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Great Lakes Invitational GDT: Michigan Tech vs. Michigan, 12.29.12


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#1 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:17 PM

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From The Mining Gazette

Michigan Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson doesn't want anything to distract from what takes place on the ice at this weekend's Great Lakes Invitational, but attention will inevitably be directed behind the benches Saturday when his Huskies face the Michigan Wolverines.

Pearson served as an assistant coach at Michigan for 23 years, all under current 28th-year head coach Red Berenson, before accepting the job at Tech, his alma mater, going into the 2011-12 season. Saturday will be his first meeting against the Wolverines since then.

"It's not me versus Red, it's Tech versus Michigan, and that's how we're looking at it," Pearson said, "but I guess it's a little different, obviously, being there so long. It's weird, but very exciting at the same time.

"I can't say that I'm looking forward to it. I want Michigan to do well, except when we play them. It's a unique situation. I have a lot of friendships over there and I respect their team and the way they play."

While he doesn't want the attention on the coaches, he knows his time at Michigan could serve as an advantage in terms of preparation.

Pearson estimates he played a role in recruiting about 80 percent of the current Michigan roster.

"There won't be many surprises, not that there is in college hockey anyways with all the film, but I have a little insight to their better players, and that's an advantage for sure," Pearson said.

He has plenty of understanding about the GLI, too, having been involved in every one since 1977, when he started his four-year playing career at Tech.

He won the tournament every year as a player, including scoring the tournament-winning goal in triple overtime against Michigan in 1979.

He was an assistant coach at Tech from 1982 to 88, a period in which Tech never won the championship. He then became an assistant coach at Michigan in '88 and helped the Wolverines to nine straight GLI championships, but the Maize and Blue followed that with a 10-year championship drought.

"It goes in cycles, and every year is different," Pearson said.

Altogether, he has been involved in 16 GLI championship-winning teams.

The Wolverines are the defending champions and Tech has not won since 1980, Pearson's last year as a player.


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Campus Location: Houghton, Michigan
Enrollment: 7,034
Conference: WCHA
48th GLI Tournament Appearance, all as either host or co-host
GLI Championships Won: 9, last won in 1980

Coach: Mel Pearson

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.Class
3Bradley Stebner (A)ForwardJunior
5Justin FillionDefenseSophomore
7Jujhar KhairaForwardFreshman
8Jacob JohnstoneForwardJunior
9Dennis RixForwardJunior
10Tanner KeroForwardSophomore
11Daniel HolmbergForwardJunior
12Ryan FurneForwardJunior
13Aaron PietilaForwardSenior
14Chad PietilaForwardSenior
15David JohnstoneDefenseSophomore
16Steven Seigo (A)DefenseSenior
17Mikael LickteigForwardSenior
18C.J. EickForwardFreshman
19Blake PietilaForwardSophomore (participating in World Juniors)
20Blake HietalaForwardSophomore (Redshirted)
21Tommy BrownDefenseSenior
22Malcolm GouldForwardFreshman
23Alex PetanForwardFreshman
24Daniel SovaDefenseJunior
25Carl Nielsen ©DefenseSenior
26Jimmy DavisDefenseSophomore
28Milos GordicForwardJunior (Redshirted)
29Walker HylandDefenseFreshman
30Jamie PhillipsGoalieFreshman
31Pheonix CopleyGoalieFreshman
33Patrick AndersonForwardFreshman
34Riley SweeneyDefenseSophomore
35Kevin GenoeGoalieSenior


From USCHO

Michigan Tech (4-10-3, 3-8-3 WCHA) is coached by former UM associate head coach, Mel Pearson. The Huskies enter the GLI looking for their first win since Nov. 17, a 2-1 overtime victory that capped a weekend sweep of Bemidji State. Since that win, MTU is 0-4-3. The Huskies have played in every GLI since the tournament’s inception in 1965, but they last captured a GLI title in 1980. They last played for a title in 2007.


