The Huskies (25-7-1, 15-5-1 NCHC) were defeated 4-1 by the Duluth Bulldogs (12-14-5, 8-10-3 NCHC) Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
A three-goal first period allowed the Bulldogs to coast the rest of the game, heading into the second period with a 3-0 lead. Karson Kuhlman led the way for Duluth, scoring two goals and adding an assist to finish the game with three points.
In the second period, St. Cloud State freshman Mikey Eyssimont scored his ninth goal of the year. Eyssimont leads all Husky freshmen with 24 points. The goal would stand to be St. Cloud’s only goal of the game. Assists on the play came from Huskies captain Ethan Prow and forward Kalle Kossila.
Duluth would go on to score one more goal in the third period, again coming from Kuhlman. Alex Iafallo finished with two assists for the Bulldogs as well.
Duluth goaltender Kasimir Kaskiso played phenomenally for the Bulldogs, stopping 49 out of 50 shots on goal by St. Cloud State. Huskies goaltender Charlie Lindgren stopped 31 of 34 shots on goal by the Bulldogs.
The Huskies struggled on special teams, failing to produce a power play goal on two attempts while giving up one goal on three penalty kills.
The Huskies will play the Bulldogs again Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. This will be the last home game of the season for the Huskies. With the loss, St. Cloud State remains in second place in the NCHC behind North Dakota.