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Huskies tie Bulldogs in US Hockey Hall of Fame Game

Huskies tie Bulldogs in US Hockey Hall of Fame Game Play Video

DULUTH, Minn. – No. 10 Michigan Tech skated to a 2-2 tie at No. 17 Minnesota Duluth in the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game Saturday (Oct. 7) at Amsoil Arena. The Huskies twice came back from a one-goal deficit in the season-opener and got goals from Ryland Mosley and Patriks Marcinkevics.

Saturday was the third meeting between the Bulldogs and Huskies in the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Duluth. All three meetings have ended in a draw. The teams tied 2-2 in 1990 and 6-6 in 1981.

"It was a good hockey game, and I liked the resilience the guys showed," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. We weren't able to match their compete early in the game but Blake kept us in it. We were much better in the second and third than in the first. The tie is huge for us, especially on the road. We have a lot of work to do on a number of areas but it's a starting point."

The Bulldogs got on the board 6:29 into the game when Luke Loheit put in a rebound after a shot through traffic. Owen Gallatin and Quinn Olson assisted on the play.

Ryland Mosley scored Tech's first goal of the season 67 seconds into the second period to tie it up. Max Koskipirtti circled the top of the zone and fired a shot through traffic. Mosley corralled the rebound and put in his 19th career goal with Kyle Kukkonen getting the secondary assist.

It didn't take long for the Bulldogs to find the go-ahead goal in the third period 3:16 after intermission. Anthony Menghini scored on a rebound from Aaron Pionk and Jack Smith.

The Huskies again found the equalizer when Jed Pietila found a streaking Patriks Marcinkevics for a breakaway. Pietila feathered it through center ice and Marcinkevics chipped it over the blocker for his first goal as a Husky and seventh of his collegiate career. Blake Pietila was credited with the second assist.

Ryland Mosley was hooked on a partial breakaway with 1:46 left in overtime but the power play unit wasn't able to capitalize and the teams settled for a tie.

The teams went to an exhibition shootout which the Bulldogs won 2-1 in three rounds. Kyle Kukkonen found the back of the net in the second round for the Black and Gold.

UMD led in shots 50-34. Blake Pietila made a career-high 48 saves with 20 in the first, 11 in the second, 15 in the third, and two in overtime.

Tech was 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

Former Michigan Tech and Minnesota Duluth head coach Mike Sertich was honored in the first intermission as he received a Spirit of Life award from the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Huskies continue non-conference play next weekend, hosting Alaska. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.