St. Cloud, MN – The Huskies capped off their weekend swing of the east coast with a 2-2 overtime tie with Princeton University of the ECAC. This followed a 3-3 tie in the series opener on Friday. Once again, the Huskies found it to be tough sledding against a team that entered the series unranked, 6-7-1 overall and sitting eighth in the ECAC standings.The Tigers rode the outstanding play of first-year goaltender Ryan Ferland and an affinity for blocking shots to shut down a Huskies offense ranked #1 in the country. As a matter of fact, it was a struggle for the Huskies five on five scoring only twice on the weekend. As was the case on Friday, SCSU was saved by their power play getting the equalizer on the man-advantage to salvage a tie.
An uneventful period from an offensive standpoint was filled with penalties with five called in the first period alone. However neither team was able to produce any results on the power play with the Huskies 0 for 3 and Princeton 0 for 2. SCSU outshot the Tigers 10 to 6 in the first period.
After killing off a boarding call to Judd Peterson just 36 seconds into period two, Peterson (N Poehling | J Poehling) made up for the infraction with his second goal of the year at 6:46. Peterson crashed the net and in the process dove head first steering the puck past Ferland for a 1-0 SCSU lead. But, the game Tigers put their nose to the grindstone and got the equalizer on a goal by Jake Paganelli at 17:51. Paganelli backhanded a shot past Jeff Smith to tie the game at 1-1. SCSU outshot the Tigers 19-15 in period two.
With a carryover of 50 seconds on a late second period penalty to Jimmy Schuldt, the Tigers capitalized 30 seconds into the period with a goal by Ryan Kuffner., his 11th of the season for a 2-1 Tiger advantage. With visions of the previous night, the Huskies were once again handed a power play opportunity at 12:18 and they capitalized with a goal by Jacob Benson (Winiecki | Schuldt), his 6th of the year. Jimmy Schuldt shot the puck through traffic and Benson was able to snare a second rebound and put it past Ferland to tie the game at 2-2. However, the Huskies did not make things easy the balance of the third period having to kill off a tripping penalty to Will Borgen at 12:39. Then, to compound matters a too many men on the ice infraction at 18:09 had the Huskies on the penalty for the balance of the period. Princeton outshot the Huskies 17-13 in the period and once again the teams faced their second overtime session of the weekend.
But, again, undisciplined play by the Huskies had them back in the penalty box 2:15 into the session on a slashing penalty to Mikey Eyssimont. It essentially eliminated the opportunity to mount any offense the balance of the session and in killing the penalty the Huskies were at least able to salvage another tie on the weekend.
The two squads threw a total of 87 shots on goal with Princeton’s Ferland stopping 43 of 45 shots on goal and SCSU’s Smith stopping 40 of 42 shots on goal. SCSU was 1 for 5 on the man-advantage while Princeton was 1 for 7. Princeton blocked 20 shots on goal in the game and 39 for the weekend. SCSU won 35 faceoffs vs 19 for the Tigers.
SCSU’s record goes to 12-2-3 and they return to St. Cloud to prepare for a weekend home and home series with #10 ranked University of Minnesota.