HOUGHTON, Mich. — John Scott’s goal with 3:16 left in regulation helped Michigan Tech salvage a 3-3 tie with Minnesota Saturday night at MacInnes Arena.
The 6-foot-7 freshman defenseman came down the middle and buried fellow freshman Chris Conner’s centering pass from behind the net for his first collegiate goal.
Brett Engelhardt and John Hartman also scored for the Huskies (1-2-2, 0-1-1 WCHA). Cam Ellsworth made 37 saves.
Troy Riddle, Judd Stevens and Gino Guyer scored power-play goals for the Golden Gophers (2-1-2, 1-0-1), while Justin Johnson made 24 saves.
“[Michigan Tech] is a much-improved team from a year ago,” said Minnesota coach Don Lucia. “There are no easy games in this league, and we’re lucky to come out of this weekend with three points.”
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead at 7:39 of the first period when Engelhardt took a nifty pass down low from Murphy and slid the puck past Johnson for his sixth goal of the season.
Tech took a 2-0 lead at 5:28 of the second period when John Hartman took Nick Anderson’s pass, flew up the right wing past the Gophers’ defense, cut to the middle and scored through Johnson’s legs.
Minnesota cut its deficit in half just over two minutes later when Riddle chopped a shot past Ellsworth for a power-play goal.
The Gophers tied the game when Stevens beat Ellsworth with a slapper from just inside the blue line for another power-play goal at 11:29.
Minnesota took its first lead of the game at 2:01 of the third period when Guyer took fellow freshman Andy Sertich’s feed and shelved a shot for his fifth goal of the season and third of the weekend.
The Gophers were 3-for-9 with the man-advantage, while Tech went 0-for-6.