North Dakota scored twice within the first five minutes of the game and held off a late SCSU charge to defeat the Huskies Saturday by a score of 3-2. Duluth native and first-year player Trevor Olson scored at 2:53 of the first period to give UND the early lead and Brendan O'Donnell followed that up less than two minutes later for 2-0 UND advantage. SCSU's Patrick Russell responded at 5:05 of the 1st to cut the lead to 2-1. His goal was assisted by Jimmy Murray. Olson struck again at 5:52 of the 2nd for a 3-1 lead before Joey Benik buried a shot from a nearly impossible angle that appeared to go behind the goaltender. Despite an attempt to rally in the third period UND's Zane McIntyre stopped all 11 SOG for the 3-2 final. For the game, UND outshot the Huskies 39-29. Charlie Lindgren stopped 36/39 and UND's McIntyre 27/29. Both squads were unsuccessful in three attempts on the power play.
Stars of the Game: #1 T. Olson #2 A. Poganski #3 J. Benik
Everything came together on Friday - Defense, special teams and goaltending as the Huskies defeated North Dakota 3-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. After a scoreless first period, SCSU took the early lead on a power play goal by Ethan Prow, his 2nd of the season with assists to Jonny Brodzinski and Joey Benik. North Dakota knotted the game at 1-1 at 13:09 on a game-tying goal by UND's leading scorer, Drake Caggiula, his 7th of the season. The Huskies struck once again early in the third period on Jonny Brodzinski's 6th goal of the season at 1:38. Assists were to Nate Widman and Patrick Russell. This was Russell's 7th point in as many games. The Huskies sealed the win at 9:43 on Brodzinski's second goal of the game on the power play assisted by Joey Benick and Kalle Kossila. The play was set up by some fancy stick-work by Benik who floated the puck over a defenders stick to a waiting Brodzinski. Certainly a highlight reel play.
SCSU outshot North Dakota 34-27 in the contest. SCSU was 2/4 with the man-advantage while UND was 0/3. SCSU's Lindgren stopped 26/27 UND SOG and Zane McIntyre turned away 31/24 SOG in the loss.
Stars of the Game: #1 Brodzinski #2 Joey Benik #3 Charlie Lindgren