Michigan Tech Rolls Into Denver On A Hot Streak

From : Daily Mining Gazette
by K.D. Warvie

Things have changed a little bit since the last time Michigan Tech and Denver got together.

Since dropping both games to the Pioneers, the Huskies have gone 3-2-1 in their last six.

Tech is coming off a split at the Great Lakes Invitational. The Huskies lost to Michigan before defeating North Dakota to finish in third place. It was the second straight year Tech has come away with a win at the GLI.

There's no doubt the Huskies have been playing their best hockey of the year over the past month. But Tech has had a week off heading into its series with Denver, and that little interruption in the schedule has head coach Jamie Russell a bit uneasy.

"The one thing that does concern me is that we're coming off an off week," Russell said. "Denver played in their tournament last weekend and our guys were off.

"We only got two practices. We traveled on Wednesday and then we practiced in Denver, so it's a short week in terms of our preparation."

Denver dominated the series with Tech earlier in the season. The Pioneers scored six goals each night in recording the sweep.

"We definitely owe Denver some payback," Russell said. "They came in here and they dominated us.

"I think at that time we were pressing so hard to create offense that we compromised ourselves defensively. We gave up odd-man rush after odd-man rush and if you do that against that team, they're going to score."

Denver is one of the top scoring teams in the nation.

The Pioneers have eight players with six or more goals.

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