SCSU celebrates Jonny Brodzinski’s goal with 37 seconds remaining on Friday (photo prout)
The never say die SCSU Huskies rallied from the brink of defeat to snatch a 3-2 overtime victory from the Michigan Tech Huskies in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND on Friday. Despite being outshot 29-9 after two periods, another stellar effort in goal by Charlie Lindgren allowed the Huskies to remain within striking distance in a game dominated early by the MTU Huskies. Tanner Kero gave MTU the early lead at 7:18 of period one on a backhand shot that beat SCSU goaltender Charlie Lindgren. A late first period power play that carried over to period two allowed SCSU to knot the game at 1-1 on a goal by Kalle Kossila, a mere 1:06 into the period. Kossila’s 6th goal of the season was assisted by David Morley and Ethan Prow. Michigan Tech once again dominated puck possession and outshot SCSU 14-1 in the period. SCSU thought they had a 2-1 lead after Blake Winiecki put the puck past Phillips with 2 minutes to go in the period but it was overturned by a review of the officials. It was determined Jonny Brodzinski was off-side on the play. MTU retook the lead at 10:54 of the third period on a nifty goalmouth backhand pass by Joel L’Esperance that was tipped in by C. J. Eick for his third goal of the season. Coincidental penalties to SCSU’s Morley and MTU’s Alex Petan at 17:42 forced the Huskies into pulling Lindgren at 18:32 for an extra skater and the strategy worked as Jonny Brodzinski buried the puck past Jamie Philips with 37 seconds remaining to tie the game at 2-2. Patrick Russell, who did a good job controlling the puck behind the goal and Joey Benik were credited with assists on the goal. SCSU began to take charge in the third period outshootingMTU 10-4 and the momentum carried over into the overtime session. On a rush into the MTU zone, Judd Peterson was fed a drop pass by Joey Rehkamp and ripped a shot that was saved by Phillips but luckily rebounded back to Peterson who wristed it past Phillips for the overtime game winner. Without a doubt, the star of the game was Lindgren who stopped 36/38 SOG in a game that saw SCSU get outshot by a margin of 38 to 21. SCSU was successful on 1/2 man-advantage opportunities while MTU was 0/1. SCSU moves on to the West Regional championship game on Saturday at 8:00 PM CT.