Walker; Goaltending lead Huskies to sweep of RedHawks

Nolan Walker scored four goals in one game on Saturday,  Jan. 23 against the Miami-Ohio RedHawks. Photo courtesy of Kylie Macziewski

Friday

The sixth-ranked St. Cloud State University men’s ice hockey team defeated the Miami-Ohio RedHawks 3-2 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. on Friday, Jan. 22.

The first period was highlighted by a single goal scored by RedHawks defenseman Rourke Russell. The goal gave Miami a 1-0 lead and the score would stay that way for the remainder of the period.

Early in the second period, the SCSU Huskies would get their first goal of the weekend scored by Veeti Miettinen. Miettinen’s goal was his team-leading eighth of the season and was assisted by Sam Hentges and Nick Perbix.

Miami-Ohio would take the lead back five minutes later when defenseman Bray Crowder fired a shot past goaltender Jaxon Castor to make it 2-1 RedHawks.

In the final minute of the second period, Jami Krannila scored a goal to tie the game at 2. Krannila’s goal was his fifth of the season and was assisted by Zach Okabe and Nick Perbix.

Two minutes into the third period, the SCSU Huskies would break the tie with a goal from Zach Okabe. The goal was Okabe’s third of the season and assisted by Veeti Miettinen and Jami Krannila.

The line of Veeti Miettinen, Jami Krannila, and Zach Okabe scored each of the goals in the game for the Huskies.

The Huskies outshot the RedHawks 40-22 and were lead in net by Jaxon Castor who made 20 saves in his third victory of the season. RedHawks goalie Ludvig Persson made a whopping 37 saves in a losing effort.

The Huskies and RedHawks would play again the following evening with the Huskies looking to sweep at home for the second time in the 2020-2021 season.

Saturday

The SCSU Huskies defeated the Miami-Ohio RedHawks 8-2 on Saturday Jan. 22 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

In the game Nolan Walker scored four goals becoming the first Husky to do so since Zach Okabe did so against the Minnesota State Mavericks last season.

The first period would be all Huskies as they would jump out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the period.

The Huskies got on the board first in this game with a goal from Jared Cockrell. The goal was Cockrell’s second of the season and was assisted by Will Hammer and Ondrej Trejbal.

Two minutes later Nolan Walker scored a power play goal to extend the lead to 2-0. Walker’s first goal of three was assisted by Nick Perbix and Veeti Miettinen.

In the second period however, the tides would change when Miami-Ohio scored two goals in a minute to tie the game at 2. Miami’s goals were scored by Jared Daschke and Jack Clement.

With Miami scoring two goals in a minute, St. Cloud would not be outdone as they proceeded to score three goals in a minute and a half.

The first of the Huskies three goals was scored by Nolan Walker, his second of the game and fifth of the season to put the Huskies up 3-2. This goal was assisted by Micah Miller and Brendan Bushy.

The second goal would also be scored by Walker, his second power play goal of the game, and would be his hat trick goal extending the lead to 4-2. The hat trick goal was assisted by Zach Okabe and Nick Perbix.

Sam Hentges added his sixth goal of the season twenty second after Walker’s hat trick goal and brought the Huskies lead to 5-2. Hentges’ goal was assisted by captain Spencer Meier and Micah Miller. This goal also marked the end of the night for Miami goalie Ludvig Persson, who was replaced by Ben Kraws.

In the third period, the Huskies would extend their lead even further with a Veeti Miettinen goal at 4:23. The goal was his team-leading ninth of the season and was assisted by Zach Okabe.

Nolan Walker, who already had a hat trick at this point, scored his fourth goal of the game giving the Huskies a 7-2 lead. This brought Walker’s season total for goals to seven, good for second on the team. Walker’s fourth goal was assisted by Micah Miller.

The Huskies would score one final goal in this game scored by Chase Brand, his second of the season and was assisted by Micah Miller and Nolan Walker. Micah Miller tallied four assists in the game.

David Hrenak was outstanding in net for the Huskies making 29 saves en route to his eighth victory of the season. The duo of David Hrenak and Jaxon Castor stopped 49 of 53 RedHawk shots on the weekend.

The Huskies have a bye week this weekend and are back in action Feb. 5-6 against the Western Michigan University Broncos in St. Cloud, Minn. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

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