By Kim Wrona
2/10/17 – DeKalb, IL | The DIII Huskies closed out the 2016-17 regular season with two road games against Augustana College’s DII team.
Augustana had a 6-0 lead at one point during the contest on February 3. But the Huskies were able to rally back and make a game of it. The final score was 6-3 in Augustana’s favor.
“On Friday we took a little bit to get used to the wider sheet of ice,” freshman goaltender Carl Lindgren said. “I personally let in a few goals that I should not have. I felt like we got out-battled in the first two periods. In the third period, we picked it up. We pretty much sat on a power play for the last ten minutes of the game. Once we got on that power play, we gained momentum. We scored three unanswered goals. We almost scored a fourth, which would have been huge. But the comeback said that we meant business that weekend.”
During Saturday’s contest, the Huskies and Augustana were tied at two goals each after 60 minutes of hockey. The game went into overtime, but the Huskies fell short as Augustana picked up the 3-2 overtime victory for the sweep of the weekend.
“On Saturday, we played much better,” junior forward Brian Kostecka said. “We held them to 2-2 and brought it to overtime. There was a [controversial] call there [and …] the next shift they scored. But we stuck with them. They’re a DII team and we brought them into overtime.”
“The Saturday game we played much better out of the gate,” Lindgren said. “It was nothing-nothing after the first. We played well. In the second, we played good. They had a power play goal which was nothing we could hang our heads about. In the third period, we out-battled them and out-scored them, which was good. We ended up losing in overtime, but I think we can take a lot out of this weekend moving into playoffs.”
The DIII Huskies’ record to end the 2016-17 regular season is 9-17-3-0. They will now take on Western Illinois University at 2 p.m. on February 10 at Owens Center in Peoria, IL in the first round of the MACHA Bronze playoffs.
“We have to come out hitting,” Kostecka said. “We didn’t do that this weekend in the slightest.”
“We can’t be moving slow out of the gate,” Lindgren said. “We have to have the mindset that we’re going to go in and kick some butt. Hopefully, we can come out with another championship win.”