Sunday, January 2, 2011

Huskies Christmas Miracle!

Florida College Hockey Classic Tournament Champions!
The Huskies have been very busy and (thankfully) very successful since the last time I was able to blog. The Huskies went into the Florida College Hockey Classic tournament after losing 4 games straight to WCHA opponents Colorado College and the University of North Dakota. Their season was looking bleak at best. The Husky Hockey team had left us Husky faithful anxious, worried, and confused at the terrible play we had witnessed from them. However, like a Christmas miracle, the results of the Florida College Hockey Classic tournament has given Husky fans a reason to maintain hope. For the first time, the Huskies have gained top honors at the FCHC and will be bringing home the Ned Harkness Cup. The Huskies started their winning ways in a come-from-behind, 4-3 OT victory over Cornell. SCSU freshman forward Cam Reid scored the OT winner assisted by junior forward Drew LeBlanc. The OT game winning goal was Reid's second goal of the game. Other goals came from sophomores Ben Hanowski and David Eddy (who was playing in his first game of the season). The game was certianly a hard fought effort as the Huskies were down 0-3 well into the second period of the game. The grit and determination shown at this game is exactly what the Huskies will need in order to turn around this season. To read more about this game read:
Also, be sure to check out this video of Reid's OT game winner:

The Huskies then progressed onto the championship game against #6 Miami. Referring to the game, Fighting Sioux blogger Goon said, "this is a statement game for the Huskies tomorrow night..." (you can read more about the lack of WCHA success against Miami here). I agree that this was a statement game for the Huskies and the statement the Huskies made was "We can play great Husky Hockey!". Freshmen Nic Dowd scored the game winning goal in the 4-3 contest and also had 2 assists on the night. For his efforts, Dowd was awarded the tournament's Shawn Walsh Award that is presented to the tournament MVP each year at the FCHC. Also scoring during the game were Huskies Oliver Lauridsen, Garrett Roe (SHG), and Drew LeBlanc. Unlike the previous game, it was our opponents that nearly had a come-from-behind victory. The Huskies had a 4-1 lead early in the third; however, the Redhawks were able to put 2 more goals in the net in the final period making the final score 4-3. Goalie Mike Lee stood on his head making 31 saves in the game (including 15 saves in the 3rd period alone) to prevent a Miami comeback. Huskies Dowd, Lee, LeBlanc and Barta were all named to the All-Tournament team. You can read more about the games here:
The Huskies had a couple of awesome games and now they need to bring that same effort and determination back to Minnesota and to the WCHA.


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