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CENTERICEVIEW SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING 2017-18
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 2017-18 season. Keeping in mind that fans have different travel budgets and tastes my list won’t be suited to every fan. However, logistically, this years schedule allows most fans to travel by vehicle to five of the destinations out of nine this season. And, with a little planning, all five of these road trips can be done reasonably without a lot of pain to your budget. So, with that said here’s my list of the top road trip destinations (with comments) for SCSU hockey fans for the 2017-18 season:
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THREE SCSU HUSKIES SELECTED IN 2017 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

Ryan Poehling (Forward, Lakeville, MN) – Round One | 25th selection by the Montreal Canadiens

Poehling will return to the Huskies as an 18 year old sophomore in 2017-18. The youngest player in NCAA Division One Hockey in 2016-17, Poehling will look to build upon his experience in the NCHC to play a more prominent role for SCSU and to build upon his 7-6-13 statistics in 2016-17. An aggressive and skilled forward with size, Poehling can play both ends of the rink and has added size and strength and he will be counted on by the Huskies to be a leader in 2017-18. MORE HERE

SCSU'S POEHLING SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND BY MONTREAL

St. Cloud, MN – For the second consecutive year, the SCSU Huskies have had a player selected in the first-round of the NHL Entry Draft. On Friday, June 23, the Montreal Canadiens chose Poehling as the 25th pick in the first-round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. In the process,  Poehlng, who at age 17 was the youngest player in Division I college hockey during the 2016-17 season, became the second highest drafted player in SCSU history behind Dennis Cholowski who was drafted 20th by the Detroit Red Wings in 2016. It also placed Poehling as the highest drafted forward ever surpassing Matt Cullen who was the 35th pick in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Anahem Ducks.
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HUSKIES SNARE ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN IN BRADY ZIEMER

St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies have added another defenseman to the shopping cart with the commitment of Holy Family Catholic’s Brady Ziemer. The Hutchinson, MN native announced via twitter on June 14 ” Proud to announce my commitment to play DI hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thanks to everyone who has helped along the way.” MORE HERE

HUSKIES GET RARE MJHL RECRUIT IN TYLER ANDERSON

St. Cloud, MN- You’d have to go back to the 2000-01 season to find a player on the SCSU roster from Winnipeg, Manitoba. That season, the Huskies roster included all-purpose player, Ritchie Larson and future NHLer Tyler Arnason. Larson was probably the last Husky to skate in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playing for the Winnipeg South Blues in the late 90’s. So, in a rarity for the Huskies, they recently received a commitment from one of the top defensemen in the league, Tyler Anderson of the Steinbach Pistons. Anderson, from Winnipeg, announced via Twitter on June 3rd “Excited to announce my commitment to SCSU. Cannot thank the people who believed in me and sacrificed for me enough.” MORE HERE

ST. CLOUD NATIVE WILL HAMMER COMMITS TO THE HUSKIES

St. Cloud, MN –  SCSU added a big body and seasoned junior hockey player in St. Cloud native Will Hammer who has announced his commitment to play for the Huskies. The St. Cloud Cathedral graduate announced via twitter on May 11 “Proud to announce my commitment to SCSU. It’s been a long journey! Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way.” Long journey may be an understatement as Hammer put in three years and 169 games in the NAHL between the Aberdeen Wings and Minnesota Magicians prior to commiting to the Huskies. MORE HERE

SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW (4/21/2017)

The Huskies revealed their complete 2017-18 schedule and it’s certainly a much more fan friendly calendar than that of 2016-17. Definitely of interest is the non-conference series with Boston College at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on October 20/21. This will be the first meeting with Boston College since a loss to the Eagles in the Florida College Classic in 2004. The Boston College trip to St. Cloud is part of a multi-year agreement with Boston College and Northeastern University of Hockey East. During the 2018-19 season, SCSU will travel to Boston to face Northeastern and Boston College in a weekend non-conference series. Northeastern travels to St. Cloud for a non-conference series in 2019-20 and the Huskies return to Boston to face the Eagles in 2020-21. MORE HERE

SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW

Lincoln Stars defenseman, Lucas Jaycox announced via twitter on Thursday, April 13 that he has commited to the Huskies for the 2017-18 season. The 6’2″ 194 pound 19 year-old defenseman from Warroad, MN has played two plus years for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. A defensive oriented blueliner, Jaycox has 3 goals and 18 assists for 21 points in  122 games including 107 PIM and +24. MORE HERE

2017-18 SCSU MEN'S HOCKEY NCHC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has released its composite conference only schedule for 2017-18. St. Cloud State will have 12 scheduled conference series not including the playoffs. This season they will have 6 home series and 6 away conference series. They will play home and home series with Minnesota-Duluth, Denver University, Omaha, North Dakota and Western Michigan and single series with Colorado College (Home only) and Miami (Away only) MORE HERE

FUTURE HUSKIES SCORE WELL IN USHL

With the completion of the United State Hockey League’s regular season, several future Huskies ended up near the top of the charts in offense.

Blake Lizotte of the Fargo Force made a strong run for the leagues scoring title but fell just short finishing second in scoring to Northeastern’s recruit Zach Solow. Lizotte finished the regular season with 19 goals and 46 assists for 65 points in 56 games. He finished 4 points behind Solow in the final tally.  Fargo continues play in the USHL playoffs this week vs Waterloo. Following the playoffs, Lizotte will take his talents to the Huskies for the 2017-18 season. MORE HERE

DENVER IS 2017 FROZEN FOUR CHAMPION
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BULLDOG RALLY FALLS SHORT IN FROZEN FOUR TITLE GAME
(Duluth News Tribune)

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RYAN PAPA TO TRANSFER TO ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAM

St. Cloud, MN – The Huskies noted their third departure in the past week as Ryan Papa has announced his intentions to the St. Cloud Times and the SCSU coaching staff of his desire to transfer to American International College of the Atlantic Conference. It was indicated that Papa will complete his four-year degree in May at St. Cloud State but will still have one year of eligibility remaining. It would require him to enroll in graduate school to be eligible for this additional year of play. MORE HERE

FROZEN FOUR: DENVER DOMINATES IN 6-1 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME
(Denver Post)

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FROZEN FOUR: BULLDOGS WIN ANOTHER CLOSE ONE 2-1
(Duluth News Tribune)

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2017 FROZEN FOUR - A VIEW FROM CENTER ICE

2017 Frozen Four – April 6-8, 2017 | United Center, Chicago, IL
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CHOLOWSKI DEPARTS AFTER ONE SEASON AT SCSU

St. Cloud, MN – The highest drafted player in SCSU hockey history apparently felt he was ready for another challenge. The Detroit Red Wings announced on April 5th that they have signed first-round draft choice Dennis Cholowski to a three-year entry-level contract. MORE HERE

SCSU HUSKY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW

After 121 games and nearly two seasons in the American Hockey League, former SCSU forward Jonny Brodzinski finally got the call to the NHL on March 24. The 2013 5th round draft choice was inserted into the lineup vs the NY Rangers on March 25 and again vs the Edmonton Oilers on March 28th.
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DENVER DOMINATES IN WIN OVER PSU TO ADVANCE TO FROZEN FOUR
(Denver Post)

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OVERTIME WIN SENDS BULLDOGS TO FROZEN FOUR
(Duluth News Tribune)

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JONNY BRODZINSKI GETS CALL TO LA KINGS..BRINGS BACK MEMORIES

St. Cloud, MN – It was announced by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings on March 23  that former SCSU Husky forward Jonny Brodzinski would be called up to the team. With the Kings playoff hopes hanging by a string it was undoubtedly a reward to Brodzinski for an outstanding season with the Kings AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign. Brodzinski piled up 25 goals and 22 assists for 47 points in 56 games for the Reign thus far in the 2016-17 season. Blessed with an incredibly deadly wrist shot, a trademark of all the Brodzinski players, it was only a matter of time before his offensive abilities would propel him to some time with the NHL club. Projected to be with the club in 2017-18 it’s a good move by the Kings to give him a taste of the NHL at season’s end. MORE HERE  POST GAME INTERVIEW AFTER NHL DEBUT

