SPIRITED RALLY GIVES SCSU A 5-4 WIN OVER CC
St. Cloud, MN – The fans knew it and the team knew it. Never count a team out that has the skill and work ethic of this edition of the Huskies. A spirited rally in the last five minutes of the Saturday rematch with the Colorado College Tigers sent the 4700 fans in attendance bonkers and completed a three goal comeback to finish off the Tigers and capture five out of six conference points on the weekend. Maybe it should have never gotten to this point with the Huskies staking a 2-0 lead in period one. But it did and the #1 ranked Huskies had to deal with it. And did they ever with senior forward Patrick Newell having a hand in all three comeback goals including scoring the game-tying goal with 2:55 remaining in regulation and the game winner 3:53 into the overtime session. He left the ice Saturday with a four point game – two goals and two assists as the Huskies refused to yield their first loss on home ice this season. The win improved their home ice record to 13-0-1 and increased their lead over idle Minnesota-Duluth to 13 points in their chase for the NCHC’s Penrose Cup.
The Huskies got a quick start in this game scoring twice in the first 12:37 and appeared to be cruising along comfortably. Robby Jackson (Newell | Lizotte) started the scoring with a bad angle shot at 10:47 that beat CC’s Alex Leclerc from right circle for a 1-0 lead. Next, Sam Hentges (Brodzinski | Meier) scored his sixth goal of the year on an aggressive drive to the net punching it past Leclerc at 12:37 for a 2-0 SCSU lead. However, the Huskies first penalty of the contest to Brendan Bushy for hooking at 18:30 gave the Tigers an opportunity before periods end and they cashed in with 37 seconds remaining in the period. Grant Cruikshank beat an out of position Hrenak to narrow the SCSU lead to 2-1 by periods end. Even so, It was still a strong period for the Huskies outshooting the Tigers 15-9.
The wheels came off in period two with Colorado College scoring three times on four shots and grasping an unthinkable 4-2 lead while being outshot by the Huskies 14-4. Sam Hentges nearly had his second goal on the tail end of a SCSU power play and the Tigers turned it the other way with a goal by Kristian Blumenschein at 5:42 to knot the game at 2-2. Next, with Jimmy Schuldt whistled for cross-checking, the Tigers added another at 7:36 to take a one-goal lead at 3-2. Trey Bradley circled in the SCSU zone and fed Grant Cruikshank with a floating pass in the slot and he beat Hrenak for his 7th goal of the season. It wasn’t that the Huskies weren’t getting chances as Nick Perbix couldn’t convert a point-blank shot and shortly thereafter was stopped at the goal mouth. The Huskies also placed a shot from the point off the post as well. But, in a crazy period the Tigers weren’t finished adding another goal at 10:19 by Trevor Gooch, his second of the weekend to extend the CC lead to 4-2. The goal by Gooch ended the evening for Hrenak after 30:19 of play and allowing 4 goals on 13 shots. Jeff Smith who replaced Hrenak did not face a shot the balance of the period.
With the Huskies having rallied for at least a tie in each of the three contests between the teams this season there certaiinly was hope that this could be accomplished again considering the Huskies were dominating play despite the 4-2 deficit. And, they began the attack on Leclerc early and often with Ryan Poehling having a point-blank shot blocked at 11:53 and another stop by Leclerc after ripping a shot from the right circle. With the Tigers appearing to be unable to fend off the Huskies attack it appeared inevitable that the Huskies were going to convert. They placed a puck off the cross-bar at 10:16 and with the goal horn sounding it seemed to rev up the crowd. It was ruled no goal but it just seemed to intensify the Huskies attack. Another shot trickled about 6 inches wide of the post before Ryan Poehling crashed into the net. Surprisingly Poehling was called for interference at 16:09 and CC’s Ryan Yoon for roughing. Newell then began his magic show with a beautiful pass from the right circle that was chipped past Leclerc by Nick Perbix to make it a 4-3 game. The Huskies continued their aggressive attack and Newell (Ahcan | Schuldt) completed the comeback with his first goal of the night with 2:55 remaining. The Huskies nearly ended it in regulation with Leclerc barely making a stop on a shot by Ryan Poehling and a chest save on a point-blank shot by Newell before period end. The Huskies scored twice and outshot the Tigers 17-8 in the third period.
Newell (Jackson | Ahcan) then ended the night with an exclamation point burying a nice backhand feed from Robby Jackson 3:53 into overtime for a three-goal comeback and another win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Tigers outshot SCSU 3-2 in the overtime session.
SCSU outshot the Tigers 48-24 for the game with Alex Leclerc having an outstanding game in goal. Leclerc stopped 43 of 45 shots on goal. SCSU’s starter, David Hrenak had a rough night allowing 4 goals on 13 shots before being relieved by Jeff Smith. Smith stopped all eleven shots he faced in 33:24 of play. The Tigers were highly successful on their man-advantage scoring twice in three opportunities. The Huskies were unsuccessful in all six of their opportunities.
Robby Jackson (1-1-2), Jack Ahcan (0-3-3) and Patrick Newell (2-2-4) had a multi-point game for the Huskies.
Stars of the Game: #1 Newell (SCSU), #2 Blumenschein (CC), #3 Perbix (SCSU)
HUSKIES RALLY FOR 2-2 TIE WITH COLORADO COLLEGE
St. Cloud, MN – Colorado College is perhaps the quickest team the Huskies have faced all season. They are no stranger to an Olympic size sheet of ice as the Broadmoor World Arena is also 200 x 100 feet in dimension. There were times in Friday’s game that the Tigers had the Huskies chasing them and the Huskies also found themselves losing more puck battles than they’re used to. In the end, it was the Huskies that had to rally just as they did in Colorado Springs in November to avoid losing to the sixth place Tigers. And, it was the Poehlings that did all the damage on the scoreboard for SCSU. Nick scored the lead off goal, Jack the game-tying goal and Ryan the second overtime goal for the extra league point. The two league points stretched the Huskies conference lead to 10 points over idle Minnesota-Duluth. It also continues the Huskies record of being undefeated on home ice – now 12-0-1 this season at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
It didn’t take the Huskies long to get on the scoreboard as Nick Poehling netted his third goal of the season with a lone assist to Jack Ahcan just 1:17 into period one. Poehling deflected Ahcan's shot over Leclerc's shoulder for the early lead. However, the Tigers who are loaded with upperclassmen got back into the game with an unassisted goal by one of their seniors Trevor Gooch at 6:02 to knot the game at 1-1. Gooch scored an unassisted goal on the Tigers third shot off the game. Gooch threw the puck from below the goal line that went off Hrenaks pads and behind him. Three and a half minutes later the Tigers struck again with a goal off a deflection by Erik Middendorf, his sixth of the year at 9:38. Assists went to Cole McCaskill and Ben Copeland. Despite being outshot 12-9 the Tigers carried a 2-1 lead at the end of one period.
An uneventful second period had both teams held off the scoreboard and the Tigers outshooting the Huskies 9-6 and having the advantage of play in the period. SCSU penalties to Blake Lizotte at 5:43 and Ryan Poehling 11:12 gave the Tigers the opportunity to extend their lead but the Huskies withstood both penalties sending the contest to the third period with Colorado College still maintaining a 2-1 advantage. It was one of the few times this season that the Huskies have not outscored their opponent in period two.
With their home undefeated record on the line, not surprisingly it was another Poehling, this time Jack, that finally tied the game for the Huskies. With assists to brother Ryan and Spencer Meier, Poehling beat CC goaltender Alex Leclerc off a shot in the slot to tie the game at 2-2. This was Jack Poehling’s 7th goal of the season and 3rd point of the game for the Poehling brothers. The Huskies who pushed hard in the final period outshot the Tigers 13-6 but were unable to get the puck past Leclerc who put forth another strong game for Colorado College.
Neither squad dented the scoreboard in overtime with the Huskies carrying a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. This mandated the extra three on three session to determine the extra league point. Unfortunately a face-off penalty (for covering the puck with his glove) to the Tigers Westin Michaud placed the Huskies on a four on three advantage and Robby Jackson and Ryan Poehling combined to end the game quickly just a minute into the session. Jackson send a back door pass to Poehling who was stationed in the left goalmouth and tapped it past Leclerc.
“CC is playing really hard and really well right now” said SCSU coach Brett Larson. “They play a fast, physical style and they come off an Olympic size sheet so there is no adjustment time. They made a strong push, their forecheck was hard and they were relentless all night. They made it tough on us out there.” Concerning David Hrenak’s play Larson commented “Hrenak got stronger as the game went on and he got better. When things didn’t go his way early it ddn’t rattle him.”.
“I would be shocked if tomorrow’s game wasn’t just as hard.” said Larson.
The line of Ryan, Nick and Jack Poehling were the strongest and most dominant of the SCSU lines all night. In maybe a first, all three brothers were named as the “Three Stars of the Game”.
SCSU outshot the Tigers 35 to 25 for the contest. In a busy workout for CC’s Leclerc who lost possession of his stick several times in the game he stopped 33 of 35 shots on goal. David Hrenak turned aside 23 of 25 shots on goal to see his record go to 16-3-2. SCSU was penalized three times for six minutes and Colorado College twice for four minutes. Both teams were held scoreless on the power play. SCSU won 32 of 62 faceoffs.
Stars of the Game: R Poehling (SCSU), J Poehling (SCSU), NIck Poehling (SCSU)
CC TIGERS NEXT OBSTACLE FOR #1 SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – With the regular conference schedule winding down, the top-ranked Huskies get a return engagement with the Colorado College Tigers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. They met in early November and the Huskies had a tough time with the Tigers falling behind in both games and facing a very tough goaltender in Alex Leclerc who stopped 64 of 71 shots thrown at him over the weekend. With eight conference games remaining, the Huskies look to continue their winning ways at the HBNHC (12-0-0) before having a bye weekend. They then finish with a road trip to Omaha and a crucial final weekend with second-place Minnesota-Duluth. If the Huskies wish to recapture the Penrose Cup they cannot take their foot off the pedal against a team that has had some good momentum as of late. It should be another exciting NCHC matchup in St. Cloud. MORE HERE
LIZOTTE AND HUSKIES COMPLETE SWEEP OF MIAMI 5-1
St. Cloud, MN – A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of getting the Huskies two top centermen back in the lineup. Oh what a relief it is to have Ryan Poehling and Blake Lizotte back taking faceoffs for the Huskies. Last night, Ryan Poehling had two goals and two assists to lead top-ranked SCSU to a 5-1 win over the Miami RedHawks. On Saturday, it was Blake Lizotte who took charge scoring twice and adding an assist for a three-point night in another 5-1 win and sweep of the RedHawks. It was a five-point weekend for both Lizotte and Poehling as the Huskies continued their undefeated streak to 12-0-0 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The win was also their 20th of the season and allowed them to maintain an eight-point lead over Minnesota Duluth in the NCHC conference standings. It was also a night of celebration for Patrick Newell who with his two-point game surpassed the 100 career point mark joining Robby Jackson and Jimmy Schuldt who did so in January. And, for those watching the Pairwise, the win kept the Huskies ranked #1 in this all-important ranking.
As they did on Friday, the Huskies scored early – 2:25 into the contest, to take a quick 1-0 lead. With Miami’s Alex Mahalek in the penalty box for hooking, the Huskies took advantage with Blake Lizotte’s (R Poehling | Schuldt) first goal of the game. Ryan Poehling carried the puck into the Miami zone via the right lane and put the brakes on in the right circle slipping a pass through traffic to Lizotte who tapped it past Ryan Larkin for a 1-0 SCSU lead. Newell earned his 100th career point on a heady assist of the Huskies second goal at 5:56 of the period. Newell carried the puck behind the back of the Miami goal and found Jack Ahcan (Newell | Perbix) high in the slot and he beat Larkin with a low wrist shot stick side for his third goal of the season and ultimately the game winner.In a dominant first period, the Huskies outshot the RedHawks 18-5 on 24 shot attempts.
The Huskies carried their momentum into period two and dominated play with their relentless attack into the Miami zone. Larkin was kept busy once again facing another 13 shots on goal in the period and the Huskies added three more goals by periods end. Blake LIzotte ( Jackson | Schuldt) added his second goal of the game and 10th of the season at 12:19. Robby Jackson performed some fancy stick work in the left circle and found Lizotte parked at the right goalmouth and he one-timed it into a wide open right side of the net for a 3-0 SCSU advantage. Five minutes later in a role reversal, Blake Lizotte returned the favor by backhanding the puck through the slot to a wide-open Jackson who one-timed it on one knee into an open right side of the net. This was Jackson’s 11th goal of the season. Not done yet in the period, first-year defenseman Nick Perbix (Newell) added his second goal of the season at 19:28. Working down low behind the Miami net, Perbix shed a few defenders and slammed a wraparound past Larkin for a 5-0 Husky lead. Miami lost top-scorer Josh Melnick who was assessed a 10-minute misconduct at 19:28 of the period.
With the game out of reach, the RedHawks did spoil David Hrenak’s bid for his fourth shutout of the season with a goal by Gordie Green, his 10th of the year on the power play at 12:26 of the period. Grant Hutton took a shot from the point and Green was there to bury the rebound to spoil the shutout. Miami did have a shot advantage of 8-5 in the final period of play.
SCSU outshot MIami 36 to 17 for the contest with the RedHawks Ryan Larkin stopping 31 shots on goal. The Huskies David Hrenak stopped 16 of 17 shots and notched his 16th win of the season to see his record improve to 16-3-1. SCSU had a successful game on the man-advantage scoring twice in six opportunities. The RedHawks converted once in four opportunities. SCSU had the advantage in faceoffs 30-21 with Will Hammer leading squad with seven faceoff wins in nine faceoffs. The Huskies had 61 shot attempts in the game vs 34 for the RedHawks.
