was January 2-3, 2020 over Alabama Huntsville. The last time Tech had a CCHA sweep was February 3-4, 1984 over Michigan State at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

"Preparation is our biggest thing," Quercia said. "It's an important week. We have to take care of ourselves and make sure that practices are crisp. I think we'll be ready to go."

The Huskies hit the road next weekend for a CCHA series at No. 1 Minnesota State. The Mavericks split their weekend at Lake Superior State.