DII Huskies drop games to the DI Illini

By Kim Wrona

10/10/17 – DeKalb, IL | The DII Huskies finished out their three-weekend road trip with two games against the University of Illinois’ DI team on October 6 and 7. The Huskies put up a fight but dropped both games in Champaign to the Illini.NIU got off to a fast start during Friday night’s contest. Senior forward Eric Svejda scored his fourth goal of the season just 2:02 into the first period to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. The Huskies weren’t able to get out of the opening frame with a lead though. The Illini tied the game at one at the 11:37 mark of the period.

The Illini took their first lead of the game at 12:21 of the second period and took that lead into the final period of play.The Huskies had a chance to tie the game up in the third period as sophomore forward Brad Krauser found himself on a breakaway at one point, but the Illini goalie made a good save to maintain the home team’s lead.

The Huskies had a chance to tie the game up in the third period as sophomore forward Brad Krauser found himself on a breakaway at one point, but the Illini goalie made a good save to maintain the home team’s lead.The Illini added a

The Illini added a power play goal with just over a minute to go in regulation to take a 3-1 victory over the Huskies.Senior goaltender JoJo Durrbeck made 47 saves on 50 shots in the contest. U of I outshot NIU by a 50-13 margin. The Illini went 1-2 on the power play while the Huskies didn’t have any man advantages during the contest.

Senior goaltender JoJo Durrbeck made 47 saves on 50 shots in the contest. U of I outshot NIU by a 50-13 margin. The Illini went 1-2 on the power play while the Huskies didn’t have any man advantages during the contest.
“I think Friday was really positive,” Svejda said. “We held them to a 2-1 score up until about a minute and a half left in the game. It showed that we can compete with a DI team, so we should be able to do that against any

DII team and be really successful with that. Another positive is we just did the simple things. We didn’t try to be fancy with it. We tried to be a little bit more defensive and it worked out for us.”“Any time you can play the no. 11 Division-I team to such a close game on Friday [is a positive],” head coach Nick Madonia said. “Yeah, we didn’t have many chances, but at the same time, we had a few that we thought, a bounce here, a bounce there [could result in a different game]. […] We defended very well. Yeah, they had 50 shots on Friday, but a high percentage of them were from outside the perimeter. We did a good job of not letting them get their way inside of the house on Friday.”

“Any time you can play the no. 11 Division-I team to such a close game on Friday [is a positive],” head coach Nick Madonia said. “Yeah, we didn’t have many chances, but at the same time, we had a few that we thought, a bounce here, a bounce there [could result in a different game]. […] We defended very well. Yeah, they had 50 shots on Friday, but a high percentage of them were from outside the perimeter. We did a good job of not letting them get their way inside of the house on Friday.”Saturday’s game nearly started out the same as Friday’s game for the Huskies. Svejda scored the opening goal of the contest at the 3:40 mark of the opening frame to give NIU a 1-0 lead; Krauser had the lone assist on the marker.

Saturday’s game nearly started out the same as Friday’s game for the Huskies. Svejda scored the opening goal of the contest at the 3:40 mark of the opening frame to give NIU a 1-0 lead; Krauser had the lone assist on the marker.But the Illini tied it up about three minutes later and then took a 2-1 lead at the 11:38 mark of the opening frame. Svejda was able to knot the game up at two at 12:01 of the first with his second goal of the game and his sixth marker on the 2017-18 campaign.

But the Illini tied it up about three minutes later and then took a 2-1 lead at the 11:38 mark of the opening frame. Svejda was able to knot the game up at two at 12:01 of the first with his second goal of the game and his sixth marker on the 2017-18 campaign.Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Illini would score twice more before the period was over to take a 4-2 lead going into the intermission. The Illini scored four more times throughout the rest of the game as well to take an 8-2 victory over NIU and to sweep the weekend.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Illini would score twice more before the period was over to take a 4-2 lead going into the intermission. The Illini scored four more times throughout the rest of the game as well to take an 8-2 victory over NIU and to sweep the weekend.Junior goaltender Tommy Terrance started the game and made 9 saves on 13 shots during the first period. Senior goaltender Nick Bove came into the game during the second period and made 29 saves on 33 shots during his 40 minutes of play. U of I outshot NIU by a 46-16 margin. The Illini didn’t score on their two power plays while the Huskies didn’t convert on their three man advantages. The DII Huskies now have a record of 2-6-0-0 on the season.

Junior goaltender Tommy Terrance started the game and made 9 saves on 13 shots during the first period. Senior goaltender Nick Bove came into the game during the second period and made 29 saves on 33 shots during his 40 minutes of play. U of I outshot NIU by a 46-16 margin. The Illini didn’t score on their two power plays while the Huskies didn’t convert on their three man advantages. The DII Huskies now have a record of 2-6-0-0 on the season.“We had more pressure, we just didn’t defend as well,” Madonia said. “We didn’t backcheck smart, didn’t have sticks in the passing lanes. […] It’s early enough in the season where we can look at the game and go through and pinpoint a lot of things we need to work on.”

“We had more pressure, we just didn’t defend as well,” Madonia said. “We didn’t backcheck smart, didn’t have sticks in the passing lanes. […] It’s early enough in the season where we can look at the game and go through and pinpoint a lot of things we need to work on.”The Huskies will finally be back on home ice this weekend as they face-off against the University of Iowa in two MACHA Conference games.

The Huskies will finally be back on home ice this weekend as they face-off against the University of Iowa in two MACHA Conference games.“It’ll be nice because we haven’t been home for three weekends,” Svejda said. “We don’t have to worry about having over a 2 ½ hour car ride where your legs get tired and you fall asleep. We can be at home, get a better warm-up in. We’re more familiar with our ice, we know the bounces, [it’s] a home field advantage.”

“It’ll be nice because we haven’t been home for three weekends,” Svejda said. “We don’t have to worry about having over a 2 ½ hour car ride where your legs get tired and you fall asleep. We can be at home, get a better warm-up in. We’re more familiar with our ice, we know the bounces, [it’s] a home field advantage.”“It’s going to be great to be back on home ice,” Madonia said. “We’ve been all over the place, so it’ll be nice to have a crowd for us for a change, especially against Iowa. Iowa is going to be a good team. We know they’re going to have some of their fans here, too, but I expect this place to be packed on Friday.”

“It’s going to be great to be back on home ice,” Madonia said. “We’ve been all over the place, so it’ll be nice to have a crowd for us for a change, especially against Iowa. Iowa is going to be a good team. We know they’re going to have some of their fans here, too, but I expect this place to be packed on Friday.”“I think we just need to do what we did this weekend,” Svejda said about having success against Iowa. “I think we just need to come in with an open mind and expect anything.”

“I think we just need to do what we did this weekend,” Svejda said about having success against Iowa. “I think we just need to come in with an open mind and expect anything.”“We’ve been playing well, we just haven’t gotten our bounces,” Madonia said. “If we keep working hard, the bounces are going to eventually even themselves out.”

“We’ve been playing well, we just haven’t gotten our bounces,” Madonia said. “If we keep working hard, the bounces are going to eventually even themselves out.”The Huskies and the Hawkeyes will go head-to-head at 7:20 p.m. on October 13 and at 5:30 p.m. on October 14 at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, IL.

The Huskies and the Hawkeyes will go head-to-head at 7:20 p.m. on October 13 and at 5:30 p.m. on October 14 at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, IL.