St.Cloud, MN – Like a well-oiled machine with interchangeable parts the #2/3 ranked SCSU Huskies raced out to a 3-0 lead and then let their defense take over as the Huskies swept hockey blue blood Boston College 3-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday.
For Saturday’s contest, Jeff Smith, Jake Wahlin and Mika Ilvonen were scratched and David Hrenak, Patrick Newell and Clark Kuster were inserted and the Huskies didn’t skip a beat showcasing team depth that the #13 ranked Eagles couldn’t solve this weekend. Rookie goaltender Hrenak was composed and confident stopping 36 of 37 Boston College shots on goal in earning his second win of the season. And, once again, the Poehling brothers played a key role in the offense with Jack getting a power play goal early in the first period and Ryan getting the game-winning goal also in period one. The sweep improved SCSU’s record to 5-0-0 and dropped Boston College to 1-3-1 overall.
The Huskies charged out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back scoring two power play goals – their fourth of the weekend in the win. Jack Poehling (Ahcan | R Poehling) led things off with a goal at 2:17 of the first period off a nice play by Jack Ahcan. Ahcan drove the net and then fed Poehling who parked in front who buried his own rebound for a 1-0 SCSU lead. Next, it was brother Ryan scoring at 12:47 of the period. Mikey Eyssimont connected a pass behind the BC goal to Kevin Fitzgerald who deftly threaded the needle to Poehling who one-timed a shot past Eagles goaltender Joseph Woll. Mikey Eyssimont ( Jimmy Schuldt | Robby Jackson) capped things off in the period with a power play goal at 19:30. Eyssimont took a feed from Schuldt and Eyssimont beat Woll with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle for a commanding 3-0 lead. In a lopsided period, SCSU outshot the Eagles 15-6.
A scoreless second period saw some complacency with the Huskies as they nursed the 3-0 lead. The Huskies were penalized three times and Boston College outshot the Huskies 11-4 with Hrenak stonewalling the Eagles comeback effort. It wasn’t until the third period that the Eagles finally got on the board with a goal by J D Dudek at 13:45 of the period to close the contest to a 3-1 game. However, that was as close as the Eagles would get despite outshooting the Huskies 20-5 in the final period.
Boston College outshot SCSU 37 to 24 for the game. First-year goaltender David Hrenak had a solid night in the nets stopping 36 of 37 shots on goal. Boston College’s Joseph Woll turned aside 21 of 24 shots on goal to see his record drop to 1-2-1. The Huskies were 2/4 on the man-advantage while the Eagles were 0/5.
Stars of the Game: #1 Ryan Poehling (SCSU) #2 David Hrenak (SCSU) #3 Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU)