By Hans Bristol / @hans_bristol / firstname.lastname@example.org
The #1 ranked St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey team continued their historic 2018-19 season with a weekend sweep on the road over Western Michigan.
3/1/19 – #1 ST. CLOUD STATE 5 – WESTERN MICHIGAN 4 – FINAL – KALAMAZOO, MICH.
Senior Robby Jackson’s goal with just 15 seconds left in the 3rd period gave the Huskies a thrilling 5-4 come from behind win over Western Michigan Friday night.
SCSU started strong seeing Patrick Newell slot home his 17th goal of the season just 1:18 into the first period. But the Broncos would have a strong response on their home ice with goals from Dawson DiPietro and Austin Rueschhoff pushing the WMU lead to 3-1 early in the 3rd period.
Jimmy Schuldt fired in a goal just moments after WMU made it 3-1 to cut the score at 3-2. A quick Broncos rally after the Schuldt at the moment appeared to surely be the winner as WMU scored to make it 4-2 at the 9:42 mark of the third period.
The full comeback would begin with Easton Brodzinski continuing his hot offensive season cutting the WMU lead to 4-3, but it was Robby Jackson who equalized the game at 4-4 with his 14th goal of the season with just under 3 minutes remaining in the final period of regulation.
Jackson again would find the back of the net with just seconds left to give the Huskies a 5-4 win over the Broncos Friday night winning in regulation.
3/2/19 – #1 ST. CLOUD STATE 8 – WESTERN MICHIGAN 2 – FINAL – KALAMAZOO, MICH.
The Huskies took all the momentum from the dramatic win in game one against Western Michigan Friday night, which turned into an offensive explosion in a 8-2 win over the Broncos for a second straight weekend sweep on the road for the Huskies.
In dominating fashion, the Huskies scored 7 unanswered goals in the first two full periods before WMU finding their first goal of the game 1:39 into the 3rd period. In the 7 goals, Blake Lizotte found the back of the net twice while Jack Ahcan and Jon Lizotte both collected 2 points in the hot streak of scoring.
Patrick Newell would score the final goal of the game at the 7:09 mark of the 3rd period, ultimately guiding SCSU to a 8-2 win to extend the current win streak to 5 headed into a massive final NCHC series in the regular season against #3 Minnesota-Duluth.
The Huskies take an impressive record of 25-4-3, 17-2-3 in the NCHC and 12-3-2 on the road into the final weekend of the regular season. With the pair of wins over WMU, the Huskies are still in the running to break the single – season NCHC records in fewest conference losses (3), most wins (19) and most points (59).