Omaha stopped by No. 3 St. Cloud State

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Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics
Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics

Jackson Taylor
SPORTS EDITOR

The No. 12 Omaha hockey team took a step back over the weekend, losing to home games to No. 3 St. Cloud State. The Huskies topped the Mavericks 4-1 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday. After the series, Omaha is now 18-11-1 (8-11-1 NCHC) and sits tied for fourth in the NCHC.

Game 1: L 4-1

St. Cloud State stole an early lead just five minutes into the first period. Husky forward Robbie Jackson slapped a shot past Evan Weninger for his seventh goal of the season.

Omaha refused to back down and tied the game just a few minutes later. Mason Morelle crashed the net and scored off a rebound shot from Luke Nogard at 9:12. Morelli now has scored five goals in the last six games for UNO.

The Huskies were able to retake the lead late in the first period when Jacob Benson snuck one past Weninger at 15:03.

The second period was a defensive gridlock, with neither team able to find the net. However in the third, the Huskies broke the drought with two more goals to complete the scoring. Benik scored at 11:20 and then added an empty net goal with under 10 seconds left. Benik is now tied in NCHC goals scored with Austin Ortega and North Dakota’s Brock Boeser with 19 goals on the season.

Weninger took the loss for the Mavericks, making 18 saves on the night.

Game 2: L 6-3

Omaha found themselves in a deep hole early in the Saturday night match.

After giving up 3 unanswered goals in the first and second periods, UNO finally struck when Ryan Galt’s shot was tipped in by Luke Nogard for the sophomore’s first career goal.

Fredrik Olofsson followed Nogard’s goal as he found Jake Guentzel near the goal who finished the play with .4 seconds left in the period.

At 8:07 in the third, St. Cloud State insured their lead when Blake Winiecki netted his second goal of the game.

Guentzel forced the action again at 10:26 when he sent a shot off the post which was then accidentally knocked in by SCSU defenseman Nathan Widman, making the score 4-3.

Any chance of a Maverick comeback was squandered when Kalle Kossila scored his 12th goal of the season, followed by a Judd Peterson empty net goal at 18:52.

Weninger took the loss again after stopping 21 shots.

Omaha finishes their six-game homestand this weekend as they host No. 4 North Dakota on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27.

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