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Tim Peters

Lode Archival Photo: Michigan Tech goalie Blake Pietila (31) stands watch after a Husky goal.

Kevin Hoefer, Lode Writer

It has been a common theme for Michigan Tech hockey to play close games, but there was little doubt as to who was the better team this past weekend. On Jan. 14, the Huskies scored a goal in each period to handily beat Lake Superior State by a score of 3-0. Brett Thorne, Brian Halonen, and Justin Misiak each scored for the Huskies. Blake Pietila earned his first shutout of the weekend stopping all 21 shots aimed at him. On Jan. 15, the Huskies secured another 3-0 victory over the Lakers. This time it was Logan Pietila, Eric Gotz, and Alec Broetzman who got on the scoresheet. All of Michigan Tech’s goals were scored on the powerplay in which they went an impressive 3 for 6 in the game. Blake Pietila only had to make 11 saves to get his second shutout of the series, earning CCHA Goaltender of the Week in the process. The Huskies climbed to No. 17 in the USCHO.com poll and improved to 12-8-1, with a 9-5 conference record for the season.On Jan. 13, Michigan Tech women’s basketball edged out Wayne State in a 66-60 victory on the road. The Huskies trailed by seven points after the first quarter but used a huge second-quarter surge to take back the lead before halftime. In the third quarter, the Warriors pulled ahead once again, but the Huskies capitalized on three-pointers and free throws in the fourth quarter to get the win. Alex Rondorf put up 21 points in the win while Sloane Zenner tallied three blocks. The Huskies shot over 80% from the free-throw line. Michigan Tech was unable to compete against Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 15 due to COVID complications, but voters still saw enough to award Alex Rondorf GLIAC North Player of the Week. The Huskies are currently 10-4 with a 5-1 conference record.

Michigan Tech men’s basketball took care of business in Detroit with a 62-51 triumph over Wayne State on Jan. 13, earning their fourth victory in a row. The Huskies scored first and didn’t trail for the entire game. Owen White scored 15 points and snatched 12 rebounds to earn a double-double while Adam Hobson tacked on 17 of his own. Trent Bell wreaked havoc all night as he had seven steals and three blocks. Jan. 15 proved to be much harder for the Huskies as they lost to Saginaw Valley State, 66-49. Trent Bell put up 21 points and ten rebounds to become the second Husky in a row to record a double-double in a game. Michigan Tech is now 10-4 with a 6-2 record in conference play.