The Huskies had five players with a multi-point game – Robby Jackson (1-1-2), Jimmy Schuldt (0-2-2), Blake LIzotte (2-1-3), Nick Perbix (1-1-2) and Patrick Newell (0-2-2) .
Stars of the Game: B Lizotte (SCSU), Jackson (SCSU), Newell (SCSU)
POEHLING (AND POEHLING) LEAD HUSKIES TO 5-1 WIN OVER MIAMI
St. Cloud, MN – Through two periods, this was a typical Huskies vs RedHawks battle – close on the scoreboard, physical and lacking a lot of flow. The last meeting two months ago ended in a couple of ties and it appeared this game was trending in that direction. Enter Ryan Poehling, the 19 year-old junior who made a name for himself in the World Junior Tournament racking up the honors including tourney MVP who decided to take over the game. Poehling scored twice in the first eight minutes of period three and put the game out of reach leading the Huskies to a convincing 5-1 win over the struggling RedHawks, now winless in their last thirteen games and loser of .seven straight. Older brother Jack had a brief but effective outing scoring the game’s first goal to give SCSU the early lead and then was sent to the showers being accessed a game misconduct at the expiration of period one. Jimmy Schuldt added his 19th career power play goal and Patrick Newell his team-leading 13th goal of the season. The win sets the Huskies up for a twenty-win season if they can get the job done once again on Saturday. Coupled with a 4-1 UMD loss to CC, the Huskies extended their conference lead to seven points over current second place Western Michigan who defeated Omaha 4-3.
It didn’t take the Huskies long to take an early lead as Jack Poehling (R Poehling) scored just 38 seconds into the first period. Ryan Poehling charged into the Miami zone in the left lane and made a lateral pass to brother Jack who one-timed a shot off his knee past Jordan Uhleski for a 1-0 SCSU advantage. Shortly thereafter it appeared the RedHawks tied the game on a wraparound by Gordie Green but upon review by the officials it was determined the puck did not cross the goal line. The Huskies outshot Miami 10-4 in period one and staked a 1-0 lead.
With the Huskies Nick Poehling whistled for tripping 42 seconds into period two the RedHawks tied the game on a goal by power play specialist Grant Hutton. Hutton (Melnick | Green) took a strong shot from the blueline that rang off the right post and behind David Hrenak to tie the contest 1-1. The tables were turned 29 seconds later when Monte Graham was penalized for cross-checking and Jimmy Schildt (Jackson | Poehling) ripped a shot from the blueline that beat Uhleski glove side for his 19th career power play goal, an SCSU record and a 2-1 SCSU lead. Miami outshot the Huskies 12-9 in period two.
Miami’s Monte Graham found himself in the penalty box for the second time in the game after he rocked Nolan Walker near the back wall with an elbow to the head 3:21 into the final period. SCSU quickly took adantage with a power play goal by Ryan Poehling at 4:04 of period three. On a nice give and go between Ryan Poehling and Blake Lizotte, Poehling tapped in a goal mouth pass from Lizotte for a 3-1 SCSU advantage. This was Poehling’s fourth goal of the season. Poehling quickly added another to stretch the SCSU lead to 4-1 at 7:45. He started the play with a stick jab to cause a Miami turnover in the SCSU zone and then blew by several Miami defenders and ended the play beating Uhleski with a high wrist shot glove side. The Huskies then put the game out of reach with Patrick Newell’s team leading thirteenth goal of the season at 18:44. Blake LIzotte circle behind the Miami goal and then fed Newell who beat Uhleski with a spinning wrist shot from the right circle for the Huskies fifth goal. In a dominating period by the Huskies, they outshot the RedHawks 12-5.
For the game, SCSU outshot Miami 31-21 with the RedHawks Jordan Uhleski stopping 26 of 31 SCSU shots. David Hrenak turned aside 20 of 21 Miami shots to improve his record to 15-3-1. The Huskies had a productive evening on the man-advantage converting 2 of 5 while Miami was successful on 1 of 5 opportunities. SCSU blocked 11 shots while Miami blocked 5. SCSU attempted 53 shots in the game. Miami had the advantage in faceoffs 32-25.
Ryan Poehling had an outstanding game with two goals and two assists and six shots on goal. Blake Lizotte (0-2-2) and Jimmy Schuldt (1-1-2) also had a multi-point game for the Huskies.
Stars of the Game: R Poehling (SCSU) Jackson (SCSU) Schuldt (SCSU)
#1 SCSU HOSTS MIAMI THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – The top-ranked Huskies enter the final stretch run of ten conference games with two consecutive home series vs Miami and Colorado College. This weekend, they face the struggling RedHawks who may be without their top offensive player and face a head coach that got his hand slapped by the league for conduct during their most recent series with Colorado College. Just another indication of the frustrations of a trying season for the program. The Huskies on the other hand move on after a feisty series with North Dakota and try to recover from a flu bug that had the Huskies out-manned in Saturday’s contest. They’ll be facing a Miami squad that always seems to give the Huskies fits and as a result seem to have added confidence whenever they face SCSU. MORE HERE
NORTH DAKOTA TOPPLES TOP-RANKED SCSU 5-1
Grand Forks, ND – North Dakota responded in a must-win situation to topple the #1 ranked Huskies 5-1 at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday, January 26. With a lineup depleted by the flu bug, the Huskies were missing Mika Ilvonen, Jack Poehling and Robby Jackson and the Fighting Hawks took advantage scoring early in the first period, victimizing David Hrenak for two more goals in the first nine minutes of the second and ending the Huskies hopes for a road sweep in Grand Forks. UND was missing a top player as well, Grant Mismash who was injured in Friday’s game but the scratches for the Huskies required them to submit a lineup that included defensemen, Luke Jaycox and Clark Kuster on the 4th line as forwards. The disruption in the lineup seemed to affect the Huskies with uncharacteristic spotty play and not the usual energy displayed by the team. The team also continues to be without one of their top goal scorers, Kevin Fitzgerald who was injured in the UMD series and will probably be out of the lineup until March. Road sweeps are never easy in the NCHC and the Huskies found that out Saturday in Grand Forks as they faced a focused North Dakota team needing to gain at least a split of the series. On this night, they were the better team.
In similar fashion to Friday’s game, the undermanned Huskies faced a hard-charging UND team to start the first period. It appeared that the Fighting Hawks intent was to get as many shots on David Hrenak as possible. And, again, like they did Friday, the Fighting Hawks hit the scoreboard first with a goal by Gavin Hain 3:22 into period one. UND converted on a two on one with Mark Senden making a nice backhand to Hain who beat Hrenak stick side for a 1-0 advantage. The flow of the game seemed to alternate back and forth in the first period with opportunities on both ends. UND’s Ludvig Hoff was stopped on the doorstep trying to bury a backhand at 14:10 and conversely Easton Brodzinski had a wrister from the left circle go wide. But, give credit to UND, the Huskies didn’t get their first shot on goal until 10:13 into the period. SCSU seemed to gain traction as the period progressed and they nearly tied the game on a golden opportunity by Patrick Newell. Newell had a breakaway at 8:14 but lost the handle on his backhand and it sailed over the net. Following a penalty to Patrick Newell, Hrenak made a big save on Rhett Garner at 6:03 and then the Huskies had two consecutive opportunities first with 2:22 remaining on a re-direct by Hentges stopped by Scheel and then another opportunity shortly thereafter by Ryan Poehling. UND outshot SCSU 9-7 in the period and carried a 1-0 lead into period two.
With the Huskies only down by a goal, they had several chances by Newell in the first six minutes of the period. But, it was North Dakota who extended their lead 6:29 into the session with a goal from Mark Senden. The play started looking as though the Huskies would be on the power play with some indecision by the official. He partly raised his arm to call a penalty for a high stick in the UND zone then dropped his arm with play continuing and Senden leading the charge into the SCSU zone and beating Hrenak stick side with a high shot from the left dot for a 2-0 UND lead. Slightly over two minutes later, UND struck again this time on a shot from the right dot by Dixon Bowen that beat Hrenak five-hole. With the goal certainly stoppable, the coaching staff pulled Hrenak to get things on track and inserted Jeff Smith. A difficult situation for a goaltender, Smith was tested early with a backhand shot by Colton Poolman but Smith made the save to keep the score at 3-0. With SCSU seemingly on their heels, UND nearly stretched the lead to 4-0 with 6:10 remaining with the puck going off the post not once but twice to merit a review of the play. It was ruled the puck did not enter the goal. A penalty to Jacob Benson at 16:27 gave UND the opportunity to extend their lead further but the Huskies turned tables on the Fighting Hawks with a short-handed goal by Jimmy Schuldt at 17:25. Patrick Newell entered the zone along the right wall and placed a backhand shot on goal that rebounded directly to Schuldt who buried it to close the UND lead to 3-1. Certainly a key goal late in period two and something to build on into period three. But, admittedly, it was a period with an advantage in play to UND who outshot the Huskies 11-8.
Down by two goals the Huskies controlled the first three minutes of period three necessitating a time out by North Dakota to regroup. It apparently worked as Gavin Hain added his second goal of the game at 5:52. He buried a rebound off a shot by Poolman to stretch the North Dakota lead to 4-1. They added another, Dixon Bowen’s second of the game as well at 14:05 tapping his own rebound past Smith for an insurmountable 5-1 lead. A lead which seemed to take the wind out of the Huskies. A barrage of penalties followed with the Fighting Hawks taking three in a row placing SCSU on their first power play opportunities of the game. Staring at a four-goal deficit with less than five minutes to play the Huskies power play lacked energy and they were unable to convert. With the game decided, liberties were taken to relieve some frustrations by both teams starting with a slashing penalty by Gabe Bast on Ryan Poehling and culminating in seven additional penalties being called at 19:15 and 19:54 of the period. In the end, the Fighting Hawks earned a 5-1 win and gained their first win over the Huskies in seven tries. The loss was only the second in the conference by SCSU this season but combined with another win by UMD over Omaha narrowed the Huskies conference lead to five points.
“We were down to nine healthy forwards tonight and in this environment we almost had to play a perfect game which we didn’t do.” said coach Brett Larson. ” Our forward group was pretty worn down by the end of that game. We needed to play a real smart game with the low numbers. We needed to manage the puck and we didn’t. We had three turnovers that ended in goals. We knew turnovers would kill us tonight and they did. It was a battle . North Dakota played hard and they brought a good game and they played well. They capitalized on their chances.We just didn’t have enough.”
In a reversal from Friday’s game, UND outshot the Huskies 29-23 with Adam Scheel stopping 22 of 23 shots to see his record improve to 12-8-1. SCSU starter David Hrenak had his struggles in the series finale stopping 10 of 13 shots before being relieved after 28:47 minutes of play. Jeff Smith stopped 14 of 16 shots allowing two goals. SCSU blocked 15 shots and UND blocked 9. Both teams were 0/3 on the man-advantage with a total of 15 penalties for 46 minutes whistled. UND had the advantage in faceoff wins 35-26.
Stars of the Game: Hain (UND) Senden (UND) Bowen (UND)
Notes: The short-handed goal by Jimmy Schuldt was his seventh of the season. With Massachusetts losing to Maine the Huskies will remain the #1 Pairwise team as they return to home ice to face Miami next weekend. The win helped move North Dakota to #20 in the Pairwise. They hit the road to face Denver next weekend.
#1 HUSKIES POWER PAST NORTH DAKOTA 3-1
Grand Forks, ND – You knew it wasn’t going to be easy for the Huskies. A North Dakota team desperate for wins against a top team made a valiant first-period effort but eventually ran out of steam against the #1 ranked SCSU Huskies in a 3-1 loss at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Starting strong, the Fighting Hawks took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by former Brett Larson recruit, Nick Jones but couldn’t hold up to the relentless attack of the Huskies offense getting only ten shots on goal the final two periods in a key conference game. Without a doubt, UND goaltender, Adam Scheel was the team MVP making numerous outstanding saves giving the offensively challenged Fighting Hawks a chance to steal a game from the Huskies in the third period. SCSU got stronger as the game progressed and by period three outshot UND 16-4 in the period and 36 to 15 for the game. Micah Miller, Patrick Newell and Blake Lizotte (EN) scored for the Huskies who improved to 18-3-2 overall and 10-1-2 in the conference. The win maintained their eight point margin ahead of the UMD Bulldogs who defeated Omaha by a 7-2 score.
North Dakota’s battle plan was to come out hard in period one and pressure the Huskies defense down low and that’s what they did to start the period. They appeared to ambush the Huskies somewhat and were certainly the aggressor in period one. A penalty to Nolan Walker 3:18 into period one gave UND an early opportunity but they were only able to manage one shot on goal during the power play. However, they did finally convert at 11:21 following a scramble in front of the SCSU goal.The puck was pushed back to Nick Jones (Kawaguchi) who backhanded the puck off of the back of David Hrenak’s skate for a 1-0 Fighting Hawk lead. This was Jones 5th goal of the year. Following, there were several big saves by both goaltenders in the balance of the period with Hrenak stopping a Grant Mismash shot from the right circle at 15:37 and again making another key save on a shot by Jasper Weatherby at 16:06 who was staring at a wide open left side of the net. Fortunately Weatherby didn’t get a complete shot off and Hrenak was able to get his pad out. On the other end of the ice, Patrick Newell forced Hayden Shaw into a turnover in the UND zone and he went in all alone on UND’s Scheel who snared a quick wrist shot at 17:35. A penalty to Ryan Poehling for tripping at 18:23 put the Huskies at a disadvantage for the second time in the period but they did a nice job controlling the puck for the roughly minute and a half on the penalty kill before the end of period one. Despite being on the penalty kill twice in the period, SCSU outshot UND 8-5 but trailed by a one-goal margin after the first session.
