By Morgan Haga
3/1/2020 Dekalb, IL – The DI Huskies were on home ice for the last time this season as well as the last MCH conference games against Maryville University. The Huskies split the weekend, Friday falling 8-5 and Saturday winning 4-3 in a shootout.
Friday night, the Huskies came out to fight and less than two minutes in Austin Walny found the back of the net to lead the Huskies 1-0. Maryville was able to find the back of the net, to end the first period with a tied up score of 1-1. Heading into the second period, Brad Krauser matched goals with Maryville again. The Huskies began battling hard and Mason Ihrke was able to keep the game tied before Maryville would end the second period up 4-3. Coming back for third period the Huskies were trying to get the puck into the zone. Fourteen minutes in Ihrke scored his second goal of the night to make the score 7-4. The Huskies were unable to gain the score difference and fell 8-5.
Goaltender Chad Dodero saved 47 of 55 shots on goal.
Skating into Saturday, Maryville started out the game and Osman Cholak tied it 1-1. Before ending the first period Rodahn Evans scored to pull the Huskies ahead 2-1. Maryville was able to tie it in the second period. Heading into the third period less than two minutes in Evans scored his second goal of the game and minutes later Maryville answered back to end the third period with a tie. After playing a five minute 3 on 3 overtime the Huskies headed into a shootout. Maryville started first and Goaltender Brian Eisele blocked the shot. For the Huskies, Senior Brad Krauser made the goal and then headed for the second player from Maryville. Their player’s shot got blocked again by Eisele and Osman Cholak headed out for the Huskies. Maryville blocked Cholak’s shot and sent their next player out. Eisele blocked the third shot and pulled the Huskies a 4-3 win.
Goaltender Brian Eisele was in net saving 41 of 44. As well as blocking all shots in the shootout.
Coach Rucinski mentioned that Friday’s game could have gone either way but after pulling the goalie the final score ended up 5-8. He stated, “We just need to catch a break every once and awhile to come out on top like we did for this one.”
Brad Krauser said “I thought Saturday was a good game. We simplified our game and got contributions from all 4 lines. Brian Eisele played fantastic and made a handful of timely saves.”
The Huskies will be heading to St. Louis, Missouri for MCH Playoffs March 6-8. The Huskies will be playing Maryville University March 6, at 5 pm at The Maryvile University Hockey Center. If the Huskies win they will play March 7. For more updates, follow on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.