By Andrew Erickson / @CarvellMedia / firstname.lastname@example.org / Photo by SCSU Athletics
The National Hockey Center was busy this weekend considering a winter storm brought in loads of snow and winds that felt like they were straight from the arctic.
What didn’t feel like it was from the arctic was the Huskies with a red hot sweep over the No. 8 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs by scores of 2-1 and 2-0.
The Huskies came into the weekend off of a sweep at the hands of No. 4 ranked Denver but they were able to stick with the Pioneers on Saturday.
The Bulldogs came in off of a win and a tie at Western Michigan and are second in the NCHC.
The game opened up with the Huskies being the unlikely aggressor and peppering shots on All-American Hunter Shepard and it would pay off when junior Luke Jaycox scored his third of the year 12 minutes into the first.
UMD wouldn’t let that stand for long as Kobe Roth picked up his ninth of the season on the power play. Their PP is fourth in the country and has scored in 16 of the last 22 games.
St. Cloud would open the second strong and about four minutes in freshman Chase Brand threw one on net from the side wall and it deflected off of the Bulldog and into the net.
UMD would put 18 shots on junior David Hrenak in the third but he stood tall and the 2-1 score stood.
Shots were 33-22 and faceoffs were 34-30, both in favor of the Bulldogs.
Hrenak out dueled Shepard as they finished with 32 and 20 saves respectively.
The Huskies come in looking for their third sweep at home in a row against the Bulldogs.
The tide didn’t turn from Friday as SCSU earned the sweep to keep that streak alive.
The National Hockey Center was electric in this one as both teams traded heavyweight blows for 58 minutes.
It finally broke with 1:35 on the clock when senior Jack Ahcan took a pass at the point and put in on net where senior Nick Poehling tipped it in to put the Huskies up.
With this goal the Huskies keep their streak alive of being one of only two teams in the NCHC to never be shut out by Shepard.
Sophomore Micah Miller would seal the game with an empty net goal exactly a minute later and send the Bulldogs back up 35 empty handed.
Shots in this one were 27-26 UMD and faceoffs were 29-26 SCSU. The top man in the dot for the Huskies was junior Will Hammer at 11-3.
The Huskies travel to Kalamazoo next week to take on the Western Michigan Broncos. SCSU will return home Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 against the Miami Redhawks as they continue NCHC conference play. Catch that series on 88.1 KVSC.