The second period began with an early penalty to Rhett Gardner for tripping at 1:03 but the Huskies were unable to convert on their first man-advantage of the game. A big save by Scheel at 16:56 kept the one-goal advantage as the Huskies applied a great deal of pressure in the UND zone for about a half-minute after the penalty expired. Slowly but surely, the Huskies began to win more puck battles and greater possession of the puck. And, it appeared that they finally got the equalizer with 12:05 remaining in the period. Jack Poehling backhanded the puck laterally across the goal mouth and with Scheel out of position Nick Perbix who was charging the net appeared to punch the puck over the goal line while falling forward. Play went on for nearly a minute until a stoppage of play allowed a video review. With an overhead shot that seemed to show the puck fully over the goal line, the officials made the decision to waved it off with “no definitive evidence” that it crossed the line. The Huskies now clearly dominating play had another opportunity with 4:30 remaining with Ryan Poehling getting a point blank shot from the left slot that was stopped by Scheel. A penalty to Matt Kierstad of UND at 17:28 for tripping put SCSU on the man-advantage again. Despite some strong puck control and good puck movement in the UND zone they were stopped once again from capitalizing. However, the Huskies continued their attack and with 13.8 seconds remaining in period two Micah Miller (Walker | Perbix) who has suddenly found the scoring touch scored his third goal in as many games. Miller retrieved the puck from Nolan Walker and he unloaded a low quick shot from the left circle that beat Scheel five-hole to tie the game at 1-1. Clearly, the Huskies were taking control of the game and outshot UND 12-6 in the period and 23-12 in the game.
Period three continued with SCSU simply getting stronger as the game wore on. Scheel had to make a big save on a Jake Wahlin shot from the left dot 3:24 into the period and another goalmouth stop on Blake Lizotte at 4:08. He made yet another goalmouth save at 9:04 and stopped a low long shot by Jimmy Schuldt shortly thereafter. Then at 10:54, Jack Ahcan got into the offense attacking the UND zone and took a high shot from the left of the goal that Scheel had to glove. Ultimately, a penalty on Jasper Weatherby at 11:14 gave the Huskies their third power play of the night. Scheel had to make three consecutive goal mouth saves and then Robby Jackson missed the net as the Huskies put immense pressure on a collapsing UND penalty kill. However, they weathered the storm partly through luck and via some outstanding stops by Scheel who was certainly UND’s MVP of the game. It wasn’t until after the penalty expired that SCSU finally beat Scheel again. On an outstanding job of forechecking by first-year forward Nolan Walker he stripped the puck from Colton Poolman and backhanded the puck across the slot to Patrick Newell who tapped it in for a 2-1 SCSU lead and eventual game-winner. Despite a strong late push by the Fighting Hawks, they were penalized on a retaliation by Grant Mismash for swinging his stick at Jimmy Schuldt who had just collided with him along the side wall. Mismash was taken to the UND locker room with a lower body injury and was penalized for slashing. UND pulled Scheel for another attacker but it backfired with Blake Lizotte (Jackson | Brodzinski) sealing the win with an empty net goal at 18:48. Frustrations during the last minute of play saw five penalties called – three on North Dakota and two on the Huskies including a roughing penalty to Patrick Newell, his first penalty in about two seasons. SCSU outshot the Fighting Hawks 16-4 in a period highly dominated by the Huskies.
Final shots on goal were 36-15 and both goaltenders were called upon to make some big saves particularly Scheel who stopped 33 of 35 SCSU shots on goal. Hrenak stopped 14 of 15 in earning his 14th win of the season. SCSU was 1/4 on the man-advantage while UND was 0/2. The Huskies blocked 9 shots with UND blocking 12. UND had the advantage in faceoffs 29-25.
“That was gutsy. That was a battle.” said coach Brett Larson. “It wasn’t cute. It was a man’s game. Obviously they will come out hard tomorrow. Saturday night in this in this league is tough. We know we’ll need our best tomorrow night.”
Nolan Walker had the lone multiple point game for the Huskies with 2 assists.
Stars of the game: Newell (SCSU), Scheel (UND), Walker (SCSU)
#1 SCSU READIES FOR HEATED SERIES WITH NORTH DAKOTA
St. Cloud, MN – During the Brett Larson Radio Show on Monday I made the comment to coach Larson about the brutally cold weather in the forecast for Grand Forks this weekend. Weather reports now project high temperatures to be -8 degrees on Friday. He grinned and responded simply that “we play the game indoors”. Actually, the temperatures may be just the opposite in Engelstad Arena as the Huskies should expect a “heated” series with North Dakota, a team struggling through another sub-par season and currently on the outside looking in from a Pairwise standpoint. Currently situated at #21 in the Pairwise and 5th in the NCHC standings, every game becomes a must win for the Fighting Hawks who have 12 regular season games remaining and are the host of the NCAA West Regional in March in Fargo, ND. Currently 12 points behind the Huskies in the NCHC standings, the Penrose Cup is probably out of reach but with only a 4 point separation with second place UMD and 2 points with Denver and Western Michigan hosting a NCHC playoff series is attainable. However, after the weekend with SCSU, the Fighting Hawks have consecutive road series at Denver and Western Michigan and then return home to face UMD so their playoff status could be sealed by the end of February. Bottom line – North Dakota needs to consider every game a playoff series for the balance of the season. For the Huskies, they need to continue the momentum they attained after their sweep of then #10 Western Michigan this past weekend. As coach Larson told College Hockey News recently “You want to be happy, but all of a sudden it hits you you’re going into North Dakota, one of the toughest places to play in college hockey, We know if we don’t bring our best game, there’s a good chance we’ll get beat. So you don’t have a lot of time to rest on your laurels.” MORE HERE
HUSKIES COMPLETE SWEEP OF #10 WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
St. Cloud, MN – The #10 ranked Western Michigan Broncos arrived in St. Cloud Thursday four points behind the #2 ranked Huskies and riding a 10 game undefeated streak – the longest current streak in college hockey. They’ll leave the Granite City 10 points behind the Huskies and with a two-game losing streak following a weekend sweep at the hands of the Huskies. Following up a superb performance by David Hrenak and mates on Friday, the Huskies duplicated their dominance of the Broncos in a 5-3 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday, January 19th. Once again, two of the latest “usual” suspects led the squad as Micah Miller netted his second goal in as many games and Jack Poehling completed a five-point weekend with another empty net goal. The weekend sweep of college hockey’s hottest team improved SCSU’s conference record to 9-1-2 and overall mark to 17-3-2. And, if you’ve started to pay attention to the Pairwise, the wins pushed the Huskies ahead of Denver and UMass to #1 in the ranking. With twelve regular season games remaining – all conference contests, the Pairwise watching will begin in earnest soon. And, oh by the way, for the water cooler crowd, the Huskies will jump back to #1 in the national polls this Monday. That of course will stoke the fires of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, the Huskies next opponent in the “unfriendly” confines of Ralph Engelstad Arena next weekend. MORE HERE
GRITTY EFFORT BY HUSKIES YIELDS 3-0 SHUTOUT OF #10 BRONCOS
St. Cloud, MN – It may not have been a perfect game but it was darn close as the #2 ranked Huskies put forth an exemplary team effort to dispatch the #10 Western Michigan Broncos 3-0 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday, January 18. It was indeed a gritty effort against a team that had been undefeated in 10 games and was breathing down the Huskies back for the conference lead in the NCHC. Goaltending was superb, defense was solid and players not typically on the score sheet made their presence in an impressive team win. David Hrenak stepped forward for another outstanding performance in goal and Nick Poehling scored the game-winner as the Huskies improved their conference record to 8-1-2 and extended their lead over second-place Western Michigan by seven points. MORE HERE
#10 BRONCOS FACE #2 SCSU FOR NCHC LEAD
St. Cloud, MN – First place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference is on the line when the #10 Western Michigan Broncos visit St. Cloud this weekend to face the #2 ranked SCSU Huskies. The Broncos are currently the hottest team in college hockey riding a 10 game unbeaten streak. They have not lost a game since November 10 when they were upended on home ice by Omaha 4-2. The only blemish in their last 10 games is a tie to the UMD Bulldogs on home ice. The Huskies saw their own 10 game undefeated streak end on January 4th in a 7-2 loss to Union College. They’ve gone 2-2-0 in their past 4 games including a 3-1 loss to UMD this past weekend. This weekend begins a stretch of 14 conference games to finish the 2018-19 regular season with eight home games and six road games.
HUSKIES RALLY FOR 4-2 WIN AND WEEKEND SPLIT WITH UMD
Duluth, MN – Championship teams figure out how to deal with adversity. After a frustrating loss to the #5 UMD Bulldogs on Friday, the Huskies were dealt another blow knowing they’d be without one of their top scorers Kevin Fitzgerald and their assistant captain and senior Jacob Benson for the rematch. Fitzgerald, it appears, will be lost until playoff time courtesy a shoulder to shoulder hit by UMD’s Nick Wolfe and an undetermined timetable for Benson. So, the lines were juggled again for the series finale with the Bulldogs. Additionally, a gut decision by the coaching staff had David Hrenak back in goal after allowing three goals on 18 shots on Friday. Finding themselves down by two goals late in the first period, the Huskies put things in gear and scored twice late in the period and rallied for an important 4-2 win and split of the weekend road series with UMD. MORE HERE
TURNOVERS, SHEPARD HAUNT HUSKIES IN 3-1 LOSS TO BULLDOGS
Duluth, MN – Hunter Shepard stopped 30 of 31 shots on goal and the #5 Bulldogs capitalized on three SCSU turnovers to defeat the #1 ranked SCSU Huskies 3-1 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth on Friday, January 11. The loss spoiled coach Brett Larson’s homecoming as the former Bulldog assistant now SCSU head coach brought his top-ranked Huskies to Amsoil for a key weekend series. There were no excuses by Larson as he simply stated ” there are no moral victories in this league. We will have to be better tomorrow.” Regardless, the Huskies dominated long stretches of this contest and outshot the Bulldogs 31-18 but simply couldn’t score on the power play nor get anything past Shepard in a highly disappointing loss. Coach Sandelin admitted “Our best player was our goaltender. When our team is not playing great, your best player has to be your goalie. Shep was outstanding tonight, made some great saves and gave us a chance to win.” MORE HERE
TOP RANKED HUSKIES AND BULLDOGS FACE-OFF THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – This series exemplifies what is great about college hockey. This may not be the most critical series in the NCHC this weekend but numerous story lines exist. The defending Penrose Cup Champion faces the defending National Champion. The #1 ranked team in college hockey faces #5. The former UMD assistant coach returns to Duluth as the SCSU head coach to try to derail his mentor. Teammates from the recent World Junior Tournament suddenly become adversaries on the ice. Both teams have positioned themselves to be near locks for the NCAA tourney assuming the wheels don’t suddenly fall off on each. It should be a large and lively crowd with an abundance of visitors in cardinal and black in the house. This pairing has set itself up for a tremendous weekend of competitive hockey and I wouldn’t want to miss it. Read on. MORE HERE
#1 HUSKIES NEED THEIR "QUARTERBACKS" BACK
St. Cloud, MN – Logic tells you line consistency is a key to consistent team play. That’s probably a simplification as lines can become stagnant and unproductive and a change can yield positive results. However, coaches have different philosophies on mixing up lines. Coach Motzko was notorious for changing up line combinations – sometimes weekly and it wasn’t unusual to see in excess of thirty different line combinations during the season. Current SCSU coach Brett Larson has been more reluctant to make wholesale and knee-trigger changes. His lineup has seen 14 different line combinations thus far this season. It would probably be less were it not for a few injuries and the absence of the teams two top centers – Ryan Poehling and Blake Lizotte.The two have been missing for different reasons. For Lizotte, he’s had an “upper body” injury and the coaching staff has been cautious in returning him to the lineup too early since he’s only missed an exhibition and two non-conference games. Poehling’s absence was due to his participation in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships that just concluded in British Columbia. All Poehling did was rack up the honors as the USA team won the Silver Medal. Individually, Poehling was named to the WJC All-Star Team, Best Forward, and Tournament MVP. MORE HERE
SCSU HOCKEY: FINAL THOUGHTS FROM PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh, PA – First, a standing “O’ to the city of Pittsburgh. The Steel City is an amazing sports town and it certainly lived up to it’s #2 ranking on the CenterIceView Road trip list. Sure, there was a disruption in plans as the venue for the opening game was changed from the PPG Paints Arena to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex due to a conflict with the Penguins schedule. Would the coaching staff and players have preferred PPG Arena? Of course. Let’s face it, it’s a practice facility for the Penguins and it felt like the Huskies were skating in a scrimmage. Would I have preferred to walk one block from my hotel to PPG Arena as opposed to driving 20 miles up the freeway to the Sports Complex. Again, a big yes. However, you make the best of the situation and roll with it. Beyond that, it was an outstanding road trip and something to look forward to when the Frozen Four takes place in Pittsburgh in 2021. My suggestion? Go! MORE HERE
JACKSON CAPTURES 100TH AS HUSKIES DEFEAT RMU 5-2
Pittsburgh, PA – Bob Jackson predicted on Friday that son Robby would capture his 100th career point as a Husky on Saturday vs Robert Morris. Making the lengthy trip from California he proudly wanted to experience in person seeing his son reach that lofty goal as he would not be able to attend the UMD series next weekend. He was dead on as Jackson scored two key third period goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-2 win over RMU in the consolation game at the PPG Paint Arena on Saturday, January 5th. Jackson played an energetic and determined third period seemingly begging for the opportunity to handle the puck and change the course of a close game with the Colonials. With the game tied 2-2 early in period three Jackson went to work and scored two consecutive goals – his 99th and 100th points but most importantly leading the Huskies to their 14th win of the season. It was a win/win for all as Jackson joined an elite group of SCSU Huskies that have reached this career milestone.
