Pittsburgh, PA – Bob Jackson predicted on Friday that son Robby would capture his 100th career point as a Husky on Saturday vs Robert Morris. Making the lengthy trip from California he proudly wanted to experience in person seeing his son reach that lofty goal as he would not be able to attend the UMD series next weekend. He was dead on as Jackson scored two key third period goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-2 win over RMU in the consolation game at the PPG Paint Arena on Saturday, January 5th. Jackson played an energetic and determined third period seemingly begging for the opportunity to handle the puck and change the course of a close game with the Colonials. With the game tied 2-2 early in period three Jackson went to work and scored two consecutive goals – his 99th and 100th points but most importantly leading the Huskies to their 14th win of the season. It was a win/win for all as Jackson joined an elite group of SCSU Huskies that have reached this career milestone.
The game started on a positive note for the Huskies with Easton Brodzinski scoring early for SCSU but then having the goal waved off after review due to the goal being off it’s moorings. Patrick Newell (Ahcan | Perbix) made up for it with a replacement goal off a shot from the high slot at 8:17 to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. This was Newell’s team leading 11th goal of the season. However, RMU responded 29 seconds later on an unusual goal by Nick Prkusic. While falling, Prkusic slid the puck with a backhand that seemed to catch Smith out of position and it slowly slid past Smith’s stick side to tie the game at 1-1. SCSU outshot the Colonials 11-6 in the period.
An uninspiring start to the second period eventually led to the teams trading penalties with the latter to Nick Poehling at 15:30 for hooking. The Huskies not only killed off the penalty but got a break catching RMU off guard at the expiration of the penalty.On a somewhat comical play, Poehling raced out of the penalty box falling and lunging for the puck at the blue line but having enough time to get back up on his skates for a breakaway on RMU goaltender Marotte. Marotte stopped Poehling’s first shot and then a second attempt on a backhand with Kevin Fitzgerald ( N Poehling | Schuldt) cleaning up the rebound for his third goal of the weekend. SCSU outshot RMU 15-8 for the period and clung to a 2-1 lead heading into period three.
With a hooking penalty to Jimmy Schuldt 24 seconds into the period, the Colonials capitalized with a power play goal by Nick Lalonde to tie the game at 2:18. Jackson then went to work with his first goal of the game at 6:34. Planted in the right slot, Jackson received a nice feed from Nolan Walker and he quickly buried it for the eventual game-winning goal and 3-2 lead. He added his milestone goal at 12:45 again assisted by Nolan Walker for his 100th career point. He again retrieved the puck at the left slot and sliding across the goalmouth slipped a backhand under Marotte for a 4-2 SCSU lead. In a desperate attempt to get back in the game, the Colonials pulled Marotte for an extra attacker with slightly less than three minutes remaining but it backfired with Nick Poehling (J Poehling | Fitzgerald) scoring his first goal of the year at 18:15 for a 5-2 SCSU win.
SCSU outshot RMU 35 to 22 and had a cumulative 63 shot attempts in the contest. SCSU starter Jeff Smith turned aside 20 of 22 shots on goal while RMU’s Marotte stopped 30 of 34 shots on goal. SCSU blocked 17 shots vs 8 for the Colonials. The Huskies were 0/4 on the man-advantage and RMU was 1/3. Faceoffs favored RMU 31 to 29. Jeff Smith improved his record to 4-1-1 with the win and the Huskies overall record improved to 14-2-2.
Jack Ahcan (0-2-2), Nick Poehling (1-1-2), Nolan Walker (0-2-2), Robby Jackson (2-0-2) and Kevin Fitzgerald (1-1-2) all had a multiple point game for SCSU.
The Huskies return to conference play with a crucial series in Duluth vs the UMD Bulldogs next weekend.
Stars of the Game: #1 Jackson (SCSU) #2 Fitzgerald (SCSU) #3 Prkusic (RMU)