Huskies and Wildcats tied for exhibition hockey
HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan skated to a 4-4 tie on Saturday (October 2) in an exhibition game at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The teams put on an offensive show for the 3,275 fans.
“The enthusiasm in the ice was exceptional,” said technical coach Joe Shawhan. “We got what we wanted out of it. I appreciate that Northern came to play this game. The plan was to give some guys lots of minutes to assess them. I didn’t think we were ready to start the game, but we got more structure in the last half of the game. “
Each team outfitted additional players with NMU playing 26 Guys and Tech playing 24. All five goalies in the rosters have played at least one period.
The warm fall day caused two fog delays. Midway through the first period, both teams cleared their benches and circled their area in an attempt to clear the fog. The officials ended the second period early due to the dense conditions on the ice.
The Huskies found themselves down 2-0 at 6:31 in the game and had to come back. Tyrone Bronte scored a power play goal from Ryland Mosley and Brian Halonen at 9:13 to reduce the deficit. Halonen broke the net and saved his initial shot. Mosley took a hit on the rebound before Bronte scored his first goal in a Tech uniform.
“The atmosphere was amazing,” said Bronte. “I’ve never seen a crowd like this let alone play in front of a crowd like this. You can feel the energy of the crowd and it brings so much energy to the bench.”
Logan Ganie equalized 12.7 seconds before the first intermission when his shot from inside the circle passed through NMU goaltender Rico DiMatteo. Parker Saretsky and Halonen attended.
Trevor Cosgrove scored the only goal of the second period to restore NMU’s lead.
The Huskies then scored twice early in the third. Arvid Caderoth hit a Halonen at 1:08 in the third. It was Halonen’s third point of the night.
Tristan Ashbrook gave the Huskies the lead 61 seconds later when a Mosley shot bounced off Ashbrook’s shin and into the net. Bronte added an assist on a backhand setup at Mosley.
Bronte spoke of his teammates Ashbrook and Mosley: “I have to give my two teammates all the credit. We’ve been training together lately. We’re all a bit small but these two work so hard on the corners.
“Ashbrook is my roommate so he helped me make that transition to being a student here and it’s great to be able to play with him on the ice too.
NMU tied it at 7:25 in the third when AJ Vanderbeck found the back of the net.
The teams did not play overtime.
Mikey Colella opened the scoring of the game 4:02 after the puck fell. Tanner Vescio made it 2-0 for the Wildcats at 6:31 from the opening.
Tech outshot NMU 37-22. Blake Pietila made 13 saves in the first 30:42. Cayden Bailey finished the final in 29:18 and saved five shots.
The teams will play four times in the regular season in CCHA action on November 12-13 and January 21-22.
Michigan Tech opens its regular season next weekend (October 8-9) with a non-conference series in Wisconsin. The puck falls at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center.