The Mac

Houghton, Michigan

MacInnes Student Ice Arena
John MacInnes Student Ice Arena

Up in Houghton on Friday to watch the Minnesota State Mavericks take on the Michigan Tech Huskies. A lot of history with the MTU program, including some epic battles against Minnesota during the Herb Brooks era.

Center ice at The Mac
Action at center ice at MacInnes

Minnesota State came out flying in the first period, out shooting MTU 16-6, but Jamie Phillips was outstanding in net for the Huskies, and the game was scoreless after one.
Play was even in the second period, although MSU found the back of the net twice, with Zach Stepan and Jordan Nelson scoring. Sandwiched in-between the Maverick goals was one by Alex Petan for MTU. 2-1 Mavs after 2.
Tech came out flying in the third, Phillips remained strong in net, and Mark Auk scored half-way through the period for the Huskies.
The game went into OT, with both teams having scoring chances, and the momentum seemed to be with Michigan Tech. Still, the extra period ended without a score, and the game goes into the record book as a tie.

Phillips made 30 saves overall for MTU and Jason Pawloski made 27 for MSU. Attendance was 3060.

East end of MacInnes

I have to admit, I really enjoyed the experience at “The Mac”. Home of the Huskies since 1972, and named after famed Husky coach John MacInnes (yrs:1956-1983), the arena has some of the most engaged fans in D-1 hockey. I saw some of that at The Joe in Detroit during the GLI, but it’s a completely different experience at MacInnes. The Husky Pep Band can really get the place rocking too. During the second intermission, there is a long time tradition of the Copper Country Anthem, which is a complete bastardization of the Polka song: Blue Skirt Waltz. Fans stand up and sway in unison to the rather somber rhythm.

All in all, one hell of a place to see a hockey game.

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2 responses to “The Mac

  • Larry Janicsek

    Mike, I saw Tech play in Glendale, AZ on Sunday Jan. 10th as they beat Yale in a shoot out to win the first Desert Classic College Hockey Tournament. The majority of the fans in the stands were from Tech. It’s a shame this tourney was greatly overshadowed by the College Football Championship game (Clemson/Alabama) that was played the next night only 200 yards from the hockey arena. Lots of fans from both of those football teams were in the immediate area on Sunday but I only noticed a father/son duo from Clemson in the hockey arena. Sounds like you’re having a great time chasing history and new (for you) hockey arenas. Travel safely.

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