DIII Huskies fall to McKendree University

By Kim Wrona9/26/17 – DeKalb, IL | The DIII Huskies continued their

9/26/17 – DeKalb, IL | The DIII Huskies continued their season opening road trip on September 22 and 23 as they traveled down to O’Fallon, IL for two MACHA Conference games against the McKendree University Bearcats. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they would drop both contests to the Bearcats.The Huskies got out to a quick start on Friday night as they drew first blood. Freshman defenseman Robert Apter scored his first goal with the DIII Huskies at 4:53 of the first period during an NIU power play.

The Huskies got out to a quick start on Friday night as they drew first blood. Freshman defenseman Robert Apter scored his first goal with the DIII Huskies at 4:53 of the first period during an NIU power play.The Bearcats tied the game up at one with their own power play goal at the 12:57 mark. The home squad wouldn’t look back after that. McKendree scored six more times throughout the rest of the game to take a 7-1 victory over the Huskies.

The Bearcats tied the game up at one with their own power play goal at the 12:57 mark. The home squad wouldn’t look back after that. McKendree scored six more times throughout the rest of the game to take a 7-1 victory over the Huskies.

Sophomore goaltender Carl Lindgren made 58 saves on 65 shots in the contest. McKendree outshot NIU by a 65-21 margin. The Bearcats went 4-5 on the power play while the Huskies went 1-9 on the man advantage.
The first period was a scoreless affair on Saturday afternoon, but NIU was the team to get on the board first once again. At 6:02 of the second period, junior forward Tom Knetl scored his third goal of the season to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 with a

The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal just over two minutes later. Sophomore defenseman Matthew Nge scored the tally, which was his first goal on the 2017-18 campaign.The Bearcats clawed their way back in the last half of the middle frame though. They scored twice—including a shorthanded goal—to knot things at two going into the third period.

The Bearcats clawed their way back in the last half of the middle frame though. They scored twice—including a shorthanded goal—to knot things at two going into the third period.

The home team scored twice on the power play before the four minute mark of the final stanza to take a 4-2 lead over NIU. Knetl brought the Huskies back to within a goal with his second marker of the night and fourth goal of the season at 11:22 of the third.The Bearcats restored their

The Bearcats restored their two goal lead with just over four minutes to play in regulation. McKendree then added an empty net goal with just over a minute to play to take a 6-3 victory over the Huskies for the sweep of the weekend.Freshman goaltender Ethan Koncor made 70 saves on 75 shots in the contest. McKendree outshot NIU by a 76-27 margin. The Bearcats scored on both of their power plays while the Huskies went 1-6 on the man advantage. The Huskies now have a 1-3-0-0 record on the 2017-18 campaign.

Freshman goaltender Ethan Koncor made 70 saves on 75 shots in the contest. McKendree outshot NIU by a 76-27 margin. The Bearcats scored on both of their power plays while the Huskies went 1-6 on the man advantage. The Huskies now have a 1-3-0-0 record on the 2017-18 campaign.“With being our first conference games, these were important games for us,” Knetl said. “We came out fast and hard, but we really felt the fatigue that came with having a short bench. We played well all weekend and I’m proud of our effort and

“With being our first conference games, these were important games for us,” Knetl said. “We came out fast and hard, but we really felt the fatigue that came with having a short bench. We played well all weekend and I’m proud of our effort and hopefully we carry it into next weekend.”The Huskies will finish out their

The Huskies will finish out their season opening road trip with a set of games against the University of Nebraska. The Huskers and the Huskies will face-off at 6:30 p.m. on September 29 and at 1:00 p.m. on September 30 at Breslow Ice Center in Lincoln, NE.