St. Cloud, MN – Sometimes you gotta grind out a win. The Huskies did just that on Friday overcoming a three-goal performance by Omaha’s David Pope to post a 5-3 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies scored three times in period two and received goals from five different players in improving their conference record to 10-4-1 (16-6-3 overall). SCSU outshot Omaha 42-18 for the game and David Hrenak stopped 15 of 18 shots on goal
This was quite a night for Omaha’s senior forward David Pope who seemed to find seams to get open all night. He opened the scoring for Omaha on the power play with a goal at 3:59 of period one – a mere 8 seconds into the man-advantage. Omaha won the draw and the puck went to Joel Messner who fed Pope at the right circle who beat Hrenak with a shot through traffic for a 1-0 Maverick lead. That concluded the scoring for period one with the Huskies having a 5-3 advantage in shots and failing to convert their only opportunity on the man-advantage.
The Huskies took control in the second period mainly on the backs of the Judd Peterson, Nick Poehling and Jack Poehling line. The line’s strong forecheck and puck control led to the Huskies first goal just 58 seconds into the period. Jimmy Schuldt connected with Nick Poehling behind the Omaha goal who found Judd Peterson in front of the net who one-timed a shot past Evan Weninger to knot the game at 1-1. This was Peterson’s fourth goal of the year. The Huskies struck again at 4:25 and again it was Peterson and Nick Poehling connecting to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Peterson took a perimeter shot from outside the right circle and the rebound was buried by Poehling for his fifth goal of the season. But Omaha responded with another goal by Pope on the power play at 15:37. Pope again found himself alone at the left circle and he beat Hrenak with a quick wrister to tie the game at 2-2. But, SCSU came right back with a goal by Mikey Eyssimont (Ahcan | Lizotte) less than a minute later to again capture the lead at 3-2. Ahcan placed a shot through traffic and it was blocked by the Maverick defense but ended up on Eyssimont’s stick who slid it past Weninger. This was Eyssimont’s 10th goal of the season. In a strong period for the Huskies they outshot Omaha 18-11 in the period.
A penalty to the Maverick’s Joel Messner with 30 seconds left in period two carried over to the third period and the Huskies capitalized immediately with a goal by Easton Brodzinski, his 9th of the season at 1:02. Jackson slid a beautiful pass to Brodzinski who was parked in the slot and beat Weninger to increase the SCSU lead to 4-2. But, David Pope was not done scoring as he netted his third goal of the game and 20th goal of the season at 7:46. A turnover by SCSU was captured by Joel Messner who found Pope at the goal mouth and he netted his third goal of the game to narrow the score to 4-3. But, the Huskies defense held firm and Robby Jackson (Benson | Schuldt) added an empty net goal at 19:07 to seal the win for SCSU. Another strong period found the Huskies outshooting Omaha 19-4 in the final stanza.
SCSU outshot Omaha 42-18 for the contest and the Mavericks Evan Weninger had an active game in goal turning aside 37 of 41 shots on goal. SCSU’s David Hrenak was called upon to stop 15 of 18 shots on goal. SCSU finally scored a power play goal and was 1/3 on the man-advantage while Omaha was 2/4. Omaha had the advantage in faceoffs 35-31. Huskies with a multiple point game included Robby Jackson (1-1-2), Jack Ahcan (0-2-2), Jimmy Schuldt (0-2-2), Judd Peterson (1-1-2) and Nick Poehling (1-1-2).
Stars of the Game: #1 David Pope (Omaha) #2 Judd Peterson (SCSU) #3 Nick Poehling (SCSU)