Junior goaltender Charlie Lindgren snuffed out any chance of a Maverick split with his third consecutive shutout in the Huskies 3-0 defeat of #14 Minnesota State Mankato at the HBNHC on Saturday. In the process, Lindgren became the first SCSU goalie in the Division I era to post three consecutive shutouts. In shutting out MSU, the Huskies improved their record to 4-0-0 to start the 2015-16 season.
Once again, the Huskies picked up some timely scoring and then let Charlie Lindgren do his thing in the win. Patrick Russell gave SCSU the early lead with his second goal of the season at 4:20 of period one. Russell let go a shot through traffic from just outside the right circle that somehow got past Cole Huggins for a 1-0 SCSU lead. Niklas Nevalainen and Jon Lizotte picked up assists on the play. The Huskies second goal was scored by first-year forward, Robby Jackson at 16:59 of period two with assists to Judd Peterson and Nathan Widman. Judd Peterson threw a bad angle shot at Huggins while Jackson was planted at the doorstep of Huggins to punch the rebound in for a 2-0 SCSU lead. This was the rookie’s third goal of the season. The Huskies then sealed the win at 16:16 of the final period when Judd Peterson scored his third goal of the year into an empty net. Patrick Russell assisted for his fifth point of the season.
In a tight game, SCSU and MSU Mankato both placed 24 shots on goal. In another stellar outing, Charlie Lindgren stopped all 24 SOG and 54 shots on the weekend. MSU starter Cole Huggins turned aside 21/23 shots on goal. SCSU was 0/1 on the power play while the Mavericks were 0/3.
Senior Captain and defenseman, Ethan Prow was cross-checked by MSU forward Bryce Gervais and left the game in the third period. His status for next weekend is unknown at this time.
The 4-0 start for the Huskies is the teams best start since coach Craig Dahl started 9-0 in the 2001-02 season with wins over Clarkson, Maine, Michigan Tech, Mankato, North Dakota and Colorado College. The Huskies ultimately ended up 29-11-2 that season and advanced to the NCAA tourney.
SCSU heads to Hamden, CT next weekend for a two-game series with ECAC power Quinnipiac.