HOUGHTON, Mich. - Michigan Tech defeated Alaska 7-2 Saturday (Nov. 24) to complete the weekend sweep and improve to 6-0 in the WCHA. The Huskies have now won 16 straight games over the Nanooks and were fueled offensively by Gavin Gould's second career hat trick.
Gould scored the first three goals for the Black and Gold. He cleaned up a rebound in front of the net 4:15 into the game after a long shot by Tyler Rockwell. Dylan Steman added the second assist.
Alaska (2-10-2, 2-5-1 WCHA) tied it up on the power play 3:00 into the second on a long shot by Antti Viranen. Tyler Cline and Sam Ruffin assisted.
Gould got back to work only 26 seconds later. He backhanded another rebound out front to give the Huskies the lead again. Raymond Brice and Zach Noble assisted.
Gould buried his third of the night and fifth of the season 4:11 later. He caught a cross-ice, stretch pass from Jake Lucchini and wristed a shot from the top of the circle that found the back of the net before the hats littered the ice.
The Huskies (7-5, 6-0 WCHA) broke it open from there. Brian Halonen made it 4-1 at 8:59 scoring his second of the weekend. The goal was unassisted as he picked up a loose puck behind the net and wrapped it around for his fourth of the season.
Alex Smith joined the party 1:12 into the third period with a power play tally from Jake Lucchini. He blasted a wrist shot from the left of UAF goaltender Gustavs Grigals for his 16th career goal.
Lucchini made it 6-1 with a one-timer on the power play from Seamus Donohue. The goal capped off a three-point night for the captain-his third of the season.
Rockwell scored the final goal for Tech for the first of his career. He one-timed a pass from Dylan Steman and the puck redirected into the back of the net. Rockwell also had a three-point night.
The third period was littered with penalties and the Nanooks potted a goal at 13:17 to finish off scoring. Tristan Thompson scored from Colton Leiter and Steven Jandric.
The Huskies outshot the Nanooks 60-29, dominated all weekend 108-50. Matt Jurusik had 27 saves for the Huskies in his return to the crease, including a big stop on a breakaway with 6:00 left in the second period. Anton Martinsson had 26 saves in the first 29:00 for Alaska, while Grigals finished off the game with 27 saves in 31:00 of action.
The last time the Huskies scored seven goals was on March 4, 2017 when they defeated Lake Superior State 8-0 to sweep a WCHA Quarterfinal series.
Gould scored his first career hat trick the following weekend on March 12, 2017 when the Huskies defeated Minnesota State 4-1 to advance to the WCHA Championship Game.
Tech will return home next weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1), hosting Bemidji State in the first of two meetings between the two teams.