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Campus Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Enrollment: 42,716
Conference: CCHA
43rd GLI Tournament Appearance, has been co-host since 1976
GLI Championships Won: 15, last won in 2011

Coach: Red Berenson

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.Class
1Steve RacineGoalie Freshman
3Mike ChaissonDefenseSophomore
4Kevin ClareDefenseJunior
6Brennan ServilleDefenseSophomore
7Phil DeGuiseppeForwardSophomore
8Jacob TroubaDefenseFreshman (participating at World Juniors)
9Luke MoffattForwardJunior
10Justin SelmanForwardFreshman
11Zach HymanForwardSophomore
12Cristoval NievesForwardFreshman
13Lee Moffie (A)ForwardSenior
14Kevin Lynch (A)ForwardSenior
16Daniel MilneForwardFreshman
17Andrew SinelliForwardSophomore
18Andrew CoppForwardFreshman
19Derek DeBloisForwardJunior
20Travis LynchForwardSophomore
22Jeff RohrkemperForwardSenior
23A.J. Treais ©ForwardSenior
24Jon MerrillDefenseJunior
26Mike SzumaDefenseSophomore
27Alex GuptillForwardSophomore
28Jared RutledgeGoalieFreshman
29Luke DwyerGoalie Sophomore (Redshirted)
30Adam JanecykGoalieJunior
37Mac Bennett (A)DefenseJunior
39Lindsay SparksForwardSenior


Also from USCHO

The Wolverines are the defending GLI champs for two years running and have captured four of the last five tournament titles. Michigan (6-9-2, 4-7-2-2 CCHA) is tied with Alaska for seventh in the CCHA, each team having 16 points. The Wolverines struggled in the first half in front of two freshmen goaltenders who lack confidence, largely because they’re not getting much help from the defense in front of them; UM’s defense is 52nd in the country, allowing 3.35 goals per game. At this point last year, the Wolverines had netted 71 goals in 20 games; this season, they’ve scored 50 through 17. Michigan halted a four-game winless streak with that 2-0 win over Western Dec. 15, the weekend salvaged by the play of junior goaltender Adam Janecyk, who made 25 saves in his first game of the season, his first collegiate shutout decision. That UM defense will be without its best player for this tournament, freshman Jacob Trouba, who is playing with Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Championship. The Wolverines have 15 GLI titles.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:31 PM

Wolverines are already down, 1-0. heh (And this is me coming in late, too.)
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:32 PM

I can see why, too. They seem disorganized right now.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

It's only getting worse for Michigan, too, with an interference. (Although the announcers question the call.)
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

Nice work by Tech on the power play. 2-0
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:39 PM

^ Sweeney with the point shot, Khaira with the tip in.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:41 PM

And that's how the period ends. And not too soon for Michigan.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

I wonder when the last time Michigan and Michigan State played in the consolation game of this was...

Edit: 1981, and it looked like it ended in a tie.

This point has been edited by Erik C.: 29 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

Rix was lucky he didn't get a 5 on that boarding.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

It's all but over now after that goal.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

heh NOW it's over. 4-0, and the Wolverines are still disorganized.

Just hope frustration doesn't take over like it did after the third goal.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

A very noticeable ping.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

Uh, now the band is starting up Seven Nation Army. This is gonna turn into last year's Frozen Four for me now. :rolleyes:
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

Finally, the mercy killing is over. Western and Tech in the finals tomorrow.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:19 AM

Alex Petan’s two goals have led Michigan Tech past Michigan 4-0 and into the title game at the Great Lakes Invitational.

The Huskies (5-10-3) play Western Michigan on Sunday in hopes of winning their first Great Lakes championship since 1980. They last appeared in a title game in 2007.

Petan scored in the first and third periods Saturday. Jujhar Khaira and Tommy Brown also scored for MTU, which had been 0-4-3 in its previous seven games.
Pheonix Copley made 38 saves, including 16 in the first period.

Michigan (6-10-2) had won two straight Great Lakes titles. The Wolverines were 0-for-4 on the power play.


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