1/9: L 8-1
West Meadows Ice Arena
Rolling Meadows, IL
1/10: W 7-4
MB Financial Park
Hoosiers Shake Off Dust to Win Winter Frost Face-Off
12/9: Hoosiers Show Rust in Loss to DePaul
The Hoosiers came into Friday night's matchup looking to set the tone for the back end of the 2015 season, and they got off to the wrong foot.
Although DePaul was only sitting at 2-11 on the season, they are still remenants of the team that went to ACHA Regionals last year, and they showed that Friday night.
The game started off on even footing until the Blue Demons scored the first goal at the 7:41 mark. From there it was all Demons.
DePaul would respond with another goal on the PP just 40 seconds later to quickly make it a 2-0 lead.
A few minutes later the Hoosiers had a chance to respond on a PP of their own, but that didn't stop DePaul from flashing their offense. The Demons would bury one shorthanded to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room.
The 2nd period wouldn't prove to be any better for IU.
The Hoosiers struggled and looked rusty making simple mistakes, which lead to three more DePaul goals to make it 6-0 after two.
Nick Kleva would put the Hoosiers on the board with a goal in the third, but the Demons would answer with two more of their own to bring the final to 8-1.
Justin Madigan and Ben Seinfeld both played Friday night in a planned split. Madigan played the first half of the game recording 15 saves on 19 shots, and Seinfeld made 9 saves on 13.
12/10: Hoosiers Win Winter Frost Face-Off
It was a beautiful day to play hockey the way it was meant to, outdoors.
The puck dropped between Indiana and Northwestern in the annual Winter Frost Face-Off shortly after 1PM, it was a sunny afternoon with a temperature at about 14 degrees.
Although the conditions were great there was only one problem, it was too bright.
The NHL has came across a similar issue in their annual Winter Classic, and the two teams took a page out of their book. The 1st period would be played with a horn sounded at the 10 minute mark, which would signal both teams to switch sides so both had to handle the glare from the sun.
The Hoosiers had to start defending the sunny side of the ice, but the disadvantage didn't rattle them.
Captain Nick Kleva scored his 16th goal of the season just 20 seconds into the game on a quick shot from the slot to put the Hoosiers up early.
Later in the first right before the horn was to sound to signal both teams to switch sides, the Hoosiers answered again. This time it was Cody Reiff scoring his 8th of the season on the PP from Bryan Mooney.
Both teams would switch sides, but the advantage remained on the shady side of the ice. The side deemed to be more favorable for the goalies turned out to be the exact opposite.
Northwestern would erase the Hoosiers two goal lead to bring the teams to a 2-2 tie after the first period.
With the end of the first period came the end of the sun as clouds quickly ushered in, as well as the cold.
Temperatures quickly began to drop in the 2nd period, and both teams would begin to truly be tested by the elements.
The cold didn't stop the scorching hot Nick Kleva, who scored his 2nd of the game and 17th of the season to put the Hoosiers back up 3-2. Tyler Eichsteadt picked up the assist.
This game continued to go back and forth, as Northwestern would score two to take their first lead of the game 4-3.
Just as quickly as Northwestern scored two to take the lead, Indiana scored two to take it right back.
The snow didn't fall, but the hats flew as Kleva picked up the hat trick. Pat Gorniak also scored his 2nd of the season to give the Hoosiers a 5-4 lead after two.
After a 5 goal second period, things began to slow down in the third.
The Hoosiers began to play more conservatively, as they relied on netminder Ben Seinfeld who was stellar.
Northwestern poured on the opportunities throughout the period, with the majority of them coming on a 5 on 3 with under 10 to play.
Indiana was resiliant and killed off the 5 on 3, and then put away the dagger with 2:36 remaining. Tyler Christensen scored his 9th of the season to put the game away.
Bryan Mooney would add an empty netter in the final minute to bring the final score to 7-4.
Madigan and Seinfeld split the pipes again in Saturday's game, with Madigan getting the start. Seinfeld came in for the second half and was a wall, not allowing a goal and securing his 5th win of the season.
Name G A P
Name SA SV SV%
Justin Madigan 32 28 87.5%
Ben Seinfeld 33 29 87.8%
Canlan Sports Ice Arena
Fort Wayne, IN
2010 - present
2010 - present