Three-Goal UMD First Period Dooms Huskies in 4-1 Loss

The Bulldogs celebrate a goal 39 seconds into period one (photo prout)

The Bulldogs celebrate a goal 39 seconds into period one (Photo Prout)


ST. CLOUD, MN – The visiting UMD Bulldogs scored three times in period one then withstood a 50 shot attack by SCSU in a 4-1 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday. This was the third consecutive win for the Bulldogs in St. Cloud and knocked the Huskies out of a first-place tie with North Dakota in the NCHC who defeated Omaha 4-2.

UMD surprised the #3 ranked Huskies with a goal  39 seconds into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. A shot on goal by UMD’s Alex Iafallo into a scrum in front of the SCSU net was slapped in under Charlie Lindgren by Adam Johnson for the Bulldogs early lead. Assists on the goal were to Dominic Toninato and Iafallo. The Bulldogs added to their lead at 16:26 with the game-winning goal by Brenden Kotyk, his second of the season. Tony Cameranesi did a nice job controlling the puck in the SCSU zone on a delayed penalty to Jimmy Murray and fed Kotyk with a backhand who beat Lindgren from between the circles for a 2-0 lead. UMD extended the lead to three goals on an odd play on the man-advantage. Joey Benik worked the puck deep into the UMD zone and then lifted it back out of the zone to kill time. Unfortunately, the puck went directly to Karson Kuhlman who raced up ice, split SCSU defenseman Jimmy Schuldt and Nathan Widman and slid the puck under Lindgren for a 3-0 game. The opportunistic Bulldogs outshot the Huskies 18-15 in period one.

The Huskies outshot the Bulldogs 14-8 in period two and carried the play for the bulk of the period. After a number of Grade A opportunities they finally cashed in on a goal by Mikey Eyssimont at 12:41. Putting heavy pressure on the Bulldogs, the Huskies placed two shots on Kaskisuo before the puck ended up on the stick of Ethan Prow at the blue line. Prow slid a strong pass to Eyssimont (Prow | Kossila) who did a spin with the puck and then rifled a wrist shot from between the circles past Kaskisuo for a 3-1 game. However, that was a close as the Huskies would get despite outshooting the Bulldogs 21-9 in period three. The Huskies pulled Lindgren with slightly over 2 minutes left in the game and despite several bona fide chances ultimately yielded an empty net goal at 19:55 to Karson Kuhlman for the 4-1 final.

SCSU outshot the Bulldogs 50-35 for the contest but were unable to solve the Bulldogs Kaskisuo who stopped 49/50 shots on goal. SCSU’s Charlie Lindgren turned aside 31/34 UMD shots on goal and saw his record drop to 24-7-1. SCSU was held scoreless in two attempts on the power play while UMD was 1/3. Mikey Eyssimont had an outstanding game for the Huskies scoring SCSU’s lone goal, placing 12 shots on goal and finishing +1.

By virtue of the UND 4-2 win over Omaha the SCSU loss dropped the Huskies to second place in the NCHC standings with 47 points. Denver continues to creep up in the standings and is only three points behind SCSU after a 5-1 win over Western Michigan.

Three Stars of the Game: #1 Karson Kuhlman (UMD) #2 Kasimir Kaskisuo (UMD) #3 Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU)



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