Sat, 15 Oct 2011 03:15:00 GMT — Jordan Baker scored into wide open goal 2:53 into overtime on an odd play to give Michigan Tech a 2-1 victory over No. 18 Wisconsin tonight in front of 2,958 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies are now 3-0-0 and 1-0-0 in WCHA play.Badger goaltender Landon Peterson went behind his net and played the a puck out. UW defenseman John Ramage then ran into Peterson while Tech TMs Brett Olson fed the puck to a waiting Baker in front of the net. The senior right wing made no mistake on his second game winner in the season TMs first three games.I was screaming for Olson to give me the puck and he did, said Baker. It TMs exciting to win in overtime and keep the momentum we started last weekend.Tech TMs Blake Pietila was there beside Ramage on the game TMs final play, and Wisconsin players and coaches were looking for an interference call.I didn TMt see the play, said Tech head coach Mel Pearson. There are a lot of things that can happen when a goalie goes back to play a puck. Olson got the puck in deep in the first place. That was the key.After a scoreless first period, Michigan Tech got on the board in the second. Freshman Tanner Kero made a nice redirect of a Riley Sweeney pass from the right point. Sweeney, also a rookie, found Kero just below the right circle. The redirected puck found its way over Peterson TMs left shoulder for a 1-0 Huskies TM lead at the 7:41 mark.The hosts skated with the lead into the third period.In a game where there were few penalties (two each team), the Huskies put themselves down a man when Dennis Rix was whistled for checking from behind. The Badgers capitalized with a goal from Tyler Barnes, who snuck the puck past Josh Robinson after skating in with it from the left goal line. The equalizer came at the 7:24 mark of the third.Tech had a chance on a power play midway through the third that was killed by Wisconsin.Both teams skated hard in overtime before Baker TMs game winner.Robinson made 23 saves on 24 Wisconsin shots. Peterson stopped 36-of-38 Huskies shots on net.I TMm extremely happy for our players, said Mel Pearson. They TMve bought into our new style, and they TMre only scratching the surface. We TMve still got a lot of work to do, but I TMm proud of them.UW (1-2-0, 0-1-0 WCHA) was 1-for-2 on the power play while Tech was 0-for-2.The teams will face off in the series finale tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m.
WLUC, Upper Michigan’s News Source provides news, sports, and weather coverage for Marquette, Michigan and nearby communities including Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Houghton, and many others throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.