St. Cloud, MN – Forget about the six game winless streak vs the UMD Bulldogs at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. That streak was quickly extinguished in a weekend sweep of #8 ranked UMD after a 5-0 route on Saturday. After a tough battle with UMD to earn a 5-3 win Friday, the undermanned Bulldogs had little in the tank in the rematch and were unable to solve first-year goaltender David Hrenak who earned his first collegiate shutout. The banged up Bulldogs who were missing three key forwards and two defenseman lacked the horses to sustain three periods of play with the undefeated Huskies and ultimately fell victim to the relentless attack of the SCSU squad.
The interchangeable parts of the Husky machine saw two players, forward Will Hammer and defenseman Tyler Anderson see their first action of the season and senior Blake Winiecki inserted back into the lineup and they didn’t skip a beat defeating a UMD squad that was on a four-game winning streak and who hadn’t been shut out for a season and a half. Winiecki responded to being a healthy scratch on Friday with a goal and an assist for his first points of the season. In all, five players had a multi-point game for the Huskies.
Jacob Benson ( Winiecki | Eyssimont ) opened the scoring for the Huskies with his fourth goal of the season on the power play at 9:49. Benson wristed a shot from the right circle that beat UMD’s Hunter Shepard cleanly for a 1-0 lead. SCSU capitalized on another power play opportunity at 18:50 with Mikey Eyssimont’s second goal of the season. Jacob Benson floated the puck across the goalmouth and Eyssimont patiently picked his shot from the right dot for a 2-0 SCSU lead. Shots on goal were an even 7-7 for the first period.
The Huskies added to their lead on an unusual play early in the second period. With Ryan Poehling in the penalty box for elbowing, the Bulldogs were looking to set up in the SCSU zone. Defenseman Scott Perunovich attempted a slapper at the point but the puck squirted backwards towards the UMD zone. Robby Jackson pounced on the puck and raced in on UMD’s Shepard beating him high sick side with a wicked wrist shot for an unassisted short-handed goal and a 3-0 SCSU advantage. Blake Winiecki (Borgen | Newell ) earned his first goal of the season at 13:16 for a 4-0 SCSU lead. Will Borgen threw the puck on net and Winiecki who was parked in the slot got credit for a goal actually put in the net by a UMD defenseman. Jack Poehling (Ahcan | Newell) finished off the scoring for the Huskies with his fifth goal of the season at 17:37. Poehling tipped a shot on goal past UMD replacement goaltender Nick Deery for the Huskies fifth and final goal of the game.
On the heels of six man-advantage opportunities, the Bulldogs actually outshot the Huskies 29-26 for the contest. However, the Bulldogs were 0/6 on the power play while the Huskies special teams were solid going 2/3 on the power play and adding a short-handed goal. First-year goaltender David Hrenak had an outstanding game in goal stopping all 29 shots he faced in earning the shutout and his third win of the season. The Bulldogs Hunter Shepard and Nick Deery combined to stop 21/26 shots on goal with Shepard taking the loss and seeing his record drop to 4-3-0.
Multi-point games for the Huskies included Mikey Eyssimont (1-1-2), Jack Ahcan (0-2-2), Blake Winiecki (1-1-2), Jacob Benson (1-1-2) and Patrick Newell (0-2-2)
Stars of the Game: #1 David Hrenak (SCSU), Blake Winkiecki (SCSU), Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU)