The St. Cloud State Huskies (6-2-0, 2-0-0 NCHC) completed the sweep over the Miami RedHawks (3-4-1, 0-2-0 NCHC) Saturday night on a matchup at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
The Miami RedHawks came out firing, a big improvement from their performance the night before. The RedHawks led in shots 14-6 through the first period Saturday, after only gaining 15 shots on the net during their 3-0 loss Friday night.
Miami struck first, scoring off a backhander 12:05 into the first period when Jack Roslovic snuck the puck behind Huskies goaltender Charlie Lindgren to give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. The momentum wouldn’t last, with the Huskies defense quickly tightening up.
Penalties proved to be a non-factor once again, with both team’s power plays finishing 0-2. The Huskies continue to struggle on power plays, with their season total falling to 3-25 (.120 percent). Even with the offensive struggles, the defense has performed even better against power plays. Lindgren and the Huskies’ robust defense have only allowed two goals off of 24 penalties, which ranks top 10 in the entire nation.
The Huskies would completely shift the momentum in the second period, getting past RedHawks goaltender Jay Williams three times.
Freshman Mikey Eyssimont got his first collegiate goal off a shot through the 5-hole of Williams 3:49 into the second period to tie things up. Patrick Russell would give the Huskies the lead off a rebound goal late in the second period. St. Cloud State wasn’t done there, as senior forward Kalle Kossila weaved through the RedHawks’ defense and finish top-shelf to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead to end the second period.
“If we stick to our gameplan, good things will happen to us,” stated Eyssimont, regarding the team’s momentum change going into the second period.
Miami couldn’t answer back in the final period, falling to the Huskies 3-1 and suffering their first sweep of the season.
“It’s always huge to sweep, especially after last weekend where we got swept,” said Russell. “It’s good to know we can respond.”
Huskies goaltender Charlie Lindgren had another strong performance, saving 33 shots including two scoreless periods to complement a strong defensive effort.
“In my eyes, one of the best goalies in the nation, [Lindgren],” said Eyssimont. “He’s never happy with a game unless it’s a shutout.”
With the win, the Huskies improve to 4-0-0 at home while outscoring their opposition 13-1 in that span.
The Huskies have a bye-week before traveling to Kalamazoo, Michigan for a series against Western Michigan. After that series, the Huskies return home for a big series against #1 North Dakota November 20-21.