By Morgan Haga
9/22/19 — DeKalb, IL | The D3 Huskies skated on home ice for the first time of the 2019-2020 season. NIU played Loyola University at Canlan Ice Sports West Dundee. The Huskies took Friday’s game with a 4-2 win and Saturday’s, with an 8-5 win.
The Huskies got off to a rough start on Friday and then Sophomore Elijah David netted the team’s first goal of the season with 12:20 left to go in first. After that goal happened the Huskies got fired up and Sophomore John Williams scored the second goal in the first period tying it up with Loyola with 1:50 left in first.
Continuing into the second period the Huskies did not stop. They killed penalties and scored a power play goal. Sophomore Aaron Harris netted a power play goal with an assist from Kyle Meehan all happening with 24.8 seconds left in the period. Skating into the third period Freshman Brett Buttice scored the Huskies fourth and final goal of the night.
Saturday continued the battle to take home both wins. Loyola University started the game by scoring first. Then Sophomore Justin Garr raced across the ice for his first goal of the season tying the game with Loyola at 14:48. For the rest of first Loyola tallied up 3-1. When the second period started, Loyola netted another goal and shortly after Garr came through with another goal making the score 4-2. Seconds after, Loyola shot and scored for the game to become 5-2. The Huskies pushed through by Aaron Harris, Davidson McLean and Bryce Meyers all scoring goals to close out the second period and made the score 5-5.
The third period came and the Huskies did not stop their fight. Freshman Zach Sockol raced to the net with 14:13 left in third allowing the Huskies to pull head. McLean netted his second goal of the season at 4:52 and 30 seconds later Buttice made the final score 8-5.
On Friday, Senior goaltender Josh Stoos made 39 saves on 41 shots in the battle. Then on Saturday, Junior goaltender Ethan Koncor made 67 saves against 72 shots.
Coach Weems mentioned that the team still has a few things to work on throughout the next week. “The penalties were killed, but some of the penalties affected the team for more than one game.” After the first set of games the Huskies are off to a great start.
The Huskies will go on the road for their next set of games. NIU will take on Northwestern University at 10:50pm on September 27 and 10:05pm September 28 at Robert Crown Ice Arena in Evanston Illinois.