UNION DUTCHMEN BLITZ SCSU 7-2 IN THREE RIVERS OPENER
Cranberry Township, PA- On October 25th, the Huskies blew out the Boston College Eagles by a 7-0 score. It seemed that everything they threw at the Eagles net seemed to find its way in. Admittedly, the score was not really indicative of the game as the Eagles did put forth a competitive effort. After Friday’s game, the Huskies can now sympathize with Boston College after getting blitzed 7-2 by #14 ranked Union College in the opening contest of the Three Rivers Classic College Hockey Tournament. Due to a scheduling conflict with the PPG Arena’s main tenant, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Huskies and Dutchmen were relegated to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the Penguins practice facility for the tourney’s opening game. With the atmosphere more like a scrimmage than a regular season game, the Huskies fell behind early, could never gain any scoring traction and lost only their second game of the 2018-19 season. Coincidentally, the team (Union College) that broke college hockey’s longest undefeated streak (SCSU) also defeated the team (Northeastern University) twice that handed the Huskies their only previous loss. In the end, kudos to a Union College team that despite being on the short-end of every statistical category in this game dominated in the only category that counted – number of goals. In a game to forget for college hockey’s third ranked defense, they skewered SCSU’s starting goalie, David Hrenak for six goals on 13 shots ultimately chasing him from the game after 41:32 of play. The loss positioned the Huskies to face tournament host, Robert Morris University on Saturday at 4:00 PM CT for the opportunity to earn some redemption after a forgettable opening game.
#1 SCSU BEGINS 2019 WITH A TRIP TO THE STEEL CITY
St. Cloud, MN – The challenge continues for the #1 ranked SCSU men’s hockey team as they embark on another road trip – this time to the “Steel City” of Pittsburgh to participate in the Three Rivers Classic College Hockey Tournament. With only one set back in 2018 ( 4-3 loss to Northeastern) the Huskies will have a target on their back as the pre-tournament favorite and will face a stern test in the opening game of the tourney vs Union College of Schenectady, NY. With the Huskies currently sitting at #2 in the all-important Pairwise and Union at #15, this game will have important Pairwise implications. Tournament host Robert Morris will face-off against Brown University in the other opening day match-up with SCSU facing one of thos two on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena. These will be the final non-conference games of the 2018-19 season for SCSU as they dive into conference play for their final 16 games. MORE HERE
USA U18 EARNS 6-4 WIN OVER SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – If the Thursday, December 27th game vs the USA U18’s is any indication, the future of USA Hockey for the next several years is pretty good. With a team consisting of 21 future Division I players, the USA U18 team gave SCSU a lesson on their home ice in a 6-4 exhibition win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. A strong skating team with good size, skill and at times some edgy physical play, they proved to be an exceedingly good match for college hockey’s #1 ranked team. Despite missing top forwards Ryan Poehling and Blake Lizotte there were no excuses as the USA squad was also missing two it’s top players in forward Jack Hughes and goaltender Spencer Knight, both off at the World Junior Championships. In their place, goaltender Cameron Rowe, a future NCHC player at North Dakota and Cole Caufield a future Wisconsin Badger led their team to their sixth win in 12 contests vs Division I opponents this season. The Huskies on the other hand, used this exhibition as an opportunity to insert seldom-used players Clark Kuster, Will Hammer and Mika Ilvonen and as a tune-up game for sophomore defenseman, Tyler Anderson who saw his first action since being injured vs Mount Royal in early October. In the end, it was a solid win for Team USA who gave the Huskies fits all night with their speed, quick movement of the puck, skillful passing and puck handling.
POEHLING, HASTINGS ADD SCSU CONNECTION TO 2019 WJC
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University connection to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships continues with the announcement by USA Hockey of the final team roster on December 23rd. Junior, Ryan Poehling of SCSU and SCSU alumn Mike Hastings will both be representing the USA in this years tournament. Poehling will be participating in his second straight world championship. The native of Lakeville, MN is currently a SCSU junior and is second in team points with 17. He has participated in several international tournaments for Team USA including the WJC in 2018 in Buffalo ( 1G, 2A ), 2017 Under 18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia (3G, 2A) and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic ( 4G, 2A ). MORE HERE
#1 HUSKIES RETURN TO ACTION IN EXHIBITION VS USA U18 TEAM
St. Cloud, MN – The #1 ranked SCSU Huskies return to home ice in an exhibition vs the USA U18 team on Thursday, December 27, 2018. This tune-up with the U18’s will launch the Huskies into the second half of the 2018-19 season and help prepare them for a new year’s tournament in Pittsburgh, PA on January 4-5. The Huskies currently sit in first-place in the highly competitive National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) leading second place Western Michigan by seven points. Additionally, the Huskies are currently ranked #2 in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, a statistical tool used to approximate the process for selecting teams to the NCAA tournament. the Huskies return to league action on January 11/12 in an important series in Duluth vs the UMD Bulldogs. MORE HERE
HUSKIES THROTTLE OMAHA 7-1 TO SWEEP WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – The misery continued for the Omaha Mavericks getting blitzed 7-1 and losing their seventh consecutive game to the Huskies at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday, December 8th. The 4-10-2 Mavericks knotted the game 1-1 early in period two but then saw the floodgates open as the Huskies scored six consecutive goals to bury the Mavs and finish the 2018 conference schedule with an impressive 6-0-2 record and a seven point lead over the Western Michigan Broncos currently residing in second place in the NCHC. In contrast to Friday’s contest, the Huskies were seemingly scoring at will as Omaha netminder Evan Weninger was repeatedly left to face an onslaught of Huskies offensive attacks. On this night, thirteen SCSU players had at least one point and four had a multi-point game. Blake Lizotte, who had an outstanding game led the Huskies with two goals. The two NIcks – Perbix and Poehling each had two assists and Patrick Newell who was carrying the puck with confidence all night had a goal and an assist. And, David Hrenak who played both games allowed only one goal in the series and improved his record to 10-0-1. The win improved the Huskies overall record to 13-1-2 as they get a much-needed break before an exhibition contest with the USA Under 18 squad on December 27. MORE HERE
HUSKIES DOMINATE IN 2-0 WIN OVER OMAHA
St. Cloud, MN – The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center has been a tough venue for the Omaha Mavericks. After the Huskies 2-0 win on Friday, November 7th, Omaha is 4-12-1 all-time vs SCSU in St. Cloud. It’s also the 6th consecutive loss to the top-ranked Huskies who by the way, are undefeated on home ice thus far this season. Although the scoreboard did not reflect it, the Huskies put forth a dominating effort outshooting the Mavericks 38-18, winning 61% of the faceoffs and limiting them to an average of six shots per period and allowing SCSU netminder David Hrenak to earn his 9th win and second shutout of the season. They also shut out the Mavericks on their two man-advantage opportunities and to top things of – were 25% on their own power play opportunities. It’s not that it couldn’t have been more lopsided as the Huskies rang several of the post and give credit where credit is due – David Weninger had a nice night in goal. In the end, the Huskies improved their overall record to 12-1-2 and their conference record to 5-0-2. The win also maintained a six-point separation between the Huskies and Western Michigan, UMD and Miami. MORE HERE
SCSU TO HOST OMAHA MAVERICKS THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – So far so good. After this weekend, the #1/2 ranked Huskies will have completed one-third of their 2018-19 NCHC conference schedule. Currently 4-0-2, they lead the UMD Bulldogs and Miami Redhawks by three points and the Western Michigan Broncos and Denver Pioneers by six points in the conference standings. After the weekend they face the USA Under 18 team in an exhibition on December 27th and then participate in the Three Rivers Classic hosted by Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s not until January 11/12 until they return to conference play in a road series at the UMD Bulldogs. After earning three of six points last weekend vs Miami, the Huskies will need to re-group and finish the weekend strong as they head into a break in their schedule. SCSU will face a Omaha squad that had not won a game in the 2018-19 season until they defeated Miami at home by a 6-3 win on November 3. Since then, they’ve gone 4-2-1 and will be determined to leave St. Cloud with some conference points. MORE HERE
HUSKIES AND MIAMI BATTLE TO 2-2 OVERTIME TIE
Oxford, OH – Saying that there is suspense when the Huskies face the Miami RedHawks is an understatement. After Saturday’s game, the two squads have had four consecutive overtime games. Although this game was a polar opposite of Friday nights contest, the result was the same as the two teams skated to a 2-2 overtime draw – at least for NCAA purposes. On this night, Miami earned the satisfaction of the extra league point as Josh Melnick, always tough on the Huskies scored the three on three overtime winner for the extra point and a split of the weekend series with both teams earning three league points. To say the #1 ranked Huskies had difficulty with the RedHawks was an understatement. Although they never once led in the two-game series, the resilient RedHawks always managed to find a way to rally and pull themselves even with the Huskies. On Saturday, December 1, they did so for the second straight game and sent the Huskies back home knowing they have to do a better job shutting the door on a team when they have a third period lead. And, for the RedHawks, they now can be confident in their “backup” goaltender as graduate transfer Jordan Uhelski filled in magnificently for the injured Ryan Larkin shutting down the Huskies to 4 goals in the two contests and stopping 59 of 63 shots on goal in the two games. It was a tough series but that is to be expected in the NCHC. MORE HERE
HUSKIES AND REDHAWKS SKATE TO 4-4 OVERTIME DRAW
Oxford, OH – The #1 ranked SCSU Huskies returned to NCHC conference play on Friday, November 30th and found themselves in a run and gun game with the Miami University RedHawks. The teams combined for 74 shots on goal and 6 first-period goals ultimately settling for a 4-4 overtime tie. Scoreless after the five-minute overtime session and the obligatory three on three overtime session, Blake LIzotte finally settled things quickly in the required shootout on the Huskies first attempt to earn the extra league point. Entertaining for the fans for sure at Steve Cady Rink but most likely frustrating for the SCSU coaching staff to see its team lose some races for the puck, allow a short-handed goal and see Miami’s Casey Gilling score a bad-angle goal with about seven and a half minutes remaining to tie the contest. And despite firing 33 shots on backup goaltender Jordan Uhelski the Huskies could only beat him twice in the 4-4 final. MORE HERE
BACK TO WORK: #1 RANKED SCSU FACES MIAMI THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – It’s back to work for the #1 ranked Huskies as they take their unblemished NCHC conference record on the road to face the Miami RedHawks on November 30 | December 1 in Oxford, OH. With one-third of the season already behind them, the Huskies find themselves #2 in the Pairwise rankings as they approach an abbreviated schedule in December and then the crucial month of January with a heavy conference schedule. The Huskies have excelled both on the road and at home but can’t overlook the RedHawks who despite some eratic results thus far, have had an ambitious non-conference schedule and currently sit tied for third in the conference. Miami’s been pretty successful on their home rink with a 6-2-0 record including wins over North Dakota and UMass-Lowell and a sweep of Colgate and Huntsville. Success can be fleeting in the tough NCHC and the Huskies only need to look back on the conference playoffs last season and the very tough series with the RedHawks. The Huskies prevailed but it took an overtime win in the deciding third game to advance the Huskies to the Frozen Faceoff. The RedHawks would like nothing better than to derail the Huskies momentum and prove that they will be a contender in the NCHC this season. MORE HERE
SCSU GETS OFFENSIVE IN 7-4 SWEEP OF BEMIDJI STATE
St. Cloud, MN – The story line on Saturday was the return of goaltender Zach Driscoll to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to face his former team as the starter in goal for the BSU Beavers. With Driscoll leading the country with a paltry goals against average of 0.98 and a stingy .959 save percentage it appeared that the gallery would be in for another low-scoring contest right? Obviously, the #2 ranked Huskies had other designs on this game after a frustrating effort on Friday night in their 2-0 win. They proved their point early drilling the former Husky with four even strength goals in the first twenty-seven minutes to force an early exit of Driscoll en route to a 7-4 win and sweep of their WCHA rival. To be fair, it was not a particularly good night for any of the three goaltenders that played with back-up Jack Burgart allowing three goals and the Huskies David Hrenak four as they all seemed to be battling the puck. As opposed to Friday, offense took center stage as the see-saw game ultimately went to the Huskies. Jimmy Schuldt and sophomore forward Kevin Fitzgerald scored twice to lead the Huskies in this weekend sweep and push their overall record to 11-1-0. MORE HERE
HUSKIES SQUEEZE BY BEMIDJI STATE 2-0
St. Cloud, MN – In retrospect, coach Larson’s intuition was dead on. He wanted goaltender David Hrenak to take a mental break from the game and start Jeff Smith on Friday vs the Bemidji State University Beavers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. He couldn’t have planned a more accurate move. Smith, who fell out of the rotation for two games earned a shutout after stopping 32 shots on goal including several big saves down the stretch as the Huskies squeezed by a very tough Bemidji State squad by a 2-0 score. And, to top things off, he added a third period assist on Kevin Fitzgerald’s empty net goal to garner the games #1 star. The other key component on the night was Easton Brodzinski who scored the game-winning goal on a power play but easily could have had several more were it not for a strong effort on the other end of the rink by Henry Johnson, the BSU netminder. It turns out the Beavers were what they thought they were – disciplined, dedicated to a strong forecheck , tight gap play and jumping on the numerous turnovers they forced. In the end, the Huskies were outshot 32 to 21 and despite being frustrated to no end at times by the battle-ready Beavers won their fifth straight game and fifth at home to improve their overall record to 10-1-0.
HUSKIES TO FACE IN-STATE RIVAL BEMIDJI STATE THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – The #2 ranked SCSU Huskies place their four-game winning streak on the line hosting fellow Minnesota State Universities and Colleges institution, Bemidji State University at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on November 16 and 17. These two teams have a long history of competition going back to the NCAA Division III years for both schools. There is also a number of crossover stories including Bemidij State University’s head coach Tom Serratore’s years at SCSU as an assistant coach under Craig Dahl from 1993 to 1999. On the other bench, current SCSU assistant coach Mike Gibbons is a graduate of Bemidji State University, where he played for the Beavers men’s hockey team from 1975 to 1979. He gained All-America recognition in 1978 and 1979, was a member of the national title-winning team in 1979 and started his coaching career at Bemidji State as an assistant in 1981. He served as the BSU head coach during the 1982-83 season, while head coach Bob Peters took a year-long sabbatical and was named the NHCA Conference Coach of the Year and the College Division National Coach of the Year. Also, of interest is current BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll began his collegiate career at SCSU during the 2016-17 season and then transferred to BSU becoming eligible to play for the Beavers this season. Also, current BSU sophomore forward, Brendan Harris was an early commit to SCSU before deciding to sign his national letter of intent with the Beavers. Finally, current BSU defenseman, Dillon Eichstadt is the nephew of former SCSU player, Scott Eichstadt who skated for the Huskies through the 1990-91 season. As a result, the multiple story lines will make for an interesting series between these two Minnesota schools this weekend in St. Cloud. MORE HERE
TOP USHL GOALTENDER LAMOREAUX COMMITS TO HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – The Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League (USHL) announced on November 11 that goaltender Joseph Lamoreaux has committed to play hockey at St. Cloud State University. Lamoreaux also announced via Twitter on November 11 “I am proud and honored to announce my commitment to St. Cloud State University. Can’t thank my family, friends, and coaches enough for all of their support!” The 6′ 1″ 190 native of Shorewood, WI recently completed a visit to SCSU and remarked ” I got to go visit the campus and meet all the coaches. It felt right. It felt like home. It’s a place I can see myself spending 4 years of my life.” MORE HERE
HUSKIES COMPLETE SWEEP OF DENVER PIONEERS 4-3
St. Cloud, MN – Denver goaltender Devin Cooley’s head had to have been spinning this weekend. Having played only three games last season he was thrown into the starting role and has played in every game. However, this weekend vs the #2 ranked Huskies it must have felt like a “Baptism of Fire” facing 80 shots in the series by a relentless SCSU attack that ended up sweeping the previously undefeated and #5 ranked Pioneers. Cooley did his best to shut down the Huskies making loads of impressive saves as the defense continually melted down in front of him. But, to his credit, he kept both games close losing both by the identical score of 4-3. And, in both games, it was the Huskies that had to rally from a two-goal deficit to capture the sweep. It’s now four straight come from behind wins for the Huskies who improved their overall record to 9-1-0 and NCHC record to 4-0-0. MORE HERE
WALKER LEADS SCSU TO 4-3 WIN OVER DENVER IN BATTLE OF ROOKIES
St. Cloud, MN – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is cultivating some high-test rookies and several were on display at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud on Friday. Of the seven goals scored, five were by first-year players including two by SCSU’s Nolan Walker and one each by Denver’s Cole Guttman, Emilio Pettersen and Brett Stapley. In the end, it was Nolan Walker and his Huskies that prevailed in an early season conference battle between the #2 ranked Huskies and #5 ranked Denver Pioneers. The two squads led by first-year head coaches David Carle of Denver and Brett Larson of St. Cloud gave the crowd of 4000 an exciting and fast paced contest and an early look at a half-dozen first-year forwards that should make a run at the NCHC All-rookie team this season. Between Walker and Hentges of St. Cloud and Guttman, Pettersen and Stapley they’ve combined for 18 goals. For the winning Huskies, Walker was the leading scorer on the night with 2 goals and an assist for three points. The win improved the Huskies to an overall 8-1-0 record and 3-0-0 in the NCHC placing them in first place in the early season standings. Denver who entered the series 5-0-1 suffered their first loss of the season. MORE HERE
#2 SCSU HUSKIES RETURN HOME TO FACE #5 DENVER PIONEERS
St. Cloud, MN – After having played six of their first eight games on the road, the #2 ranked Huskies finally return home to face the #5 ranked and undefeated Denver Pioneers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Pioneers saw some wholesale changes to their team after the 2017-18 season but have responded nicely entering this weekends series with a 5-0-1 overall record and 2-0-0 conference record which includes a home sweep of Western Michigan last weekend. This series represents a return matchup between the two teams in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff Championship game last March . The Pioneers defeated the Huskies 4-1 in that contest. St. Cloud State enters this key conference series with a 7-1-0 record and a 2-0-0 conference record. Please note that Friday’s game will be at 7:07 Pm CT with the series finale at 6:07 PM CT on Saturday. Both games will be televised. MORE HERE
SCSU ROAD WARRIORS COMPLETE SWEEP OF TIGERS 2-1
Colorado Springs, CO- Coach Larson recognizes the value obtained from his team’s grueling early season road schedule. The approximate 10,000 flight miles that they’ve logged traveling to Fairbanks, AK, Boston MA and Colorado Springs, CO has noticeably bonded this team and given him time to connect better with his players with minimal distractions. It’s also given them the confidence that they can go on the road and be successful. On the other hand, they’ve hardly had a normal week of practice since the exhibition game with Mount Royal in early October. So, it’s a bit of relief that they’ll be returning to the friendly confines of the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for several weeks until another road trip to face Miami the end of the month. With a 6-1-0 record, we can give the team an “A” for their results so far under their new coach. This past weekend, they added two early season conference wins with their sweep of the Colorado College Tigers at the Broadmoor World Arena. The 2-1 win on Saturday was not easy and probably was not without a little controversy. But, they overcame eight penalties and limited the Tigers to one power play goal in squeezing out this victory. It was another come back win as they had to do so on Friday as well. So, they return to St. Cloud with an enviable road record, will get in a normal week of practice and prepare to face the other Colorado team – Denver University on home ice next weekend. MORE HERE
HUSKIES EARN HARD FOUGHT WIN OVER COLORADO COLLEGE 5-3
Colorado Springs, CO – “Hockey is cruel – you continually dominate them and one shot and they are ahead.” tweeted hockey fan Keith Mueller. As unfair as it seemed to the SCSU fans watching this game on Friday, November 2nd, that was indeed the case. Albeit for a portion of the first period, the #2 ranked Huskies put forth a dominating effort but it took a four-goal third period to finally dispose of the Colorado College Tigers at the Broadmoor World Arena Friday. SCSU fell behind 2-0 in the first period and it was beginning to look like the Tigers would get their first win vs the Huskies on home ice since 2013. But a rally in the third period erased the Tigers thoughts of an upset as the Huskies prevailed 5-3 for their first conference win. MORE HERE
#2 HUSKIES BACK ON THE ROAD TO FACE RESURGENT CC TIGERS
St. Cloud, MN – The #2 ranked Huskies pack their bags for their third extended road trip of the early season as they head to Colorado Springs, CO to face the Tigers in both squads NCHC series opener. Granted, the Huskies have not lost a game in the ‘Springs since 2013 and have sixteen wins in the last twenty games but after five years of rebuilding this is a different Colorado College squad. With greatly improved talent, experience and a winning mindset the Huskies are sure to have a formidable challenge ahead of them. One of the top road venues for Husky fans, the weekend should see plenty of sunshine and a beautiful locale for a weekend hockey trip. MORE HERE
NORTHEASTERN COMEBACK HANDS SCSU FIRST LOSS OF SEASON
Boston, MA – To the SCSU hockey fans in attendance, the “Let’s Go Huskies” chant which became more prominent in the second period at historic Matthews Arena probably seemed oddly out-of-place. However, the style of play of the two teams with the same nickname was very similar and led to a highly competitive and entertaining game on Saturday, October 27 in Boston. The SCSU Huskies forged a 2-0 lead early in the second period and it appeared they were on their way to their sixth win of the season.The Northeastern Huskies had other designs for the outcome in front of their home crowd. Outshooting SCSU by a 15-10 margin in the second period, they scored a late period goal and leveraged that momentum into the third scoring two more times en-route to a 3-2 comeback win over the #2 ranked Huskies. With a shake-up in a lineup missing senior Robby Jackson, SCSU seemed out of sync at times and the legs appeared somewhat weary in the second period. But they regained their energy in the third, outshot Northeastern 12-6 but couldn’t beat sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau in this battle of netminders. In the end, it was a Hockey East win on this night with the hope by this writer that these two squads meet once again later in the season.
QUICK UPDATE: SCSU HUSKIES VS NORTHEASTERN HUSKIES
HENTGES AND WALKER LEAD HUSKIES TO 7-0 BLOWOUT OF BC
Boston, MA – As an athlete, there are certain events that you remember for the rest of your life. In Sam Hentges’s case, it would be impossible to forget October 25, 2018 in Boston, MA. at the Eagles’ Kelly Rink. A goal in each period provided the first-year forward with a hat trick and propelled the #2 ranked Huskies to a 7-0 blowout win over Hockey East’s Boston College Eagles. Not to be overshadowed by the Hentges hat trick, fellow first-year forward Nolan Walker netted two goals giving the freshman 5 of the 7 goals in the contest. And, sophomore goaltender David Hrenak stopped all 32 SOG as the Huskies improved to 5-0-0 to start the 2018-19 season. They’ve now shutout two consecutive opponents and outscored them 12-0 in those games with Boston College and Northern Michigan. Go back three games and they’ve allowed one goal. In all, first-year players accounted for 11 points on Friday including Brendan Bushy (0-1-1), Nick Perbix (0-1-1) and Spencer Meier (0-2-2).
#2 HUSKIES EMBARK ON CHALLENGING HOCKEY EAST ROAD TRIP
St. Cloud, MN – It’s been a geography lesson for the #2 ranked St. Cloud State University hockey team early in the 2018-19 season. A trip to Alaska two weekends ago to face the Nanooks in a non-conference series was a good team bonding experience. The first week in November will have them in Colorado to face the resurgent Colorado College Tigers to begin conference play. Of immediate concern this week is a road trip to Boston, MA to face Hockey East foes Boston College and Northeastern University. The Huskies hosted the Eagles a year ago in St. Cloud but have not faced the Huskies of Northeastern since the turn of the millennium in November of 2000. Despite a combined early season 2-5-0 record for these two opponents it’s going to be a very challenging trip and a huge test for the Huskies who are off to a 4-0-0 start. A non-typical schedule has the Huskies facing off against the Boston College Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 25 and the NU Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 27.
HUSKIES SHUT DOWN NMU WILDCATS 5-0 FOR WEEKEND SWEEP
St. Cloud, MN – The #4 ranked SCSU Huskies were so dominant on Saturday night they had the game-winning goal in hand by the 7:15 mark of period one. Further indication of their superiority in this 5-0 shutout was a 31-10 advantage in total shots on goal, having a success rate of 66% (2/3) on the power play and a shut down defense that allowed an average of 3 shots per period and yes, a shutout for senior goaltender Jeff Smith. Once again, it was scoring by committee with two power play goals, 5 different players scoring and 3 seperate lines scoring when even-strength. Expecting a much tougher battle from an experienced NMU squad on Saturday, the Huskies delighted their fans once again with quick transition, tape to tape passes and aggressive drives to the opponent’s goal. In the end, the Huskies placed 64 shots on 2017-18 WCHA First-Team Goaltender Atte Tolvanen over the two-game series beating him nine times in the weekend sweep.
SCSU HUSKIES IMPRESS IN 4-1 WIN OVER NMU WILDCATS
St. Cloud, MN – The gas tank was full and the engine was running on all cylinders as the #4 ranked SCSU Huskies posted an impressive 4-1 win over the Northern Michigan University Wildcats on Friday, October 20th at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies peppered NMU All-American goaltender Atte Tolvanen with 16 shots in the second period scoring twice including the game-winner by Easton Brodzinski as SCSU improved its record to 3-0 on the early season. Four different players netted goals on the evening and Blake Lizotte who seemingly was a part of every big play assisted on two of them. The only blemish on the evening was a five-minute major and game disqualification penalty to Jack Ahcan late in period two that led to the Wildcats only goal of the game.
WILDCATS TO OFFER EARLY SEASON TEST TO SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – It’s been awhile – almost six years since the SCSU Huskies faced off against the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in a regular season matchup. A lot of things have changed since that early January 2013 series. The blow-up of college hockey after the 2012-13 season caused the Huskies to depart the WCHA for the newly formed NCHC and the Wildcats were forced to find a home in the WCHA after the dismantling of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). After an up and down season, the Huskies made a post-season run to the Frozen Four ultimately losing to Quinnipiac in Pittsburgh in the NCAA semi-finals. Northern Michigan, on the other hand, finished with a unremarkable 15-19-4 record having their season end in the first round of the CCHA playoffs to Michigan. However, the Wildcats led by non-household names like Thurber, Seckel, Macauley, Ludwig and Coreau swept a Huskies squad led by Captain Ben Hanowski, Hobey Baker winner Drew LeBlanc, Hobey finalist Ethan Prow and future NHLers Dowd, Brodzinski, Gravel, Kossila and Jensen. In that “locks of love” season, the Wildcats upended the Huskies by a 6-2 score on Friday and returned to complete the sweep with a 2-1 margin the next night. This weekend, the Huskies and Wildcats return to face each other in a throwback non-conference matchup at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. MORE HERE
HUSKIES SWEEP WEEKEND WITH 6-2 WIN OVER ALASKA NANOOKS
Fairbanks, AK – It was by no means a perfect weekend. The Huskies are off to a 2-0-0 start and new head coach Brett Larson has a nice beginning to his head coaching career at SCSU. But, with less than a week of formal practice behind them I’m sure Coach Larson has lots to work on. With segments of sloppy play and some positional snags in their defensive play it looked like early season hockey. But once the team got their act together in game two of the series they showed how explosive they can be. The Huskies scored three times in period three to break open a one goal game and cruised to a 6-2 final vs the Alaska Nanooks of the WCHA. At times they made it look awfully easy as Robby Jackson scored twice to lead the Huskies on this night. MORE HERE
HUSKIES EDGE THE NANOOKS 3-2 IN ALASKA
Fairbanks, AK – The #3/5 ranked Huskies traveled 2900 miles to get some work on their special teams in a 3-2 road win over the University of Alaska Nanooks on Friday, October 12. With the flow of the game dictated by the officials, the Huskies blanked the Nanooks man-advantage seven times and scored once in seven opportunities on their own man-advantage in the season opening victory. Senior Patrick Newell showed the advantage a skilled senior has in an early season game netting two goals and assisting on another to reward new head coach Brett Larson with his first win as the Huskies skipper. MORE HERE
SCSU HOCKEY: 2018-19 SEASON BEGINS WITH TRIP TO ALASKA
St. Cloud, MN – If you’re crazy enough to head out by car, figure it’ll take you two days and ten hours to drive non-stop to Fairbanks, AK. Naturally, most sane people would book a flight which will get you there in about six hours with the luxury of earning back three hours with the time zone change. It’s a long, monotonous flight and it will be that way for most of the SCSU players and coaches. But, for sure there’s one player looking forward to the flight to Alaska. Nolan Walker is a home-grown Alaskan and it’s a special treat for him to play his first collegiate hockey game in Alaska. He told me ” It’s been a dream of mine to play Division I college hockey so putting on that jersey (last Sunday) was a dream come true. It will be special to play my first career college hockey games in Alaska in front of family and friends and I’ll have about 20 of them coming to the games.” When asked about his first time on the ice in a game situation for the Huskies he responded ” It was nice to get an exhibition game under my belt and get a feel for college hockey. I felt a little nervous to start the game but as the game went on, it felt like any other game. We have a great group of guys and I can’t wait to see what we can do this year.” The talented youngster impressed last Sunday, got some power play time and finished with one assist in the contest vs Mount Royal University of Calgary, AB. MORE HERE
HUSKIES TOP COUGARS 6-2 IN EXHIBITION OPENER
St. Cloud, MN – Sure, it was just an exhibition to start the season but an important start for new SCSU head coach Brett Larson and his six first-year players . Although coach Larson admitted to the players “he too had butterflies” on the eve of his first game “he expected the first-year players to be nervous but thought they all did well and will just keep getting better.”
