DULUTH– After an upsetting weekend against Colorado College the Huskies were able to bounce back on the road and get two wins against the UMD Bulldogs. Following the weekend, SCSU took sole possession of the first place slot in the conference race.
The NCHC matchup had the #5 St. Cloud State University hockey team (18-5-0, 10-3-0 NCHC) pinned against #17 Minnesota Duluth (8-8-4, 5-6-2 NCHC) on Friday, Jan. 15 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Mikey Eyssimont opened the score board at 7:32 of the first period, skating his way around two UMD defenders and putting the puck over goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo. Kalle Kossila with the assist on that goal to make the game 1-0. UMD center Cal Decowski tied the game 1-1 before the end of the first period.
The game would stay 1-1 until 8:40 of the second period when SCSU’s Kalle Kossila capitalized on a power play and put the puck past former Finnish teammate Kaskisuo. Kossila’s ninth goal of the season, assisted by Joey Benik and Ethan Prow. In the third period, SCSU’s Blake Winiecki gave the Huskies an insurance goal at 10:21, assisted by Jacob Benson and Ben Storm.
Although UMD outshot SCSU 29-26, the game would end with a 3-1 score, Charlie Lindgren making 28 saves in net for the Huskies. St. Cloud went 1-5 on the power play and an outstanding 7-7 on the penalty kill.
On Saturday, SCSU and UMD had a 1-1 tie game and Patrick Russell went on to score the game winner unassisted in 3 by 3 OT giving the Huskies the extra league point. Joey Benik, scoring the only goal in regulation for SCSU, joined the Huskies 100-point club Saturday night. He is the third SCSU player this season to score his 100th NCAA career point. Between the pipes, Charlie Lindgren now owns a 17-5-1 record.
St. Cloud will play at home in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center hosting Western Michigan University next weekend.
On Friday Jan. 22, the game will start at 7:37 p.m. and Saturday’s game will start at 7:07 p.m.