By Morgan Haga
10/4/2021 The DI Huskies pulled their first win of the 2021-2022 season. The Huskies won Friday 8-3 against Western Michigan University. Unfortunately, the Huskies fell Saturday 2-6.
Friday, the Huskies scored their first goal seconds into the game. Rodahn Evans found the back of the net at 19:46 into the first period. Continuing in the first period the Huskies remained in the battle when Brandon Ledyard scored the Huskies’ second goal bring the score to 2-0. Skating into the second period on top, the Huskies continued the streak. Alec Porzondek scored the Huskies’ third goal and minutes later Ledyard scored his second goal of the game to bring the score 4-0. WMU was able to score a goal between the Huskies’ goals. Midas Bacidore scored the Huskies’ 3rd goal of the period and Austin Walny followed with a fourth goal to end the second period, 6-1. Coming back for the third period the Huskies were prepared to pull a win for the team, WMU was able to score two more goals between Evans scoring another goal and Hunter Pierce scoring a goal as well. The Huskies’ final score was 8-3. Goaltender Brian Eisele was in the net for the Huskies Friday night.
Saturday, the Huskies struggled due to having a few players out of the game. Penalties also played a large role in how the game was played. The Huskies were down 6-0 in the third period before Huskies, Evans scored the Huskies’ first goal of the night. Two minutes later, Mason Irhke scored the Huskies’ second goal to make the final score 2-6. Goaltender Benjamin Vutci was is net for Saturday’s game.
Coach Madonia commented “Getting my first win as a DI coach was a really big moment for me. I’ve been a part of this program since 2011 as a player and coach. To have the chance to get a DIII, DII, and DI win is very special for me and my wife. She has been through my side for all of it and is supportive of everything within the program. It has been a lot of work to get to this point and we still have a lot to do. I am also looking forward to working with the staff we have brought on to get us to this point.”
Rodahn Evans stated “ Friday, we were able to score first shift and after that happened it was all NIU. We took the whole game after that. The win was good, but heading into next week we have a lot of injured players which will be tough for the first league games of the year.”
The DI Huskies stand 1-4-0-1 for the season. The DI Huskies are on the road again on October 8th and 9th to take on Waldorf University at Albert Lea City Arena. Puck drops are at 7:30 pm and 7:00 pm.