Huskies unable to tame 'Cats
01/06/2013 - 7:00 AM
Friday night the Huskies were able to light the lamp first when senior Ben Hanowski found the net halfway through the first period, assists on the play went to Drew LeBlanc and Jonny Brodzinski. The second period was not friendly as the Wildcats scored two goals before SCSU’s Cory Thorson found the back of the net off the stick of Nick Oliver. It was all tied up for a few minutes before the Huskies allowed a power play goal for NMU to take a 3-2 lead. It was the first power play goal the team allowed since Nov. 30 and was the eventual game winning goal. The Wildcats scored three unanswered goals in the third period to seal the deal on Friday night by a final score of 6-2. It was SCSU freshman goalie Rasmus Reijola's first career start.
The teams met again on Saturday night for game two of the series. It was a tight battle between the dogs and the cats until midway through the second period when Brodzinski found the back of the net giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Nick Jensen and LeBlanc each had an assist on the play. It was the only time SCSU was able to score all game despite having 38 shots in the contest. The Huskies held the Wildcats to 21 shots but two of them were able to find the back of the net. The first NMU goal was scored as the buzzer rang to end the second period. The Wildcats sealed the deal halfway through the third period to earn the 2-1 victory and a road sweep. Sophomore goaltender Ryan Faragher ended the night with 19 saves. This series marked the second time the Huskies have been swept this season. The opening weekend of the season when the Huskies traveled to University of New Hampshire was the first. It was the first time SCSU has been swept at home since the 2010-2011 season when Colorado College took down SCSU 3-0 on Dec. 10 and 5-2 on December 11.
This upcoming weekend the Huskies have a bye before returning to WCHA play next weekend at home against Denver to wrap up the ten game home stand. Over the weekend the Huskies fell from the top position in the WCHA when Nebraska-Omaha swept Colorado College. The Huskies now sit in second place with 18 points and a 9-5-0 conference record. Overall on the season the huskies are 12-10-0.
Other notes from the weekend:
- Ben Hanowski notched one point in the two games giving him 97 on his career. That’s just three shy of the 100-point club.
- Drew LeBlanc was able to get on the scoring sheet both nights with an assist in each game. He continues to lead the nation in assist with 24 on the season. The next closest man on the charts is UNO’s Ryan Walters who has 20. LeBlanc currently owns an 11 game point streak. He is ranked 11th in the record book for SCSU points notching with 127 career points thus far.
- Jonny Brodzinski now has a seven game point streak after notching an assist and a goal over the weekend. The freshman is one of SCSU’s top scorers with nine goals and six assists on the season.
- Freshmen Kalle Kossila was held off the scoring sheet this weekend. It’s the first weekend time since Nov. 9-10 that he did not score a goal or notch an assist.
- The Huskies were unsuccessful on the eight power play opportunities over the weekend.
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