2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Junior forward Justin Misiak had a goal and an assist for the Huskies
Michigan Tech Edged By Arizona State, 4-3

TEMPE, Ariz. - Michigan Tech scored three goals in the final 16:00 of the game but couldn't find the equalizer before the final horn in a 4-3 loss at No. 17 Arizona State Saturday (Jan. 4). Justin Misiak had a goal and an assist and Alex Smith had two assists as the Huskies fall to 12-9-1 overall.

"I give a lot of credit to our players for the way we came out in the third," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "We're a good third-period team. We transitioned the puck well and were much harder on the puck. We played with good pace."

Tech was down 3-0 entering the third period. Brian Halonen got the Black and Gold on the scoreboard 4:57 after the second intermission. He found some open space in front of the crease and slipped the puck past the goaltender with assists going to Smith and Misiak.

ASU (11-7-3) quickly extended its lead back to three when Filips Buncis scored 16 seconds later.

Alex Smith almost scored on a rebound and then the Sun Devils were whistled on a penalty after a scrum as the play ended. Alec Broetzman capitalized on the power play with his 10th of the season to make it a two-goal game at 4-2. Parker Saretsky got the assist.

Misiak then buried his second of the year as he gathered a pass from Tyler Rockwell and fired it into the net with 2:46 remaining. Smith added the secondary assist.

Goaltender Blake Pietila, who came in relief for the final 13:46, was pulled for the extra attacker with a minute to go. Colin Swoyer took three shots in the final moments but only one got through to the net with ASU defensemen blocking the others.

ASU outshot Tech 23-22 in the game. Tech had four shots in the first, five in the second, and 13 in the third. Matt Jurusik started for the Huskies and had 16 saves in 45:13 of action. Pietila had three saves in his third game.

The Sun Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two goals in the first and one in the second. Willie Knierim opened scoring 4:42 into the game. PJ Marrocco added to the lead with 4:42 remaining in the third. Jordan Sandhu found the back of the net 81 seconds into the second.

Tech was 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

The two teams will wrap up the nonconference series with a Sunday (Jan. 5) matinee at Oceanside Ice Arena. The puck drops at 3:05 p.m. Mountain/5:05 p.m. Eastern.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Game statistics
22 Shots 23
1 / 3 Power Plays 0 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 3 / 6
12-9-1 Records 11-7-3
Michigan Tech Arizona State
Willie Knierim (6)
PJ (Pietro) Marrocco (8)
Jordan Sandhu (3)
Brian Halonen (8)
Filips Buncis (2)
3rd/5:13  GW
Alec Broetzman (10)
3rd/8:40 PP
Justin Misiak (2)
Michigan Tech Arizona State
Matt Jurusik
45:13, 16 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 11-6-1)

Blake Pietila
13:46, 3 Saves, 0 GA

Empty Net
1:01, 0 GA
Evan Debrouwer
59:57, 19 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 10-7-3)

Empty Net
0:03, 0 GA