On the road for whatever remains of this 2012-13 season, Colorado College continues to rediscover its magic touch away from home.
CC's first trip to Copper Country in more than two years ended with a thud on Friday as the Tigers came up empty in a 2-0 loss to Michigan Tech at MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
It was Tech's first regular-season victory in the rivalry since the 2007-08 season.
The 10th-place Huskies used a 22-save performance from freshman goaltender Jamie Phillips, making just the third start of his collegiate career, and a first-period tally off the skate of a back-checking defender to improve to 12-17-4 overall and 8-15-4 in the WCHA heading into Saturday's rematch and regular-season finale for both teams.
Colorado College, which remains eighth in the league standings, dropped to 13-17-5 overall and 10-13 -4 in conference play.
While both teams will travel next week for a best-of-three first-round WCHA playoff series, neither will know who its opponent will be until tomorrow night at the earliest, as Alaska Anchorage plays at Denver at 11 a.m. MT Sunday to complete the pre-tournament schedule.
Junior forward Milos Gordic was credited with Friday's game winner, at 9:40 of the opening frame, after the rebound of his saved shot from the right wing bounced back past senior netminder Joe Howe off the skate of CC's Jeff Collett. Sophomore Tanner Kero added an empty netter with 21 seconds left in regulation to seal MTU's third consecutive victory over the Tigers, counting an opening-round playoff sweep at the World Arena a year ago.
The Huskies out-shot Colorado College by a 33-22 margin, with Howe finishing with 31 saves, many of the spectacular variety to keep the visitors in contention. CC, which failed to convert on four power-play opportunities, is 1-7-3 in its last 11 road outings after winning three of the first five this season.
Saturday marks the final game ever between the teams as co-members of the WCHA.