St. Cloud, MN – According to coach Motzko, his team “grew up” a bit this weekend. After a wild comeback effort on Friday at Mariucci Arena the Huskies found themselves in a similar position on Saturday at the HBNHC. And, once again, his team clawed their way back to a 3-2 win and a sweep of the #7 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. This was the fourth straight win over their in-state rival to the south and 5th win over the Gophers in their last 7 contests. The sweep also evened the Huskies early season record to 2-2-0 after being swept on the road by MSU Mankato last weekend.
The game started in similar fashion to Friday’s game with the Gophers taking a 2-0 lead in the first period of play. It took only 2:27 to get on the score sheet after Darian Romanko captured the puck off a SCSU turnover and fed Jack Ramsey (Romanko | Cammarata) who one-timed a low shot past SCSU netminder, Zach Driscoll for a 1-0 Gopher lead. The Gophers added another at 18:59 on the power play when Taylor Cammarata (Johnson | Bristedt) wristed a shot from the top of the right circle that beat Driscoll glove side for a 2-0 lead. Minnesota edged the Huskies 9-8 in shots on goal for the first period.
The Huskies then went to work in period two with goals by Jack Poehling and Jacob Benson to knot the game at 2-2. First, at 14:40, Poehling (Papa | R Poehling) gained control of the puck out of a scrum and ripped a shot from the top of the right circle for his first collegiate goal. Of note he was assisted on the goal by his brother Ryan who picked up his first collegiate point as well with an assist. SCSU then tied the game on a goal by Jacob Benson (Tedesco | Ahcan) at 15:33 of the period. Daniel Tedesco carried the puck into the Gopher zone and then curled back to pass to Benson who wristed the puck from between the dots and beat Schierhorn stick side to tie the game at 2-2. In a strong period for the Huskies, they outshot the Gophers 11-5, scored two goals and Discoll stopped all five shots on goal he faced.
Mikey Eyssimont then added his heroics scoring the game-winning goal at 13:00 of the third period. With the Gophers Vinnie Lettieri in the penalty box for tripping, Dennis Chowlowski directed a touch pass to Eyssimont whose shot from the dot on the right circle beat Schierhorn for what was to be the final goal of the contest and a 3-2 win for SCSU. The Gophers did end the game on the man-advantage when Judd Peterson was whistled for hooking with 2:01 left in the contest. The Gopers pulled Schierhorn for the two-man advantage but the Huskies penalty kill and Zach Driscoll came up big in the final two minutes to secure the win and sweep of the series.
The Huskies outshot the Gophers 33-31 for the game with Zach Driscoll turning aside 29/31 shots on goal. Eric Schierhorn faced 33 shots and stopped 30 in the loss. The Huskies were 1/4 on the man-advantage while Minnesota was 1/3.
Stars of the game: Eyssimont (SCSU), Benson (SCSU, J Poehling (SCSU)