NORTH DAKOTA EDGES SCSU 4-3 IN BATTLE OF NCHC UNBEATENS
Give round one to the UND Fighting Hawks. In the battle of NCHC unbeatens, #4 North Dakota edged SCSU 4-3 to gain sole possession of first-place in the NCHC standings. In a typical wide open game between these two teams, the game wasn't decided until the final horn as SCSU had several point blank opportunities in the waning seconds with the goaltender pulled. When the dust settled, SCSU outshot UND 38 to 26 but it didn't matter as UND did a better job capitalizing on opportunities in this key league win.
SCSU jumped out to an early lead in the contest on Judd Peterson's 7th goal of the season at 2:20 of period one. Patrick Newell gained possession of the puck along the sidewall and sent a cross-ice pass to a wide open Peterson who one-timed the puck past UND's Hrynkiw. Exactly four minutes later, UND tied the game on Drake Caggiula's first of three goals of the game. A shot from the blueline bounced off SCSU's Lindgren and Caggiula was there to deposit it for a 1-1 tie. Caggiula added another on the power play at 13:37 for a 2-1 UND lead. 23 seconds into the power play Rhett Gardner slid a goalmouth pass to Caggiula who had a wide open net for his second goal of the game.
North Dakota extended it's lead to 3-1 on a power play goal by Rhett Gardner at 5:48 of period two. Gardner redirected a low shot from the point past Lindgren for a two-goal lead. The Huskies finally got a power play of their own at 16:29 on a one-timer from Jimmy Murray for his fourth goal of the season. David Morley retrieved a puck in the corner and made a cross-ice pass to Murray whose quick shot beat Hrynkiw to draw to within a goal at 3-2.
North Dakota scored another key goal just 28 seconds into period three as Caggiula completed his hat trick by wristing a puck that deflected off the back wall past Lindgren for a 4-2 UND advantage. But, the Huskies made things interesting on a goal by David Morley at 14:52 of the period. Niklas Nevalainen returned a cross ice pass to Jimmy Murray who placed a shot on net and Morley was at the doorstep to sweep in the rebound to once again close the lead to one goal. However, despite several point blank opportunities in the closing seconds with Lindgren pulled and an extra attacker UND held on for the 4-3 win.
SCSU outshot UND 38-26 for the game and Charlie Lindgren stopped 22 of 26 UND shots on goal. UND's Matt Hrynkiw had a solid night in goal turning aside 36 of 38 shots on goal to earn his 9th win of the season. Special teams made a difference as North Dakota converted 2 of 3 power play opportunities while SCSU was 1 for 5 on the man-advantage.
Stars of the Game: #1 Caggiula (UND) #2 Schmaltz (UND) #3 Morley (SCSU)
SCSU's Ethan Prow has an opportunity in the last few seconds of the game Friday (photo prout)
HUSKIES OFFENSE CLICKS IN 6-1 WIN OVER #4 NORTH DAKOTA
SCSU revved it's offensive engines once again and exploded for six goals in a 6-1 win over #4 ranked North Dakota at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday, November 21. The win garnered a split of the weekend series and allowed the Huskies to maintain a share of first-place in the NCHC standings. Daniel Tedesco scored the game winning goal and fifteen SCSU players hit the scorecard in the victory.
SCSU took a 1-0 lead at 14:11 of period one on a goal by Patrick Newell (Jackson / Nevalainen). Newell snared a rink-wide pass from Robby Jackson and tossed it towards a streaking David Morley. The puck deflected off UND defenseman Keaton Thompson and into the UND net. Despite getting outshot 8-3 the Huskies carried a one-goal lead into period two.
The first goal of period two by SCSU was a thing of beauty. Attacking the zone wide, Patrick Russell dropped a pass to Nathan Widman who slid a pass to Daniel Tedesco who went airborne deking UND goaltender Hrynkiw on a forehand backhand move. This was Tedesco's first goal of the season. SCSU extended it's lead to 3-0 on a goal at 8:46 by David Morley (Newell/Lizotte). Newell skated the puck off the side wall and fed Lizotte who sent it back to Newell who deflected it towards the net where it was tipped in by Morley. However, UND closed the lead to 3-1 with a goal by Troy Stecher at 14:21 who beat Charlie Lindgren clean with a wrist shot in the slot. The Huskies regained a three-goal lead four minutes later on a goal by Niiklas Nevalainen ( Winiecki / Schuldt). Winiecki dropped a pass to Nevalainen who was streaking into the slot and fired it past UND netminder Cam Johnson. SCSU outshot UND 11-5 in period two.
The Huskies added two more goals in the third period. First, Ethan Prow ( Benik/Kossila) scored on a rocket from the blue line at 16:15 on the power play. Grand Forks native, Jacob Benson (Lizotte / Murray), finished the scoring for the Huskies at 19:05 tipping a shot by Grand Forks Red River HS teammate Jon Lizotte for his first career goal as a Husky and a 6-1 final.
SCSU was outshot in the contest 29-21. SCSU's Lindgren turned aside 28/29 shots on goal while the tandem of Matt Hrynkiw and Cam Johnson stopped 15/21 in a rough night for the UND goaltenders. UND failed on three man-advantage opportunities while SCSU had success on 2/3. SCSU forward Ryan Papa left the game at 3:10 of the second period after getting hit high by UND's Trevor Olson and did not return to the ice.
Stars of the Game: #1 Nevalainen(SCSU) #2 Tedesco (SCSU) #3 Lindgren (SCSU)
SCSU returns to the road next weekend for a two-game Friday / Sunday series with the University of Minnesota Gophers at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.