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Clarkson defeats Tech Saturday in New York

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POTSDAM, New York – The Michigan Tech hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss at Clarkson on Saturday (Oct. 28) night. The Golden Knights broke a 1-1 tie with 3:01 to go in the second period and added an empty netter in the third. Lachlan Getz scored for the Huskies.

"We played a good hockey game," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "The power play and penalty kill looked good. The energy was better than last night, and the mood was good on the bench. I told the guys that this is the baseline of how we want to play and the offense will start clicking. It's a learning process. I'm optimistic with the group, and I like the effort that everyone is putting in."

Down 1-0 entering the second period, and getting outshot 9-1, the Huskies ramped up the offensive pressure in the second. Lachlan Getz tied the game 4:30 after intermission when Isaac Gordon helped create an offensive zone turnover, and Getz picked up the puck on the sidewall. He carried it out front, made a patient move to the backhand, and roofed in his first collegiate goal.

Clarkson scored the go-ahead goal at 16:59 of the second when Ayrton Martino found the back of the net on a breakaway. Mathieu Gosselin and Ryan Taylor assisted on the play.

Tech took 25 total shots in the second period with 11 getting through to the net.

The third period was more of the same with overall shots favoring the Huskies 29-8 and 9-5 on net. The Golden Knights skaters blocked 24 shots in front of their goaltender on the night.

Jed Pietila had the best chance to tie the game 90 seconds into the third on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Kukkonen. His shot in front of the net somehow stayed out.

Marcus Pedersen, Ryland Mosley, and Kyle Kukkonen also had chances in the slot that were saved.

Ayrton Martino was tripped on a penalty and looked to make it a two-goal lead with 5:16 left in the third. He made the same move as his eventual game-winner from the second period, but Max Vayrynen tipped it just wide.

The Huskies added the extra attacker with 2:22 left but never got a shot through.

Trey Taylor scored from Erik Bargholtz with 1:36 left into the empty net to ice the game.

Dustyn McFaul scored the game's first goal 9:41 after faceoff from Ayrton Martino. His shot from the point through traffic hit a Tech defenseman and deflected in.

Michigan Tech goaltender Max Vayrynen got his first start of the season and made 15 saves. Emmett Croteau had 20 saves for the home team.

Tech continues non-conference play next weekend back at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena against first-time opponent Augustana. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday.