By Joe DeTolve
11/19/2012 – Dekalb, IL – It was quite the successful weekend for NIU Hockey as both hockey teams were victorious this weekend in some memorable affairs. The D2 Huskies faced off against their in-state rivals from Charleston, the Eastern Illinois University Panthers, at the Fox Valley Ice Arena Friday night. The Huskies came out swinging, at time, almost literally in quite the physical affair which featured 27 penalties and two game disqualifications. However, undeterred by the physical played the Huskies capitalized on the chances they were given to them by scoring three goals on the power play from Nick Remley, Mike Hansen, and Joe Boris. The Panthers hung around tying the game up late in the third period, forcing overtime, when the Huskies really dictated the pace of play. Troy Hickey buried a goal past EIU goaltender Andrew Teske for a 5-4 Huskies win.
The tensions boiled over into Saturday, early on, as the Panthers were called for a controversial charging penalty early in the game. However, cooler heads prevailed and there was no score at the end of the first period. EIU notched the first tally at the 7:16 mark of the second period. The Huskies were able to send the game into the second intermission all tied up as Brian Pickett scored a fancy goal at 18:02 with an assist from Danny Stetzinger. The third period was fast and furious with Eastern winger Tim Shannon scoring at the 4:20 mark of the third period. Rob Bock tied it up a few minutes later. In the end, Steve Krieghauser put Eastern Ilinois up for good with tally at 9:44 of the third period to secure a 3-2 victory.
The D2 Huskies are off this weekend in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. They will be back at it at the Fox Valley Ice Arena facing Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Friday Novmeber 30th and Saturday December 1st. The Huskies hope to see another packed crowd on hand for both of those games. If you can’t make it out to watch the Huskies in persob, remember all games are broadcasted LIVE at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/niu-hockey#_blank