Senior forward David Morley had a three-point game and the Huskies survived a sluggish second period in a 3-2 comeback win over Minnesota Friday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Morley had a goal and two assists and Joey Benik scored the game-winning goal as the Huskies earned their first win at Mariucci Arena since 2010. The win improved the #7 Huskies overall record to 10-3-0.
The Huskies jumped out to a first period lead at 16:22 on a great passing play between Jimmy Murray, Jimmy Schuldt and Morley on the power play. The play was started on a nice feed through traffic by NIklas Nevalainen to Murray who was situated high in the slot. Murray fed Jimmy Schuldt back at the blueline who slipped a pass to Morley who tipped it past the Gophers Schierhorn for a 1-0 lead. In a fairly one-sided period controlled by SCSU, the Huskies outshot the Gophers 11-5.
The Huskies were clearly dominated in the second period being outshot 14-2 and outscored 2-0 by the Gophers. Minnesota tied the game at 4:39 of the second period on a hard shot from the point on a power play by Jake Bischoff. Bischoff took a pass from Vinnie Littieri along the blueline and beat Charlie Lindgren clean stick side . The Gophers took their first lead of the game less than a minute later on a wrap-a-round goal by Leon Bristedt. Bristedt took a feed from Tommy Novak and raced around the back of the SCSU net beating Lindgren stick side for a 2-1 Minnesota lead. The Gophers badly outshot the Huskies 14-2 in the period.
The Huskies shook off their poor performance in period two and began their comeback with a power play goal by Jimmy Murray (Morley, Nevalainen) at 3:05. With the Gopher’s Bischoff in the penalty box, Morley sent a goalmouth pass to Murray who one timed a shot that went off Schierhorn’s chest and rebounded back to Murray who buried his second opportunity. The Huskies then added the game-winning goal at 7:16 by Joey Benik (Morley, Newell), his 8th goal of the season. Benik started the play by backhanding the puck through traffic to Morley who sent it back to Benik who one-timed the puck past Schierhorn for the 3-2 final.
Both squads were effective on the power play with the Huskies converting 2/3 opportunities while Minnesota was successful on 1/2 opportunities. Despite being outshot by a wde margin in period two, the Huskies outshot the Gophers 28-26 for the game. SCSU’s Lindgren stopped 24/26 shots on goal while the Gophers Eric Schierhorn turned aside 25/28. With the win, SCSU improves to 10-3-0 while the Gophers record slips to 4-6-0.
The teams return to action in the rematch at 6:00 PM CT on Sunday at Mariucci Arena.