Huskies hockey team ranked No. 5 this week

HOUGHTON – Michigan Tech hockey jumped up to No. 5 in this week’s USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Huskies have 20 wins for the first time since the 1987-88 season and are 20-7-1 overall and 15-4-1 in the WCHA.

Tech wraps up its nine-game home stand this weekend, hosting Bemidji State for the annual Winter Carnival series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Friday’s game starts at 7:07 p.m. with a special 5:07 p.m. puck drop for Saturday. The two teams will play for the MacInnes Cup given annually to the total goal winner of the series.

Tickets are selling fast and are $17 for reserved adult seats and $5 for reserved youth seats. They can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex, online at or over the phone by calling 906-487-2073.

The Huskies were ranked No. 8 and 9 in last week’s polls and swept Alabama Huntsville. Tech outscored the Chargers 16-1 over the weekend with nine different players scoring. Co-captains Tanner Kero and Blake Pietila each notched their 100th career point on Saturday, and goaltender Jamie Phillips stopped 30-of-31 shots on the weekend to win his 18th and 19th games of the year.

After starting the season unranked, the Huskies climbed to No. 1 on Nov. 17 for the first time since 1976. They have remained in the top 11 since Nov. 3.

(Information Courtesy of MTU Athletics)