UMD CAPTURES FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP IN THRILLER

Minneapolis, MN – The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs are the 2017 Frozen Faceoff Champions continuing a trend that has seen the previous years runner-up capture the trophy. However, it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t without controversy and it emphasized the importance of specials teams play both on offense and defending. The victory was secured on a two-man advantage with just 50.3 seconds remaining in regulation by rookie Joey Anderson. And, just like that it ended a game that appeared to be headed to overtime after 27 penalties for 57 minutes, 57 shots on goal and four of the previous six goals in the contest decided on special teams. MORE HERE

NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF: UND EDGES DENVER 1-0 IN EPIC BATTLE

Minneapolis, MN – North Dakota head coach Brad Berry admitted neither he nor his team was interested in scoreboard watching this weekend to track the Pairwise. To the delight of the throngs of UND fans at the Target Center on Friday it won’t be necessary after an impressive 1-0 win over top-ranked Denver in an epic battle at Target Center in Minneapolis. MORE HERE

NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF: UMD ADVANCES WITH 5-2 WIN OVER WMU

Minneapolis, MN – The #2 Pairwise Bulldogs solidified their hold on a top-seed for the NCAA Tournament with a hard-fought win over Western Michigan University in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Alex Iafallo had a two-point night including the game winning goal in the second period to lead the Bulldogs to the win and a date with North Dakota on Saturday in the Frozen Four championship game. MORE HERE     PHOTOS

2017 NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF PREVIEW

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NCHC PLAYOFFS: HUSKIES SEASON ENDS IN 6-5 OT LOSS TO UND

Grand Forks, ND – For a team that has had its share of offensive challenges this season, the Huskies ended their season in a 6-5 overtime shootout Saturday with North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Call me an optimist, but despite the loss that ended the season it was a preview of some future good things to come for the Huskies. First-year forward, Nick Poehling scored twice as did sophomore defenseman, Jon Lizzotte and sprinkled in between was a goal by sophomore and assist leader Patrick Newell. In all, underclassmen had a potent night on offense scoring all five goals and a total of eight points in the game. Certainly a good thing to build on for next season. Unfortunately for the Huskies, it was their sixth overtime loss since January 1st and 8th loss on Saturday during the same period. They concluded the season with an overall record under .500 at 16-19-1 and in the process miss an opportunity to defend their Frozen Faceoff Championship next weekend in Minneapolis and they snapped a four-year streak of participating in the NCAA tournament. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UND STORY | SC TIMES | GRAND FORKS HERALD | PHOTOS

NCHC PLAYOFFS: HUSKIES DROP GAME ONE TO UND 5-2

Grand Forks, ND – After Friday’s 5-2 loss to North Dakota, the Huskies are down to their last gasp in an effort to ressucitate their 2016-17 season. A loss in the second game of the NCHC playoff series with the Fighting Hawks on Saturday will end the the SCSU season and send North Dakota to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend. MORE HERE

POST GAME INTERVIEWS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UND STORY | SC TIMES | GRAND FORKS HERALD | PHOTOS


HUSKIES FACE SEASON DECIDING SERIES IN NCHC PLAYOFFS VS UND

The #20 St. Cloud State University Huskies (16-17-1 | 10-13-1) travel to Grand Forks, ND to face #13 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (18-14-3 | 11-12-1) in the first round of the NCHC Playoffs Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11 and Sunday March 12 (if necessary) at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Game times are 7:37 PM CT Friday, 7:07 PM CT Saturday and 7:07 PM CT Sunday. MORE HERE

CC TIGERS DERAIL THE HUSKIES 2-1

St. Cloud, MN – The Huskies received a double dose of frustration after being dealt a 2-1 loss by the CC Tigers in the final regular season game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday, March 4. With North Dakota defeating Miami 5-2, the Huskies were certain to be on the road for the first round of the NCHC playoffs. However, just as important was keeping their overall record above .500 for Pairwise eligibility purposes and staying relevant in the Top 16 of the Pairwise. They did neither losing their 10th Saturday contest of the season, falling to a .485 winning percentage and dropping to #18 in the Pairwise. The end result is hitting the road to face North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks next weekend in a best of three first-round playoff series.  With a mathematical probability of making the NCAA tourney plummeting to 9% it becomes necessary to win next  weekends playoff series or hang the skates up for the season. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS AND POST GAME INTERVIEWS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | CC STORY | SC TIMES STORY | GAZZETTE STORY | PHOTOS

