HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan Tech hockey has an exciting weekend coming up.
“Winter Carnival here is a big deal. The whole thing about it is enjoyable, and in the past it's brought out the best in us," says Joe Shawhan, Michigan Tech Hockey Head Coach.
After a break in game action, the huskies are ready to get back to work. But it'll be no cake walk - as they face Minnesota State-Mankato, the number six team in the nation.
"My first year here, we were 10 and oh, number one in the country, 10 and oh to start out of the gate. And Mankato came in, and they beat us twice, 2-1," states Shawhan. "You're always going to get a high compete level out of them, which is absolutely what you want to make you better, to harden you."
But one thing the huskies have on their side this weekend - the Winter Carnival festivities - a long standing tradition bringing lots of fans and excitement to Michigan Tech's campus.
"We have a lot of young guys that will experience it for the first time, so we're trying to get them to understand that it is a big deal for the university. It's been around a long time," Shawhan says.
This year, more than just the hockey team will be around for the festivities. Both basketball teams have home games on Thursday and Saturday, and it's something they're looking forward to experiencing.
"Winter Carnival is awesome to be here. You're going to have great crowds. Winter carnival was built around hockey, which it should be, and we're all involved with that. We want to go to the hockey games and enjoy what Winter Carnival is. It's great for the university, it's great for the community, everybody comes out - the gym is going to be packed Saturday, the ice arena is going to be packed, that's what it's all about," says Kevin Luke, Michigan Tech Men's Basketball Head Coach.
For all the festivities and game times surrounding Winter Carnival, you can visit https://www.mtu.edu/carnival/2019/.