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Comeback Kids In Colorado

11/05/2018 - 4:20 PM

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Comeback Kids In Colorado

The Men’s hockey team needed the full 60 minutes in both games against the Colorado College Tigers on Nov. 2 and 3. Third period comebacks highlighted a tough test to start the Huskies conference schedule.

The Huskies were coming off their first loss of the year to Northeastern on Oct 27 in a close 3-2 battle of ranked Huskies.

The Tigers were 8-12-4 in the NCHC last season, good for a three way tie at 5 in the conference and they looked much improved taking on the number 2 ranked Huskies.

CC struck first on Friday night mid-way through the first period when Trevor Gooch grabbed a puck behind the net and sauced it out to the high slot where Tanner Ockey was in between the Huskies defensemen to bury it. CC claimed the two goal lead on an end of period power play when Nick Halloran put in a wide open rebound on the back door.

That woke up the sleep walking Huskies who took over the second period where they put 18 shots on Alex LeClerc to the Tigers single shot on sophomore David Hrenak. 11 minutes into the second Freshman Nolan Walker drifted around the net to find a wide open patch to LeClerc’s blocker leading both Tiger Defensemen to side over for the shot block. Walker put a pass right through the legs to a wide open Ryan Poehling to break the shutout.

The Huskies only needed two goals in the third period, so they went out and got four. The Huskies struck first on a power play when junior Jack Ahcan faked a shot from the point and passed it over to LeClerc’s left, where a wide open Patrick Newell helped it in. Just 32 seconds later the Tigers went back up when Cole McCaskill tipped a point shot over Hrenak’s shoulder.

The Huskies would take advantage of a tiger falling over and another power play. Senior Robby Jackson took a pass and stepped toward the net and a tiger fumbling to regain his feet. That is where he found sophomore Easton Brodzinski’s stick on the back side for an easy tip in and a tie game. Newell would pick up the go ahead goal on a loose puck in traffic that he barely got off with 3:26 on the clock.

The Huskies would seal the victory when Ryan threw the puck down ice from this own blue line, finding an empty net. The final score was 5-3 Huskies.

Saturday night saw the goal scoring toned down quite a bit but the Huskies still needed another third period comeback.

The first goal wasn’t scored until over half way through the second and it was put in by Tigers senior Westin Michaud on a backdoor rebound for a PP goal and the 1-0 lead. The tigers carried that lead seven minutes into the third period before the Huskies answered.

Junior Nick Poehling was beamed by a shot from the point and the puck dropped out by the left side face-off dot. That’s where twin Jack Poehling corralled it and spun around and put it right up in top shelf before LeCrerc knew where it was.

After netting 2-3 power plays the night before, it’s fitting that the Huskies would win the game on one Saturday. Brodzinski took a pass off of the side wall and cut in at the top of the cirlces where he surveyed the situation and put it right over LeClerc’s glove to put the Huskies up 3-2 with 2:45 left in the third.

The Huskies come out of the weekend at second in the NCHC and the country. They are dominating the special teams ranking at number one for penalty killing at .919 and number eight for power play percentage at .276. The Huskies have only allowed 3 PP goals this season.

Achan is still tied for the first in the country in assists. He now has 10 of them.

The Huskies return to the Herb after three weeks away for a top 10 matchup against the Denver Pioneers. The games are on Nov. 9 at 7:07 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 6:07. Both games will be broadcast live on KVSC.

Sports Schedule

  • Men's Hockey vs Bemidji State
    Nov 16, 2018 - 7:07
  • Women's Hockey vs University of Minnesota (Sports Stream)
    Nov 17, 2018 - 2:07
  • Men's Basketball vs MSU-Mankato (Sports Stream)
    Nov 17, 2018 - 4:00

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