Michigan Tech won the MacInnes Cup as Winter Carnival champions for the sixth straight season after defeating Bemidji State 5-1 Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. BSU won 4-2 on Friday but the Huskies outscored the Beavers 7-5 on the weekend in the total-goals series to capture the trophy.
"I'm extremely proud of the guys," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "They competed hard tonight and played with a lot of pride and courage from the goaltender on out. I'm happy for the seniors for winning their fourth straight Winter Carnival. I want them to enjoy this."
Devin Kero was named MVP of the series after stopping 35-of-36 shots in his third straight win as the starter. He stopped eight shots in the first, nine in the second, and 19 in the third.
"That was as good of a college game as you're going to see a goalie play," Shawhan added. "He was on every puck tonight. He shut the door for us."
"I've been to a lot of Winter Carnivals," Kero said. "I know how much John MacInnes means to this university. I've sat around for four years and was finally able to be a part of it. It was a lot of fun tonight."
Five different Huskies scored in the game as Tech buried four straight to break a 1-1 first intermission tie.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.