Blake Coleman netted a hat trick and the Huskies failed to convert several key man-advantage opportunities in a 3-2 loss in the championship game of the NCHC Frozen Four on Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. The Huskies took an early lead in the contest on a goal by Joey Benik, his 16th of the year at 12:00 of period one. Benik performed a rink length rush beating RedHawk goaltender, Williams stick side for a 1-0 SCSU lead. Miami tied the game late in period two on a great effort by Blake Coleman batting a cross ice pass from Riley Barber out of the air and sending the puck past SCSU's Lindgren to tie the contest at 1-1. The Huskies re-took the lead at 6:03 of period two on a power play goal by Jonny Brodzinski, his 20th of the season with assists by Joey Benik and Ethan Prow for a 2-1 SCSU lead. Miami then answered with the first of two goals by Coleman before the end of the period. First, Coleman beat Lindgren with a one-timer at 7:37 on the power play to knot the game at 2-2. He then completed the hat trick tipping a shot by Chris Joyaux from the point for a 3-2 lead that was never relinquished. However, Coleman, the offensive hero of the game nearly put Miami in a jam as he was assessed a five minute major and game misconduct at 14:12 of period two. But, the Huskies failed to generate much pressure during the five minutes power play and ended period two down by a goal. And, despite three more man-advantage opportunities in period three, the Huskies failed to convert as the RedHawks held on to the 3-2 win and captured the championship of the 2015 NCHC Frozen Faceoff. Charlie Lindgren, who was named top goaltender of the weekend stopped 18/21 SOG and counterpart Jay Williams turned aside 19/21 for Miami. SCSU converted 1/5 power play attempts while Miami was 1/3. Despite the loss, SCSU is expected to receive an at-large invite to the NCAA tournament by virtue of their #12 Pairwise ranking.
Stars of the Game:
#1 Blake Coleman (Miami) #2 Jay Williams (Miami) #3 Ethan Prow (SCSU)
Timely goals, gritty neutral zone play and a perfect penalty kill were all key components in the SCSU Huskies 3-1 win over #1 ranked North Dakota in the semi-finals of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff on Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Despite falling behind early, the Huskies scored twice in a 20 second span in the last minute of the first period and then played tough defense through the balance of the game to edge top-ranked UND. The win placed them at #9 in the Pairwise and most likely assured them of an at-large bid in the 2015 NCAA tournament. North Dakota gave a first period rise to the large contingent of UND fans when defenseman Keaton Thompson sent a seeing eye shot through traffic past SCSU goaltender Charlie Lindgren for a 1-0 lead at 15:02. It appeared UND would head into the locker room with a one-goal lead until David Morley scored with 24.5 seconds to play in the first. Jonny Brodzinski made a nice play controlling the puck behind the net and then fed Morley who fired the puck past Zane McIntyre to knot the game at 1-1. The Huskies then scored again 20 seconds later as Patrick Russell worked the puck into the zone and steered the puck to Joey Benik who scored from the side of the net for a 2-1 SCSU lead with 5.4 seconds left in the period. Two periods of defensive hockey followed until Joey Rehkamp scored an empty net goal at 18:55 of the third period to salt away a 3-1 win for the Huskies and a match with Miami in the championship game of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. SCSU outshot North Dakota 24-20 in the contest with the Huskies Charlie Lindgren turning aside 19-20 SOG while UND's McIntyre turned aside 21/23 SOG. Both squads were 0/2 on the man-advantage.
Stars of the Game:
#1 Joey Benik (SCSU) #2 David Morley (SCSU) #3 Charlie Lindgren (SCSU)