Hockey makes up for a loss; Equestrian tournament rescheduled

By SEAMUS BRENNAN

The NIU Hockey Club allowed only 21 shots on goal in two games this weekend against Bradley in Peoria.

But five of those shots went in the net Friday night on freshman goalie Ryan Wozny who was making his first collegiate start. Wozny was the victim of some unfortunate bounces. The Huskies lost 5-2.

“Four of their goals were like flukes,” said senior forward John Lyne. “It was almost like the worst possible bounces had to come when Ryan has his first start.”

The two Huskie goals came from Dave Brienzoand Mike Sible.

Saturday was a different story.

The Huskies offense awoke, and if there were any lucky bounces on Friday night for Bradley, they were absent Saturday as the Huskies won 5-0.

Pat Giannini scored his first collegiate goal, and Sible also scored for the second night in a row. Brienzo and Matt Kieffer added to the offense with a goal and two assists each.

Goalie Kenny Schatz did not have much work to do, stopping all nine goals he saw.

The Huskies come back home this weekend for their final home series of the season against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Friday night is Senior Night and Club President Ian Kalanges said a fan bus may be available. Interested fans are advised to e-mail Kalanges at niuhockey@hotmail.com for more information.

In other news:

• The NIU Equestrian Club is preparing for the 1st Annual Collegiate Challenge on Feb. 22nd. The 12-school tournament was supposed to take place on Jan. 31, but inclement weather in Ohio forced tournament officials to reschedule.

“We’re looking at this as good practice for the postseason,” said Club President Michael Lenard.

The Huskies will get a look at a future postseason opponent with St. Mary’s of the Woods and Purdue both competing.

“We’re going to play one of those two,” Lenard said. “So we’re hoping to get a good look at them.”

The Huskies are hoping to avenge a postseason heartbreak given by St. Mary’s. NIU lost via a triple tiebreaker.