By Kim Wrona
11/1/18 — DeKalb, IL | The DII Huskies hosted the Iowa State University Cyclones on October 26 and 27 at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee for two MACHA Conference games. The weekend was also NIU’s Pink in the Rink weekend where the team raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
Senior forward Eric Svejda led the Huskies with 3 points on the weekend (G, 2 A).
The visitors got on the board first on Friday night at 7:39 of the first period, but the Huskies struck 22 seconds later with Svejda’s fourth goal of the season to tie the game at one.
The Cyclones scored twice before the halfway way point of the second to take a 3-1 lead over NIU. With 2:51 left in the sandwich stanza, senior defenseman Tommy Rhyan netted his third goal of the season with a shot from the right point that went top shelf on the Cyclones’ netminder to cut the NIU deficit to one goal.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, their comeback was short-lived as the Cyclones scored with 15 seconds left in the period to restore their lead. With 41 seconds left in the third period, the Cyclones added a shorthanded, empty net goal to seal their 5-2 win over the Huskies.
Graduate goaltender Stephen Thulin made 54 saves on 58 shots in the contest. Iowa State outshot NIU by a 59-27 margin. The Huskies went 0-5 on the power play, but killed off both of the Cyclones’ man advantages.
The Huskies were the team to strike first on Saturday. Freshman forward Justin Garr netted his second goal on the 2018-2019 campaign at 6:07 of the first period to give NIU a 1-0 lead. Before the midway point of the opening frame, the Cyclones took a 2-1 lead in 24 seconds. The Huskies tied game up with one second remaining with senior defenseman David Madrigal’s fifth goal of the year during a power play.
Iowa State broke the tie at 9:49 of the second period and then added another goal before the frame ended to take a 4-2 lead going into the third period. The visitors tacked on one more goal in the third period to once again take a 5-2 victory over the Huskies.
Thulin made 41 saves on 46 shots in the contest. Iowa State outshot NIU by a 46-31 margin. The Huskies went 1-9 on the power play and killed off all five Cyclones’ man advantages. The DII Huskies now have a 4-5-0-0 record on the 2018-2019 campaign.
The next time the Huskies take the ice, they’ll be on the road. At 6:45 p.m. on November 2 and at 4:45 p.m. on November 3, the Huskies and the Bradley University Braves will face-off for two MACHA Conference games at Owens Center in Peoria, IL.