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Five different Huskies scored in the game as Tech buried four straight to break a 1 1 first intermission tie.
Mason Blacklock found the back of the net for his first of the season 5:25 into the game to give the Black and Gold the lead. He redirected a shot by Raymond Brice for the fourth of his career.
Bemidji State (15 11 6, 12 8 4 2 WCHA) tied it up just over 7:00 later for its only goal of the game. Jordan Heller scored his third of the weekend with two seconds left on a power play from Aaron Miller and Justin Baudry.
Tech then capitalized on back to back power plays in the first half of the second period. Brent Baltus playing for the first time since January 6 put in a rebound 7:17 into the second for a 2 1 lead. The initial shot by Joel L’Esperance was saved as he picked up the first of two assists on the evening.
“It was nice to be back out there with the guys,” Baltus said. “Winter Carnival is a lot of fun to be a part of and our fans are always incredible to play in front of.”
Mark Auk put the Huskies up 3 1 2:26 later when he one timed in an outlet pass by Jake Lucchini for his sixth of the season on the man advantage. Seamus Donohue also assisted on the play.
Gavin Gould gave the Black and Gold the margin it needed to secure the MacInnes Cup at the 11:45 mark of the second,
burying his team leading 11th of the season. L’Esperance carried the puck into the zone and it bounced off a defender out front. Gould chipped it under the goaltender for the 4 1 lead. Auk added the second assist.
The Huskies rounded out scoring late in the third period when Greyson Reitmeier stepped out of the penalty box and caught a three quarter ice pass from Dane Birks and scored on a breakaway. The smooth backhanded goal gave Reitmeier his fourth of the season.
Michael Bitzer started the game for the Beavers, stopping 12 shots. Jack Burgart relieved him after Tech’s fourth goal. Burgart had seven saves in the game’s final 28:15.
The two teams combined for eight minor penalties. The Huskies were 2 for 3 on the power play and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill.
Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz was recognized on the ice before the game and dropped the puck. Mroz is stepping down and returning to the faculty ranks this summer after 14 years as President.
Tech remains home next weekend (Feb. 16 17), hosting Arizona State at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in the final nonconference games of the season. The two teams met earlier this year at the Ice Vegas Invitational. It is the Sun Devils third year in NCAA Division I college hockey and will be their first ever visit to Houghton.