The 6-2 win doesn’t count in the pairwise nor the stats column but that’s not the point of these games. With only one full day of practice under their belt, the game allows the coaching staff to play it’s entire roster, do some experimenting and give the first-year players some valuable game experience. And, those first-year players took advantage of it with four of the six (Bushy, Walker, Perbix and Meier) garnering points in the contest. Larson said “they (the team) were shaking the rust off early but by the second period you could see the rust coming off and you could see how good this team could be.” He further stated ” I’m just really excited about where this group can get to. You saw small bits and pieces tonight. Once we shake the rust off and we get to know each other and build our identity together I’m excited about where this group can go.” MORE HERE
5 MINUTE CLICK: SCSU HOCKEY UPDATE 10/5/18
St. Cloud, MN – New SCSU head hockey hockey coach Brett Larson begins his tenure behind the bench this Saturday as the Huskies face off in an exhibition contest with the Mount Royal University Cougars of Calgary, Alberta at 5:00 PM at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. MORE HERE
PREVIEW: DEPTH IS KEY FOR 2018-19 HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – Recent preseason polls have the SCSU Huskies pegged at #3 nationally (College Hockey News), #6 (US College Hockey Online) and to finish #2 in the NCHC. I don’t place a lot of confidence in preseason polls even though they make for fun preseason discussion. However, I’ll make a few general predictions about the Huskies prospects for this season:
The Huskies WILL be a legitimate favorite to repeat as Penrose Cup Champions in 2018-19.
They WILL treat their fans to another NCHC Frozen Faceoff appearance in St. Paul in March.
They WILL make their 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament in the 2018-19 season.
If I’ve learned anything about the formula for success in college hockey it’s essentially three things beyond outright talent – experience, depth and goaltending. This team is blessed with all three. SCSU loses four players from the 2017-18 squad that went 25-9-6 overall, won the regular season NCHC title and made their 12th appearance in the NCAA tournament – 5th in six seasons. Success under new Head Coach Brett Larson should follow once again. MORE HERE
AJHL'S ETHAN LEYER COMMITS TO THE SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University run on commitments continues as a speedy forward from the Alberta Junior Hockey League announced his commitment to the Huskies via twitter on September 27th. Ethan Leyer, a 5′ 8″ 155 pound right-shooting forward from St. Albert, AB announced “I’m honoured to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at St. Cloud State University. I’d like to thank my coaches, friends and most importantly my family for helping me pursue my hockey goals!”
The 16 year-old is currently skating for the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL and has one assist in 5 games. He had an awfully productive season in 2017-18 while playing for Northern Alberta Elite 15’s of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) scoring 17 goals and adding 32 assists for 49 points in just 35 games. The Elite 15’s are the top midget division of the CSSHL.
One of Leyer’s biggest assets is his breakaway speed. He’s good around the net and has shown an ability to put up impressive offensive numbers at every level he’s played including 54 points in 33 games at the bantam AA level and 68 points in 36 games at the bantam AAA level. .
Leyer was a 2017 draft choice of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR 2018-19 SCSU ROOKIE CLASS
St. Cloud, MN – Despite having two collegiate National Championship rings, consider head coach Brett Larson a member of the 2018-19 SCSU “Rookie” class. Larson began his coaching career in 2008-09 as an assistant with the UMD Bulldogs. After three seasons, he assumed the head coaching position for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. He then moved on to Ohio State University as Associate head coach for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 season helping to recruit some of the players on the 2017-18 Frozen Four Buckeye team. He returned to UMD and most recently was a member of the Bulldog staff for two seasons. Larson was a member of the coaching staff for both the 2011 and 2018 National Championship Bulldog squads. Additionally, Larson, served as the head coach for gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. He captained the Bulldogs during his senior year in 1994-95 when he attained Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team recognition for a third straight time and also landed the team’s Community Service Award. He was selected in the 11th round by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 National Hockey League draft. Hired in April, Larson became the third coach in SCSU Division I history and immediately began the task of transitioning the team to a new coaching staff. MORE HERE
BLOOMINGTON'S CHASE BEACOM COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference have had a nice run of commitments from some very talented young defensemen. Already committing for the future are youngsters Jack Peart, Evan Bushy, John Opilka and Christian Miller. They apparently have landed another commitment in mobile, puck moving defenseman, Chase Beacom, a native of Bloomington, MN. Beacom announced via Twitter on August 29 “I am honored and excited to announce my commitment to play Division I hockey and further my education at St. Cloud State University. Thank you to my family, friends and coaches on helping me get to where I am today.”
A 2003 birth date, the left shooting Beacom already has one year of varsity hockey under his belt skating in 25 games for Bloomington Kennedy H.S. compiling 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 points as a 9th grader. Along with previous SCSU commit and fellow defenseman, Jack Peart, he was ranked as one of the top 2003 birth dates in Minnesota. As a result, in May, Beacom was selected to participate in the World Selects Invite in Philadelphia showcasing the top 2003 birth dates in the world. He had 2 goals in 7 games in that showcase. Currently listed at 5’5″ and 140 pounds, Beacom has some growing to do but reminds of current Husky Jack Ahcan as a smart puck mover with grit.
Neutral Zone, a prominent amateur scouting and ranking service described Beacom as an “undersized athletic defender who is agile in tight areas. His lateral movement in the neutral zone was worth noting and we liked his battle level. He likes to hit and he squeezes off forwards on zone entries. Regularly he hits his outlets tape to tape and makes sound decisions with the puck. A nice skill and grit combo defender who will get better as he grows.”
Beacom could arrive on campus at SCSU for the 2022 season.
WISCONSIN NATIVE BROCK BAKER SELECTS SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – There are a lot of adjectives used to describe the latest player to commit to St. Cloud State University hockey: “undersized, speedy, shifty, explosive” are just a few. SCSU hockey fans will have a first-hand look at those skills in the future as Brockton Baker announced his commitment to SCSU hockey via twitter on September 2nd. Baker announced ” Very proud and honored to announce my commitment to play DI hockey for St. Cloud State University! Thank you to all the family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way!” MORE HERE
EVAN BUSHY COMMITS TO ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University Huskies received a commitment from an athletic, speedy, two-way defender as Thief River Falls native Evan Bushy announced his commitment to the Huskies via Twitter on August 20. He announced “Honored and excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University! Thanks to all who have helped !” And, oh by the way, he just happens to be the brother of incoming first-year SCSU defenseman, Brendan Bushy. The sixteen year-old (2002 birth date) 6’0″ 180 pound left shooting defenseman, led his Thief River Falls High School squad to the Section 8 championship and the Class A Minnesota State High School Tournament in 2018.
Bushy finished the 2017-18 season (including playoffs) with 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points in 31 games. This included 6 power play goals and 2 points in 3 state tournament games. Bushy was also a draft choice of the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2018 USHL Futures Draft. He will return to lead his TRF Prowler squad as a Junior into the 2018-19 season.
Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting service noted ” (Bushy) has size, speed and agility on the blue line. He is alert and aware in his own end, has a good stick and moves the puck quickly. He looked very athletic and is a younger player with tons of up-side. He has a whole bunch of tools and is a player to watch”.
Obviously, the opportunity to play collegiate hockey with his brother Brendan was one of the keys to his commitment to St. Cloud. He told me ” Brendan and I have always been close and to have a chance to be a teammate with him is very special.” He further stated “The big thing I like about St. Cloud was the culture, the coaching staff, the facilities and the community. The chance to play with my brother was hard to pass up.” On his style of play Bushy noted ” I’m a two-way defenseman who is very active on both ends of the ice and can play in any situation.”
Bushy joins an already solid group of commitments on the blue line including Brady Ziemer, Valtteri Pirronen, Christian Miller, Jack Peart and John Opilka.
SCSU HOCKEY ALUMNI BOND AT STILLWATER GOLF OUTING
Stillwater, MN – With slightly less than 70 days before the start of the 2018-19 hockey season, SCSU coach Brett Larson engaged a number of former SCSU players in a leisurely round of golf and dinner on 7/28/2018 at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Stillwater, MN. The groups represented a number of different eras of Husky hockey including the undefeated 1961-62 SCSU squad represented by John Duncan, Al Paulson, Dale Carmichael and Ed Noble. Other notables included former NHLers Duvie Westcott and Joe Motzko, SCSU All-Americans Dave Reichel, Scott Meyer, Ethan Prow and recent players Andrew Prochnow, Judd Peterson and Joe Rehkamp also enjoyed a day of golf. It was great fun to chat with the former players such as George Awada who spent many years playing hockey in Ireland, Jon Ammerman, now the head coach at Moorhead High School and recently departed SCSU assistant Garrett Raboin now with the University of Minnesota.
AUSTRALIAN ZACH OKABE COMMITS TO SCSU HOCKEY
St. Cloud, MN – For a seventeen year-old, Zachary Okabe has seen a lot of the world. Born in Japan and raised for a portion of his life in Australia he has dual citizenship in Australia and Japan. Okabe moved to the USA for a bit, played hockey on Vancouver Island and then moved to Okotoks, Alberta (just south of Calgary) to skate for the Grand Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). Okabe’s next move will be to St. Cloud, Minnesota as the forward announced his commitment to the Huskies via Twitter on August 9. Okabe announced “Proud and honoured to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University . I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and friends that helped me along this journey.” STORY HERE
JOHN OPILKA COMMITS TO ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Louis Junior Blues announced via twitter on July 28 that 15 year-old left shooting defenseman, John Opilka (Effingham, IL) has made a commitment to play hockey at St. Cloud State University. The Blues announced “Congratulations to U16 AAA Blues defensemen @pilks_7 on his commitment to St.Cloud State hockey”. The 6’1″ 190 Opilka skated for the Junior Blues during the 2017-18 season playing in 55 games and compiling 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points. In July, he was invited to the Select 16 USA Hockey Development Camp in Buffalo, NY among 180 of the top players in his age group in the USA. STORY HERE
2018 TELUS CUP CHAMP RANDAZZO COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – It’s been a while since the St. Cloud State University Huskies have rostered a player from the prestigious Notre Dame Hounds hockey program in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Recognized as one of Canada’s top amateur development programs, it combines an amazing tradition of hockey success with an emphasis on academic excellence at Athol Murray College Preparatory School. Andrew Gordon was the last player to skate for the Huskies from this famed school competing for the Huskies for three seasons from 2004-2007 after two seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was a member of the 100 point club in just three seasons scoring 51 goals and adding 51 assists for 102 points. A draft choice pf the Washington Capitals, Gordon has had an extensive professional career in the ECHL, AHL and played 55 games in the National Hockey league. For the past few seasons he has played in the Swedish Hockey League (SweHL.).
On January 13th, it was announced that former Alexandria, MN High School goaltender Aaron Randazzo has committed to the SCSU Huskies. “FCA Hockey Advisors is excited to announce that Advisory Player Aaron Randazzo has committed to play his college hockey at St. Cloud State University!”. Randazzo, who just turned 17 in May, is a 6″0″ 177 pound left-catching goaltender who played 15 games for the Alexandria Cardinals as a freshman in 2016-17 and 21 games for The Notre Dame Hounds AAA Midget program competing in the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League (SMHL). Randazzo posted outstanding numbers compiling a 1.62 GAA and .920 SV% in 21 regular season games and 1.00 GAA and .951 SV% in 4 Telus Cup playoff games.
Considered one of Canada’s prestigious championships, the Cup represents the champion of the National Midget Tournament. Randazzo was a key component of this championship making 29 saves in the title game vs Cantonniers de Magog (Quebec). Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting and player ranking service gave Randazzo an “A” ranking for his performance in the Telus Cup. They stated ” Has good size and very good mobility. He plays with a lot of confidence as he comes out and challenges the shooter. He’s had a great week (in the Telus Cup) winning all 4 games and only giving up 4 goals. He had no glaring weaknesses as he is a very sound goalie”.
