Michigan Tech hosts flood benefit; U-M vs. Irish in Big Ten opener
Michigan Tech’s contest against Alaska on Nov. 23 at MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton is being billed as the “Copper Country Strong” game.
Sponsored by Keweenaw Chevrolet and Pepsi of Houghton, the event will be a fundraiser for the victims of the Father’s Day flood in the area. The family of Thatcher Markham, who died in the disaster, is scheduled to be at the game.
The Huskies will wear special Copper Country Strong jerseys and are hosting a silent auction during the game, which is scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m., to auction off the uniforms. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Portage Health Foundation's Flood with Love initiative.
People can bid as many times as they want in $10 increments on their favorite jersey until the 9 p.m. deadline. The minimum bid is $70. Online bids can be made at the Michigan Tech Hockey Facebook page. Bidding sheets will also be located on the wall at ice level under the suites.
U-M begins Big Ten season
No. 14 (USCHO.com) University of Michigan opens Big Ten play by hosting No. 6 Notre Dame in a weekend series. Games are at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at Ann Arbor’s Yost Ice Arena.
The Wolverines are 4-3-0 overall while the Irish are 1-1-0-0 in the Big Ten and 4-3-1 overall.
Michigan sophomore forward Josh Norris (Oxford) is tied for fourth nationally in Division I with six goals.
Other state teams in action over the weekend include Ferris State hosting Michigan Tech for a pair of Western Collegiate Hockey Association games at Ewigleben Arena in Big Rapids on Friday and Saturday nights.
Also in the WCHA, Lake Superior State entertains Alaska at Sault Ste. Marie’s Taffy Abel Arena on Friday and Saturday.
Western Michigan hosts Omaha for two National Collegiate Hockey conference games at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Northern Michigan plays two home games against No. 17 Cornell, and Michigan State is on the road Friday and Saturday to play the University of Arizona at Oceanside Arena in Tempe.