THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES
• When. 20 Michigan Tech hosts no. 10 Minnesota State this weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
• The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday.
• The Huskies are 8-3-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the CCHA and are currently third in the CCHA standings. MSU is 8-4-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the CCHA.
• The two teams will meet in Mankato on February 24-25 to wrap up the regular season.

ON THE RADIO
• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games.
• Fans can listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.com, or by using your favorite radio streaming app.
• Dirk Hembroff will call all the action in his 21st year behind the microphone.

FLOHOCKEY.TV
• All Michigan Tech home and CCHA games during the 2022-23 season will be live-streamed on FloHockey.tv.
• Fans can purchase either annual ($150) or monthly ($30) subscriptions and will have access to all CCHA games along with the full USHL, Atlantic Hockey and ECHL schedule.
• Download the FloSports app today on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and the App Store.

HUSKIES RANKED
• Michigan Tech is ranked No. 20 in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
• Tech was also ranked No. 20 on October 3 and has received votes in all nine USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and DCU/USCHO polls.

CCHA DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
• Brett Thorne is the CCHA Defenseman of the Week after he led the CCHA with five points last weekend.
• He had a career-high four assists Friday, including a helper on Kyle Kukkonen’s game-winning goal.
• The co-captain added an assist on the first goal Saturday. Thorne leads Tech defensemen with six points in eight games.

CCHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• Kyle Kukkonen is the CCHA Rookie of the Week after tallying three points in the sweep at St. Thomas.
• Kukkonen had a pair of goals Friday, including the game-winner on the power play in the third period, and added an assist on Tech’s first goal on Saturday.
• Kukkonen ranks second amongst CCHA rookies with 10 points and is second on the team.

LAST WEEKEND
• Michigan Tech swept St. Thomas in Minnesota last weekend.
• The Huskies won 6-2 Friday and 4-3 Saturday.
• Kyle Kukkonen had a pair of goals Friday, Ryland Mosley and Jack Works scored each night while David Jankowski, Jake Crespi, Trevor Russell, and Chris Lipe also found the back of the net.

TECH LEADERS
• Ryland Mosley leads the Huskies with 15 points, ranking second in the CCHA.
• Ryland Mosley (7) and Kyle Kukkonen (5) lead the team in goals.
• Kukkonen ranks second amongst CCHA rookies with 10 points.

SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
• Minnesota State is 8-4-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the CCHA. The league wins are over Bowling Green, St. Thomas, and Northern Michigan.
• The Mavericks have won five of their last six and are 1-3 in road games.
• MSU was the top pick in the Preseason CCHA Coaches’ Poll after going 38-6 last season with an appearance in the NCAA National Championship Game.
• Head coach Mike Hastings is in his 11th season. MSU has gone to seven NCAA Tournaments under Hastings.

SERIES INFO
• Tech is 23-51-9 all-time against Minnesota State, dating back to 1996.
• The Huskies are 17-20-6 against the Mavericks in Houghton.
• Tech went 0-4 against MSU last season, with three games being one-goal games and the other a two-goal game after an empty net goal.
• The Huskies have lost seven straight to MSU. The last win was December 6, 2020, when Blake Pietila made 43 saves in a 3-1 win at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

STAT RANKINGS
• Blake Pietila leads the nation with four shutouts. He is 11th in save percentage (.929) and 12th in goals against average (1.9).
• Ryland Mosley leads the nation with three shorthanded goals and is second with three game-winning goals.
• The Huskies are sixth in the nation in scoring defense (2.00) to lead the CCHA.
• Tech is seventh nationally in penalty-killing percentage (.863).

CCHA PLAYER OF THE MONTH
• Blake Pietila was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Month for October.
• He earned the monthly honor for the fourth time in his career and was also named a runner-up for HCA National Goaltender of the Month.
• Pietila led CCHA goaltenders in save percentage (.944), goals-against average (1.51), and wins (4) during October.

CCHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• November 21 – Kyle Kukkonen – CCHA Rookie of the Week
• November 21 – Brett Thorne – CCHA Defenseman of the Week
• October 17 – Blake Pietila – CCHA Goaltender of the Week
• October 31 – Blake Pietila – CCHA Goaltender of the Week

HIGHLIGHT REEL GOAL
• Kash Rasmussen’s third-period goal against St. Lawrence on October 28 checked in at No. 8 on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Night.
• The power play tally was Rasmussen’s first collegiate goal after he whacked it out of midair and into the back of the net.

PRESEASON ALL-CCHA
• Senior goaltender Blake Pietila was named to the Preseason All-CCHA Team.
• He was a semifinalist for Mike Richter Award and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team as a junior.
• Last season, Pietila ranked second in the CCHA in goals-against average (1.99), wins (16), shutouts (5), saves (614), and was fourth with a .911 save percentage in CCHA games last season.

