By Kim Wrona
1/25/18 – DeKalb, IL | The DIII Huskies played in a home-and-home series against Wheaton College on January 19 and 20 and split the two games with their opponent.
Sophomore forward Bryce Meyers tallied two hat tricks on the weekend for NIU.
Friday’s contest was at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. The Huskies got on the board first with two goals from senior forward Trevor Bondarowicz within the first four minutes of the opening frame. Meyers then tallied two goals at 4:20 and 14:20 to give the Huskies a 4-0 lead. Sophomore defenseman Matthew Nge tallied before the first period was over to put NIU up by five goals.
Meyers completed his first hat trick of the weekend at 4:54 of the third period and to give the Huskies a 6-0 victory over Wheaton.
Sophomore goaltender Josh Stoos made 24 saves on 24 shots for his first career ACHA shutout. Wheaton outshot NIU by a 24-23 margin.
Saturday’s game was played at Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee. Wheaton scored first, but Meyers was able to tie the game up at one before the end of the opening period.
Wheaton then scored four consecutive goals in the middle frame to take a 5-1 lead over NIU.
In the third period, Meyers scored twice to complete his hat trick and the Huskies also picked up a tally from sophomore defenseman Eric Odolski to cut the Wheaton lead to 5-4.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, that would be as close as they would get to the lead. Wheaton tallied a shorthanded goal during the last minute of the final frame to secure a 6-4 win.
Sophomore goaltender Mike Trybula made 22 saves on 27 shots in 35:24 of play. Stoos made 14 saves on 15 shots in 24:36 of play. Wheaton outshot NIU by a 42-21 margin. The Huskies went 0-for4 on the power play and killed off all three of Wheaton’s man advantages. The DIII Huskies now have a record of 8-17-0-0 on the 2017-2018 campaign.
The next time the Huskies take the ice, they’ll be hosting Loyola University. The Huskies and the Ramblers will face-off at 7:20 p.m. on January 26 and at 3:30 p.m. on January 27 at Leafs Ice Centre.