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Huskies lose to St. Thomas Tommies in closely contested hockey game

In a hard-fought hockey game on Jan. 14 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, the Michigan Tech Huskies lost to the St. Thomas Tommies, 3-2. The loss brings the Huskies’ season record to 15-7-3. 

The game started off strong for the Huskies, with forward Levi Stauber scoring the first goal of the game just 2:41 into the first period, and Evan Orr adding his second goal of the season during the second period. However, the Tommies matched the Huskies’ points and eventually overtook them. 

According to Huskies coach Joe Shawhan, his team “gave up a lot of very easy scoring chances” and pointed to specific plays as mistakes that “should not happen.” 

The Tommies scored the final point of the match at 16:27 into the third period, with goals from Jake Braccini, Josh Eernisse and Luc Laylin in that order. 

Stauber, the Huskies’ first scorer, said his team didn’t “get enough pucks to the net and generate enough offense.” 

This was a disappointing loss for the Huskies, coming off a 2-0 win against the Tommies the previous night. Both Coach Shawhan and Stauber noted the slow nature of the Huskies throughout the game. Shawhan stated that “St. Thomas was a better team that made their play. We’ve got a lot of work to do; it’s not going to get any easier.” 

The Huskies will play their next games away at Ferris State on Jan. 20 and 21. The team will look to address their errors during a week of practice in hopes of improving their performance in later matches this season.

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