Hockey beats Michigan Tech 5-2 on Friday, falls 5-7 on Saturday

Joshua Crowe

The Oshkosh men’s hockey team snapped its two-game losing streak by beating Michigan Tech University 5-2 behind the stellar play of senior goalie Tony Francois on Friday.

Francois saw 58 shots in the game, but managed to stop 56 of them from finding the back of the net. Twenty-nine of those shots came in the third period alone and Francois was able to stop all of them.

Francois gave all of the credit to his team for their success.

“Being a goalie is a very team-dependent position,” Francois said. “Our team played well Friday and guaranteed me a win.”

The Titans surrendered the first goal of the game, and found themselves in a 1-2 hole after the first period.

The second period was a different story as the Titans scored four goals and found themselves with a 5-2 lead going into the third.

One of the biggest keys to the victory was the strong defense on power kills. The Titans allowed just one goal in the six times they were short-handed on the ice
Forward Andrew Schulenburg scored two of the team’s goals, bringing his point total to seven on the season.

Both teams struggled on defense in Saturday’s game, but the Huskies were able to pull out a 7-5 defeat.

Oshkosh got out to a fast start, scoring the first two goals of the game. Michigan Tech came back and scored three just before the end of period, and the Titans found themselves down 3-2 going into the break.

The Titans then scored two more in the second period and only surrendered one. They went into the third with a 5-4 lead.

In the third, however, Michigan Tech outscored the Titans 3-0, and walked away with a 7-5 victory.

Forward Jason Johnson added two goals on Saturday, bringing his team-leading point total to 11 on the season.

This is the last series of games the Titans will have until the weekend of Dec. 2. Senior forward Anthony Elsen said his team will continue to work hard during their time off.

“We need to have good practices, and we need to get in the right mindset,” Elsen said. “We are going to come out and play hard.”

Senior goalie Eric Vela said he is looking forward to the break.

“Off-ice time is crucial,” Vella said. “We will be stuffing our faces with delicious homemade food and we need to make sure we stick to our off -ice programs.”