HOUGHTON – Offensive woes continued for Lake Superior, as they suffered their second consecutive shutout in a 3-0 loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies.
Lake Superior (4-12-3, 3-8-2 WCHA) found themselves behind the eight ball early, as a power play goal by the Huskies (9-7-4, 7-6-4-1 WCHA) netted a power play goal courtesy of Brent Baltus just 2:56 into the game.
The Lakers settled things down after the goal by Baltus, as they played their defensive game well, frustrating the Tech offense with a good forecheck.
Despite being outshot 19-4 in the second period, the Lakers kept Michigan Tech off of the scoresheet by playing well defensively. While the shot differential was lopsided, the Huskies accumulated 16 blocked shots throughout the game, many of which came in the second period.
Two third period goals within four minutes of each other sealed the fate for Lake Superior, as the strong play of Mareks Mitens in net was not enough to keep the Lakers in the game.
Making his first start in a Laker uniform was sophomore defenseman Steven Ruggiero. Ruggiero, a native of King’s Park, New York, transferred to Lake Superior following a half season at Providence. He was a 6th round (178th overall) draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2015.
Also of note concerning the lineup was the absence of Laker captain Aidan Wright. The senior defenseman from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, sat out for the first time in his college career. Wright had played 133 consecutive games before tonight.
Mitens made 37 saves on 40 opportunites, while his counterpart Robert Beydoun picked up the shutout with 25 saves.
The teams will meet again tonight at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton. Puck drop is at 7:07 p.m.