SCSU and Princeton Battle to 5-5 Tie

Jack Ahcan (Photo Prout)

St. Cloud, MN – Kudos to the folks doing the box score statistics for the rematch between the SCSU Huskies and the Princeton Tigers on Saturday, November 2. This game  had  everything – 16 penalties for 43 minutes, 14 total power play opportunities, a hat trick, short-handed goal, a five minute major and game misconduct, 5 hooking penalties, 3 slashing penalties, a game lead that changed hands five times and an overtime session. And, it was all compressed into 2 hours and 33 minutes with an outcome that was anyone’s guess until the final horn sounded. When the dust finally settled, the Tigers and Huskies skated to a 5-5 overtime draw. The Princeton coaching staff obviously thrilled with a road win and tie at a normally tough venue for visitors and the Huskies staff finding relief in at least salvaging a tie on Saturday night.

The first period started with a whole slew of penalties – seven to be exact and four unsuccessful power play opportunities before the Huskies Sam Hentges (Brodzinski | N Poehling) gave SCSU the first lead of the game with a power play goal at 15:31. On an outstanding individual effort, Hentges curled off the left side wall and drove to the net roofing a shot past PU’s Aidan Porter from just outside the blue paint for a 1-0 SCSU lead.  That was the extent of the scoring in period one with both teams recording five shots on goal although the Huskies hit the post once, attempted 17 shots and had five blocked.

The second period was seemingly devoid of defense with six goals scored and Princeton scoring four times to take a 4-2 lead in the contest. With Princeton’s Mark Paolini in the penalty box it was he Tigers who took advantage scoring a short-handed goal by Jackson Cressey, his second of the weekend at 3:23. On a break into the SCSU zone Cressey charged the net and buried a goalmouth pass to tie the game at 1-1. The Tigers added another at 8:02 on Corey Andonovski’s first of three in the game. Andonovski took advantage of an out of position defender and beat Hrenak with a hard wrist shot from the high slot for a 2-1 Princeton advantage. But, SCSU responded at 15:56 with Chase Brand’s first collegiate goal.  Brodzinski slid the puck from the bottom of the circle to Brand at the top of the left circle and he beat Porter to tie the game at 2-2.  Next, with the Huskies on the power play, Brodzinski ( Hentges| Ahcan) added his second of the season at 17:16 for a 3-2 Husky lead. Hentges threw a shot at the net and Brodzinski was at the goal mouth for the tip past Porter.  But, again, the Tigers responded quickly, 20 seconds later to be exact with a goal by Luke Keenan on a delayed penalty and extra attacker. Hrenak kicked out a big rebound off a shot from the right side wall and Keenun was in the slot to punch it past an out of position Hrenak. Then, with Clark Kuster given a five-minute major and game misconduct for contact with the head, the Tigers added yet another goal at 18:02 by Corey Andonovski, his second of the game. With the Huskies looking flat-footed on the penalty kill Adonovski put a quick wrist shot past Hrenak from the right slot to give Princeton a 4-3 lead heading into the final period. In a four-goal period for Princeton, they outshot SCSU by a margin of 12-11.

Special teams ruled again in period three as the Huskies tied the contest at 4-4 on a goal by Nick Perbix ( Walker | Ahcan) at 8:29. Walker threaded a pass through traffic to Perbix who was on the doorstep and he one-timed it past Porter to tie the game at 4-4. SCSU then re-took the lead at 11:46 on Jake Wahlin’s (Anderson | Rocco) first goal of the season. Anderson tossed the puck from the blue line to Wahlin who was parked in the goal mouth and he used some patience and then back-handed the puck over Porter for a 5-4 SCSU advantage. But, with Sam Hentges whistled for tripping at 13:01 it took Princeton a mere 36 seconds to score the equalizer. And again, it was Corey Anonovski completing the hat trick with his fourth goal of the weekend at 13:37 to tie the game at 5-5. Period three ended with the Huskies edging the Tigers in shots on goal 7-6.

The overtime session was tilted heavily in favor of the Huskies outshooting Princeton 7 to 1. Brodzinski had two grade A opportunities from the right slot and Spencer Meier two from the left slot all saved by Porter as the teams settled for a 5-5 tie.

For the game, Princeton’s Porter stopped 25 of 30 shots on goal while in a tough night for SCSU’s Hrenak he allowed 5 goals on just 24 Princeton shots. Both teams were successful on the man-advantage with the Tigers converting 2 of 6 and the Huskies 3 of 8. the Huskies edged the Tigers 32 to 26 in the faceoff circle with Sam Hentges winning 10 of 13 draws.

Jack Ahcan (0-2-2), Sam Hentges (1-1-2) and Easton Brodzinski ( 1-2-3) all had a multi-point game for the Huskies.

‘ I know we didn’t come away with a win tonight but I saw growth in the game of our young players and that’s a really good sign” said coach Brett Larson. ” Everything that could go wrong did so I thought we showed some mental maturity. The moment of the game was when they scored on the delayed penalty and then the first minute of the five minute major. That’s when the team stuck together because it went from having the lead and looking good to down one and having  to kill a five minute major going into the third. To see the guys step up and kill the (rest) of the penalty was huge.”

Stars of the Game: #1 Corey Andonovski (PU) #2 Easton Brodzinski (SCSU) #3 Jackson Cressey


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