Michigan made a change in net going into the second game against Michigan Tech with Jack LaFontaine starting between the pipes at Yost.
The Wolverines got an early power play when Cliff Watson of Michigan Tech was called of interference. Michigan opened up the scoring on the man advantage at 3:36 in the first period with the hero of last nights game, Will Lockwood putting the puck past Wientjes.
Michigan Tech leveled thing at one all when Micheal Neville beat La Fontaine at 12:28. Mark Auk also took an interference penalty at 13:23 giving Michigan another first period power play but they were unable to capitalize.
A bad turnover gave the Huskies a great scoring chance but LaFontaine came up with a big save. With only 40 seconds left La Fontaine came up with a great glove save, keeping the game tied at one going into the first intermission.
In the second period not much happened except penalties, Michigan taking three while Tech was called for two. Alex Kile was able to dangle two Michigan Tech players and finish top shelf from his knees to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead just before the second intermission. LaFontaine came up big in the second period, the period finished with Tech outshooting Michigan 28 to 10.
Michigan had chance to score on the power play when Joel L’Esperance was called for hooking but they were unable to score on the man advantage. Michigan Tech tied up the game at 2-2 when a shot two deflection, hitting a Michigan players skate last and beating LaFontaine five hole.
The Huskies took the 3-2 lead, after outshooting Michigan all game, with Thomas Beretta beating LaFontaine on goal that the Wolverines goalie would probably want back.
Michigan responded to tie the game at 3-3, with Cutler Martin scoring at 15:50 after a scramble in front of the Michigan Tech net. After the ensuing face-off a turnover in the Michigan defense zone gave the Huskies a great chance that ended in Sam Piazza being called for hooking penalty at 16:17. Michigan Tech hit the post while on the man advantage but the Wolverines were able to kill off the penalty.
The game finished 3-3 at the end of regulation with Michigan being outshoot 40-18 by the Huskies. Jack LaFontaine came up with a huge save with 1:33 left in overtime, after a shot hit the post just moments before.
Another bad defense zone turnover set up Michigan Tech with a great chance but the Tech player in the slot fanned on the shot. Big saves from Jack LaFontaine kept Michigan in the game in overtime and helped them earn a 3-3 tie while making 42 saves.
The game will officially go down as tie but there was a shootout. Alex Kile went first for Michigan and scored while Auk also scored on Michigan Tech’s first attempt. Both teams missed their second attempts. Jake Slaker scored on the Wolverines third attempt and that would be the shootout winner after Tech missed their last attempt. The shootout will not go on the teams official records but it was nice to see some great breakaway goals by Michigan.
The Maize and Blue return to action at 7:05pm on Friday, October 28th when they will travel Vermont to face the Catamounts at Gutterson Fieldhouse. They will cap off the weekend road trip on Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 in New Hampshire vs Dartmouth at Thompson Arena.