HUSKIES OUTLAST THE TIGERS 5-2

St. Cloud, MN – It wasn’t pretty at times and the last-place Tigers pushed back hard but in the end the Huskies prevailed with a two-goal third period and a  5-2 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday, March 3. The win still gave hope for a home-ice playoff series for the Huskies despite the fact that North Dakota won on Friday and is in control of their destiny. A Saturday win by UND will have the Huskies on the road for the first-round of the NCHC playoffs. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS AND POST GAME INTERVIEWS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | CC STORY | SC TIMES STORY | GAZZETTE STORY | PHOTOS

SCSU TO HOST COLORADO COLLEGE IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

The #19 St. Cloud State University Huskies (15-16-1 | 7-21-4 ) host the Colorado College Tigers (7-21-4 | 3-15-4 ) in the final regular season NCHC series on Fri., Mar. 3 and Sat., Mar. 4. Game times are 7:37 PM CT Friday and 7:07 PM CT Saturday. Both games are at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN. Tickets are available online through the SCSU Ticket Office or in person at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center box office. MORE HERE

SCSU BURIED 7-2 BY TOP-RANKED DENVER

Denver, CO – The #1 ranked Denver Pioneers exploded for four second period goals and first-year forward  Liam Finlay had a career game with a hat trick as the Pioneers buried the Huskies at Magness Arena in Denver, CO. After a disappointing overtime loss on Friday, the Huskies where schooled by college hockey’s top-ranked team getting swept and falling further in the NCHC standings. With Omaha picking up a road win at North Dakota, the Huskies slipped to 6th place one point behind both the Mavericks and Fighting Hawks for the battle for fourth place. The win by Denver was their ninth straight and added to their lead over the UMD Bulldogs in the standings and the race for the Penrose Cup.
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BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | DU STORY | SC TIMES | DENVER POST


HUSKIES COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 4-3 OT LOSS TO #1 DENVER

Denver, CO – Overtime sessions have not been kind to the St. Cloud State Huskies this season. They are 1-5-1 including a heart breaker of a loss vs #1 Denver on Friday, February 24 at Magness Arena in Denver, CO.  After staging a late third period comeback to tie the contest, the Huskies lost an opportunity to strengthen their hold on fourth place in the NCHC standings and improve their Pairwise position with the OT loss. A goal by the Pioneers Henrik Borgstrom 3:44 into overtime gave the Pioneers the win and a one-point lead over the UMD Bulldogs in the tight NCHC battle for the Penrose Cup. The loss dropped SCSU to fifth place one point behind North Dakota who defeated Omaha 6-4. MORE HERE

POST GAME INTERVIEWS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | DU STORY | SC TIMES | DENVER POST

HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE LEAGUE LEADER AND #1 DENVER

The St. Cloud State University Huskies (15-14-1 | 9-10-1 ) travel to Denver, CO to face the  Denver University Pioneers (22-6-4 | 14-3-3) in a challenging NCHC conference series Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at Magness Arena in Denver, CO. MORE HERE

SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW

Two future SCSU Huskies and standout Minnesota High School hockey players have been named finalists for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award to be announced on March 12th at the St. Paul River Center.MORE HERE

SCSU HUSKIES GET DEFENSIVE ABOUT THEIR GAME

St. Cloud, MN – What a difference a year makes. The Huskies hit a high watermark in 2015-16 scoring an average of 4.27 goals per game and having a success rate on the power play of 29.5%. Entering the 2016-17 season, the Huskies saw the loss of 219 points of offense from the departure of a senior laden team with strong offensive leaders such as Kalle Kossila (14-40-54), Joey Benik (23-25-48) and sophomore, Patrick Russell (20-21-41), an early departure to the pros. Add to that the signing of an NHL contract by 30 game winner and goaltender Charlie Lindgren who posted a 2.12 GAA and .925 SV% and the team had a lot of rebuilding to do. MORE HERE

