College men's hockey: Michigan Tech at Minnesota Duluth
By: Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune
College men’s hockey
MICHIGAN TECH (11-12-1) AT NO. 1 MINNESOTA DULUTH (17-4-3)
What: WCHA series
When 7:07 p.m. today and Saturday
Where Amsoil Arena (6,726)
Ranking Minnesota Duluth is No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll.
Radio/TV: 4X-FM (94.1 in Duluth-Superior, 104.3 in surrounding area), KQ 105.5 (Grand Rapids) and KQ 106.7 (Babbitt and Ely); My9
Series Michigan Tech leads 118-86-18.
Scott Sandelin is 209-204-55 in 12 years at UMD.
Mel Pearson is 11-12-1 in first year at Michigan Tech.
The Bulldogs are 11-3-2 in the WCHA, their best league mark after 16 games. In his last 19 games (15-1-3), senior G Kenny Reiter has marks of .934 and 1.79. UMD’s power play is 0-15 the last four games. The Bulldogs finished 6-1-1 in nonleague games, the best mark since 1995-96 (4-0); UMD was 5-1-1 last season. Sophomore W J.T. Brown leads in plus-minus at plus-21 and in shots taken at 104.
The Huskies are playing at Amsoil Arena for the first time. Michigan Tech is 3-7 the last 10 games overall, and has lost seven straight to UMD and is 2-11-2 the last 15 games in the series. In a single game last weekend, the Huskies lost 5-2 at home to Upper Peninsula rival Northern Michigan. Senior C Brett Olson of Superior leads in scoring at 6-15–21 and has 84 points in 112 career games.
UMD PROBABLE LINEUP
Mike Seidel-Jack Connolly-Joe Basaraba; Caleb Herbert-Travis Oleksuk-J.T. Brown; Justin Crandall-Jake Hendrickson-David Grun; Dan DeLisle-Max Tardy-Keegan Flaherty
Wade Bergman-Brady Lamb; Scott Kishel-Chris Casto; Drew Olson-Derik Johnson
Kenny Reiter; Aaron Crandall
KEVIN PATES, NEWS TRIBUNE