By Kim Wrona
1/9/18 – DeKalb, IL | The DII Huskies picked up two wins over the Robert Morris University-Maroon Eagles on January 5 and 6 at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee to open up the 2018 portion of the 2017-2018 season.
Senior forward Eric Svejda (2G, 2A) and sophomore forward Brad Krauser (2G, 2A) picked up four points on the weekend while junior forward Holden Carkner (3G) and freshman defenseman Robert Apter (G, 2A) recorded three points during the two games.
The Eagles opened up the scoring during Friday’s contest with a tally just 2:40 into the first period. The Huskies responded at 12:47 with Carkner’s third goal of the season to tie the game at one.
RMU regained its lead at 15:06, but Krauser tied the game at two 10 seconds later with his 13th marker on the 2017-2018 campaign.
Apter gave the Huskies their first lead of the game with his fifth goal of the season at 1:59 of the second period; senior goaltender Nick Bove picked up the lone helper on the tally.
Carkner scored his second of the game and fourth of the year just past the midway point of the middle frame to extend the Huskies’ lead to 4-2. Carkner then completed his hat trick at 16:11 of the third period. The Algonquin native’s fifth goal of the season sealed the 5-2 victory for the Huskies.
Bove made 35 saves on 37 shots in the contest. RMU outshot NIU by a 37-34 margin. The Huskies went 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off all three of the Eagles’ man advantages.
The Huskies got out to a fast start during Saturday’s game. Svejda gave the home squad a 1-0 lead at the 6:59 mark of the first period. The Bolingbrook native sent a wicked wrist shot in from the top of the right circle for his 18th goal of the season.
Svejda extended the NIU lead to 2-0 30 seconds into the second period with a shot from the tops of the circles during a power play.
The Eagles tied the game with a power play goal at 3:10 and an even strength goal at 16:50 during the middle frame. But the Huskies got the lead back 39 seconds later as junior forward Nick Treiber fired a shot home from between the hashmarks for his 12th tally of the season.
Treiber gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead at 6:09 of the third period with his 13th marker of the year. Krauser provided the screen on the Algonquin native’s power play tally from the high slot.
From the left circle at 11:45, senior defenseman and team captain Thomas Turner sent a pass to Krauser in the slot while shorthanded. The Bartlett native put the puck home for his 14th goal of the season and to give the Huskies a 5-2 lead.
The Eagles netted a power play tally with 2:50 to play in regulation, but the Huskies were able to hang on for the 5-3 victory and for the sweep of the weekend.
Bove made 45 saves on 48 shots in the contest. RMU outshot NIU by a 48-36 margin. The Eagles went 2-for-10 on the power play while the Huskies went 2-for-4 on their man advantages. The DII Huskies now have an 8-18-1-0 record on the 2017-2018 season.
“It’s always rewarding to get those four points against a team we have such a history with,” Bove said, “and the team was definitely motivated walking out onto the ice for the games. The team played well, we worked together, and we didn’t give them anything to work with.”
The DII Huskies will go on the road this weekend as they take on DePaul University. The Huskies and the Blue Demons will face-off at 8:30 p.m. on January 12 and at 1:10 p.m. on January 13 at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago.