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Huskies shut out NMU for sixth straight win

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech extended its winning streak to six games after shutting out Northern Michigan 2-0 Saturday in non-conference action at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. In a game that got added to the schedule only 23 hours prior to puck drop, the Huskies scored a goal early in the first and late in the third to improve to 7-3-1.

“I am extremely appreciative of Grant, the NMU administration, and their players for scheduling this series,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “Getting these games in is very important after not being able to play in 20 days.”

Mark Sinclair earned his second shutout of the season and second win as a Husky with 32 saves. He had to stop only five in the first but 12 in the second and 15 in the third.

Eric Gotz got the scoring started 3:00 after puck drop with his third of the season and third on the power play.

NMU (2-9) was whistled for a pair of penalties at the 11:25 mark of the first period, resulting in a rare 7:00 power play for the Huskies. An elbowing call on Tech negated 2:00 of the power play and NMU goaltender Nolan Kent kept the puck out of the net to keep it a one-goal game.

The Wildcats pressured in the third before the Huskies got an insurance goal from Tristan Ashbrook for his first as a Husky in his second game.

Tech was initially scheduled to host Lake Superior State this weekend in a WCHA series but had it postponed two hours before puck drop on Friday. The Huskies also had games at Minnesota State and Ferris State rescheduled.

The Huskies and Wildcats will wrap up the nonconference series at 5:07 p.m. Eastern today at the Berry Events Center.

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