Joey Benik Celebrates his 100th career point as a Husky (Photo Courtesy SCSU Athletics)
Russell’s 3×3 Goal Earns SCSU an Extra League Point
Senior forward Joey Benik claimed his 100th point as a Husky and Patrick Russell scored the 3X3 overtime winner for the extra league point as the Huskies and Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 overtime tie at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN on Saturday January 16. Although the game goes into the record books as a 1-1 tie per NCHC league rules, the Huskies earn an important standings point with the 3×3 win and maintain a two-point lead over North Dakota in the NCHC standings.
The Bulldogs posted a 1-0 first period lead on an outstanding end to end rush by UMD junior forward, Dominic Toninato at 8:45 of the period . Toninato started his rink length rush deep in the UMD zone and skated it into the SCSU zone wristing a hard shot from between the dots that beat Charlie Lindgren low and to the stick side. UMD outshot the Huskies 13-5 in the period.
SCSU tied the game on Joey Benik’s 100th career point at 10:28 of period two. David Morley trapped an outbound puck at the blue line and fed Patrick Newell who criss-crossed the UMD zone and placed a backhand shot in the slot that was tipped in by Benik for hs 13th goal of the season and 100th career point as a Husky. The Bulldogs once again outshot SCSU 11-8 in period two.
A scoreless third period saw the Bulldogs outshoot the Huskies once again by a margin of 12-7 leading to the two overtime sessions. UMD outshot the Huskies 3-2 in the 5×5 scoreless overtime session.
In the NCHC league mandated 3×3 session for the extra point, Patrick Russell scored the winner with 33 seconds left in the session. Kalle Kossila made an outstanding play shouldering 6’4″ 190 pound Minnesota Wild draft choice Carson Soucy off the puck deep in the SCSU zone and feeding Patrick Russell who was charging down ice. Russell entered the UMD zone and cut to the center of the ice turning around UMD’s Toninato who was trying to defend and unloaded a wrist shot that beat Kaskisuo for the 3×3 point. The extra point allowing the Huskies to earn 5 of 6 league points for the weekend.
In another solid effort in goal, Charlie LIndgren turned aside 38/39 UMD shots on goal and improved his record to 17-5-1. UMD’s Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 21/22 SCSU shots on goal to see his record go to 8-8-5. In a game with few penalties, the Huskies were 0/2 on the man-advantage while UMD was 0/1.
The five point weekend allows the Huskies to maintain a two-point lead over North Dakota in the NCHC standings with a 10-3-1 record and 32 points. After splitting with Omaha over the weekend UND’s conference record stands at 10-2-0 and 30 points. SCSU hosts Western MIchigan at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center next weekend.
Stars of the Game: #1 Russell (SCSU) #2 Lindgren (SCSU) #3 Toninato (UND)