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PREVIEW: Huskies welcome BGSU for Winter Carnival

PREVIEW: Huskies welcome BGSU for Winter Carnival
Date Friday-Saturday, February 11-12, 2022
Time 7:07 | 5:07 p.m. (Eastern)
Location MacInnes Student Ice Arena (Houghton, Mich.)
Radio Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ (Dirk Hembroff)
Online Audio Mix 93 WKMJ |
Video Stream Friday | Saturday
Live Stats Friday | Saturday
Game Notes Michigan Tech | Bowling Green
Tech's Record  17-8-2 | 14-5-1 CCHA 
BGSU's Record  13-12-3 | 10-9-1 CCHA


• No. 14 Michigan Tech hosts Bowling Green this weekend for the annual Winter Carnival series.
• The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 5:07 p.m. Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• This is the only meeting between the teams this season.
• Tech opened the week with an 8-1 win at Northern Michigan Tuesday.
• Tech is 17-8-2 overall and 14-5-1 in the CCHA and is 7-0-1 in 2022.

• The Huskies and Falcons will play a total goal series for the MacInnes Trophy.
• A Winter Carnival MVP will also be presented after Saturday's game.
• Tech has won the Winter Carnival series in seven of the last nine years.
• The Huskies are 92-56-14 (.611) all-time in Winter Carnival, dating back to 1950.
• Tech outscored Ferris State 8-1 last year and Alec Broetzman was named Winter Carnival MVP.

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• Tech is ranked No. 14 in this week's DCU/ Top 20 poll, jumping one spot from last week.
• The Huskies are also No. 14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the second week in a row.
• The last time Tech was ranked as high as No. 14 was March 2016.
• Tech has received votes in all 18 USCHO and USA/Today USA Hockey Magazine polls this season.
• Tech was in the top 20 four times last season with the highest ranking of 18 on February 15 and January 25.

Tommy Parrottino is the CCHA Forward of the Week after he scored four goals in three games last week and added two assists.
• Parrottino scored twice, including the game-winner against NMU, and scored each night at St. Thomas, including the game-winner Saturday.
• Parrottino has scored in four straight games and is on a five-game point streak with five goals and five assists.

Blake Pietila earned his sixth shutout of the season at St. Thomas to tie a Michigan Tech record. He has nine career shutouts which is one short of tying the career record.
• Coach Joe Shawhan won his 90th game at UST Saturday. He ranks third in wins by a Tech hockey coach.
• The four games in January are the fewest by a Michigan Tech team since 1943 and tied Western Michigan for the fewest amongst college hockey teams in January 2022.
• Tech leads the nation with five losses in overtime.
• The Huskies are second in the nation in regulation losses with three. Quinnipiac has one loss in regulation.
• Michigan Tech ranks second in the nation in power-play percentage (28.9), fourth in scoring defense (1.78), and fourth in penalty killing percentage (89.5).
• Tech leads the CCHA in the fewest penalty minutes.
• Brian Halonen is third in the nation in points (37) and fifth in goals (18).
Blake Pietila is fourth in the nation in shutouts (6) and fifth in goals-against average (1.76).
Trenton Bliss is eighth in the nation in assists (31).

• BGSU is 13-12-3 overall and 10-9-1 in the CCHA. The Falcons enter the weekend fourth in the CCHA standings and four points ahead of NMU.
• BGSU was picked fifth in the CCHA Preseason Poll after going 20-10-1 overall and 8-5-1 in the WCHA last season.
• Austin Swankler and Taylor Schneider lead the team with 25 points while Nathan Burke has 14 goals.
• Head coach Ty Eigner is in his third season as head coach.

• Tech won its 10th straight game at the Berry Events Center with an 8-1 win Tuesday over NMU.
Logan Ganie, Brian Halonen, and Tristan Ashbrook each netted two goals. Trenton Bliss and Michael Karow each assisted on three goals.
Blake Pietila earned his eighth win over NMU to lead goaltenders from both teams in the all-time series.
Mark Sinclair made his first appearance of the season between the pipes in the third period.
• The seven-goal margin was the most by the Huskies over the Wildcats since the teams started playing in 1979.
• The eight goals were the most by a Tech team since February 28, 2020, at NMU.
• Tech overtook the all-time series lead for the first time since 1989 and now leads 78-77-14.

