St. Cloud, MN – After getting swept by #1 Denver last weekend, the Huskies needed to get back on track and they did so completing a home series sweep of the Colorado College Tigers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday. However, it was a much more difficult win relying on an explosion of four goals in the third period to put the dagger into the Tigers. Easton Brodzinski, Judd Peterson and Patrick Newell all went 1-1-2 and Jeff Smith stopped 22/23 shots on goal as the Huskies improved their record to 9-2-0 overall and 4-2-0 NCHC.
The Huskies scored first in the contest with a power play goal by Jacob Benson (Eyssimont | Schuldt), his 5th of the season at 10:17. Benson one-timed a shot from the left side of the goal past CC’s Leclerc for a 1-0 SCSU lead. A relief to the Huskies was having some success on the power play that was 1/14 in the last three games. That was the extent of the scoring in period one as the teams traded eight shots on goal. As expected, the Tigers came out determined and played perhaps their best period of the weekend. Despite outshooting the Tigers 15 to 9 in period two it remained a one-goal game heading into period three.
With the Tigers Kade Kehoe whistled for tripping, Easton Brodzinski (N Poehling | Ahcan) scored his second goal of the weekend and game-winner at 2:45. Ahcan made a nifty spin-o-rama move and then dished the puck to Poehling who found Brodzinski in front of the net to sweep it in for a 2-0 SCSU lead. 33 seconds later, first-year defenseman, Lucas Jaycox (Peterson | Newell) scored his first collegiate goal on a blast from the point. Peterson steered the puck to Jaycox who steamed a shot past Leclerc for a 3-0 lead. The Tigers did respond with a power play goal of their own at 6:30 of the period. Mason Bergh scored on a beauty of a shot from outside the right circle that beat Smith stick side high to narrow the score to 4-1. But, the Huskies added another goal – their third power play tally of the game at 8:02. Some how Patrick Newell (Brodzinski | Poehling) was able to fork the puck past a prone Alec Leclerc in heavy traffic for the Huskies fourth goal of the contest. SCSU closed out the scoring with an empty net goal by Judd Peterson (Fitzgerald) to finally get the monkey off his back with his first goal of the season.
In an overall impressive team effort by the Huskies, they outshot the Tigers 39 to 23 and most importantly got their power play back on track having success on 3 of 7 opportunities. Colorado College converted 1/5 opportunities on the man-advantage. Alex Leclerc stopped 34 of 38 shots on goal in a losing effort while SCSU’s Jeff Smith turned aside 22/23 shots on goal to improve his record to 6-1-0.
Stars of the Game: #1 Brodzinski (SCSU) #2 Newell (SCSU) #3 Jaycox (SCSU)