Randazzo was also recently invited to the 2018 USA Hockey Development Camp in Buffalo, NY and received a “B’ ranking from Neutral Zone. They commented ” He reads the play well, gets in position and sits and stays square with the shooter. He doesn’t have any unnecessary movement. He was calm and focused and made difficult saves look routine. With his size and technical ability he has a bright future ahead.”
Randazzo is currently competing for a position with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League for 2018-19. It is estimated he could join the Huskies for the 2020-21 season.
This is an intriguing commit for the Huskies in a player who has seen a great deal of success as a youngster. His upside and development is certainly something to keep an eye on for the next few seasons. An athletic goaltender who appears to have made the Dubuque Fighting Saints roster as a high school aged junior is very impressive. MORE HERE
SARTELL'S MEIER TO JOIN HUSKIES IN 2018-19
St. Cloud, MN – If you take a look at the recently posted 2018-19 SCSU Men’s Hockey Roster you’ll note the addition of Spencer Meier to the already deep crew of defensemen on this years squad. Meier, who was a recruit of former coach Bob Motzko, reaffirmed his commitment to SCSU after meeting with the current SCSU coaching staff and completed his National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season. The Sartell, MN native made great strides after one season with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League and was instrumental in the team’s Clark Cup Championship this past season.
Individually, the 6′ 4″ 190 pound Meier had a solid season both on the offensive and defensive end of the rink completing the season tied for the USHL lead in power play assists with 22 and 7th among USHL defenseman in plus/minus at +18. He was also tied for 7th among defenseman with 34 points in 59 games. Fargo Force coach Cary Eades told the St. Cloud Times in May “He can shoot the puck, has good vision, great hockey sense and is very coachable. He’s a very well-rounded defenseman. He’s not just a guy who plays offense. He can defend.”
Meier will join a solid group of first-year defensemen in 2018-19 including Elk River’s Nick Perbix, a 6’4″ 193 pound Tampa Bay Lightning draftee who played for Omaha of the USHL this past season and Brendan Bushy, a 6’2″ 214 pound Thief River Falls, MN native who was a two-year veteran of the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
The Huskies will enter the 2018-19 season with ten defenseman including seniors Jimmy Schuldt, Jon Lizotte and Mika Ilvonen, Juniors Clark Kuster and Jack Ahcan and sophomores Luke Jaycox and Tyler Anderson. It’s quite likely the team could experiment with Mika Ilvonen at forward during the season.
HERB BROOKS AWARD WINNER MOLENAAR COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – The Herb Brooks Award is given to the most qualified hockey player in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics, and traits that defined Herb Brooks. Maybe it’s appropriate that the 2018 Class AA Herb Brooks Award winner Joey Molenaar, will be lacing up his skates in the future at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Molenaar announced via Twitter on June 21st “Honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University! I appreciate all of the support over the years.”
Beyond the fact that Molenaar is a recognized leader in the locker room and on the ice the 6′ 181 pound left-handed shooter also proved his playing abilities as well scoring 31 goals and adding 12 assists for 43 points in 31 games for the State Class AA Champion Minnetonka Skippers. A player with a tendency to perform in big games, Molenaar had two goals and four assists in the state tournament. Playing for Team SW in the MN Elite League Molenaar scored 5 goals in the 2017 championship game. Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting and ranking service ranked Molenaar as one of seven “A” ranked players in the 2018 Class AA State Tournament. They noted “His play is a bit understated. He managed the puck well, got shots to the net and has good size and strength. He competes hard, slides to good spots without the puck and set up screens well. He is balanced on his skates and strong on the puck. He also has a slick element to his game as he is able to slip pucks into defenders’ blind spots around their feet and between their stick and body. Played in every key situation. Made everyone better and is a coach’s dream. Prepared and consistent player.”
Molenaar finished the 2017-18 season playing for the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL, the same team current Husky Kevin Fitzgerald played for in 2016-17. He was drafted 62nd overall by the Tri-City Storm in the 2018 USHL Entry Draft.
It is assumed Molenaar will play at least a season of Junior hockey before joining the Huskies.
GRAND RAPIDS JACK PEART COMMITS TO SCSU
Mobile, puck-moving defenseman, Jack Peart of Grand Rapids, MN announced via Twitter on June 4th his commitment to St. Cloud State University. He announced, “Honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thanks to my teammates, family, and coaches.”
The ’03 birth-date Peart has been opening eyes in hockey circles and was recently ranked as a top-ten American player eligible to be drafted by Canada’s Western Hockey League in their recent draft. Typically, US players do not go that route preferring to play in the United States. Neutral Zone, a well-known ranking and profiling service recently noted “A heady offensive defender who lacks size but not strength or power. He shows a tremendous amount of puck poise, eyes are always up, waiting out defenders for lanes to open or quickly finding teammates from long distance. Not afraid to rush the puck up ice, Peart is always involved in the offense. He has a hard shot but accuracy isn’t always a strength, but he gets his chances every view we saw. Nearly every puck touch is a positive one with Jack. Defends very well, smart angles, active stick, in shooting lanes, strong awareness, and ability to separate players off the puck with stick or body. He plays the style the game calls for. Another early NCAA commit player and USNTDP Camp invite.” Further, Neutral Zone had him ranked as one of three “A” rated Minnesota players at defense in their “Top 55 rankings.” If one was to characterize his game it does show similarities to UMD’s outstanding young defenseman, Scott Perunovich. However, time will tell if that comparison will stick.
Peart is the second Grand Rapids player to commit to SCSU joining former Grand Rapids High School star and forward Micah Miller who will be joining the Huskies this season. Miller competed for the Sioux City Musketeers in 2017-18.
In throwing his commitment to the Huskies Peart told me “they have a great coaching staff and a great program and (St. Cloud is) just a great hockey town in general”.
CENTERICEVIEW 2018-19 SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING
I’ve been a St. Cloud State University hockey road warrior since 1986 and have literally been to nearly every hockey venue the team has visited since. As such, it probably gives me a bit of credibility to compile a list of the top destinations for SCSU hockey fans to attend during the 2018-19 season. Keeping in mind that fans have different travel budgets and tastes my list won’t be suited to every fan. Unfortunately, this season only allows 4 of 9 road trip destinations to be traveled to by car and that includes Western Michigan which is a journey of about 9 hours. Thus, with a tremendous road trip schedule this may be the year to dig into the piggy bank and consider a flying trip. These rankings take into consideration ease of travel, budget, attractions and expected competitiveness of the contests. So, with that said here’s my list of the top road trip destinations (with comments) for SCSU hockey fans for the 2018-19 season: MORE HERE
SCSU RECRUIT NOLAN WALKER FOLLOWING THE TRAIL OF NIC DOWD
St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud State University recruit Nolan Walker has covered a lot of ground in his young hockey career. The 19 year-old Anchorage, Alaska native has taken his skill set to Culver, Indiana for three seasons prior to landing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the 2017-18 season. That prepped him for his next move to St. Cloud, MN to continue his hockey career with Brett Larson’s Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. One of the top offensive threats in the USHL this past season, Walker is described by some as the top offensive player in the league when it comes to his overall skill level.
FINLAND'S VALTTERI PIIRONEN COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – For the second consecutive day, the St. Cloud State University Huskies have received a commitment from a Finnish junior hockey player. Valtteri Piironen announced via Twitter on May 10 ” I am really excited to announce my commitment to University of St Cloud State!! And I am so exited to go to the Sioux Falls Stampede next season!” The 6’3″ 185 pound left-shooting defenseman is a native of Pyhaselka, Finland and skated for Lukko U18 squad of the Jr B SM-Sarja league in 2017-18. The seventeen year-old posted 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 48 games. He also had 1 point in 3 league playoff games. He also has competed internationally with the Team Finland U17 team.
FINNISH JUNIOR HOCKEY STAR ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies pipeline to Finland apparently is still alive and well with the announced commitment of Finnish Junior hockey star Jami Krannila. Krannila announced via Twitter on May 9 “Proud and excited to announce my commitment to play hockey at the St. Cloud State University. I would like to thank all my friends, family, teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point in my career.” The 5′ 10″ 150 pound left-shooting centerman is a native of Nokia, Finland and skated for Tappara U18 squad of the Jr B SM-Sarja league. He was the leading scorer on the team posting 24 goals and 41 assists for 65 points in 46 games. He also had 4 points in 4 league playoff games. Marco Bombino of McKeens Hockey, a scouting service described Krannila as a “smooth, quick skater with strong offensive skills and instincts. He’s somewhat lightweight but deceptive with the puck and can stickhandle and maneuver in tight spaces. Has an accurate wrist shot. He anticipates the play really well, both with and without the puck, and knows where his teammates are on the ice in order to feed them the puck. Krannila plays in all situations for his team”. MORE HERE
2018-19 SCSU MEN'S HOCKEY SCHEDULE
The St. Cloud State University Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference have provided its TENTATIVE schedule for the 2018-19 season. Please note times have not been finalized due to TV arrangements being finalized. St. Cloud State will have 12 scheduled conference series not including the playoffs. The non-conference schedule and dates include Alaska, Northern Michigan, Boston College, Northeastern, Bemidji State and an appearance in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.They will have 6 home and 6 away conference series. They will play home and home series with Minnesota-Duluth, Omaha, Miami, Colorado College and Western Michigan and single series with North Dakota (Away only) and Denver (Home only). The non-conference schedule includes home series with Northern Michigan and Bemidji State. The Huskies will travel to Alaska, Boston and Pittsburgh for other non-conference contests. MORE HERE
SO FAR SO GOOD...MOMENTUM BUILDING AT SCSU
St. Cloud, MN- The announcement by senior to be and SCSU hockey captain Jimmy Schuldt on April 30th that he would be returning for his final season was met with a sigh of relief by Husky nation. Never one to draw a lot of attention to himself Schuldt stated simply “Junior year in the books. Exited for one more…”. This set off a flurry of relief and excitement by SCSU hockey fans on social media to see the Top Ten Hobey Baker finalist turn his focus from an early signing in the NHL to that of trying to win a national championship for SCSU. One comment on Twitter that caught my eye was from long-time Husky fan Tom Pajunen who commented ” Jimmy Schuldt is quite the young man. What a role model for young players everywhere. Showing education, team and commitment come first. I am sure he has some proud parents”. Even SCSU Assistant Coach Mike Gibbons couldn’t contain his enthusiasm tweeting “Wow! What a player, what a leader”. Schuldt’s decision mirrors that of former outstanding Denver University defensemen, Will Butcher, a Hobey Baker winner in 2016-17 and currently with the New Jersey Devils. Butcher also opted to remain with the Pioneers for his senior season and led the Pioneers to a NCAA championship in 2017. Schuldt told the St. Cloud Times “In my heart the whole time, though, I knew this was the right spot for me for another year. I want to get my degree and try to win a national championship. We have a chance to do that I think we have the team for it.” He’s also a shoe-in to make the 100 point club at SCSU as he’ll be entering the 2018-19 season with 83 points (28 goals, 55 assists).
UMD'S LARSON NAMED SCSU HOCKEY MEN'S HOCKEY COACH
St. Cloud, MN- St. Cloud State Athletics will announce via a press conference today that Brett Larson has been installed as the third head men’s hockey during the Division I era at SCSU. Larson, 45, was most recently an assistant hockey coach at 2017-18 National Champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. A graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, Larson played defense for the Bulldogs from 1991-92 to 1994-95. Following his playing days at UMD Larson played professional hockey in various leagues including the ECHL, IHL, WCHL and three years in Europe.
Larson began his coaching career in 2008-09 as an assistant with the UMD Bulldogs. After three season, he assumed the head coaching position for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League where he compiled a 52-60-0 record. He then moved on to Ohio State University as Associate head coach for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 season helping to recruit some of the players on the 2017-18 Frozen Four Buckeye team. He then returned to UMD and most recently has been a member of the staff for two seasons. Larson has been a member of the coaching staff for both the 2011 and 2018 National Championship Bulldog squads. Additionally, Larson, served as the head coach for gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. He captained the Bulldogs during his senior year in 1994-95 when he attained Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team recognition for a third straight time and also landed the team’s Community Service Award. Selected in the 11th round by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 National Hockey League draft, Larson went on to skate 12 years in the professional ranks, including two (1990-2001) as a player-coach with the San Diego Gulls of the now-defunct West Coast Hockey League. He also did time with the Colonial Hockey League’s Madison Monsters, the East Coast Hockey League’s Louisville Riverfrogs, the International Hockey League’s Utah Grizzlies, Las Vegas Thunder and Long Beach Ice Dogs in addition to spending another five years in Denmark, Germany and England. He wrapped up his playing days in 2006-07 as a player/assistant coach for the Florida Seals of the Southern Professional Hockey League before that Orlando-based franchise folded at mid-season.
Scott Sandelin told the Duluth News Tribune “I brought him out of pharmaceutical sales to come and coach and the next thing you know he’s a head coach in Sioux City,” Sandelin said Tuesday of when he first hired Larson in 2008. “He’s a good people person. He’s really grown. I remember when he came in. He was still learning the ropes. That’s the good thing about coaching. He’s had some different experiences. He knows what it is to be a head coach having done Sioux City. I think that’s important when you look at moving on and potentially being a head coach. It’s a little different when you’re sitting in that chair vs. being an assistant.”
Steve Rohlik, Head coach at Ohio State University remarked “(He’s) A guy that cares, a guy that’s honest, a guy that the guys buy into,” Rohlik said about Larson prior to the Frozen Four. “He can walk out, sit in your living room, and you know he cares about you. He’s going to go out there and work hard. He gets along with everybody. In this business, there’s no off button and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to go out there and win.”
