Today, Michigan Tech’s Blake Pietila was named a finalist for the NCAA’s Mike Richter award. For those that aren’t aware, the Mike Richter award is a Hobey Baker-adjacent award for goaltenders awarded annually since 2014. Past award winners include Connor Hellebuyck and Thatcher Demko.
This season, Pietila ranks 5th among all NCAA goaltenders with a .938 save percentage and 3 shutouts, which is tied for 7th nationally.
Pietila is joined as a finalist by 8 other goaltenders, including WCHA counterparts Mareks Mitens (Lake Superior State) and Dryden McKay (Minnesota State).
The Huskies will look to take the momentum from this past Tuesday’s win into this weekend against the archrival Northern Michigan Wildcats. Check out Jonathan Zamaites’s Series Preview here.
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Matt Cavender graduated from Tech in 2018 and is a former President of Mitch's Misfits, serving two terms. Matt serves on the Tech Hockey Guide staff as Editor in Chief. He currently works as a Digital Marketing Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI