The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 0-0 NCHC) looked to bounce back after a series sweep at the hands of Quinnipiac last weekend when they hosted the #14/15 Miami University RedHawks (3-2-1, 0-0 NCHC) Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. This game was the NCHC opener for both teams and the first in the two-game series.
These two teams are familiar foes, with Miami leading the series 13-7-2 all time dating back to 1987. Most recently, Miami won against the Huskies in last year’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game 3-2.
St. Cloud State struck first when freshman Patrick Newell struck gold off a rebound from junior Niklas Nevalainen which bounced off the pad of Miami goaltender Ryan McKay 11 at 8:43 into the first period. The goal was Newell’s first career goal for the Huskies. The Huskies continued the pressure in the first period, firing off attempts at the RedHawks all period. St. Cloud State outshot Miami 17-4 in the period, allowing little to no pressure on Huskies goaltender Charlie Lindgren.
The first penalty of the game came on a slashing call by Miami’s Colin Sullivan 10:55 into the first period. The penalty would be subsequently killed off by Miami, allowing little room for the Huskies offense to create an opportunity. The Huskies couldn’t capitalize on their powerplay opportunities Friday, continually being thwarted off by the RedHawks defense.
The Huskies would light the lamp early in the second period with a good pass from freshmen Mikey Eyssimont to sophomore forward Ryan Papa who finished it off for a 2-0 Huskies lead. The Huskies would continue the attack, terrorizing the RedHawks defense all throughout the period. Despite many attempts and outshooting the RedHawks 28-9 through two periods, the Huskies were limited to only one goal.
The Huskies would find the net in the third period during a delayed penalty after Charlie Lindgren skated to the bench to give the Huskies an extra man on the ice. Freshman Patrick Newell finished the goal off for the Huskies 13:43 into the third period, his second of the game. The Huskies continued holding off the RedHawks in the third period, capturing the 3-0 victory. St. Cloud State’s potent offense proved pivotal, amassing a season high 40 shots.
St. Cloud State’s stout defense was a constant issue for the RedHawks, only amassing 12 shots on goal in the entire game.
Junior goaltender and NCAA First Star of the Week on week one of the season Charlie Lindgren continued his spectacular start to the season by keeping the RedHawks scoreless Friday. Lindgren has now recorded a shutout in 4 of the Huskies’ seven games this season which leads the NCAA.
After the series with Miami concludes, the Huskies have a week off and then go on the road to Western Michigan Nov. 13 to 14 in Kalamazoo, Michigan for a two game series.