by Kim Wrona
10/15/18 — DeKalb, IL | The DII Huskies went head-to-head against the Robert Morris University-Maroon Eagles on October 12 for a one-game showdown at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they would drop the decision to the Eagles. Senior defenseman David Madrigal led the Huskies in points in the contest with two (G, A).
The first period was a scoreless affair between NIU and RMU, but the home squad drew first blood in the contest in the second period. Just 1:04 into the middle frame, the Eagles tallied a shorthanded goal to take a 1-0 lead. RMU would score two more times before the halfway point of the frame to take a 3-0 lead over NIU.
Senior forward Nick Treiber cut the NIU deficit to two goals with his fourth tally on the 2018-2019 campaign at 11:06 of the sandwich stanza. Madrigal then tallied 44 seconds later to put the Huskies within one goal of the Eagles. The marker was Madrigal’s second of the season.
Before the period could end, RMU restored its two-goal lead over NIU. The home team then tallied once more at 7:56 of the third period to make it a 5-2 lead over the Huskies.
Junior forward Brad Krauser tried to rally a comeback for NIU as he netted his second goal of the year at 13:37 of the final frame to bring the Huskies within two goals of the Eagles, but the comeback would fall short. The Eagles sealed their victory with a tally late in regulation to defeat the Huskies by a score of 6-3.
Freshman goaltender Chad Dodero made 41 saves on 47 shots in the contest. RMU outshot NIU by a 47-36 margin. The Huskies went 0-4 on the power play, but they killed off all three of the Eagles’ man advantages. The DII Huskies now have a 2-3-0-0 record on the 2018-2019 campaign.
The next time the Huskies take the ice, they’ll be in the State of Hockey as they take on Saint Mary’s University. The Huskies and the Cardinals will face-off at 7 p.m. on October 20 and at 12:30 p.m. on October 21 at Saint Mary’s University Ice Arena in Winona, MN.