By Kim Wrona
1/30/15 – DeKalb, IL | The DIII Huskies traveled to Fishers, IN for a match-up against Purdue University on January 23.
Despite getting goals from senior forwards Brian Staffeldt (twice) and Kyle Cornier, senior defenseman Gregg Jacobson and sophomore forward Jeremy Bilecki, the Huskies weren’t able to defeat Purdue; they fell to the home team by a score of 12-5.
“Friday we started out real slow,” sophomore defenseman Erik Demmin said. “We had a rough first period, but we picked it up in the second, tied the game at 4 and then the wheels just fell off. I don’t really know what happened. [We] just stopped trying it seemed like.”
“Friday’s game didn’t really go as planned,” junior forward Mike Holum said. “We started out slow in the first period. We managed to stick with it though in the second period; we still gave ourselves a chance. At the end of the second, we kind of let them get a couple of late goals. And the third period, we needed to come back and answer on those goals and we just kind of fell flat and they just took off.”
“Friday’s game was a difficult one,” freshman Eric Brennan said. “There was a lot of hitting and a lot of quick passing [from] the other team. I thought the first and second periods were good on our part. We put pucks to the net and kept them out of our net. But [during] the third period, we couldn’t accomplish one of those, which is keeping the puck out of our net. It was a tough game. We just need to work on our third period.”
“Purdue is a very good team,” head coach Nick Madonia said. “They’re big, strong, fast and physical. They were a tough team to play against. The first period was kind of disappointing; we didn’t play our best. But, we went into it [the second] only down 2 goals. [In the] second period, we came out a lot stronger. A couple of our veteran guys stepped up. Staffeldt scored 2 goals, Bilecki scored a goal. The guys who we needed to step up, stepped up. But then, we started to get hit with a little bit of an injury bug. … When you’re playing a team that is going to play physical, you always risk taking a few bumps and bruises and we had a little bit of a shorter bench. It was tough for us to stick around, but overall, [we] can’t be too upset just because they’re probably the best team we’ve played this year.”
After the tough loss, the Huskies will have an off-weekend to recover before it’s time to get back to business.
“It will give us a chance to relax and reflect on how the weekend went and kind of get our feet back underneath of us,” Holum said.
“The off-weekend will be good,” Demmin said. “[We will] get some rest and hopefully that will make us ready for the 2 games against Augustana.”
“The off-weekend is going to be good for us,” Madonia said. “[It will] let a couple guys who aren’t fully at 100% get as close to it as they can.”
The Huskies will close out the regular season on February 6 and 7 as they host Augustana College at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva.
“Against Augustana, we just got to move the puck well and put the puck in the net. That’s all it is,” Brennan said.
“[We have to] play 60 minutes and just keep focused; play a whole game,” Holum said.
“Augustana is a team with a shorter bench so we just got to make sure that we come at them for a full 60 minutes,” Madonia said. “[We can’t] really give them a chance to get a lead and play back on us.”
Both games are slated to begin at 10:20 p.m.