WAHLIN, HUSKIES EARN 3-1 WIN AND SWEEP OVER THE REDHAWKS

St. Cloud, MN- The Huskies could not have picked a better time to nail down a Saturday night win and a sweep. Their last win on a Saturday was on December 31st vs Arizona State in the Desert Classic. Their last sweep was on November 11 and 12 vs Colorado College in Colorado Springs. On Saturday, it appeared the Huskies were on a mission from the drop of the puck as they dominated the first period, attempted 66 shots on goal in the game and defeated the Miami RedHawks 3-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. In the process, they earned their fourth sweep of the season and got some payback for a sweep at the hands of the RedHawks in Oxford, OH on January 6 and 7. The win solidified their position in the Pairwise at #12 and moved them to within a point of third place Western Michigan who was defeated by Omaha 6-3 on Saturday. And, despite playing two more conference games than idle North Dakota they moved past them in the league standings for sole possession of fourth place. If anything, it’ll put pressure on the Fighting Hawks next weekend as they travel to Western Michigan while SCSU has the weekend off. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS AND POST GAME INTERVIEWS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | MIAMI STORY | SC TIMES | PHOTOS

THIRD PERIOD RALLY LIFTS SCSU OVER MIAMI 4-2

St. Cloud, MN – It’s pretty simple. If the Huskies are to host the first round of the NCHC playoffs they need wins with little margin for error. On Friday, February 10 they methodically got the job done with a 4-2 win over the Miami RedHawks at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Entering the contest scoring less than three goals per game, the Huskies exceeded that and in the process leapfrogged Omaha who lost to Western Michigan to take hold of fifth place in the NCHC standings – one point behind idle North Dakota and four points behind third-place Western Michigan. MORE HERE

HIGHLIGHTS AND POST GAME INTERVIEWS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | MIAMI STORY | SC TIMES | PHOTOS

HUSKIES FACE REDHAWKS IN ST. CLOUD THIS WEEKEND

The St. Cloud State University Huskies (13-14-1 | 7-10-1 NCHC) host the Miami University RedHawks (9-11-6 | 5-7-4 NCHC ) in another key NCHC series this weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.  Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7:37 PM CT puck drop and Saturday’s start at 7:07 PM CT. MORE HERE

UND COMEBACK NETS A 2-1 OVERTIME WIN OVER SCSU

Grand Forks, ND – Unlikely heroes emerge all the time in sports. On Saturday, a desperate North Dakota team got a lift from the most unlikely of candidates to earn a comeback win and split of the series with the SCSU Huskies. Mike Gornall, a little used forward from Irwin, PA saw action in just 11 games over the past two years barely denting the score sheet with one goal and one assist. Yet, in the critical rematch with the Huskies he became the go to player scoring twice including the tying goal in the second period and game-winner in overtime to salvage the weekend series with the Huskies with the 2-1 win.
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POST GAME INTERVIEW (SCSU) GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UND STORY | SC TIMES | GRAND FORKS HERALD | PHOTOS


SCSU VS UND FRIDAY THOUGHTS

Grand Forks, ND –  The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks are a frustrated bunch right now. You can see it in their body language and you can hear it in  their post game interviews. A 2-7-2 record at home since November will do it to you. After winning the national championship in 2015-16 amidst the euphoria it’s easy for fans  to have lofty expectations. It holds true for the SCSU Huskies as well. After a watermark 31 wins in 2015-16 it’s easy for fans to assume that you pick up where you left off. Common sense dictates that the Fighting Hawks would have a drop off after losing nine players and 217 points of offense from last years team. The Huskies surrendered 220 points of offense from last years team plus a certain All-American goaltender in Charlie Lindgren who signed early with Montreal of the NHL.
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SCSU SNAGS KEY ROAD WIN AT NORTH DAKOTA

