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Huskies drop Friday game to Wisconsin

Huskies drop Friday game to Wisconsin Play Video

HOUGHTON, Mich. – No. 17 Michigan Tech fell 4-2 Friday (Oct. 20) to Wisconsin at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies led in shots 12-4 in the third, but it was the Badgers who scored the go-ahead goal 7:42 into the final period and then they added an empty netter.

"It was a good hockey game," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "We still haven't won a game, and we need to find some better results. We competed well tonight, and I'm pleased with the special teams.

"They're a good team and made one more play than us tonight."

After a scoreless first period, Wisconsin opened the game's scoring 2:33 into the second on a puck that was redirected out front and into the net. William Whitelaw was credited with the goal from Tyson Jugnauth and Tyson Dyck.

Tech's power play then went to work. Ryland Mosley scored at 11:41 of the second to tie the game on the man advantage. He tipped a feed to the middle from Logan Pietila for his second of the season. Kyle Kukkonen added the second assist.

"It's good to get two on the power play today," Mosley said. "The middle of the ice was pretty open. I put a tip on it. It went off somebody's shoulder and went in.

"We put some periods together and played our type of hockey. We need to score some greasy goals and find a win."

Isaac Gordon gave the Huskies the lead 5:00 later with another power-play goal for his first career collegiate goal. The Huskies worked the puck down to the goal line and Lauri Raiman's backhanded center feed was quickly shot in. Max Koskipirtti added an assist.

Wisconsin closed out the second with a tying goal with 7.9 seconds left. David Silye scored from Cruz Lucius and Mathieu De St. Phalle.

Daniel Laatsch scored the game-winner from Mike Vorlicky and Mathieu De St. Phalle.

Patriks Marcinkevics had the best chance to tie the game with 5:16 left in the third period when he jumped into the air and put the puck in the crease, but the Wisconsin goaltender scrambled and cleared the puck out of harm's way.

Coach Shawhan pulled goaltender Blake Pietila for the extra attacker with 3:04 left in the third.

The Huskies managed three shots but none of them got to the goaltender.

Wisconsin sealed the win with an empty net goal by Cruz Lucius with 80 seconds left.

Tech led in shots 29-22. Matthew Campbell had six and Ryland Mosley got five on net.

Blake Pietila made 18 saves for the Huskies and Kyle McClellan stopped 27 shots for the visitors.

Tech was 2-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

The two teams wrap up the series Saturday at 6:07 p.m.