by Kim Wrona
11/4/16 – DeKalb, IL | The DIII Huskies hosted Robert Morris University-White on October 28 and 29 at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, but home ice was not kind to NIU as RMU swept both games.
The Eagles started Friday’s game with a goal at the 14:09 mark in the first period and never looked back. They scored three more unanswered goals to make the final score 4-0.
Freshman goaltender Carl Lindgren made 43 saves on 47 shots in the contest. The Eagles outshot the Huskies by a 47-23 margin. The Huskies failed to convert on their two power plays but the NIU penalty kill was able to shut down all five RMU man advantages.
“We started out good on Friday, but throughout the game we didn’t communicate well with each other,” junior forward Trevor Bondarowicz said. “We were forcing passes and plays that we didn’t connect on. We missed plays in front of the net [that could have led to] goals.”
The Eagles got out to an even quicker start on Saturday as they netted their first goal 48 seconds into the contest. Just under five minutes later, the Eagles got out to a two goal lead.
Junior forward Danny Behles netted a power play goal at the 13:20 mark of the opening frame during a power play to bring the Huskies within one goal; the marker was Behles’ fourth goal of the season.
During the middle stanza, RMU scored twice and then added three goals in the third period to take a 7-1 victory and a sweep of the weekend.
Junior goaltender Jake Tower made 11 saves on 15 shots on goal in his 29:53 of ice time in net. Lindgren played the remaining 30:07 of the contest and made 20 saves on 23 shots. The Eagles outshot the Huskies by a 38-17 margin. The Huskies went 1-4 on the power play and killed off both RMU man advantages.
The DIII Huskies next set of games is at 7 p.m. on November 4 and at 2:15 p.m. on November 5 at Breslow Ice Center in Lincoln, NE as they take on the University of Nebraska.
“We have to be strong in the neutral zone and defensive zones for our next games,” Bondarowicz said. “We have to pick our heads up and communicate better for our next appearance and [hopefully we’ll] pull out some wins.”