Grand Forks, ND – The Huskies have been good on Friday lately and it was no different on Friday, February 3 as they upended host North Dakota 3-1 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Sophomore netminder Jeff Smith got the job done once again stopping 96% of the shots thrown at him in this crucial league win. MORE HERE

POST GAME INTERVIEW (SCSU)  GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UND STORY | SC TIMES | GRAND FORKS HERALD | PHOTOS


HUSKIES TO FACE ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN #13 UND THIS WEEKEND

The St. Cloud State University Huskies (12-13-1 | 6-9-1) travel to Grand Forks, ND to face #13 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (14-10-3 | 7-8-1) in a key NCHC series Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Game times are 7:37 PM CT Friday and 7:07 PM CT Saturday. MORE HERE

NORTH STAR COLLEGE CUP PART III

By now, all the fans that really care are aware the North Star College Cup experiment is no more. After four years of trying, the tournament will be discontinued. There are certainly valid arguments for doing so. I don’t have the inside scoop but unquestionably, the attendance was not near what was expected for this tourney. Last years combined two-day attendance was 23,584 and this years event has published two-day combined attendance at 23,265. The Xcel Energy Center is an expensive venue to operate a tournament at and if the fans aren’t showing up in sufficient numbers it’s hard to build a case that the event should continue. I’m not sure what the break-even point for profitability is but apparently it’s not attendance at these levels. MORE HERE

BULLDOGS CAPTURE NORTH STAR CUP WITH 2-1 OT WIN OVER SCSU

St. Paul, MN – Should the Huskies and Bulldogs meet again before the end of the 2016-17 season there is one player the Huskies need to handcuff. Two weeks ago, Kyle Osterberg scored the game-winner in the Saturday rematch between the two teams to salvage a weekend series with the Huskies in Duluth. Once again on Saturday, January 28 in the championship game of the North Star College Cup Osterberg was the hero scoring the overtime goal six minutes into the session to capture the tournament championship. With the tournament on its last legs it finally gave the Bulldogs a piece of the North Star Cup history and validated the strength of the NCHC with its two members in the title game. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS  POSTGAME INTERVIEWS (SCSU)   POSTGAME INTERVIEWS (UMD)

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UMD STORY | SC TIMES | DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE | PHOTOS


NCHC RULES: SCSU AND UMD ADVANCE TO NORTH STAR CUP FINAL

St. Paul, MN – The St. Cloud State University Huskies advanced to defend their North Star College Cup Championship after edging the Bemidji State University Beavers 2-1 at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday, January 27. The Huskies will face NCHC league rival UMD for the fifth time this season on Saturday at 7:00 PM CT. The Bulldogs advanced after posting a 3-2 win over the University of Minnesota in the nightcap. MORE HERE

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | BSU STORY | SC TIMES | BEMIDJI PIONEER | PHOTOS

HUSKIES TO DEFEND TITLE IN NORTH STAR COLLEGE CUP

The St. Cloud State University Huskies (11-12-1 | 6-9-1 ) face the Bemidji State University Beavers (16-9-3 | 16-4-2) of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in the first game of the North Star College Cup in non-conference play on Friday, January 27 at 4:00 PM at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The nightcap will have the host team, University of Minnesota of the BIG 10 facing off against University of MInnesota-Duluth of the NCHC at 7:00 PM CT.  Saturday’s schedule will be determined based on results of Friday’s play. SCSU could either face the University of Minnesota or University of Minnesota-Duluth at 4:00 PM or 7:00 PM CT. MORE HERE

PIONEERS REBOUND FOR 3-1 WIN OVER HUSKIES

St. Cloud, MN – The margin between wins and losses has been ever so slight lately for the Huskies. Three of their last six games have been decided in overtime and with an extra goal here and another save there their standing in the NCHC could be quite different. On Saturday, A two-goal rally by Denver in the second period was all it took for the Pioneers to capture a split of the weekend series with a 3-1 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | DU STORY | SC TIMES | PHOTOS


POEHLINGS LEAD SCSU TO 3-2 OT WIN OVER TOP-RANKED DENVER

St. Cloud, MN – When you work as hard on the ice as the Poehling brothers do good things are bound to happen. On Friday, Jack scored a key goal to tie the game late in the second period and Ryan netted the game-winner in overtime as the Huskies upset #1/2 Denver University at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY  | DU STORY | SC TIMES STORY | NCAA.COM | PHOTOS


