Colorado Springs, CO – Despite an uncharacteristic undisciplined night of hockey, the Huskies buried the Colorado College Tigers with a seven goal outburst in a 7-3 win at the Broadmoor World Arena on Friday, November 11. Entering the series as the least penalized team in college hockey, the Huskies racked up 13 penalties for 40 minutes but withstood the consequences allowing only one goal in eight opportunities in the win. The victory improved the Huskies overall record to 5-4-0 and NCHC conference record to 1-2-0.
The Huskies set the tone in the first period scoring three times to take a 3-0 lead by periods end. Jon Lizotte (R Poehling | Nevalainen) gave SCSU a 1-0 lead at 8:37 of period one with his first goal of the season. Mikey Eyssimont (Newell | Ahcan) increased the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at 10:14 beating CC’s Nehema with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. Jack Poehling (Schuldt |Peterson) closed out the scoring in period one with his second goal of the season at 12:57. Poehling cleaned up a rebound off a shot by Jimmy Schuldt for an easy tap-in and a 3-0 SCSU lead. In a period full of penalties, SCSU was whistled 6 times for 15 minutes and the Tigers incurred 6 penalties for 23 minutes. This included a five-minute major and game misconduct to Westin Michaud for a check from behind. SCSU outshot CC 9 to 5 in the period.
Despite being accessed five consecutive penalties in period two, the Huskies outscored the Tigers 2-1 and took a commanding 5-1 lead by periods end. Jack Ahcan ( Jackson Benson) picked up his second goal of the season on the power play at 10:14 on a wrister from the point for a 4-0 lead. Next, Jimmy Schuldt (Peterson) added his first goal of the season on a nice play by Judd Peterson. While short-handed, Peterson beat a CC player to the puck deep in the CC zone and fed Schuldt who was breaking in on goal for a 5-0 SCSU lead. CC’s Sam Rothstein (Nehema | Israel) broke Zach Driscoll’s shutout with a power play goal assisted by goaltender Jacob Nehema at 14:11 to narrow the lead to 5-1 after two periods. The Tigers outshot SCSU 11 to 5 in that period as the Huskies were accessed five penalties for 10 minutes.
Colorado College was on the board first in period three on a goal by Cole McCaskill at 4:18. A defensive zone turnover by Blake Winiecki ended up on McCaskill’s (Van Horn) stick and he beat Driscoll with a low shot from the right circle for a 5-2 Husky advantage. But SCSU responded 23 seconds later on a backhand shot by Judd Peterson (N Poehling) at the goalmouth for his 7th goal of the season and a 6-2 SCSU lead. The Huskies Ben Storm was given a five-minute major and game misconduct at 9:33 but they were able to survive the infraction as CC picked up two penalties of their own before Storm’s penalty expired. Blake Winiecki (N Poehling | Cholowski) added the Huskies seventh goal on a nice two on one rush with NIck Poehling at 16:14. This was Winiecki’s fifth goal of the season and increased SCSU’s advantage to 7-2. The Tigers scored once more at 16:57 on a backhand goal in the crease by Sam Rothstein (Makara) for his second of the game and a 7-3 final.
SCSU was outshot in the game 23 to 19 and the Tigers Jacob Nehema and Derek Shatzer combined to stop 12 of 19 shots on goal. Zach Driscoll picked up his fourth win of the season stopping 20 of 23 CC shots on goal. SCSU was penalized 13 times for 40 minutes while CC had 10 penalties for 31 minutes.
The two teams meet again on Saturday at 8:00 PM CT at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO.