Cyclones blow out Kansas in first of two game series in Ames


Photo: Jake Lovett/Iowa State Daily

Forward Chris Cucullu passes against Kansas during the game Friday. Iowa State won over the Jayhawks 9-0. Iowa State started the game with a 4-0 lead after the first period, scored three more in the second, before capping the game with two in the third period. ISU goalie Paul Karus stopped all 18 of the shots he faced.

Clint Cole

The ISU hockey team had no trouble scoring against the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday, cruising to a 9-0 win.

The Cyclones didn’t waste any time and put up the game’s first point only 4:14 into the first period, and it didn’t stop there.

Sophomore forward Beau Jensen and freshman forward Jake Flynn both tallied two goals in the game, and freshman forward Marcus Malmsten recorded three assists.

Sophomore goalie Paul Karus, who has been filling in as the starter for Erik Hudson while he is in Turkey at the World University Games, stopped all 18 Jayhawk shots in the game and recorded the shutout.

“The team played well and gave me the opportunity to get the shutout,” Karus said. “All I want to do is just go out there and help these guys and give them a chance to win. That’s all a goalie really needs to do.”

Karus managed to stay sharp throughout the game despite only having seven shots against him in the first two periods combined. Associate coach Brian Wierson was happy for Karus.

“He played strong,” Wierson said. “We got outshot in the third period, he made some big saves in the third period and held a shutout.”

Wierson said that defensive zone coverage has been something they’ve been stressing.

“They outshot us in the third period 11-7,” Wierson said. “But I think we hunkered down and didn’t allow them any quality scoring chances, a lot of them were from the outside.”

Wierson said the work the team has been doing in the defensive zone showed up in the game Friday night. The offensive side of the game didn’t go unnoticed by Wierson either.

“The goals we scored were real nice goals,” Wierson said. “Those goals are good goals, they’re hard-working goals and they’re things we want to keep doing.”

Cyclone captain Cort Bulloch saw this game as an opportunity to work on things like cycling, passing and breakouts.

“Even though we might be a little bit stronger of a team than them, we still take it seriously and use it as good practice time and time to work on things,” Bulloch said.

The Cyclones’ blowout victory over Kansas came only one week before traveling to take on No. 1 Lindenwood. The Cyclones lost to Lindenwood in last season’s national title game, and the first two games they played this season in Ames.