HUSKIES FACE ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN TOP-RANKED DENVER

The St. Cloud State University Huskies (10-11-1 | 5-8-1 ) host the #1/2 University of Denver Pioneers (15-5-4 | 7-2-3) in a challenging NCHC conference series Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21  at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN. MORE HERE

SCSU VS UMD PART III

After a disappointing stretch of road games losing three of four the Huskies needed a strong weekend facing the #3 ranked UMD Bulldogs. Although the Huskies dropped off the USCHO top twenty ranking, they were still hanging on the fringe of the NCAA bubble with a #17 Pairwise ranking. Upcoming NCHC games vs UMD, Denver and North Dakota would continue to prop the Pairwise assuming some on-ice success vs these opponents. Additional contests in the North Star Cup the end of the month would also be beneficial to the Huskies cause. MORE HERE

BULLDOGS RALLY FOR 4-3 OVERTIME WIN OVER SCSU

Duluth, MN – Perhaps the Huskies had no business carrying Saturday’s game into overtime. But, there they were knocking on the door of a weekend sweep after a three-goal rally in the second period to tie the game at 3-3. On the verge of a disastrous weekend, the home squad’s Kyle Osterberg scored 2:33 into the overtime session to salvage a weekend split for the #3 ranked Bulldogs. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS   POST GAME INTERVIEW

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UMD STORY | SC TIMES | DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE | PHOTOS

SMITH, HUSKIES GAIN KEY ROAD WIN 2-1 OVER #3 UMD

Duluth, MN – Jeff Smith stopped 41 of 42 UMD shots on goal, Jack Ahcan scored twice and the SCSU penalty kill was perfect as the Huskies picked up a key road win vs #3 UMD at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN on Friday, January 14. MORE HERE

POST GAME INTERVIEWS | GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UMD STORY | SC TIMES | DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE | PHOTOS

SCSU FACES #3 UMD IN DULUTH THIS WEEKEND

The  St. Cloud State University Huskies (4-7-1 | 9-10-1 ) return to conference play with a road series vs #3 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs ( 8-3-1 | 12-4-4 ) on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14. Game times are 7:07 PM CT each night. Both games are at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN. MORE HERE

SCSU VS MIAMI PART III

St. Cloud, MN – After getting swept by Miami this past weekend it’s probably time for the team to take a deep breath, sit back and do some self-evaluation. Granted, things have not hit the “critical” point but after completing half the conference schedule they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. Currently tied for fifth in the conference standings with Miami, the Huskies have played two more games than everyone in the league with the exception of this weeks opponent, UMD. Currently in the bottom half of the NCHC standings, the Huskies would be on the road to face the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks in the NCHC playoffs if the regular season ended today. MORE HERE

POWER PLAY FIZZLES AS HUSKIES ARE SWEPT 4-1 BY MIAMI

Oxford, OH – SCSU coach Bob Motzko experienced the pinnacle of his coaching experience on Thursday winning the Gold Medal vs Canada in the World Junior Championships. On Saturday, he returned to the bench of the SCSU Huskies to witness the end result of perhaps the most disappointing series of the season for his SCSU squad. After a frustrating 3-2 loss on Friday getting beat by Miami’s power play, the Huskies could not conjure up any success in six man-advantage chances in the rematch and fell to unranked Miami 4-1. The sweep by Miami lifted the RedHawks into a tie for fifth place in the NCHC standings with the Huskies pending the outcome of the UND vs Omaha Saturday night game. The weekend losses dropped the Huskies extended road trip record that began on December 29th to 1-3-0. They now return home for a quick week of practice before meeting up with #1 ranked UMD in Duluth next weekend.
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FIVE MINUTE MAJOR SINKS HUSKIES 3-2 IN OVERTIME LOSS TO MIAMI

