Monday, March 7, 2011

Last Regular Series Recap

Captain Aaron Marvin celebrates his GWG Friday night at Denver
The Huskies concluded the regular season with an away game split with the University of Denver. The Huskies and Pioneers battled out two very close games. Friday night the Huskies beat Denver 3-2. Senior defender Brett Barta scored the first goal during the first period giving the Huskies the early lead 1-0. Not much later, Denver tied the game up at 1-1. However, before the 1st period would end, the Huskies took the lead to 2-1 with a goal from sophomore Ben Hanowski. The second period would go by scoreless; however, DU would tie things up 2-2 early in the third. Senior captain Aaron Marvin tallied the game winning goal with less than 2 minutes left in the third to give the Huskies the 3-2 victory. You can read more about the game here:

On Saturday, we would see another hard fought game. Denver scored the lone first period goal. The Huskies came out stronger in the second and freshman defender Kevin Gravel scored a late period goal to make it 1-1. The goal was Gravel's first of the year. Denver then fought back with and even-strength and short-handed goal to make the score 3-1 with less than 7 minutes left to play. Sophomore Ben Hanowski scored his second goal of the weekend with under 3 minutes to play to make it 3-2. The Huskies were unable to get the late game tying goal. For a team that struggled early this season to get pucks to the net, the Huskies outshot the Pioneers 35-33. Despite the loss, the hard-fought effort by the Huskies was probably good preparation for the conference finals. You can read more at:
WCHA Playoffs:

The Huskies will be playing the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the 1st round of the WCHA playoffs. The Huskies have played UMD twice this year, both times at the new AMSOIL Arena. The Huskies dominated the Bulldogs on Friday, February 11th to the tune of an 8-2 victory. On Saturday, the Huskies and Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 tie. The Huskies have played well in new arenas this season going 3-0-1 at the new UMD and BSU arenas. However, now that it is playoff time that really does not matter. The Huskies will have to just play their best because any loss at this point (almost) means the end of the season. To view the whole WCHA playoff lineup click here. I will bring you more on this playoff series later this week.

Check out (most of) this season's home goals:

Go Huskies!

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