It was a nearly perfect road trip to Colorado Springs. The weather was outstanding with cloudless sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 60’s. On the ice, the Huskies outscored the Tigers 11-4 over the series and left Colorado with their 11th consecutive win at the Broadmoor World Arena. They improved their overall record to 6-4-0 and evened their NCHC conference record to 2-2-0.
One can’t be too critical of a 7-3 win on Friday night. However, a combination of some very tight officiating and some uncharacteristically undisciplined play by the Huskies found them penalized 13 times for 40 minutes. This included five-minute majors to the Huskies Will Borgen in period one (Boarding) and Ben Storm (contact to the head) in period three. To the Huskies credit, they survived both only allowing a single man-advantage goal to CC’s Sam Rothstein in period two. Meanwhile, the Huskies converted 2 of 6 (33%) and added a short-handed goal by Jimmy Schuldt. So, despite the 13 penalties for 40 minutes (including five consecutive penalties in period two) the SCSU special teams were superb on the evening. Any time a team is logging over 25% on the power play and holding your opponent to less than 15% you’ve got something to brag about.
In all, seven different Huskies scored in the contest with Judd Peterson leading the way with one goal and two assists for a team leading seven goals. Fellow junior Blake Winiecki added his fifth goal and the Poehling brothers combined for one goal and three assists in the game. Additionally, three of the seven goals were scored by defensemen (Lizotte | Ahcan | Schuldt). Ahcan added a power play goal and an assist on the evening.
On Saturday, the Huskies fell behind early but Mikey Eyssimont scored his second goal of the series with 59 seconds remaining in period one to tie the game at 1-1. SCSU added three more goals in period two including another by Eyssimont who had great chemistry with Patrick Newelll over the weekend for a commanding 4-1 lead. They ultimately outshot the Tigers 37 to 25 and Zach Driscoll locked the door on the Tigers stopping 24 of 25 shots in a thoroughly solid performance on Saturday. Mikey Eyssimont added two goals to lead the Huskies on Saturday with both assisted by Patrick Newell who had an outstanding weekend. Blake Winiecki added another goal to bring his season total to six and Jimmy Schuldt led the defenseman with 1-1-2.
- First-year forward Ryan Poehling left the contest early on Friday due to illness and was out of the lineup on Saturday. A “bug” has circulated around the team in the past week with Poehling the only player to be affected in the lineup.
- First-year forward Garrett Forster saw his first ice-time on Saturday replacing Ryan Poehling in the lineup. Forster skated on a line with Ben Storm and Nick Poehling.
- Mikey Eyssimont added three goals over the weekend including a power play goal on Friday and the game-winning goal on Saturday.
- Zach Driscoll looked much more comfortable in goal on Saturday and stopped 24 of 25 SOG. His weekend save percentage was at 91% and he won both games improving his record to a solid 5-2-0.
- St. Cloud native Matt Hanson suited up on Friday for CC but was not in the lineup for the Saturday rematch. The senior defenseman seems to be a victim of the youth movement going on with the CC roster right now.
- With a three-point weekend, first-year defenseman Jack Ahcan is in a three-way tie with Judd Peterson and Patrick Newell for the team lead in points with ten.
- SCSU finished the weekend converting 25% on the power play and 82% on the penalty kill.
SCSU returns home for a tough weekend series with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, November 19. A weekend preview will posted later in the week.