Brian Halonen – 9 games (7 goals, 8 assists)
Trenton Bliss – 9 games (2 goals, 15 assists)
Tommy Parrottino – 6 games (5 goals, 7 assists)
Justin Misiak – 3 games (1 goal, 2 assists)
Tristan Ashbrook – 2 games (2 goals, 1 assist)

Brian Halonen has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 11 games at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. He has 15 points over the last 7 home games.
Trenton Bliss has 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 10 home appearances.
Tommy Parrottino has five goals and eight assists on home ice.

• Tech is 19-19-5 all-time against BGSU, dating back to 1972.
• The Huskies are 8-7-4 against the Falcons in Houghton.
• Tech is winless in seven of the last eight games.
• The last home win over BGSU was January 11, 2019.

• BGSU swept Tech in their only meeting last season.
• The Falcons won 6-3 Friday and 5-2 Saturday at the Slater Family Ice Arena.
Trenton Bliss (2), Alec Broetzman (2), and Tristan Ashbrook scored in the series.

• The Huskies earned 5-of-6 CCHA points at St. Thomas over the weekend in the first road game against the Tommies since 1929.
• Tech won 4-3 in a shootout Friday and 2-0 Saturday.
Tommy Parrottino (2), Trenton Bliss, Justin Misiak, and Brett Thorne scored. Blake Pietila made 24 saves in the series and earned his sixth shutout of the season Saturday.
Brian Halonen and Trenton Bliss scored in the five-round shootout Friday with Blake Pietila stopping 4-of-5 chances by the Tommies.
• Tech went 3-0-1 against St. Thomas this season.

Blake Pietila was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Month for January.
• He backstopped the Huskies to a 4-0 record in January with a 1.0 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.
• He earned back-to-back shutouts at Lake Superior State (Jan. 14-15), not allowing a Lakers goal for the third straight game. Pietila also stopped 48 shots in a CCHA sweep of Bemidji State on January 28-29.

Justin Misiak broke Richard Novak's record for games played in a Michigan Tech uniform last weekend. Misiak has appeared in 171 career games.
• The fifth-year senior forward has 62 career points with 25 goals and 37 assists.
• Misiak has a career-high with 17 points on five goals and 12 assists this season.
• Novak tallied 77 points as a forward with 35 goals and 42 assists. He had an injury-shortened season in 1986-87 which allowed him an extra year of eligibility.

Trenton Bliss is a Hobey Baker candidate for the third year in a row. The co-captain is second on the Huskies with 31 points on eight goals and 23 assists.
Brian Halonen leads the Huskies with 37 points and 18 goals. He ranks third in the nation in points and fifth in the country in goals.
• Pietila is a Hobey Baker candidate for the second straight season. He has started all 27 games for the Huskies and is 17-8-2. He ranks fourth in the nation with six shutouts and fifth in the country with a 1.76 goals-against average.

• Michigan Tech is celebrating 50 years of hockey at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• The first game at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena was played on January 14, 1972.
• Tech defeated Minnesota Duluth 6-5.

• University Images has a new book on sale, "Michigan Tech Hockey, 100 Years of Memories."
• You can purchase the book for $29.95 in the store or online at
• Proceeds from the book will benefit the Michigan Tech Hockey program.

• Michigan Tech was in the CCHA from 1981-84 and holds a 55-45-2 CCHA record.
• The last CCHA game Tech played before this season was on February 25, 1984, against Lake Superior State.

Tommy Parrottino – CCHA Forward of the Week on February 7.
Blake Pietila – CCHA Goaltender of the Week on January 17.
Tristan Ashbrook – CCHA Forward of the Week on November 29.
Alec Broetzman – CCHA Forward of the Week on October 11.
Blake Pietila – CCHA Goaltender of the Week on October 11.

• Senior forwards Trenton Bliss and Alec Broetzman are the captains of the Huskies. Broetzman wore the C as a junior and Bliss had an A.
• Senior defensemen Eric Gotz and Colin Swoyer are alternate captains for the second straight season.

• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his fifth season behind the bench. He won his 90th career game at St. Thomas on February 5, 2022 and ranks third in wins by a Tech hockey coach.
• Shawhan's 22 wins in his first season tied for the most ever by a first-year Michigan Tech coach. Jim Nahrgang won 22 games in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was named the 22nd head coach of the Huskies on May 30, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach for Tech over the previous three seasons.

Colin Swoyer – WCHA Second Team (2020-21)
Trenton Bliss – WCHA Third Team (2020-21)
Arvid Caderoth – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2020-21)
Brian Halonen – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2018-19)

• Tech went 3-3-1 in the non-conference schedule with only one regulation loss.
• The Huskies swept No. 13 Wisconsin on October 8-9 to begin the season.
• Tech fell 2-1 in overtime to No. 17 Notre Dame on October 15 in the home-opener.
• The Huskies split at Clarkson on October 29-30.
• Tech tied No. 3 Michigan and fell to Michigan State in overtime in the GLI Showcase.

Michael Karow came to Tech after four seasons and 131 games at Boston College. He played against the Huskies in the Ice Vegas Invitational when Tech won 4-3. Karow played youth hockey with Trenton Bliss.
Matthew Quercia played three seasons and 81 games at Boston University. He comes to Tech with 18 collegiate points (nine goals, nine assists). Quercia and Colin Swoyer were teammates in the USHL at Sioux Falls.
Tyrone Bronte was an All-WCHA Rookie Team pick at Alabama Huntsville last season. He had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 22 games. The Melbourne, Australia native played with Chris Lipe in Dubuque for a couple of games.

Colin Swoyer was named to the Preseason All-CCHA Team, while Trenton Bliss also received votes for the squad.
• Swoyer was named to the All-WCHA Second Team as a junior and was also on the WCHA All-Academic Team, the WCHA Defenseman of the Month for February, and was a four-time WCHA Defenseman of the Week.
• Swoyer was second in the WCHA amongst defensemen with 17 points, scoring three goals and tallying 13 assists. He led Tech skaters with a plus-9 rating and led WCHA blueliners with 71 shots on goal.

• Tech was selected third in CCHA Preseason Coaches' Poll behind Minnesota State and Bemidji State.
• Tech finished the 2020-21 season with a 17-12-1 overall record. The Huskies were 7-7 in the WCHA and placed fifth in the final standings.

Tech returns 24 players from last season with 14 forwards, 7 defensemen, and all three goaltenders.

Tech has five freshmen on the roster. The class consists of forwards Levi Stauber, Alex Nordstrom, Marcus Pedersen and defensemen Grant Docter, and Trevor Russell.

The Michigan College of Mines played its first collegiate hockey game on January 27, 1921. MCM beat the University of Michigan 3-0 in the first game of the series at the Amphidrome and then lost 4-3 the next night at the Calumet Colosseum.

• Michigan Tech will host a 100-year hockey reunion on August 4-6, 2022 in Houghton.
• Very few collegiate hockey programs can celebrate important milestones in their history and Michigan Tech Hockey joined the elite ranks as 100-year-old legends.

• The Joe Shawhan Hour can be heard every Monday morning at 10 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ.
• Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan talk about the previous weekend and the upcoming matchup.
• Fans can listen live to the Joe Shawhan Hour on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at or, or by using your favorite radio streaming app. The show will also be posted for on-demand listeners at

2020-21 RECAP
• Tech finished with a 17-12-1 overall record and had a winning season for the first time since 2017-18.
• The Huskies were 6-7-1 in the WCHA and finished fifth in the standings.
Blake Pietila broke the school records for best save percentage (.934) and goals-against average (1.81) for a season.
Brian Halonen ranked sixth in the nation with four game-winning goals.
Arvid Caderoth ranked third amongst all college hockey freshmen with 16 assists.