Michigan Tech pulled off a sweep at Robert Morris outscoring the Colonials 9-1 on the weekend. On top of that, four Huskies were recognized for WCHA honors, sweeping all the possible categories. From the WCHA press release:
WCHA Forward of the Week Alec Broetzman, So., Michigan Tech (Hudson, Wis.)
Michigan Tech’s Alec Broetzman helped lead the Huskies to a season-opening road sweep of Robert Morris. The Hudson, Wis., native tallied an NCAA-leading six points on four goals and two assists with one game-winning goal, eight shots and a +4 rating. Broetzman opened the weekend with a game-winning, shorthanded overtime goal to give Tech a 2-1 win over the Colonials on Saturday evening. Sunday, he exploded for a first-period natural hat trick as the Huskies potted five goals in the frame en route to a 7-0 victory to sweep the series. Two of his three goals on Sunday came on the power play. Broetzman also added a pair of helpers in Sunday’s win.
WCHA Defenseman of the Week Seamus Donohue, Jr., Michigan Tech (North Oaks, Minn.)
Junior Seamus Donohue recorded a pair of power play assists in Michigan Tech’s sweep of Robert Morris on the opening weekend of the season. The North Oaks, Minn., native also led the NCAA in blocked shots with eight in two games. Donohue was part of a Tech penalty kill unit that was a perfect eight-for-eight on the weekend as the Huskies limited Robert Morris to just one goal in the series sweep.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week Matt Jurusik, Sr., Michigan Tech (La Grange, Ill.)
Michigan Tech’s Matt Jurusik stopped 59-of-60 shots in the Huskies’ sweep of Robert Morris over the weekend. He recorded his third shutout as a Husky on Sunday with 25 stops in a 7-0 blanking of the Colonials. His 0.48 GAA ranks second nationally and his .983 save percentage was the second-best in the WCHA for the opening weekend.
WCHA Rookie of the Week Parker Saretsky, Fr., F, Michigan Tech (Wainwright, Alta.)
Forward Parker Saretsky tallied four points on a goal and three assists in Michigan Tech’s two-game sweep at Robert Morris to lead all NCAA rookies in points on the weekend. The Wainwright, Alta., native’s +3 rating also topped all NCAA newcomers. He collected his first collegiate goal in Tech’s 7-0 win on Sunday.
The Huskies survived a close game on Saturday night, winning in overtime and poured it on Sunday afternoon scoring 7, including a natural hat trick from Broetzman. As noted from Huskies fans on the USCHO fan forum, Broetzman’s Sunday performance was the first natural hat trick since Colin Murphy’s amazing performance against Northern Michigan in October 2003. The youth movement with the Huskies is in full force as 8s of 9 goals and 20 of 25 points this weekend came from underclassmen. Alex Smith and Seamus Donohue were the only upperclassmen with multiple points this weekend.
Jurusik showed that he might actually be the guy that can steal a game making many quality saves, especially Saturday night, stopping all but one of the numerous grade “A” scoring chances on 60 shots. The Huskies return home this Friday to start WCHA play against the Alaska Nanooks. The Nanooks are 0-2-0 after taking Denver to OT on Saturday night but falling at home twice to the Pioneers.
Tim is a 2004 graduate of Michigan Tech. He is a co-founder of both Mitch’s Misfits and Tech Hockey Guide. With recent additions to the staff, Tim is again able to focus on his passion, recruiting. He currently works as an environmental engineer and resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area.