Cyclone Hockey defeats Midland University 4-2

Taylor Bowman helps defend the goal against Midland Saturday night during senior night for the Cyclones.

Spencer Suckow

Cyclone Hockey scored a win its first true road game since Jan. 13 tonight, defeating Midland University 4-2 tonight in Fremont, Nebraska.

Matt Goedeke, a former starter at goalie for Midland, got the start in net for the Cyclones and secured his first ever win against his former team.

“It was a lot of fun, especially at their rink and I’m happy we came out on top,” Goedeke said. “I thought we played really and had a lot of grade-A scoring chances throughout the game.”

The opening minutes of the game saw quick action and rapid scoring, with three total goals scored in the first 10 minutes. Iowa State junior forward Colton Kramer scored the first of these goals, his ninth of the season, giving the Cyclones an early 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game.

However, that lead would be short-lived as Midland took the lead for themselves within a matter of two minutes. 

Following a five-minute major boarding penalty by junior defenseman Jake Arroyo, a goal by Cy Jenson first tied things up at the 6:41 mark in the first.  Then, Kevin Finley gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead just 22 seconds later off an assist from Jenson.

The Cyclones tied the game again just before the end of the first period when freshman forward Jared Erickson, fresh off of winning the team’s Player of the Week award, scored his sixth goal of the season off assists from Jon Severson and Bryan Bandyk.

A scoreless second period carried the 2-2 tie all the way over to the third, where Kramer finally broke it with his second goal of the game, which also proved to be the game-winning goal. Freshman Dylan Goggin added an empty net goal as insurance in the final minute to give the game its 4-2 final.

With the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament field already set, the win won’t count in the standings or polls for the Cyclones, However, head coach and general manager Jason Fairman said that the team is using the series as a chance to tighten things up before the tournament.

“The message coming into the game was that we needed to eliminate bad habits to prepare us for nationals and do the little things,” Fairman said. “For the most part, we did a pretty good job of that. We did a lot of good things.”

The Cyclones will go for the sweep when the two teams play again tomorrow night. There will be a change in venue for the game, both teams will travel up to Ames/ISU Ice Arena for the back half of a home-and-home series.

Saturday’s game will also be Iowa State’s senior night. The Cyclones will honor seniors Kody Reuter and Derek Moser, along with the aforementioned Goedeke, throughout the evening. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.