Written by Joe DeTolve
12/10/2012 – Dekalb, IL – Historic venues, for most sports fans, conjure up images of Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park in baseball or Chicago Stadium or Maple Leaf Gardens in pro hockey. In college hockey, Matthews Arena is Boston could be considered a Taj Mahal but behind that is Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in 1922 this old rink has seen The University of Michigan storied NCAA hockey team play there for close to ninety years. The D2 NIU Huskies were lucky enough to play there this past weekend.
Friday night's game saw the Huskies at a significant disadvantage due to some post-game fisticuffs after the SIU-E series two weeks ago. The Huskies were five men short and lost Joe Boris and Troy Hickey during play. However, the Red and Black attack kept the game close, ultimately falling by a score of 2-0.
Undeterred by injury or the environment the Huskies were right back in it on Saturday night as they exploded with a power play goal from Dan Stetzinger followed up with a tally from Rob Bock making the score 2-1 at the end of the first period. Nick Remley made it 3-1 after the second period. The Huskies were looking down at a victory. However, the Wolverines quickly potted two goals in the third period forcing overtime. It appeared the contest may come to a tie after overtime, but then Billy Lyne came up huge with just 49 seconds left in overtime with a goal to send the Huskies home smiling. It was truly a team effort with Alex Hare getting 38 saves and assists going to Mark Greenberg, Nick Remley, Joe Serpico and Ryan McSweeney.
The Huskies will enjoy an extended break in observance of the NIU Winter academic break and will travel to Columbus Ohio to face the Ohio State University Buckeyes, January 4th and 5th.