To the Huskies credit, they held firm killing the Red Hawks man-advantage for the fourth time on the evening.
Miami pulled their goaltender for a span of but again the Huskies sustained the Red Hawk late period pressure with the help of two more great saves by Smith in the last few minutes of the period.
They’ll be facing the last-place team in the conference but don’t be deceived by that. Cloud, MN – If you look at the national statistics for scoring, you won’t find a player from St. What you will find is 19 of the 22 players (excluding goaltenders) have at least one goal.
There is tremendous depth in the NCHC and Miami is another team that has the ability to give the Huskies fits this weekend. It’s that depth that carried the Huskies this weekend in their home sweep of the #10 Pairwise Omaha Mavericks.
With first-place Denver idle this weekend this is a prime opportunity for SCSU to move up in the standings and take over first-place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
SCSU currently is three points back of the Pioneers in the standings but has played two less games.
Six minutes later Miami closed the gap to a goal by Phil Knies, his 10th goal of the year.
SCSU shut down Miami’s second power play of the night at of period two and Smith made another point-blank save with remaining in the period to maintain a 3-2 lead.With eight conference games remaining this could be setting up a huge series vs the Pioneers in St. SCSU outshot Omaha 42-18 for the game and David Hrenak stopped 15 of 18 shots on goal. Cloud, MN – The Huskies face another strong test in a home series vs #13/13 and #8 Pairwise Omaha this weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. There is never an off weekend in NCHC conference play.With five series remaining in conference play, the Huskies are still in the driver’s seat in their quest for a NCHC title.Robby Jackson added an empty net goal at for the 5-2 win. SCSU was 0/3 on the power play while Miami was 0/4.SCSU’s Smith turned aside 26 of 28 shots on goal but certainly was one of the MVP’s of the game with a half-dozen or so great saves during the contest. The Huskies outshot the Red Hawks 30-28 for the contest.A win tomorrow could hand the Huskies sole possession of the conference lead with Seven conference games remaining and a huge series at home vs Denver on February 23 and 24.