Sunday, December 28, 2008

Michigan Tech wins GLI consolation

By Anthony Fenech
Free Press Special Writer

Michigan Tech's Brett Olsen was skating alongside the boards in the congested North Dakota zone late in the third period of a tie game when he heard a familiar voice down the ice.

It was sophomore left winger Jordan Baker.

“Net!” yelled Baker.

Olsen looked, saw an opening and feathered the puck towards the net.

After the puck deflected and dribbled off the right pad and stick of sprawling Fighting Sioux goaltender Brad Eidsness, Baker punched home the deciding goal in Michigan Tech’s 2-1 victory over North Dakota in the Great Lakes Invitational consolation game.

“I wasn’t trying to do anything but throw the puck at the net and try to get a rebound,” the freshman said.

Baker’s goal came with just under six minutes remaining in the third period, but the Huskies had to stave off a late North Dakota power play to secure the victory.

Michigan Tech killed all six penalties they were faced with, including three in the final period.

“Our penalty killing was outstanding, especially in the third,” head coach Jamie Russell said.

“We were much more focused today.”

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