Friday, October 9, 2015

Huskies Blank Alaska 3-0 in Kendall Classic Opener

Nanooks had a bit of a slow start. A bit undisciplined with 4 straight power plays surrendered to the Huskies. After surrendering two quick goals, the guys finally got it going. The early goal was a botched clearing attempt. Really an unlucky break as a Nanook defenseman went for a breakout and surrendered it to Ethan Prow. A quick play to David Morley up the gut who took the first shot on goal. Jones made the save but Benik cashed in the rebound.

The second goal actually frustrates me a bit. Jones made the save, and looked as if he had frozen the puck. The whistle hadn't blew, and SCSU took some swings at him and the puck went in. The goal was credited to Winiecki, but I believe they will change that later. I think Jacob Benson will get credit, but anyway. Sucks to see that get started that way.

The Nanooks got it going in the second period, but failed to capitalize on the opportunities. Lots of positives on the special teams units. The power play had some great chances, but ultimately came up empty. The Huskies would bag another goal in the 3rd on another unfortunate bounce for Alaska. A simple play behind the net for St. Cloud as Jones made the save, but the puck trickled through his grasp and lay in the crease for what seemed like an eternity before a St. Cloud forward could poke it in.

St. Cloud deserves a lot of credit though. They are a good team. They play with a lot of pace and make a lot of plays in motion. The Nanooks just didn't have an answer today. The styles are not too dissimilar, but St. Cloud just executed - and very well.

Davis Jones had one hell of a game too. Despite the unlucky break in the 3rd, he still had 27 saves. And it could have been a lot worse. A LOT worse. Ferguson echoed the same sentiments in the post game interview.

A lot of things to consider going into tomorrow's final game against Arizona State.

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