Larson replaces Bob Motzko who skippered the Huskies for 13 seasons before accepting the head coaching position at the University of Minnesota in late March. And thus, a new era begins for the 2018-19 season with the hiring of Larson. LISTEN HERE BRETT LARSON ON WHY SCSU
2017-18 SEASON ARCHIVED STORIES
UMD STORYBOOK SEASON CAN ONLY END ONE WAY
FROZEN FOUR: INCLUDE ME AS A DOUBTER - UMD AND NOTRE DAME ADVANCE TO THE BIG SHOW
2018 FROZEN FOUR...A VIEW FROM CENTER ICE
MOTZKO MOVES ON TO THE MAROON AND GOLD ...SOME THOUGHTS
AIR FORCE TOPPLES SCSU 4-1 IN WEST REGION
2018 NCAA WEST REGION PREVIEW
HUSKIES TUMBLE IN FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP 4-1
3-2 OVERTIME WIN SENDS SCSU TO FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP
SCSU'S SCHULDT A TOP TEN FINALIST FOR THE HOBEY BAKER AWARD
FROZEN FACEOFF PREVIEW 2018
SCSU 4 MIAMI 3 OT: HUSKIES ARE OFF TO THE FROZEN FACEOFF
HUSKIES SUFFER 3-2 LOSS IN OVERTIME TO MIAMI
HUSKIES TAKE GAME ONE OF THE NCHC PLAYOFFS VS MIAMI 5-2
HUSKIES HOST MIAMI IN NCHC QUARTERFINALS
SCSU AND UND SKATE TO 2-2 TIE IN SEASON FINALE
POEHLING, HRENAK UPEND NORTH DAKOTA 4-3 IN OT
HUSKIES FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE AT NORTH DAKOTA
SCSU 4 DENVER 2...HUSKIES CAPTURE PENROSE CUP
HUSKIES AND PIONEERS SKATE TO 1-1 TIE
SHOWDOWN: #1 SCSU HOSTS #3 DENVER IN MARQUEE MATCHUP
THIRD PERIOD RALLY NETS SCSU 4-2 WIN OVER BRONCOS
HUSKIES AND BRONCOS SKATE TO 5-5 TIE
HUSKIES FACE ANOTHER TOUGH ROAD TRIP AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
HRENAK GETS SHUTOUT AND HUSKIES SWEEP MIAMI 4-0
HUSKIES NAIL DOWN 5-2 ROAD WIN OVER MIAMI
HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE MIAMI IN KEY WEEKEND
6-2 WIN GIVES HUSKIES A SWEEP OF #13 OMAHA
HUSKIES GRIND OUT 5-3 WIN OVER #13 OMAHA
HUSKIES HOST OMAHA IN ANOTHER KEY NCHC SERIES
SCSU GAINS SPLIT WITH 2-1 WIN OVER BULLDOGS
HUSKIES STRUGGLES CONTINUE IN 5-1 LOSS TO UMD
SCSU TO FACE SURGING BULLDOGS IN KEY NCHC SERIES
MAVERICKS GAIN CONVINCING 5-2 ROAD WIN OVER THE HUSKIES
HUSKIES TO HOST MSU MANKATO ON HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA
HUSKIES EDGE WESTERN MICHIGAN 4-3 FOR SERIES SPLIT
SECOND PERIOD RALLY DOOMS HUSKIES IN 7-5 LOSS TO WMU
HUSKIES TO HOST #12 WESTERN MICHIGAN IN CONFERENCE PLAY
ROBSON SECURES 2-0 WIN FOR THE GOPHERS OVER SCSU
SCSU SKATES TO CONVINCING 5-2 WIN OVER #10 GOPHERS
#1 HUSKIES TO FACE #10 MINNESOTA IN WEEKEND HOME AND HOME
HUSKIES SALVAGE ANOTHER TIE WITH PRINCETON 2-2
HUSKIES SKATE TO 3-3 TIE WITH PRINCETON
NEW JERSEY BOUND HUSKIES FACE THE PRINCETON TIGERS
FORMER SCSU GOALTENDER DRISCOLL COMMITS TO BEMIDJI STATE
SCSU VS NORTH DAKOTA PART III
HUSKIES RECAPTURE FIRST PLACE WITH 3-1 WIN OVER UND
HUSKIES BATTLE NORTH DAKOTA TO 2-2 OVERTIME TIE
EARLY SEASON SHOWDOWN FEATURES #2 SCSU VS #5 UND
ROOKIES EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS FOR SCSU
HUSKIES SWEEP OMAHA WITH 5-0 ROAD WIN
HUSKIES HANG ON FOR 7-4 ROAD WIN OVER OMAHA
COLLEGE HOCKEY NATION: EPISODE 4 POEHLING BROTHERS
Here's an excellent segment on SCSU's Poehling brothers featured on WATCH ESPN for College Hockey Nation View Video
BACK TO WORK...HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE OMAHA
BACK ON TRACK HUSKIES SWEEP TIGERS 5-1
HUSKIES DOMINATE IN 6-1 WIN OVER COLORADO COLLEGE
HUSKIES TO FACE RESURGENT CC TIGERS IN HOME SERIES
PIONEERS COMPLETE SWEEP OF SCSU 5-1
PIONEERS SNAP STREAK WITH 4-2 WIN OVER SCSU
HUSKIES FACE HUGE ROAD TEST VS #3 DENVER
HRENAK GETS SHUTOUT AND HUSKIES SWEEP UMD
HUSKIES FIGHT OFF BULLDOGS 5-3 IN NCHC OPENER
#2 HUSKIES CLASH WITH #8 BULLDOGS IN NCHC OPENER
HRENAK AND HUSKIES DEFEAT BOSTON COLLEGE 3-1 FOR SWEEP
ANOTHER HUSKIES RALLY AND ANOTHER WIN - SCSU 5 BC 2
HUSKIES TO HOST BOSTON COLLEGE IN ST. CLOUD THIS WEEKEND
HUSKIES GET OVERTIME WIN TO SWEEP NANOOKS
EPIC COMEBACK BY SCSU DERAILS NANOOKS 6-3
HUSKIES HOST ALASKA NANOOKS IN NON-CONFERENCE SERIES
SCSU VS MSU Part II
HUSKIES SMITH AND DEFENSE SHUT DOWN MAVERICKS 4-0
HUSKIES TO FACE MAVERICKS IN KEY SEASON OPENER
BUCS FORWARD SAM HENTGES COMMITS TO SCSU
SCSU VS U OF REGINA PART II
LIZOTTE AND SCSU BURY REGINA 8-0 IN EXHIBITION
HUSKIES TO OPEN 2017-18 SEASON WITH EXHIBITION VS REGINA
JUNIOR CLASS READY TO LEAD SCSU INTO 2017-18 SEASON
HUSKIES RELOAD WITH 2017-18 CLASS OF RECRUITS
SCSU NETS ANOTHER LOCAL PLAYER IN SARTELL'S MEIER
ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL'S NATE WARNER COMMITS TO SCSU
MONTICELLO STAR BEN WARD COMMITS TO THE HUSKIES
SCSU's DRISCOLL DEPARTS FOR JUNIOR HOCKEY
CENTERICEVIEW SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING 2017-18
THREE SCSU HUSKIES SELECTED IN 2017 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
SCSU'S POEHLING SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND BY MONTREAL
HUSKIES SNARE ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN IN BRADY ZIEMER
HUSKIES GET RARE MJHL RECRUIT IN TYLER ANDERSON
ST. CLOUD NATIVE WILL HAMMER COMMITS TO THE HUSKIES
SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW (4/21/2017)
SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW
2017-18 SCSU MEN'S HOCKEY NCHC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FUTURE HUSKIES SCORE WELL IN USHL
DENVER IS 2017 FROZEN FOUR CHAMPION
BULLDOG RALLY FALLS SHORT IN FROZEN FOUR TITLE GAME
RYAN PAPA TO TRANSFER TO ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAM
FROZEN FOUR: DENVER DOMINATES IN 6-1 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME
FROZEN FOUR: BULLDOGS WIN ANOTHER CLOSE ONE 2-1
2017 FROZEN FOUR - A VIEW FROM CENTER ICE
CHOLOWSKI DEPARTS AFTER ONE SEASON AT SCSU
SCSU HUSKY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW
DENVER DOMINATES IN WIN OVER PSU TO ADVANCE TO FROZEN FOUR
OVERTIME WIN SENDS BULLDOGS TO FROZEN FOUR
JONNY BRODZINSKI GETS CALL TO LA KINGS..BRINGS BACK MEMORIES
UMD CAPTURES FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP IN THRILLER
NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF: UND EDGES DENVER 1-0 IN EPIC BATTLE
NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF: UMD ADVANCES WITH 5-2 WIN OVER WMU
2017 NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF PREVIEW
NCHC PLAYOFFS: HUSKIES SEASON ENDS IN 6-5 OT LOSS TO UND
NCHC PLAYOFFS: HUSKIES DROP GAME ONE TO UND 5-2
HUSKIES FACE SEASON DECIDING SERIES IN NCHC PLAYOFFS VS UND
CC TIGERS DERAIL THE HUSKIES 2-1
HUSKIES OUTLAST THE TIGERS 5-2
SCSU TO HOST COLORADO COLLEGE IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
SCSU BURIED 7-2 BY TOP-RANKED DENVER
HUSKIES COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 4-3 OT LOSS TO #1 DENVER
HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE LEAGUE LEADER AND #1 DENVER
SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW
SCSU HUSKIES GET DEFENSIVE ABOUT THEIR GAME
WAHLIN, HUSKIES EARN 3-1 WIN AND SWEEP OVER THE REDHAWKS
THIRD PERIOD RALLY LIFTS SCSU OVER MIAMI 4-2
HUSKIES FACE REDHAWKS IN ST. CLOUD THIS WEEKEND
UND COMEBACK NETS A 2-1 OVERTIME WIN OVER SCSU
SCSU VS UND FRIDAY THOUGHTS
SCSU SNAGS KEY ROAD WIN AT NORTH DAKOTA
HUSKIES TO FACE ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN #13 UND THIS WEEKEND
NORTH STAR COLLEGE CUP PART III
BULLDOGS CAPTURE NORTH STAR CUP WITH 2-1 OT WIN OVER SCSU
NCHC RULES: SCSU AND UMD ADVANCE TO NORTH STAR CUP FINAL
HUSKIES TO DEFEND TITLE IN NORTH STAR COLLEGE CUP
PIONEERS REBOUND FOR 3-1 WIN OVER HUSKIES
POEHLINGS LEAD SCSU TO 3-2 OT WIN OVER TOP-RANKED DENVER
HUSKIES FACE ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN TOP-RANKED DENVER
SCSU VS UMD PART III
BULLDOGS RALLY FOR 4-3 OVERTIME WIN OVER SCSU
SMITH, HUSKIES GAIN KEY ROAD WIN 2-1 OVER #3 UMD
SCSU VS MIAMI PART III
POWER PLAY FIZZLES AS HUSKIES ARE SWEPT 4-1 BY MIAMI
FIVE MINUTE MAJOR SINKS HUSKIES 3-2 IN OVERTIME LOSS TO MIAMI
PREVIEW: HUSKIES RETURN TO NCHC PLAY VS MIAMI REDHAWKS
ASU DESERT CLASSIC PART III
HUSKIES EDGE SUN DEVILS 4-2 IN DESERT CLASSIC
SCSU DROPS DESERT CLASSIC OPENER TO UCONN 4-3
HUSKIES HEAD WEST TO THE ASU DESERT CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
SCSU'S AHCAN SELECTED TO FINAL TEAM USA WJC ROSTER
SCSU'S JENSEN MAKES NHL DEBUT
SCSU RECRUIT BLAKE LIZOTTE QUIETLY CLIMBING THE CHARTS
BRODZINSKI GETS UNTRACKED IN MADISON
SCSU REBOUNDS FOR 4-2 WIN AND WEEKEND SPLIT WITH OMAHA
WENINGER AND MAVERICKS EDGE HUSKIES 3-1
HUSKIES BACK HOME FOR WEEKEND SERIES WITH #20 OMAHA
SCSU HUSKIES VS WMU BRONCOS PART III
HUSKIES SKATE TO 5-5 OVERTIME ROAD TIE WITH WMU
DRISCOLL GETS ROAD SHUTOUT OF WMU BRONCOS 3-0
SCSU HUSKIES FACE RESURGENT WMU BRONCOS
SCSU HUSKIES VS UND FIGHTING HAWKS PART III
SCSU SHUTOUT 3-0 AND NORTH DAKOTA SWEEPS WEEKEND
NORTH DAKOTA SHUTS OUT THE HUSKIES 4-0
SCSU HUSKIES VS CC TIGERS PART III
HUSKIES EARN NCHC SWEEP WITH 4-1 WIN OVER TIGERS
HUSKIES BURY THE TIGERS 7-3
SCSU HUSKIES VS UMD BULLDOGS PART III
ANOTHER 5-3 BULLDOG WIN AND SWEEP OF THE HUSKIES
BULLDOGS THIRD PERIOD RALLY EDGES SCSU 5-3
SCSU VS UAH CHARGERS PART III
ANOTHER RALLY AND 5-2 WIN AND SWEEP OF UAH
BIG THIRD PERIOD NETS 5-1 SCSU WIN OVER CHARGERS
ANOTHER COMEBACK, ANOTHER WIN AND A SWEEP OF #7 MINNESOTA
CRAZY COMEBACK NETS 6-5 OVERTIME WIN OVER MINNESOTA
MAVERICKS DEFEAT HUSKIES 6-4 FOR WEEKEND SWEEP
MAVERICKS SNAP STREAK WITH 4-1 WIN OVER #7 HUSKIES
KEEP AN EYE ON THESE NCHC ROOKIES IN 2016-17
CENTERICEVIEW SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING FOR 2016-17
SCSU MENS HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW 2016-17
SCSU HUSKIES REBUILD WITH SKILLED RECRUITS IN 2016-17
SCSU ANNOUNCES BROADCAST TEAM FOR MENS HOCKEY
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