St. Cloud, MN – The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center has been a tough venue for the Omaha Mavericks. After the Huskies 2-0 win on Friday, November 7th, Omaha is 4-12-1 all-time vs SCSU in St. Cloud. It’s also the 6th consecutive loss to the top-ranked Huskies who by the way, are undefeated on home ice thus far this season. Although the scoreboard did not reflect it, the Huskies put forth a dominating effort outshooting the Mavericks 38-18, winning 61% of the faceoffs and limiting them to an average of six shots per period and allowing SCSU netminder David Hrenak to earn his 9th win and second shutout of the season. They also shut out the Mavericks on their two man-advantage opportunities and to top things of – were 25% on their own power play opportunities. It’s not that it couldn’t have been more lopsided as the Huskies rang several of the post and give credit where credit is due – David Weninger had a nice night in goal. In the end, the Huskies improved their overall record to 12-1-2 and their conference record to 5-0-2. The win also maintained a six-point separation between the Huskies and Western Michigan, UMD and Miami.
The Huskies did ambush the Mavericks early scoring just 1:08 into the contest on a nice effort by Jack Poehling (Bushy | N Poehling) as he netted his third goal of the season. Poehling circled behind the net and wrapped the puck around Weninger’s glove side possibly deflecting the puck off the blade of Omaha Defenseman Ryan Jones for an early 1-0 lead. But, despite outshooting the Mavericks by nearly a 4-1 margin in period one, the Huskies held on to a one-goal advantage by periods end. SCSU outshot Omaha 18-5 and were unsuccessful on their only power play opportunity of the period.
The two teams traded penalties early in period two – the first to SCSU’s Ryan Poehling for high sticking and then Omaha’s Lucas Buchta for tripping but neither team was able to convert. However, on the Huskies second man-advantage of the period following a slashing penalty to Zach Jordan, the Huskies were finally able to convert at 14:29 of the period. Ryan Poehling curled with the puck in the left corner and fed the puck to Jimmy Schuldt (R Poehlig | B Lizotte) who wristed it from high in the slot over the glove side of Weninger. This was Schuldt’s 5th goal of the season and 97th point of his career. SCSU outshot the Mavericks 14-9 in the period and 32-14 in the game to that point.
The Huskies again limited Omaha’s opportunities in the third period allowing only 4 shots on goal which included time on the man-advantage early in the period when Nick Poehling was whistled for goaltender interference at 5:33. The Mavericks did pull Weninger for an extra attacker with 1:46 to play but again were unable to create much offense against the SCSU defense which played extremely solid all game.
For the game, SCSU outshot the Mavericks 38-18 with Omaha’s David Weninger turning aside 36 of 38 shots on goal as he saw his record drop to 4-8-2 on the season. SCSU’s David Hrenak stopped all 18 shots he faced as his record improved to 9-0-1. The win extended the Huskies undefeated record at home this season to 7-0-0.
Coaches comments: “Weninger was really good and they did a good job boxing out. Their structure is pretty good. I thought Omaha did a pretty good job of making a push in the second (period).” said coach Larson. “We need to work hard to get to the tough areas around the net and create those second and third opportunities. We need to outwork guys for rebounds. There is no shot clock in hockey. We don’t have to shoot it. We can keep it and look for an opportunity.”
“Jimmy Schuldt is our leader off the ice and on the ice. He’s the guy in the big moment who will step up and make the big play” Larson said.
“We want to make sure we end the first half (of the season) on a good note. We need to commit to playing the game the right way for 60 minutes.”
This game featured a matchup between brothers Jimmy and John Schuldt. John Schuldt is a first-year defenseman for the Mavericks.
Stars of the Game: #1 Schuldt (SCSU) #2 J Poehling (SCSU) #3 Hrenak (SCSU)