Friday, March 09, 2007

Winless No More

Wow...What more is there to say. The Michigan Tech Huskies, with an 0-16-0 record at the World Arena in Colorado College have decimated that winless streak. Less than a minute into the first overtime period, Jimmy Kerr shoved home a puck that Alex Gange sent toward the goal line, and as easy as that, the Huskies are off to a positive start this playoff season. Oddly enough (sarcasm), referee Marco Hunt made no calls on the Tigers tonight (despite many potential infractions) while the Tigers only went on the powerplay 4 times.

I'll leave the game recap to one of the lucky ones who spent all the money to go to Colorado Springs to witness this feat. Elsewhere in the WCHA, more wows abound. 9th place Minnesota Duluth started their series against St. Cloud on the road to another 9th over 2nd upset, with a 3-1 win over the fake Huskies. The University of Wisconsin also took an early lead for themselves with a 3-2 victory in Denver, after giving up their early lead.

Not surprisingly, the University of Minnesota hanidly managed Alaska-Anchorage to a 6-2 victory, and the University of North Dakota sent Mankato back to the hotel with a 5-2 victory over the Mavericks.

The Huskies may have won this game, but with defensemen Jake Wilkens and John Schwarz absent, the fatigue factor was high, and game 2 in the mountains of Colorado may be made quite a bit more difficult. Don't look for the Huskies to give up easy though.

With the results from tonight, an interesting situation arises. After the Huskies' first playoff win since 1998, they could potentially enter the Final Five without having to participate in the play-in game. I won't speculate more, but I'd advise Husky fans to cheer for the Badgers, Bulldogs and Huskies tomorrow.


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