NHL DRAFT PICKS
• Kyle Kukkonen – Picked by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2021 NHL Draft as the 162nd overall pick in the sixth round.
• Ryan O’Connell – Picked by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 NHL Draft as the 203rd overall pick in the seventh round.

CAPTAINS
• Senior Logan Pietila along with juniors Arvid Caderoth and Brett Thorne are the captains.
• Junior Ryland Mosley is the alternate captain.

COACH SHAWHAN
• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his sixth season behind the bench and holds a record of 103-80-18.
• He won his 100th career game at Bowling Green on November 5, 2022, and ranks third in wins by a Tech hockey coach.
• Shawhan’s 22 wins in his first season tied for the most ever by a first-year Michigan Tech coach. Jim Nahrgang won 22 games in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was named the 22nd head coach of the Huskies on May 30, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach for Tech over the previous three seasons.

CCHA PLAY
• Michigan Tech was in the CCHA from 1981-84 and holds a 60-49-5 all-time CCHA regular season record.
• The Huskies are 3-6-2 in the CCHA Playoffs with the three wins over Ferris State.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
• Blake Pietila – CCHA Second Team (2021-22)
• Arvid Caderoth – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2020-21)
• Tyrone Bronte – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2020-21) with Alabama Huntsville

NON-CONFERENCE
• Tech plays nine non-conference games this season.
• The Huskies lost at Ferris State on October 7.
• Tech swept at Alaska on October 13-14.
• The Black and Gold swept St. Lawrence on October 28-29 in the only home non-conference series.
• The Great Lakes Invitational is on December 27 and 28. Tech opens up against Western Michigan and will face either Michigan State or Ferris State on Day 2.
• Tech travels to the Desert Hockey Classic at Arizona State. The Huskies play the Sun Devils on Day 1 and either UConn or Boston University on Day 2.

TRANSFERS
• Ryan O’Connell played four seasons (2018-22) and 117 collegiate games at Ohio State. He tallied 25 points with two goals and 23 assists for the Buckeyes and was a member of 2019 Big Ten regular season championship and NCAA Tournament squad.
• Jack Works began his collegiate career with 15 games over the past two seasons with Denver. He tallied one assist with the Pioneers in his NCAA debut and was a member of the 2022 NCAA National Championship team. Works was named an AHCA All-America Scholar (2020-21) and was on the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team (2021-22).
• David Jankowski played four seasons (2018-22) and 110 games for St. Lawrence. He tallied 53 collegiate points with 20 goals and 33 assists and was the team captain in 2021-22. The Saints won the 2021 ECAC Tournament Championship. Jankowski was named to ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.

IN THE PRESEASON CCHA POLL
• Tech was picked fifth in the Preseason CCHA Coaches’ Poll.
• Minnesota State, Northern Michigan, Bowling Green, and Bemidji State were picked ahead of the Huskies.
• Lake Superior State, Ferris State, and St. Thomas rounded out the poll.

RETURNERS
• Tech returns 18 players from last season with 13 forwards, four defensemen, and a goaltender.
• Fourteen Huskies returners saw significant ice time last season with Logan Pietila (23), Brett Thorne (17), Tristan Ashbrook (16), Arvid Caderoth (16), Ryland Mosley (13) being the top returning point-getters.

FRESHMEN
• Tech has 10 freshmen on the roster which ranks eighth in the nation for the largest freshmen class.
• Forwards: Kyle and Trevor Kukkonen, Kash Rasmussen
• Defensemen: Oliver Bezick, Frank Dovorany, Topi Heiskanen, Evan Orr, Kasper Vaharautio
• Goaltenders: Michael Morelli, Max Vayrynen

PIETILA TIMES FOUR
• Logan and Blake Pietila are twin brothers. Logan is a forward and Blake is a goaltender.
• Cousin and next-door neighbor Jed Pietila is a defenseman.
• Other Pietilas to play for the Huskies were Phil Pietila (2002-05), Aaron Pietila (2009-13), Chad Pietila (2011-13), and Blake Pietila (2011-15).
• Jimmy Pietila is currently a student assistant for the Huskies.

JOE SHAWHAN HOUR
• The Joe Shawhan Hour can be heard every Monday morning at 10 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ.
• Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan talk about the previous weekend and the upcoming matchup.
• Fans can listen live to the Joe Shawhan Hour on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at TheMix93.com or Pasty.comor by using your favorite radio streaming app. The show will also be posted for on-demand listeners at MichiganTechHuskies.com.

2021-22 RECAP
• Tech finished with a 21-13-3 overall record and was the No. 2 seed in the CCHA Mason Cup Playoffs with a 16-8-2 mark.
• Tech received votes in every poll throughout the season and finished No. 14.
• Tech received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, making its 14th all-time NCAA appearance and the second under head coach Joe Shawhan.
• Seven Huskies signed professional contracts after the season.
• The Huskies finished third in the nation in penalty-killing percentage and were fourth in power-play percentage and scoring defense.



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