Kalamazoo, MI – In a game that was the polar opposite to the night before, the Huskies rallied from an early two goal deficit to skate to a 5-5 tie with #13/16 Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI on December 3rd.
Western Michigan jumped out to an early two-goal lead on first period goals by Sheldon Dries with his 4th goal of the season at 3:41 and Matheson Iacopelli, his 13th goal at 14:56 to give the Broncos an early 2-0 lead. Dries beat Driscoll with a wrister from the left circle and then Iacopelli from the right circle on a nearly identical shot glove side for the early lead. Mikey Eyssimont (Schuldt | Winiecki) narrowed the score to 2-1at 16:53 with a wrist shot from the right dot on the power play for a 2-1 game. Western Michigan outshot SCSU 10 to 7 in the period and was 0 for 1 on the power play.
The second period saw an explosion of goals – six to be exact as the Huskies rallied to take a one goal lead at 5-4. Jacob Benson scored two consecutive goals on the power play from the identical shooting position to give SCSU a 3-2 lead. At 9:21 Benson ( Ahcan | Eyssimont) netted his 4th goal of the year on a wrist shot from the bottom of the circle off a feed from Jack Ahcan. He then duplicated the effort at 10:43 with another shot from the same position this time off a cross ice pass from Mikey Eyssimont. But, slightly over a minute later, first-year forward Wade Allison, who was strong all weekend beat Driscoll with a low shot from the right circle to tie the game at 3-3. Next, Ryan Poehling got on the scoreboard with an assist by his brother Nick Poehling. Nick Poehling took a back hand shot that deflected off the back wall to Ryan Poehling who took a bad angle shot from behind the goal line that beat Collin Olson for a 4-3 SCSU lead. But, again, WMU responded about a minute later when Nate Widman banked the puck off the back wall that ended up on Hugh McGing’s stick and he beat Driscoll high stick side for a 4-4 game. SCSU added yet another in the period at 19:51 on a great play by Patrick Newell. Newell dangled the puck in on goal past two defenders and Will Borgen was there to tap in the rebound to give the Huskies yet another one-goal lead at 5-4. SCSU outshot the Broncos 9 to 7 in period two.
The Broncos scored the lone goal of the third period on a nice effort by Mike McKee who was skating in only his second game of the season. The 6′ 6″ 250 pound converted defenseman ragged the puck out of his own zone and rambled the length of the ice and beat Zach Driscoll with a backhand shot stick side to tie the game at 5-5. SCSU was outshot 13 to 6 in the period.
The game proceeded to the mandatory five-minute overtime followed by a five-minute 3X3 and ultimately a shootout to decide the extra conference point. In the shootout, Iacopelli (WMU) Ahcan (SCSU) and Jackson (SCSU) failed on their attempts while Wade Allison went to a forehand backhand move and then beat Driscoll top shelf for the shootout win and the extra conference point.
For the game, the Huskies were outshot 34 to 23 with Zach Driscoll stopping 29 of 34 WMU shots on goal. WMU goaltenders Trevor Gorsuch stopped 8 of 11 and Collin Olson turned aside 10 of 12 SCSU shots. On special teams, SCSU was 3 for 4 on the man-advantage while the Broncos were stopped on all three of their opportunities.
SCSU’s record now sits at 7-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the conference. The Huskies return home to face Omaha next weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Stars of the Game: Mike McKee (WMU) Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU) Jacob Benson (SCSU)