NCHC: Eyssimont the Hero as St. Cloud Survives; Denver Closes Out CC

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March 12, 2018
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For Bob Motzko, most of this weekend seemed like deja vu. But owing to the fact that this St. Cloud State team appears to be pretty special, in the end, the Huskies changed the script.

Four years ago, in the inaugural NCHC season, Miami was a last-place team that upset St. Cloud in the best-of-3 first round, ultimately making the championship game before losing to Denver. This year, it was the same scenario, and after Saturday’s win, Miami had SCSU on the ropes again, up 3-1 late in the second period.

This time, however, St. Cloud State found a way, owed in large part to another huge game out of Mikey Eyssimont, who seems to have a knack for big goals.

Eyssimont scored late in the second period, then, after the Huskies tied it at 14:08 of the third, Eyssimont got the game winner at 8:14 of overtime, to win 4-3. That sends the Huskies to St. Paul where they will face North Dakota in Friday’s NCHC semifinal.

“I’m not a fan of the first round because this is what you get. I did not want to play Miami,” St. Cloud coach Bob Motzko said. “They are tight, they are tough. (Miami coach) Rico (Blasi) does an unbeliveable job. It was almost history repeating itself.

“We made some mistakes but we played pretty well, but so did they. Hopefully there’s a lesson in there for us. The main thing now is, that’s three games in three nights. We need to really recharge our batteries, take a couple days off and be ready to go.”

St. Cloud State, which appears likely to be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, fell behind 2-0 after the first period. In the second, an early power-play goal by Jimmy Schuldt brought the Huskies back within …

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