A big third period allows the Huskies to sweep Bemidji State

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HOUGHTON, Mich. – Number 18 Michigan Tech earned its third consecutive CCHA sweep after beating Bemidji State 5-2 on Saturday at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies scored three goals in the third to break a 2-2 tie.

“I think that was our best overall performance of the year,” said technical coach Joe Shawhan. “Those are huge conference points that could lead to an exciting February for us.”

Tech improved to 14-8-1 overall and 11-5-0 in the CCHA, taking second place in the standings. The Huskies get back into action Tuesday against Northern Michigan at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Tied to two early in the third period, Alec Broetzman scored his second of the game 54 seconds after intermission. Parker Saretsky brought the puck into the zone and handed it to Arvid Caderoth. Broetzman completed a centering pass for his fifth of the season and the eventual game winner.

Tommy Parrottino added the lead under 5 minutes later when he fired a shot from behind the net that deflected off the goalkeeper and crossed the line. Tyrell Buckley got the assist as he tossed the puck deep, and Brian Halonen extended his point streak to five games with the secondary assist. He has one point in seven home games.

Bemidji State (13-15, 11-9 CCHA) retired their goaltender with 3:33 left, and Tyrell Buckley made it a three-goal game with an unassisted goal in an empty net in the defensive zone of Tech. It was Buckley’s second career goal.

“We haven’t played a lot of games recently, and it was a big test this weekend,” Buckley said. “I think we played a really good game all night.”

Tech outshot 43-18. Blake Pietila earned his 14th win of the season with 16 saves. Mattias Sholl stopped 38 shots for the visitors.

The Huskies never trailed in the game. Alec Broetzman scored his first goal of the night 5:24 into the game on a 5-on-3 power play for a 1-0 lead. A Trenton Bliss shot deflected Arvid Caderoth and Broetzman exploded in the loose puck. Bliss is also on a five-game point streak and a seven-game point streak at MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The Beavers tied the game when Lukas Sillinger scored his third goal of the weekend at 8:02 of the first.

Logan Ganie put the Huskies back in front with his second of the weekend on warm-up play from Ryland Mosley and Nick Nardella. It was Ganie’s eighth career goal.

BSU tied the game with a total of 47 seconds on the power play in the second period on a Jere Vaisanen shot.

The teams combined for nine minor penalties. Tech was 3-for-4 shorthanded and 1-5 on the power play.

“It was a good weekend overall,” Broetzman said. “We are learning from past mistakes and improving every day in training. We have to keep doing what we are doing. I can’t wait for Tuesday.”

The Huskies and Wildcats meet at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday. The teams shared their first encounter, with each road team taking a win.

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