Western Michigan University scored three times in a six minute span of the third period to erase a two-goal SCSU lead and gain a split of the series on Saturday in St. Cloud. SCSU's Judd Peterson netted his third goal of the season at 18:16 of the first period to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead in the contest. Kalle Kossila and Blake Winiecki were credited with assists on the goal. Patrick Russell gave the Huskies a two-goal cushion with his sixth goal of the season at 1:18 of period two. Russell fielded a drop pass from David Morley and wristed it past WMU goaltender Lucas Hafner. Western's comeback was started by Will Kessel at 3:48 of the third period with a power play goal to narrow the lead to 2-1. At 8:39 Colton Hargrove netted his 10th goal of the season and the game was tied at 2-2. Slightly over a minute later, Justin Kovacs scored his 4th goal of the season to give the Broncos a one-goal lead they never relinquished. The Huskies outshot the Broncos 35-24 in the game and Charlie Lindgren stopped 21/24 shots on goal. Lucas Hafner turned aside 33/35 SOG for WMU. SCSU was 0/5 on the man-advantage while the Broncos were 1/2.
Stars of the Game:
#1 Will Kessel (WMU) #2 Patrick Russell (SCSU) #3 Colton Hargrove (WMU)
The Huskies exploded for seven goals and snapped a Western Michigan five -game winning streak in a 7-0 home ice victory at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday.
Brooks Bertsch got the scoring started with an unassisted goal at 12:50 of the first period. Bertsch picked off a puck from a WMU defender and streaked in on Bronco goaltender Lucas Hafner and wristed a shot past him for a 1-0 SCSU lead. The Huskies increased the lead to 2-0 on a goal by David Morley at 14:30 of the first period. Morley took a pass from Joey Benik and scored from in between the circles. Niklas Nevaleinen was awarded the second assist on the play.
SCSU scored three more unanswered goals in period two starting with Joey Rehkamps 4th goal in five games at 4:10. Rehkamp snared a puck that bounced off the netting after a Jonny Brodzinski play behind the net and stuffed it past WMU goaltender Frank Slubowski. Patrick Russell added the Huskies fourth goal on the power play at 18: 50 directing a pass from Joey Benik into the net for his 5th goal of the season. Kossila was also given an assist on the play. Next it was Jonny Brodzinski who scored on a rocket of a shot off a pass from Joey Rehkamp with three seconds remaining in period two for a 5-0 SCSU lead.
Kalle Kossila picked up a rebound goal on the power play at 10:14 of the third for a 6-0 SCSU lead. Assists went to Benik and Russell on the play. David Morley closed out the SCSU scoring at 15:08 of period three on a one-timer off a pass by Benik for a seven-goal lead and final score of 7-0.
For the game, SCSU was 2/6 on the man-advantage while WMU was 0/3. The Huskies Charlie Lindgren stopped all 23 WMU SOG for the shutout and his 9th win of the season. WMU's tandem of Lucas Hafner and Frank Slubowski stopped 23/30 SOG.