Lost in the news of college hockey’s opening night Friday, was Superior native Brett Olson, a Michigan Tech sophomore center, recording his first collegiate three-goal game and adding two assists — five points — in a 5-3 win over Northern Michigan before 3,409 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Northern Michigan is at the DECC at 7:07 p.m. Sunday to face Minnesota Duluth in the Superior Cup, while Lake Superior State heads to Michigan Tech. Here’s a report from Saturday’s Houghton Daily Mining Gazette:
Olson, oh my: Hat trick lifts Huskies
Sophomore has five points in season-opening shootout
By K.D. Warvie – DMG Sports Writer
HOUGHTON, Mich. — The opening 20 minutes of Michigan Tech’s non-conference game with Northern Michigan Friday night was an offensive show.
The two teams combined for five goals in the opening period. But things would settle down considerably over the last 40 minutes.
The Huskies scored two of the last three goals over the final 40 minutes and went on to defeat the Wildcats 5-3.
Tech spotted NMU an early goal. Erik Gustafsson’s tally at 7:26 put the Wildcats up 1-0.
The lead, however, wouldn’t last for long.
Brett Olson’s goal less than two minutes later leveled the score at 1. The goal by Olson was the first of three straight by the Huskies.
A goal by Jordan Baker put Tech in front 2-1. Olson then scored again just over four minutes later to up the margin to 3-1.
"The first period is a position for us to come out and set the tone in the game, especially in own home building," Olson said. "We jumped on them a little bit and kept the pressure on."
A power-play goal by Greger Hanson closed out the scoring in the first. But NMU wasn’t able to overtake the Huskies.
And it wasn’t like the Wildcats didn’t have their chances. NMU had two power-play opportunities in the second period and couldn’t convert on either.
"Tech did a great job blocking shots," NMU coach Walt Kyle said. "We had a lot of guys we expect to score for us to not really compete very hard tonight."
Tech put the game away early in the third. Olson scored his third goal of the game just 1:10 into the frame to make it 4-2.
A goal by Malcolm Gwilliam on the power play completed the scoring for the Huskies. Olson picked up an assist on the goal to finish with five points on the night.
Olson is the first Husky to record five points in one game since Peter Rouleau had three goals and two helpers against Minnesota-Duluth Feb. 15, 2008. He’s the first Husky to net a hat trick since Drew Dobson had three goals against Minnesota last March.
"Five points, that’s pretty impressive by Brett," Tech coach Jamie Russell said. "He’s going to be a dominant player in college hockey."
K.D. Warvie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.