You’ve got to credit the Colorado College coaching staff for doing their homework. They shut down college hockey’s second-ranked power play and stifled one of the best offenses in the country. But, they couldn’t get the equalizer in a 2-1 loss to the Huskies on Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Playing in front of a national audience on CBS Sports Network, the Huskies struggled throughout the game to put the last-place Tigers away and left their fans on pins and needles until the final horn. Yet, it was another win and improved SCSU’s record to 17-4-0 (9-2-0 NCHC). With North Dakota idle, the win placed the Huskies into a first place tie with the Fighting Hawks in the NCHC standings with 27 points. The loss for the Tigers drops ther record to 4-17-0 (2-9-0 NCHC)
The Huskies got off to a crisp start in the contest scoring first on Mikey Eyssimont’s third goal of the season at 4:00. Eyssimont did a spin with the puck high in the slot and wristed a shot that beat Tiger goaltender Jacob Nehama glove side. Assists on the goal were to Jimmy Schuldt and Kalle Kossila. SCSU extended their first period lead to 2-1 on a goal by Patrick Russell (Eyssimont / Prow) at 12:07. Eyssimont collected a pass from Prow down low and fed Patrick Russell who was planted in the crease and tapped the puck past Nehama for his 10th goal of the season. Prow’s assist was his 17th of the year. The Huskies outshot Colorado College 15-6 in the first period.
The Tigers scored the lone goal of the second period on the power play. With the Huskies Jimmy Schuldt in the penalty box for tripping the Tigers and Cody Bradley capitalized within 5 seconds to narrow the score to 2-1. CC won an offensive zone draw back to Bradley who took a wrist shot from the point for his 5th goal of the season. In a sluggish second period for the Huskies, they were outshot 11-8 despite having three power play opportunities.
The teams skated to a scoreless third period with the Huskies outshooting the Tigers 13-10. However, it was not without some tense moments as Kalle Kossila was called for roughing with three minutes to play and the Huskies had to endure a Colorado College power play and man-advantage with the goaltender pulled to seal the 2-1 win.
The Huskies outshot CC 36-27 for the game with Charlie Lindgren turning aside 26 of 27 shots on goal. Tiger goaltender, Jacob Nehama was impressive stopping 34 of 36 SCSU shots on goal. The SCSU power play was shut out in 5 attempts while the Tigers converted one of three man-advantage opportunities.
Three Stars of the Game: #1 Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU) #2 Patrick Russell (SCSU) #3 Charlie LIndgren (SCSU)