St. Cloud, MN -Blame it on the extended layoff or perhaps a fired up Princeton University hockey team. In any case, the Huskies were perilously close to losing to #49 pairwise Princeton until they put things in gear in the third period and overtime. After a dominant overtime session, the #1 ranked Huskies probably deserved a better fate but settled for a 3-3 overtime tie with the unranked Tigers at Hobey Baker Memorial Arena in Princeton, NJ on Friday, December 29. .
The Huskies did get off to a good start with Easton Brodzinski scoring his sixth goal of the season at 13:42. In a good exhibition of hand-eye coordination, Brodzinski knocked a cross ice pass out of the air and then beat Princeton goaltender Ryan Ferland with a wrist shot at the door step for a 1-0 SCSU lead. However, the lead was short-lived as Princeton top scorer David Hallisey scored his 10th goal of the season three minutes later at 15:56 to knot the game at 1-1. In a fairly even first period of play, the Tigers outshot SCSU 9-8.
Both squads had ample opportunities to extend their lead in period two with both squads going 0/2 on the power play. Princeton took their first lead of the game at 13:58 when Eric Robinson roofed a shot past SCSU’s Jeff Smith for a 2-1 Princeton advantage. They also dominated in the shots department outshooting the Huskies 13-5.
With Jake Wahlin in the penalty box for slashing, things began to look even more bleak for the Huskies when Ryan Kuffner scored his 10th goal of the season at 7:57 of period three for a 3-1 Princeton lead. Rescued by a power play that failed them earlier in the game, the Huskies narrowed the score to 3-2 on a power play goal by Blake Winiecki at 11:40. Winiecki (Schuldt | Benson) was parked in the slot and tipped a shot by Jimmy Schuldt for his 5th goal of the season. After killing off a Nick Poehling penalty at 15:46 the Huskies received a man-advantage of their own after a tripping penalty on the Tigers Liam Grande at 18:08. The Huskies wasted no time converting with a goal by Jimmy Schuldt (Jackson | Eyssimont) just 13 seconds into the power play. Schuldt took a shot from the point that rebounded off the back glass and into goalie Ferlands back and into the goal. In a period where the Huskies began to take control of the game they putshot the Tigers 13 to 6.
The overtime session found the Huskies totally dominant outshooting the Tigers 14-0 and barely allowing the Tigers to clear the zone. Tiger goaltender Ferland made a number of key saves including a save on a backhand at the goalmouth by Blake Winiecki and a point-blank shot by Jake Wahlin. But, Ferland stood firm and turned aside all 14 shots on goal allowing the Tigers to earn a hard-fought 3-3 tie with the #1 ranked Huskies.
SCSU outshot Princeton 40-28 in the contest with PU’s Ferland stopping 37 of 40 shots. SCSU’s Jeff Smith turned aside 25 of 28 shots on goal. Jimmy Schuldt led the SCSU offense with a goal and an assist for a two-point game. Faceoffs were dominated by SCSU 44-28 and the Huskies ended up 2/6 on the power play. Princeton blocked 19 shots primarily in the third period an overtime session.
SCSU’s overall record goes to 12-2-2.
Stars of the Game: #1 Ferland (Princeton) #2 Jimmy Schuldt (SCSU) #3 Josh Teves (Princeton