By Morgan Haga
3/7/2020 Dekalb, IL – The D1 Huskies traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for MCH Conference Playoffs. Friday March 6, the Huskies took on Maryville University Saints for round one. Unfortunately, the Huskies fell to the Saints 3-6.
Friday’s game, the Huskies skated out ready to fight for a second round chance. Maryville started out the game and was leading to end the first period. The Huskies first goal was scored at 6:20 in the second period by Brad Krauser assisted by Brandon Ledyard and Zach Huggins. The Huskies goal made the score 1-3. Heading into the third period, the score was 1-4 and the Huskies caught up 3-4 with both goals by Hunter Wahl and assists by Rodahn Evans, Nick Gonzalez and Osman Cholak (2). The Huskies ended the game 3-6 with Maryville’s last goal being an empty net goal.
Goaltender Brian Eisele was in net saving 26 of 31 shots on goal.
Osman Cholak stated, “Overall, no matter what the score was after the second period, the team didn’t give up and tried to comeback as we were close to tie the game in third.”
Coach Rucinski mentioned that overall he was very proud of the progress made. “You need to gain experience and play it out in order to get wins.”
Coach Bristol said the first season of a new hockey team always has its ups and downs. “We need to find the consistency to build the team up.”
Coach Wallace stated while the team was composed of young players, they worked to build up playing against older hockey players.
Freshman Mason Ihrke stated, “I think we had a slow start to the season being a new D1 team and mostly freshman but as we started to get to know each other better towards second semester we started playing together as a team better. We built a lot over the season and had a lot of fun and I’m excited to come back better for next year.”
Freshman Rodahn Evans said “The season was full of ups and downs but for a team of almost all freshmen we knew we wouldn’t be perfect. Injuries killed us all season long and there’s just nothing you can do about that. Penalties killed us too but we fixed that by the end of the season. Overall it was a good season, just not a great one.”
The Huskies ended their season with a record of 6-26-0 for the first season as a D1 team! For MCH conference they finished 6-10-0. The Huskies have battled to be where they are and couldn’t have done it without the support of their fans, friends and family!