#6 SCSU Huskies Split Weekend Series Against #4 UMD Bulldogs

Freshman forward Veeti Miettinen had 5 points this weekend and has scored a goal in 5 straight games. Photo Credit: Tom Nelson

Saturday

The sixth-ranked SCSU Huskies men’s hockey team was defeated in overtime 4-3 by the fourth-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Jan. 2 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN.

A main theme for the Huskies in the NCHC pod was, goals early, either for or against. This game was no different as Minnesota-Duluth scored on their first shot of the game early in the first period. The goal was scored by Tanner Laderoute which was his second goal of the season.

After a slashing penalty was assessed to the Bulldogs, the Huskies went on the power play. In the power play, Easton Brodzinski tied the team lead when he scored his fourth goal of the season tying the game at 1. The goal was assisted by Veeti Miettinen and Nick Perbix.

In the second period, Huskies defenseman Nick Perbix would take a penalty and the Bulldogs would capitalize with a goal from alternate captain, and Minnesota Wild draft pick, Nick Swaney making the score 2-1 for the Bulldogs.

The Huskies were given a five-minute powerplay after UMD’s Tanner Laderoute took an interference penalty. The Huskies would wake up and score 2 goals on the five-minute power play.

The first goal was scored by Huskies freshman sensation Veeti Miettinen, taking the team lead with his fifth goal of the season to tie the game at 2. The goal was assisted by Nick Perbix and Sam Hentges.

The second goal was scored by Huskies senior Easton Brodzinski, who tied the team lead again with his fifth goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Nick Perbix and Sam Hentges again. The assist was Perbix’s third point of the game and the goal was the Huskies third power play goal of the game.

In the third period with the Huskies leading 3-2, Huskies forward Jared Cockrell took a penalty and UMD would capitalize on the power play with a goal from Kobe Roth, knotting the game at 3.

The remainder of the third period would be a back-and-forth battle in which no goals were scored, and the game would head to overtime tied 3-3.

Two minutes into overtime, UMD Bulldogs captain Noah Cates scored the game winning goal giving the Bulldogs a 4-3 victory.

David Hrenak made 27 saves in the losing effort and the SCSU Huskies only managed 22 shots on goal.

The Huskies would be looking for a chance at revenge the following night against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

Sunday

The sixth-ranked SCSU Huskies men’s hockey team defeated the fourth ranked UMD Bulldogs 4-3 on Jan. 3 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN.

After a back and forth first period the teams battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first period. David Hrenak made 12 saves in the period.

A little less than a minute into the second period, Huskies freshman Veeti Miettinen scored yet again marking the fifth straight game in which he has scored a goal. The goal was his team-leading sixth of the season and was assisted by Jami Kranilla and Zach Okabe.

The Huskies and Bulldogs traded blows again for the remainder of the second period with the Huskies even outshooting the Bulldogs 14-9 in the period.

In the third period with the Huskies leading 1-0, UMD forward Jackson Cates put a shot past David Hrenak to tie the game at 1 apiece.

With about five minutes left to play in regulation, the Huskies executed a beautiful passing play capped off with a goal from another Finnish player Jami Kranilla, his third goal of the season, and gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead late in the third period. The goal was assisted by Veeti Miettinen and Ondrej Trejbal.

The Bulldogs would take a penalty late in the third and the Finnish goal scoring would continue as star forward Veeti Miettinen scored his second goal of the game and seventh of the season. Miettinen’s goal was assisted by Jami Kranilla and Zach Okabe.

That would end the scoring for the game as the Huskies would hang on to win this game by a final score of 3-1.

David Hrenak would pick up the win in goal and made 28 saves in the win. No American born player registered a point in this game for the Huskies.

Veeti Miettinen had an amazing series tallying 5 points in two games (2 goals, 3 assists) and now leads the team with 7 goals and 13 points.

The Huskies are on the road next weekend Jan. 9-10 for a 2-game series against these same UMD Bulldogs this time in Duluth, MN at the Amsoil Arena. Game start times are to be announced.

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