TEMPE, Arizona – No. 16 Michigan Tech received the 2023 Desert Hockey Basic with a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Boston College on Saturday at Mullett Enviornment. The Huskies took a 3-0 lead within the first interval and went on to win their third common season event championship below coach Shawhan.
“It was keeper, keeper, keeper,” Shawhan mentioned. “Blake gave us an opportunity. We scored sufficient objectives within the first sport and stored going. I could not be prouder of this group. They only hold discovering a approach.”
Blake Pietila was named event MVP after stopping 31 pictures within the championship sport and 24 within the semifinals in opposition to host Arizona State.
“It feels good after popping out of GLI and our tough exhibiting within the first sport,” Blake Pietila mentioned. “We knew we needed to follow our sport plan tonight. They are a quick passing staff, so we needed to follow our D-zone protection like we have finished all yr.”
Tech scored all of its objectives within the opening interval. Logan Pietila gave the Huskies the lead 7:06 into the sport. Jed Pietila fed Logan backdoor by the jam and he grabbed the go and scored his fifth aim of the season.
Kyle Kukkonen took the lead with 4:03 remaining when he skated in on a nook go from Logan Pietila and scored his eighth of the season. Ryland Mosley additionally had an help.
Tristan Ashbrook made it 3-0 together with his second aim of the weekend. Jed Pietila scooped the puck up behind the Michigan Tech internet and made an extended leap go to Ashbrook, who acquired behind the protection and scored his fifth of the season. Jake Crespi scored the second help.
“We’ve an important group that sticks collectively and performs for one another,” Jed Pietila mentioned. “I anticipated issues to open up on that play. TA opened up and he took a go off the wall and went in and scored. That was an important play by him.”
BU (13-6-0) scored a aim in every of the final two innings. Matt Brown scored a cut up aim from Jeremy Wilmer and Lane Hutson with 5:33 left within the second.
Kyle Kukkonen had a pair of possibilities to increase the result in three. Within the second interval, he discovered himself open in entrance of the aim, however BU goaltender Drew Commesso made an incredible skate save.
Commesso stopped Kukkonen shorthanded within the third. Jed Pietila additionally had an enormous likelihood when he hit the pipe halfway by the third interval.
The Terriers made it a one-goal sport with 10:50 left within the third on a credited aim to Devin Kaplan after Blake deflected a Tech participant, bounced off a layup and crossed the road.
BU further attacker with 1:48 left. The Terriers managed the sport and had a sequence of backdoor possibilities that did not find yourself within the internet. Parker Saretski and Arvid Kaderot received a few key late tackles, Brett Thorne had a shot blocked and Blake Pietila made an enormous save to seal the victory.
Photographs favored BU 33-23. The Huskies have been 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the ability play.
Tech received the Desert Hockey Basic for the second time in 2016 after successful the inaugural occasion on the Gila River Enviornment.
The Huskies completed their non-conference schedule with a 7-2 document after single wins over No. 11 Michigan State, Arizona State and No. 6 Boston College in Alaska and St. Lawrence.
Tech improved to 7-0 all-time in opposition to BU in impartial web site video games. The final time the 2 groups met earlier than Saturday was in November 1988.
Arizona State defeated Air Pressure 2-0 within the comfort sport that adopted Tech’s win.
Underneath Coach Shawhan, the Huskies additionally received the 2017 Ice Breaker Invitational and the 2019 Nice Lakes Invitational.
The Huskies return to CCHA play subsequent weekend, internet hosting St. Thomas. Friday is School and Employees Appreciation evening and Saturday is Junior Hockey Evening and Skate with the Huskies after the sport.