St. Cloud, MN – For two periods, UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelski seemed to be in one of those goaltending “zones” turning aside 31/32 shots on goal while his Charger teammates killed three SCSU power plays in a 1-1 game. But, the floodgates opened in the third period as the Huskies erupted for four goals in less than five minutes of play as SCSU smothered UAH 5-1 in non-conference play at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud State scored the lone goal of the first period when first-year forward, Jake Wahlin (unassisted) scored his third goal in four games at 8:09 burying his own rebound for a 1-0 SCSU advantage. Wahlin jumped on a rebound from a shot on goal by Jimmy Schuldt but it took two shots to beat Uhelski top shelf glove side. In a period controlled by the Huskies, they outshot the Chargers 16-8 and had a 14-7 advantage in faceoffs while UAH spent the period blocking 15 SCSU shots. The Huskies also killed two early period man-advantage opportunities for the Chargers including a 1:40 two-man advantage.
In the second period after two successful penalty kills of their own, the Chargers finally knotted the game at 1-1 at 7:51 on a goal by Josh Kestner (Teets), his second of the year. In a battle for the puck along the wall just inside the SCSU zone, Kestner stripped Nate Widman of the puck and skated in on SCSU’s Smith beating him low blocker side from the right dot. Again, SCSU dominated the period statistically outshooting the Chargers 16-5, winning 26 of 43 faceoffs while UAH blocked 16 SCSU shots.
The Huskies ultimately wore down the Chargers defense and Uhelski in the third period scoring four goals in a span of 4:44 to run away with the game. Seventeen year-old rookie forward Ryan Poehling (Ahcan) netted his first collegiate goal at 3:22 redirecting an Ahcan shot from the point past Uhelski for a 2-1 SCSU lead. Next, it was junior forward Judd Peterson (Nevaleinen | Wahlin) scoring his fifth goal of the early season just 47 seconds later. Nevaleinen pushed the puck forward to Peterson off a UAH turnover and Peterson powered it past Uhelski for a 3-1 SCSU lead. After a UAH timeout, Patrick Newell (Schuldt | Jackson) stretched it to a three-goal lead just 43 seconds later with his first goal of the 2016-17 season. Jackson dropped the puck back to Schuldt at the point who found Newell waiting at the back door and he turned and fired it past Uhelski for a 4-1 game. Blake Winiecki (Cholowski | Newell) finished off the SCSU flurry at 8:06 with his second goal of the season. Newell fed Cholowski who put a shot on goal and Winiecki was there to bury the rebound for the 5-1 final.
In a dominant performance, the Huskies outshot the Chargers 53 to 16. Jordan Uhelski stopped 48 of 53 SCSU shots while SCSU’s Jeff Smith stopped 15 of 16 shots on goal. SCSU had the advantage on faceoffs 39/29 and UAH blocked 48 shots. Neither squad had any success on the man-advantage with SCSU 0/5 and UAH 0/4. The Huskies were paced offensively by Patrick Newell (1-1-2 +2) and Jake Wahlin (1-1-2 +2). Ryan Poehling netted the game-winning goal with his first goal of the season.The win improves the Huskies overall record to 3-2-0 while the Chargers record drops to 2-6-1.
Game note: First-year forward Nick Poehling saw his first action in six months returning from a knee injury to join his brothers Jack and Ryan on a line Friday night.
The two teams meet again for the series finale at 7:00 PM CT on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Stars of the Game: Newell (SCSU) Wahlin (SCSU) R Poehling (SCSU)