The number four Huskies defeat Colorado College 2-1 in a nail biter at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Friday night.
A two-goal first period was enough for a Huskies win, giving up one goal in the second period and ultimately holding off for the one-goal victory. With the win over the bottom-ranked Tigers, the Huskies remain second in the NCHC behind North Dakota.
St. Cloud State freshman Mikey Eyssimont helped lift the Huskies to a 2-0 lead in the first period with a goal and an assist. Just four minutes into the opening period, Eyssimont grabbed a loose puck near the top of the circle and fired a shot past the glove of Tigers goaltender Jacob Nehama with the help of a screen from teammate Patrick Russell, giving him his third goal of the season.
Later in the period, after a stretch of sloppy play from both teams, Eyssimont caught a pass near the goal line from teammate Ethan Prow and then found Russell crashing the net for a tap in goal and his 10th of the year, proving to be the game winner.
The Huskies struggled on the power play, missing out on three separate opportunities in the second period alone, and finishing 0 for 5 on the night. Colorado College did a very good job on the penalty kill, allowing very few scoring chances and producing some of their own.
Nearly a minute after killing off a penalty at the beginning of the second period, the Tigers were able to capitalize just five seconds into a power play after a penalty from St. Cloud State’s Jimmy Schuldt.
After Colorado College won the faceoff in the Huskies zone, forward Cody Bradley skated the puck to the middle of the slot and was able to fire a shot through traffic and into the back of the net, beating Huskies goaltender Charlie Lindgren for the Tigers’ first goal of the game.
The goal from Bradley halted the momentum of St. Cloud State. The Tigers began getting better shot opportunities, but, with the help of some big saves by Lindgren, the Huskies were able to hold on to a 2-1 lead entering the third period.
The Huskies finally regained some momentum midway into the third period, creating plenty of offensive chances in a back and forth period.
Nehama played well in net for the Tigers, stopping 34 shots, including countless phenomenal saves made throughout the third period.
With just over three minutes remaining in the game, a St. Cloud State penalty gave Colorado College one last chance to tie the game. After a few close opportunities, and a sprawling save from Lindgren, St. Cloud State was able to kill off the penalty as the Tigers pulled their goaltender with just over a minute remaining.
In the end, the Huskies were able to hold off the late pressure from Colorado College and seal a 2-1 victory.
Judd Peterson played well for St. Cloud State in just his third game back after an injury nearly a month ago, producing multiple scoring chances, including one breakaway opportunity. Peterson had two goals last weekend in the Huskies’ sweep over Arizona State, putting him 10th in the NCAA with 12 goals alongside teammate Joey Benik.
This was the first of four meetings between the two teams this season. The Huskies will play the Tigers again Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.