A rowdy crowd filled the seats at the Saginaw-Bay Ice Arena for SVSU’s Feb. 8 7-3 win against Davenport.
Following the wins SVSU is now on a three-game winning streak.
SVSU scored with 15:29 left in the first period. They scored often during the game, netting seven pucks in the game.
Following the first goal by freshman defender Brendan Baker, the Cardinals were called for two penalties 20 seconds apart.
First was a penalty by sophomore forward Aaron Shahin, followed by sophomore forward Troy McLaughlin.
Davenport was unable to capitalize on the two power plays, and then a penalty of their own put the Cardinals on their first power play
of the game with 9:36 left in the first period.
Junior forward and captain Steven Kukla was able to find the back of the net for a powerplay goal with 8:41 still on the clock, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
Freshman defenseman Nick Brosky was called for a penalty with 8:12 left in the first, followed by a Davenport foul with 2:27 left. Neither opportunity led to a goal.
In the second period, SVSU was called for four more penalties. They were able to score two goals to extend their lead.
A penalty by freshman defenseman Kyle Kubiak came with 18:42 remaining in the second. SVSU was able to kill the power-play and then had an opportunity of their own after a Davenport penalty three minutes later.
Shahin found the back of the net with 14:46 left in the period for the Cardinals’ second power-play goal of the game, which pushed their lead to 3-0.
Davenport was able to score with 3:28 left in the period, but another penalty by the Panthers set up Kubiak’s power-play goal with 36 seconds left in the second period.
SVSU carried a 4-1 lead into the third period, which was too much for Davenport to overcome.
A penalty by sophomore defenseman Corey Churchill came less than two minutes into the period, but Shahin was able to score a shorthanded goal with 17:47 left on the clock.
Fans could feel the tension rising in the game as penalties continued to rack up for both teams. Chants eventually began for junior forward Ernest Travick, who has been known as an instigator for the team this season.
Moments after the first chant for Travick ended, he was ejected from the game with 12:41 left for yelling at the refs for a penalty called on him.
SVSU’s student section erupted in cheers since they enjoyed the show by Travick but were angered by the ejection.
Shahin was called for a penalty shortly after, leading to the second goal for Davenport.
Kukla scored less than a minute later for the Cardinals, pushing their lead to 6-2.
After a penalty for each team with 3:00 left on the clock, SVSU’s fans began to chant, “We miss Ernie,” since the game had remained chippy even after his departure.
Kukla was able to finish off a hat-trick as he scored his third goal with 22.9 seconds left in the game, giving the Cardinals a 7-3 win.
SVSU’s next game is Feb. 14 against the Northwood Timberwolves at the Bay County Civic Arena.
The team will finish their season the following night at the Midland Civic Arena.