The Huskies haven’t had a home win since their first contest at home. Looking to get four points out of the upcoming series, the biggest challenge for Black and Gold hasn’t been getting shots, but rather capitalizing on opportunities.
The weekend’s visitor is coming off a three point weekend after tying and then defeating the number one team in the conference, the University of Denver. Friday night’s 2-2 tie was the fifth time this season, and second game in a row the Green and White had taken extra time for a decision. Saturday night was a different story as North Dakota sent Denver home with a 6-3 final, giving the home team their fifth conference win of the season. North Dakota sits in the middle of the conference at the number six spot going into the weekend.
After two hard fought battles at Wisconsin the Huskies return to home ice still hungry for wins. Senior goaltender anchored the Huskies in net this weekend, stopping 64 of the 68 shots faced between the two games, including a couple of key saves that kept the Huskies in the game. Scoring was well spread out in the series, with eight different Huskies getting a point from the weekend, including freshman Malcom Gould who netted his first career goal after picking up a rebound from line mate Daniel Holmberg’s initial shot.
Several regular players for the Huskies were out of the lineup for the Wisconsin series. Defenseman Daniel Sova has been out of the lineup for several weeks with an upper body injury, and will not be in the lineup for the North Dakota series. Tanner Kero made the trip to Wisconsin, but had an appendectomy Friday morning. Other Huskies out due to injury included David Johnstone, Chad Pietila, and Justin Fillion, all maybes for this weekend’s series.