Hoosiers Can't Adapt to Big Pond, Drop Weekend Series
12/5: Hoosiers Struggle to Score, Lose 4-1
The Hoosiers learned the hard way in Friday night's matchup why U of I Ice Arena has been coined "The Big Pond". The rink is wider than olympic and NHL standard size, and it caused trouble for IU.
The first period ended with a 0-0 score, the first time all season the Hoosiers went into the locker room after the 1st deadlocked at zero.
6:31 into the second IU would score their only goal on the night coming from Cody Reiff on assist from Bryan Mooney.
IU was able to hold the lead late into the second thanks to Justin Madigan, who was stellar making 28 saves.
Madigan shut the Illini out for 34 minutes, but late in the second U of I finally found the back of the net to tie the game at one a piece.
With under two minutes left in the second, U of I would score again to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
That would turn out to be all they needed.
IU only could muster 19 shots on net, and the one goal as they fell at a final score of 4-1.
12/6: OT Loss Sends IU into Winter Break
After only putting 19 shots on net Friday night the adjustment was simple for the Hoosiers for Saturday's contest, put the puck on net.
The Hoosiers did just that, peppering the Illini goalie with 42 shots on net, outshooting U of I 42-33 on the afternoon.
Although the Hoosiers were dominating in the shot total, U of I took the first lead 12:01 into the first.
Finally after being relentless on the puck in the offensive zone, the Hoosiers found twine as Cody Reiff scored his 7th of the season and Bryce Campbell netted his first collegiate goal on a top shelf snipe to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
In the second U of I took control, scoring two goals in the first six minutes to take a 3-2 lead.
They were able to fend off the Hoosiers the majority of the second, but with under two minutes left Nate Mika scored his 9th of the year to tie the game at three.
A back and forth third period led to plenty of scoring opportunities, but no goals. That means overtime.
The Hoosiers had been to OT once this year and allowed a goal about a minute in to lose, and that turned out to be the case again.
Ben Seinfeld got the start Saturday afternoon and made 29 saves for IU.
Name G A P
1/9/15 @ Depaul
West Meadows Ice Arena
West Meadows, IL
Winter Frost Face-Off
1/10/15 @ Northwestern
MB Financial Park
Name SA SV SV%
Justin Madigan 32 28 87.5%
Ben Seinfeld 33 29 87.8%
2010 - present
2010 - present