By Kim Wrona
2/6/2019 — DeKalb, IL | The DII Huskies hosted Saint Louis University in two MACHA Conference games on February 1 and 2 at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, IL, for the last two home games of the 2018-2019 season. NIU and SLU split the decisions, with the Huskies ending the weekend on a good note.
The Huskies got out to a good start on Friday night as freshman forward Tyler Gut scored his tenth goal of the year at 9:39 of the opening frame. Junior forward Brad Krauser then gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead at 14:18 of the opening frame with his 17th marker on the 2018-2019 campaign.
SLU cut the NIU lead to one goal in the second period and then tied the game halfway through the final frame. At 11:50 of the third period, the visitors took their first lead of the game.
Freshman forward Brandon Ledyard netted his 11th goal of the season to tie the game at three with nearly 1:30 left in the period, but SLU answered back with three seconds remaining in regulation to defeat the Huskies by a score of 4-3.
Graduate goaltender Stephen Thulin made 48 saves on 52 shots in the contest. SLU outshot NIU by a 52-37 margin. Both teams went 0-3 on the power play.
The Huskies scored early and often during Saturday’s contest. Senior forward Nick Treiber tallied his 22nd goal of the season just 17 seconds into the opening frame to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
SLU tied the game at 6:23 of the second period, but NIU regained the lead less than two minutes later. Senior forward Holden Carkner scored his fifth goal of the season to make it a 2-1 game.
Treiber added his second marker of the game and 23rd of the season at 11:34 of the middle frame to extend the home squad’s lead to 3-1. About a minute and a half afterwards, senior forward Eric Svejda tallied his 16th goal of the season to give the Huskies a three-goal lead.
Svejda tallied a shorthanded goal less than two minutes into the third period for his second of the night and 17th of the season to give NIU a 5-1 lead. Krauser joined in on the scoring at 10:27 of the final frame with his 18th goal of the year.
SLU scored a power play goal with roughly three and a half minutes remaining to cut the NIU lead to 6-2, but the Huskies would hang on for the victory.
Thulin made 41 saves on 43 shots in the contest. SLU outshot NIU by a 43-40 margin. The Huskies went 0-4 on the power play, but killed off three of SLU’s four man advantages. The DII Huskies now have a record of 11-17-1-0 on the 2018-2019 campaign.
Next weekend, the Huskies will take the ice for the last time in the regular season this year. At 10:30 p.m. on February 8 at University of Illinois Ice Arena in Champaign, IL, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 9 at David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, IL, the Huskies and the University of Illinois will face-off in two MACHA Conference games.