Jimmy Murray watches his game-tying goal enter the net in period three Friday (Photo Prout)
HUSKIES THIRD PERIOD COMEBACK NETS 3-2 WIN FRIDAY OVER MINNESOTA
Senior forward David Morley had a three-point game and the Huskies survived a sluggish second period in a 3-2 comeback win over Minnesota Friday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Morley had a goal and two assists and Joey Benik scored the game-winning goal as the Huskies earned their first win at Mariucci Arena since 2010. The win improved the #7 Huskies overall record to 10-3-0.
The Huskies jumped out to a first period lead at 16:22 on a great passing play between Jimmy Murray, Jimmy Schuldt and Morley on the power play. The play was started on a nice feed through traffic by NIklas Nevalainen to Murray who was situated high in the slot. Murray fed Jimmy Schuldt back at the blueline who slipped a pass to Morley who tipped it past the Gophers Schierhorn for a 1-0 lead. In a fairly one-sided period controlled by SCSU , the Huskies outshot the Gophers 11-5.
The Huskies were clearly dominated in the second period being outshot 14-2 and outscored 2-0 by the Gophers. Minnesota tied the game at 4:39 of the second period on a hard shot from the point on a power play by Jake Bischoff. Bischoff took a pass from Vinnie Littieri along the blueline and beat Charlie Lindgren clean stick side . The Gophers took their first lead of the game less than a minute later on a wrap-a-round goal by Leon Bristedt. Bristedt took a feed from Tommy Novak and raced around the back of the SCSU net beating Lindgren stick side for a 2-1 Minnesota lead. The Gophers badly outshot the Huskies 14-2 in the period.
The Huskies shook off their poor performance in period two and began their comeback with a power play goal by JImmy Murray (Morley, Nevalainen) at 3:05. With the Gopher's BIschoff in the penalty box, Morley sent a goalmouth pass to Murray who one timed a shot that went off Schierhorn's chest and rebounded back to Murray who buried his second opportunity. The Huskies then added the game-winning goal at 7:16 by Joey Benik (Morley, Newell), his 8th goal of the season. Benik started the play by backhanding the puck through traffic to Morley who sent it back to Benik who one-timed the puck past Schierhorn for the 3-2 final.
Both squads were effective on the power play with the Huskies converting 2/3 opportunities while Minnesota was successful on 1/2 opportunities. Despite being outshoot by a wide margin in period two, the Huskies outshot the Gophers 26-26 for the game. SCSU's Lindgren stopped 24/26 shots on goal while the Gophers Eric Schierhorn turned aside 25/28. With the win, SCSU improves to 10-3-0 while the Gophers record slips to 4-6-0.
Stars of the Game: #1 David Morley (SCSU) #2 Jimmy Murray (SCSU) #3 Leon Bristedt (UMN)
Undisciplined play by the University of Minnesota hurt them big time as the #7 SCSU Huskies scored 4 out of 7 times on the power play in their 7-4 rout and sweep of the Gophers at Mariucci Arena on Sunday. SCSU was led by sophomore forward Judd Peterson who scored twice and added an assist for a three-point evening. Kalle Kossila ( 1-2-3) Ethan Prow (0-3-3) Patrick Russell (1-1-2) David Morley (1-1-2) and Blake Winiecki (2-0-2) were also major contributers in yet another show of offense for the Huskies. The win improves the Huskies overall record to 11-3-0 and drops the Gophers to 4-7-0.
The Huskies wasted no time in taking the lead at 8:26 of period one as Kalle Kossila (Russell / Murray) dangled a puck past the Gophers Schierhorn after pouncing on a rebound from a Patrick Russell shot. The Gophers tied it at 1-1 at 11:18 on a power play goal by Jake Bischoff (Littieri / Bristedt). Bischoff buried a pass from Vinnie Littieri for his second goal of the weekend. However, the Huskies responded before the period ended with another weekend tally by David Morley ( Newell / Benik) for a 2-1 lead. Patrick Newell made a short feed to Morley who made it look easy backhanding the puck high over Schierhorn. The Huskies outshot the Gophers 8-6 in period one.
The power play continued to click in the second period for the Huskies as Judd Peterson (Benik / Prow) tipped in a feed through the slot by Joey Benik to extend the SCSU lead to 3-1. This was Peterson's 8th goal of the season. A defensive lapse led to the Gophers second goal at 4:28 as Tyler Sheehy (Bristedt / Novak) was allowed to free-wheel in the Huskies defensive zone and wristed a shot past Lindgren's glove side. An ill-timed and blatant hit to the head by Nick Seeler on Niklas Nevalainen at 5:28 gave the Huskies a five-minute power play. The Huskies got retribution first with a goal by Judd Peterson (Prow / Kossila) his second of the game at 5:48 as he one-timed a pass from Ethan Prow for a 4-2 lead. Next, at 9:30 Patrick Russell (Prow / Peterson) tipped a shot by Ethan Prow for a three-goal lead. The Gophers scored another power play goal at 17:29 as Leon Bristedt ( Cammarata / Sheehy ) buried a goal mouth pass from Cammarata to cut the SCSU lead to 5-3. The Huskies once again outshot the Gophers 12-10 for the period.
After a goaltender interference call to Connor Reilly, Blake Winiecki (Morley / Borgen) one-timed a pass from David Morley past Nick Lehr to extend the Huskies third period lead to 6-3. But, the Gophers added another at 15:21 with Ryan Norman's (Romanko / Johnson) first goal of the year. SCSU finished the scoring with Blake Winiecki's (Kossila) second goal of the evening into a empty net at 17:23 for a 7-4 final score. SCSU was outshot 17-6 in period three.
The Huskies were outshot 33-29 for the game and Charlie Lindgren stopped 29/33 shots on goal. The Gophers tandem of Eric Schierhorn / Nick Lehr combined to stop 19/25 shots on goal. In an evening of abundant man-advantage opportunities, the Huskies were 4/7 on the PP while the Gophers were 2/2.
Stars of the Game : #1 Peterson (SCSU) #2 Prow (SCSU) #3 Russell (SCSU)