By Kim Wrona
11/21/17 – DeKalb, IL | The DII Huskies traveled down to Missouri for two games against the Lindenwood University Lions on November 17 and 18. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the home team would pick up both victories on the weekend.
The Lions took a 1-0 lead at the 11:26 mark of the first period on Friday, but the Huskies were able to tie the game in the second period. Sophomore forward Brad Krauser netted a power play goal just 1:33 into the middle frame for his ninth goal of the season.
The Lions answered back with three straight goals to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. In the third period, graduate defenseman Bryan Peterson netted two goals, including a power play tally, to cut the NIU deficit to 4-3; the markers were Peterson’s third and fourth on the 2017-2018 campaign.
At 12:11 of the final frame, the Lions scored to make it 5-3 and would hang on for the victory.
Senior goaltender JoJo Durrbeck made 47 saves on 52 shots in the contest. Lindenwood outshot NIU by a 52-27 margin. The Huskies went 2-for-3 on the power play and killed off both of the Lions’ man advantages.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lions jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the 7:38 mark of the second period. Senior defenseman and team captain Thomas Turner cut the Lindenwood lead to 5-1 with his third goal of the year with 13 seconds remaining in middle frame. But the Lions answered right back with one second remaining on the clock to restore their five-goal lead.
The Huskies opened the third period with a power play goal from junior forward Nick Treiber at the 43 second mark; the tally was Treiber’s tenth of the season.
The Lions responded with three goals during the middle of the period, including two power play goals, to make it 9-2 in their favor. Senior forward Eric Svejda netted his 14th marker of the season at 14:10 of the frame with a power play goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 9-3. But that was how the final score would stand as the Lions swept the weekend.
Durrbeck started the game and made 28 saves on 32 shots in 24:04 of ice time. Senior goaltender Nick Bove relieved Durrbeck in the second period and made 35 saves on 40 shots in 35:56 of ice time. Lindenwood outshot NIU by a 72-21 margin. The Lions went 3-for-8 on the power play while the Huskies went 2-for-6 on the man advantage. The DII Huskies are now 5-15-1-0 on the 2017-2018 campaign.
“The outcome of the weekend was obviously not ideal,” Turner said, “but playing top level teams like Lindenwood really gives us a benchmark of where we are now and the steps we need to take to get to where we aspire to be at the end of this season.”
The Huskies have Thanksgiving weekend off, but will return to home ice for two MACHA Conference contests the following weekend. At 7:20 p.m. on December 1 and at 3:30 p.m. on December 2, the Huskies will take on the Bradley University Braves at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, IL.