D3 Huskies Sweep Two Weekends against Wheaton and Season Recap

By Morgan Haga 

12/7/2021 Dekalb, IL The DIII Huskies swept two weekends against Wheaton College. Home games November 19th and 20th were celebratory wins of 7-5 and 6-2 and on December 3rd and 4th, the Huskies traveled to Carol Stream, Illinois for wins of 7-3 and 7-6. 

Friday, November 19th, the Huskies were on home ice against Wheaton College. Wheaton was able to start the game scoring points, but the Huskies were able to answer back in the second period. Going into the second period, the Huskies were down 0-2. Noah Carlock was the first to find the back of the net and bring the Huskies closer to their lead. David Kraaz followed minutes later with his first goal of the game to bring the score to 2-2. Alex Tatum followed by scoring, allowing the Huskies to lead. Less than a minute after Tatum’s goal, Aaron Harris found the back of the net and continued the Huskies lead 4-2. The Huskies ended with a second period tied 4-4. In the third period, the Huskies widened their lead when Justin Garr scored and 13 minutes later Kraaz scored his second goal of the game and minutes later his third goal of the game. The Huskies’ final score against Wheaton College was 7-5. Goaltender Matthew Coppolillo was in net saving 27 of 32 shots on goal. 

Saturday, November 20th started with David Kraaz scoring his fourth goal of the weekend at 7:14 in the first period. Before ending the first period tied 2-2, Max Ruttenberg found the back of the net. Early in the second period, the Huskies were able to keep their points up over the weekend. Jason Kliment scored a goal less than 3 minutes into the period. A little over a minute later, Justin Garr made the score 4-2. Wheaton tried to use their defense, but Kraaz was able to score his fifth goal of the weekend at 12 minutes into the second period. Noah Carlock got the final goal of the game at 8:21 in the second period and the final score was 6-2. Goaltender Collin Henkemeyer was in net saving 28 of 30 shots on goal. 

Friday, December 3rd the Huskies traveled to Carol Stream Illinois to take on Wheaton on their home ice. The Huskies were on the puck all of the first period but did not find the back of the net until 0:40 remaining when David Kraaz scored. The score ending the first period was 1-1. Seconds into the second period, Justin Garr scored for the Huskies and their goal-scoring streak continued from there. At 13:58 in the second period, Kraaz scored his second goal of the game. Followed by Jason Kliment at 12:52. Minutes later Kraaz answered with his third goal of the game. The Huskies end the second period with a score of 6-1, the sixth goal being scored by Alex Tatum. The Huskies’ final goal of the game was scored at 9:24 in the third period by Jacob Grippo. Goaltender Matthew Capek was in net saving 26 of 29 shots on goal. The Huskies’ final score was 7-3.

Saturday, December 4th the Huskies fell behind in the first period but they were able to score before the period ended. David Kraaz scored with 1:24 remaining in the period and with 0:11 seconds left in the first period, Jason Kliment scored. Heading into the second period, the score was 2-3. Seconds into the period, Aaron Harris score a goal to tie the game. With a battle against Wheaton, Shane Tennell was able to get the puck and tie the score again at 7:03 in the second period. The score after that goal was 4-4. Skating into the third period, Max Ruttenberg scored at 17:58 and another tie was completed. The Huskies were finally able to pull ahead at 16:26 when Kraaz scored again and minutes later Jacob Grippo score the Huskies’ final goal of the game. The final score was 7-6.

Freshman Forward David Kraaz stated, “Winning these past four games against Wheaton, I feel are a huge morale boost for us going into the last stretch of the season and into playoffs. Playing on a line with Garr and Harris as well has boosted my game a ton through these past few games. All of our lines really came together and we played as a whole.”

Senior Forward Justin Garr stated, “We needed some wins so getting them before break was huge. We hope to continue our roll coming up here in a couple weeks after a good break.”   

Head Coach Keith Gorzycka commented, “The players are coming ogg two big weekend series wins. The last game they were down 3-0 in the first but never looked fown. They regrouped together and came back to pull out a win. Seems like everything is starting to fall in place. It is a great was to go into a holiday break.”  

David Kraaz was able to get a hat trick over each weekend against Wheaton. Kraaz is also the current goal point leader. Jason Kliment is the overall point leader with 14 goals and 20 assists for a total of 34 points. Following very closely is Noah Carlock with 13 goals and 19 assists for a total of 32 points. Jason Kliment is also the current assist point leader. 

The Huskies’ current record is 6-13-1 for the 2021-2022 season. The Huskies have suffered many injuries over the last few games which were reflected with the scores against Aurora, Northern Michigan, and Bradley University. The Huskies hope to rest and recover over break heading into the rest of the season. 

The DIII Huskies are on the road when they return to campus in 2022. They will be heading to Geneva, Illinois to take on Aurora University on January 14 and 15. Times are to be determined.