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      Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University hockey to be televised

      The home-and-home series between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University hockey teams will be televised live on FOX UP.

      WLUC-TV's FOX UP will carry the two games on February 21 and 22, showcasing the rivalry between the Huskies and the Wildcats.

      "We're pleased to be able to, with the support of our sponsors, take this step in providing great local sports content to our viewers in the community that we serve," said Rob Jamros, General Manager at WLUC. "The success of this endeavor will undoubtedly lead to more local programming like this. Stay tuned!"

      A veteran broadcast team comprised of Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will provide play-by-play commentary for the game. Evans provided play-by-play radio announcements for NMU from 2001 to 2004 and also served as an analyst from 1997 to 1999.

      Ellis, a Calumet native and former TV6 employee, hosted shows on Fox Sports Detroit and provided play-by-play for the Big Ten Network.

      â??Weâ??re excited to see what this opportunity can add to a great rivalry,â?? said Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. â??We know both schools have fans across the UP and Northern Wisconsin. We hope this grows our fan base in those areas and starts a partnership that we can expand upon in the future.â??

      The rivalry between Tech and Northern, which has always been strong, will be more intense with conference implications. The Huskies and Wildcats are both vying for home ice the WCHA playoffs with three weeks left in the regular season. The teams split their earlier home-and-home series in October with the host winning each time.

      â??Both schools have strong academic and athletic traditions,â?? said Northern Michigan athletic director Forrest Karr. â??Televising these games will allow additional college hockey fans to watch and celebrate the accomplishments of the many talented student-athletes participating in this healthy rivalry.â??

      The games are scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop on February 21 and 22. Live coverage will begin on FOX UP at 7 p.m. both nights.