MTU Hockey drops competition to National Under-18 team


HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Michigan Tech lost 2-1 in an exhibition game against the United States National Hockey Team Development Program on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena . Brian Halonen scored the Huskies’ only goal in the first period.

“I thought it was a good hockey game,” said technical coach Joe Shawhan. “I thought there was a lot of rhythm, grind and competition. I liked what we saw from a lot of guys. Our team has grown since last night. We didn’t make too many mistakes, but the ones we did took advantage of them.

Halonen got the puck in the neutral zone and beat his defenseman on the outside to create a breakaway and give the Huskies the lead at 8:02 of the game. Colin Swoyer and Parker Saretski assisted on the game.

“He’s playing well,” Shawhan said of Halonen. “He does a lot of little things well, and it really has an impact on his game.”

The USNTDP equalized 4:02 later when Brady Berard shorthanded Cutter Gauthier.

The United States took the lead with 2:06 left in the second period when Logan Cooley scored on a breakaway from Lane Hutson and Charlie Leddy.

The Huskies outscored the Reds, Whites and Blues 13-4 in the final period, but goaltender Tyker Muszelik held on for the victory. he stole Tyrone Brontë with just under 4:00 to go in the game, then Halonen stopped with an explosion a minute later.

Tech dominated the USNTDP 24-16 in the game. Blake Pietila made 14 saves for the home team.

The Black and Gold are off next weekend before a non-conference road trip to Clarkson. The Huskies return home for the CCAA opener against Lake Superior State on November 5-6.

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