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Huskies score late to tie St. Lawrence Friday

Huskies score late to tie St. Lawrence Friday Play Video

CANTON, New YorkMarcus Pedersen scored the game-tying goal with 8.2 seconds left as Michigan Tech and St. Lawrence tied 2-2 Friday (Oct. 27) at Appleton Arena. The Huskies are still searching for their first win and are 0-3-3 while the Skating Saints are 1-3-1.

"It was a great goal by Pedersen at the end of the game," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "The team showed a lot of character and played with poise with the goaltender out, and we were able to grind it out and get the tie."

Tech opened scoring 8:28 into the second period with Lauri Raiman scoring his first collegiate goal. Isaac Gordon took a shot that bounced wide of the net and off the back wall. It rebounded out front and Raiman tapped it in. Trevor Russell had the breakout pass for the secondary assist.

The Huskies were whistled on a double minor later in the period and the Skating Saints tied it up on the ensuing power play with a wrist shot by Luc Salem from Cameron Buhl and Mason Waite.

SLU took the lead 11:51 into the third period. Tomas Mazura won a faceoff back to Ty Naaykens and his wrist shot found the back of the net.

Kyle Kukkonen was tripped on a breakaway with 1:26 left. His initial shot was saved and his penalty shot was also saved after the puck bounced not allowing for a clean shot.

Coach Shawhan pulled goaltender Blake Pietila for the extra attacker after the penalty shot. The Huskies worked the puck up top. Ryland Mosley centered a pass to Logan Pietila for a quick shot. Marcus Pedersen was at the doorstep to tip the shot and then backhand in the rebound with 8.2 seconds left. It was Pedersen's first of the season and the second of his career.

Tech controlled most of the possession in the 3-on-3 overtime but couldn't find the game-winner. Chase Pietila hit the post.

SLU won the exhibition shootout 1-0 in three rounds. Marcus Pedersen, Ryland Mosley, and Logan Pietila weren't able to capitalize on their chances.

Tech led in shots 35-34. Pietila made 32 saves including on breakaways late in the second period and with 5:00 left in the third. He also had an amazing save on a backdoor chance early in the third period.

The Huskies continue their New York road trip Saturday at Clarkson. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Cheel Arena. Lake Superior State defeated the Golden Knights 4-3 in overtime Friday.