Weekly WCHA honor goes to Pietila

EDINA, Minn. – Michigan Tech forward Blake Pietila was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday (Jan. 26). The senior captain had three points, including Friday’s overtime game winner, in the Huskies’ WCHA series sweep of Alaska.

Pietila, a native of Brighton, Mich., has scored in three straight games and has four goals and an assist in the span. The New Jersey Devils draft pick scored Tech’s second goal of the game on Saturday on the power play and now has 10 goals and nine assists on the season. In 139 career games, Pietila has 42 goals and 53 assists.

Tech is 18-7-1 overall this season and 13-4-1 in the WCHA, good for second place in the league standings.

The Huskies continue their nine-game home stand this weekend (Jan. 30-31) against Alabama Huntsville. The two teams face off at 7:07 p.m. both nights. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Tech won 4-2 and 5-2 on Nov. 28-29 in Alabama. The Chargers currently sit in a tie for eighth in the WCHA standings, but have won four of their last six league games.

Friday is Season Ticket Holders Appreciation Night. Season ticket holders can pick up a general admission ticket to the March 6 game against Northern Michigan during the game and up to 30 minutes after the conclusion. Season ticket holders can also pick up a free box of popcorn during Friday’s game and also a free hockey t-shirt with a purchase of $25 or more at University Images.

Saturday is Junior Hockey Night with Skate With The Huskies and autographs after the game. There will be a raffle table with numerous prizes, including Commuter Plan B week of hockey school, Reebok stick certificates, autographed Michigan Tech hockey sticks and pucks, free ice cream, free skate sharpening cards from Center Ice Skate and Sport, free SDC daily pass, and a discount card for hockey school and the Randy McKay 3-on-3 tournament.

(Information/Photo Courtesy of MTU Athletics)