Omaha, NE – It’ll probably not be a pleasant post game film session for the SCSU coaching staff following the Huskies 7-4 win over Omaha on Friday. After charging out to a 5-2 second period lead, the Huskies left the door open and yielded two early third period goals requiring a rally by SCSU to capture the win. Mikey Eyssimont and Jake Wahlin scored twice and Ryan Poehling scored the game-winning goal as the Huskies won their 10th game of the season. First-year forwards Kevin Fitzgerald and Easton Brodzinski added the other goals in the victory. The win moved SCSU into a tie for first place with Western Michigan in the NCHC standings.
The Mavericks hit the score sheet first on a goal by Steven Spinner at 3:14. Spinner was awarded the goal after a shot by Ryan Jones deflected off the Huskies Lucas Jaycox and past SCSU’s Jeff Smith for the early one-goal lead. However, SCSU responded quickly with a goal by Kevin Fitzgerald ( Jack Poehling) his 5th of the year at 5:42. Fitzgerald wristed a shot from the top of the circles that beat Omaha’s David Weninger to knot the game at 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Jake Wahlin (Schuldt | B Lizotte) netted his first goal of the year at 7:06. Wahlin buried a rebound in the slot for a 2-1 SCSU advantage. Poor defensive zone coverage and aggressive play by Omaha around the SCSU goal led to a goal by Omaha’s Tyler Vesel at 10:05 and once again the game was tied 2-2. The Huskies added another at 18:42 on a nice goal by Easton Brodzinski (Jackson | Poehling). Jackson fed a lateral pass to a trailing Brodzinski who snapped off a shot from the right circle for a 3-2 SCSU advantage. Omaha had a slight 14-13 advantage in shots on goal in period one.
The Huskies added to their lead with the only second period goals by Mikey Eyssimont and Ryan Poehling. Eyssimont (Wahlin | J Lizotte) made his goal look easy as skated the puck into the zone and buried his own rebound for a 4-2 SCSU lead slightly over a minute int the period. Next it was Poehling (Ilvonen | Jackson) scoring his fourth goal of the season at 17:20. Ilvonen tossed the puck from the point towards the Maverick goal and it found its way through traffic and deflected off Poehling for a 5-2 lead. The Mavericks outshot SCSU 15-12 in the period but it was the Huskies who appeared to be on the verge of a blowout by periods end.
A closed-door session during the second intermission by Omaha apparently stoked the fire under the Mavs as they scored twice in the first 4:20 of period three to narrow the contest to a 5-4 game. First, David Pope rocketed a shot past Smith from the point for a 5-3 game. Next at 4:20 Zach Jordan scored an unassisted goal to naarrow the SCSU margin to one goal and suddenly the Huskies were reeling and on the verge of allowing a major comeback by Omaha. A back and forth affair for the next 12 minutes had the Huskies hanging on in segments and were it not for a point-blank save by Smith with 4:02 remaining nearly had the game tied. But a key goal by Jake Wahlin, his second of the game at 16:15 gave the Huskies the breathing room they needed. Mikey Eyssimont made the play as he dangled the puck in on goal with the rebound sliding out to Wahlin who somehow chipped it over Omaha’s Blankenburg in tight quarters for a 6-4 SCSU lead. Eyssimont (Peterson | Benson) then polished things off with his second goal of the game into an empty net for a 7-4 final. The Huskies were outshot 15-5 in a period that had the bounces go their way for a key road win.
SCSU was outshot 44-30 in the contest and SCSU’s Smith turned aside 40 of 44 shots on goal to capture the win and see his record improve to 7-1-0. Shared goaltender duties by David Weninger and Alex Blankenburg had the duo stopping 24 of 29 SCSU shots on goal. SCSU was 0/2 on the man-advantage while the Mavericks were 1/4. SCSU’s record improves to 10-2-0 (5-2-0 NCHC).
Stars of the Game: #1 Wahlin (SCSU) #2 David Pope (Omaha) #3 Ilvonen (SCSU)