D3 Finishes Season against Lewis

By Kim Wrona

2/14/14—DeKalb, IL  The D3 Huskies wrapped up their 2013-14 season on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 on the road against Lewis University.

Senior goaltender Alex Craig started Friday night’s contest for NIU. The Huskies were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Lewis was able to tie it and grab the lead going into the first intermission.

Lewis dominated the scoreboard in the second period as they scored four times to take a 6-1 lead going into the third period.

The final frame featured sophomore goaltender Kyle Maher between the pipes and two NIU power play goals, but the Huskies weren’t able to mount a comeback and dropped the tilt 7-3. Junior forwards Kyle Cornier and team captain Jc Weems tallied for the Huskies.

“We gave up in the last five minutes of the second and they pulled away,” freshman defenseman Damon Lubkeman said. “They were a very fast and talented team. We had so many chances to put the game away, but we couldn’t score.”

“I thought Friday night we played well except for a few minutes towards the end of the second period where we gave up a few goals in the last couple minutes,” sophomore forward Nick Renville said. “We came out in the third and played a solid period and I think that momentum carried over to Saturday.”

Saturday’s game was closer, but it wasn’t what the Huskies were looking for. They ended their season with a 4-2 loss; Renville and senior forward Brian Staffeldt scored for the Huskies.

“The second day we came to play,” Lubkeman said. “It was back and forth:  we scored, they scored.  We played our hearts out. They got two lucky bounces and won the game. [But it was a] great way to end the season.”

“On Saturday we played a solid game even though we lost,” Renville said. “Maher played his best game of the season and gave us a chance going into the third period. We took a couple penalties in the third that cost us the game, but it was one of the most competitive games we’ve played in all season and it was a fun way to end the year.”

NIU finished the season with an 8-20-0-1-0 record.