The Washington Huskies played host to the visiting Oregon State Beavers last Thursday night in a critical PNCLL game. The Dawgs started out strong and finished strong, but a wild third quarter shooting spree by the Beavers clinched the deal for OSU.
Oregon State got the first mark on the scoreboard, netting a goal with just under a minute gone, but the Huskies came right back with a score of their own at 13:42 with Nathan Puldy finishing off the assist from Alex Crane to tie it up at 1-1. The Dawgs quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead on another goal by Puldy and a goal by Crane on the pass from Sean Maier, but the Beavers soldiered back, taking advantage of two man up situations to even things up at 3-3.
Then the Beavers edged out ahead with a solo goal at the 4:03 mark, until Nathan Puldy scored his third goal of the quarter with just a minute left to even things up at 4 apiece. Worth noting here, Puldy managed a hat trick in the first quarter of play, not something you will see very often!
In the second quarter, the Huskies came out blazing, getting their first score at 12:36 with Alex Crane finding the back of the net on the assist from Puldy, then Puldy getting an unassisted shot past the OSU keeper to get the Dawgs up 6-4 with less than 3 minutes gone in the period. Senior Rem Baumann got into the action with a goal on the assist from Brody Lundquist in the man up to move UW to a 7-4 lead.
The Beavers gathered themselves and came back, scoring less than a minute later to close up the gap. Alex Crane then scored his third goal on an incredible heads up play on the ride of the OSU clear. Crane picked off a clearing pass from the Beaver goalie, cradled once, and fired in the shot on the open net, moving the Huskies back up to a three goal lead, 8-5. The Beavers fought back, scoring two unanswered goals to close within 1, until Crane scored on the man up from the Sean Maier feed to move the Huskies out ahead, 9-7. Oregon State took advantage of their own man up situation to close out the quarter with a goal to bring the score at halftime Huskies 9, Beavers 8.
In the third quarter, the Beavers came out firing on all cylinders, taking down 9 of 11 face-offs and blasting UW keeper Ryan Asbury with 20 shots. Oregon State scored two goals early in the period to move out ahead of UW, 10-9 before Brody Lundquist evened things up with his first goal of the day on the feed from Puldy. OSU took over the rest of the quarter, scoring 5 more goals to move ahead 15-10 before Eric Lonsway got on the books with his first goal to close the gap a little with OSU now leading 15-11.
The Beavers got in one more goal with less than a minute left and held off the concerted Husky attack to close out the quarter with a strong 16-11 lead.
Final quarter dawned a little brighter for the Huskies as the defense buckled down on the Beavers and the Dawgs got more active on attack, with Nathan Puldy doing the lions' share of the scoring, netting his 5th goal of the game unassisted, his 6th goal of the game assisted by Sean Maier, and this 7th notch on the assist from Alex Crane. All of this scoring within less than three minutes of game time. Puldy's efforts pulled the Huskies back in the game, now trailing by two, 16-14.
The Beavers pushed hard and scored two more times on the Huskies, to move ahead 18-14 with less than three minutes left. The game was not out of reach, but a couple of ill timed penalties on the Huskies put UW in a tough spot, although Alex Crane finished out his 5 goal game with two Huskies in the penalty box and 42 seconds left to bring the final score to Oregon State 18, Washington 15.
The Stat Wrap Up: Team Statistics
S=Shot, G=Goal, A=Assist, GB=Ground Ball, SV=Saves
UW: 37S, 15G, 8A, 27GB, 11SV
OSU: 59S, 18G, 8A, 32GB, 10SV
Husky Individual Stats:
Ryan Asbury: 1GB, 11SV
Alex Crane: 10S, 5G, 3A, 2GB
Sean Maier: 3S, 3A
Rem Baumann: 2S, 1G
Eric Lonsway: 4S, 1G, 4GB
Drew LaMaita: 6GB
Robert DeLisle: 1GB
Daniel Castronovo: 1GB
Eliot Adams: 1S
Kevin Park: 3GB
Jacob Davidson: 1GB
Xavier Gardner: 1S
Matthew Feider: 1GB
Devin McDermott: 2GB
Nathan Puldy: 10S, 7G, 3A, 1GB (Double Hat Trick plus One!)
Brody Lundquist: 5S, 1G, 1A
Will Tseng: 4GB
Season Home Stretch
The Huskies enter the final stretch of the regular season, with four games remaining and a place in the PNCLL playoffs at stake. All the last games are away, with the Huskies traveling to Boise to take on Westminster on Saturday, April 19 and Boise State on Sunday, April 20.
Then the Dawgs go over to Missoula, Montana to take on the Montana Grizzlies on Friday, April 25, followed up by a game on Sunday, April 27 to close out the season against the Cougars of Washington State in Pullman.
If you can make it to any of the games, it would be great for the Huskies to have some fans! Especially noisy fans!