Oxford, OH – This was not the kind of way  you want to lose a hockey game. Up 2-1 with 2:15 left in regulation, the Huskies Jacob Benson was whistled for a five-minute major for contact to the head. Clearly a judgment call by the officials, it steered the outcome of a game that appeared to be well in hand by SCSU to the RedHawks. Subsequently, Miami’s Josh Melnick scored with 56 seconds remaining in regulation and then 1:23 into overtime to give Miami an improbable win over the Huskies at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, OH. MORE HERE

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PREVIEW: HUSKIES RETURN TO NCHC PLAY VS MIAMI REDHAWKS

The #20 ranked St. Cloud State University Huskies (9-8-1 | 4-5-1 NCHC) travel to Oxford, OH for a key NCHC series vs the Miami University RedHawks (5-8-5 | 1-4-3 NCHC ) this weekend at the Goggin Ice Center.  Friday’s game is scheduled for a 6:37 PM CT puck drop and Saturday’s start at 6:07 PM CT.
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ASU DESERT CLASSIC PART III

Prescott Valley, AZ – The Huskies closed out calendar year 2016 participating in the Arizona State University Desert Classic on December 30 and 31. Why in Prescott Valley which is about 90 miles from Phoenix or 100 miles from Tempe? The best I could gather is they’ve had a decent alumni following in the area in the past and a decent size facility (about 5,000) available for the tournament in the Prescott Valley Events Center. This was the previous home to the Arizona Sun Dogs of the Central Hockey League who departed Prescott Valley in August of 2014 after the merger of the ECHL and the CHL. MORE HERE

HUSKIES EDGE SUN DEVILS 4-2 IN DESERT CLASSIC

Prescott Valley, AZ – It’s been an adventure following the Huskies this season. A perfect example was Saturday vs host Arizona State University in the third place game of the Desert Classic Hockey Tournament. After forging a 3-0 lead and seemingly cruising along to victory, the Huskies allowed two goals in a span of less than two minutes and then held on for a 4-2 win at the Prescott Valley Events Center in Arizona on New Years Eve. MORE HERE

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SCSU DROPS DESERT CLASSIC OPENER TO UCONN 4-3

Prescott Valley, AZ – SCSU started the second half of the 2016-17 season on a sour note dropping the opening game of the ASU Desert Classic Hockey Tournament to unranked Connecticut 4-3 at the Prescott Valley Events Center on Friday, December 30th.  UCONN jumped to an early lead in the contest and the Huskies had to play catch-up the entire game in the one-goal loss. MORE HERE

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HUSKIES HEAD WEST TO THE ASU DESERT CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

The #18 St. Cloud State University Huskies (8-5-3 | 4-5-1 ) face the University of Connecticut Huskies (6-6-6 | 4-3-2) of Hockey East  in the first game of the Arizona Desert Classic in non-conference play on Friday, December 30 at the Prescott Valley Events Center in Prescott Valley, AZ. The nightcap will have the host team, Arizona State University Sun Devils facing off against Brown University Brown Bears of the ECAC at 9:00 PM CT.  Saturday’s schedule will be determined based on results of Friday’s play. SCSU could either face ASU at 9:00 PM CT or Brown University at 6:00 PM CT. MORE HERE

SCSU'S AHCAN SELECTED TO FINAL TEAM USA WJC ROSTER

St. Cloud, MN – USA Hockey announced on December 24 the inclusion of St. Cloud State University first-year defenseman, Jack Ahcan to the final roster for the Team USA World Junior Championship squad. This years IIHF World Junior championship takes place from December 26 through December 31 at two venues – the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Team USA Roster

Ahcan, from Savage, MN was named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Year following the 2015-16 season and currently is tied for second in points with 3-10-13 after 15 games with the St. Cloud State University Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Ahcan will join SCSU coach Bob Motzko who will be skippering the 2017 Team USA squad. In announcing the 23 man roster, Team USA General Manager Jim Johanssen commented “We’re excited about this group of players and the way in which they will maximize the style of hockey that head coach Bob Motzko wants the team to play,”

The inclusion of Ahcan to the team certainly does not surprise me as he is form-fit to the style of North/South hockey coach Motzko likes his teams to play. Ahcan brings an element of great skating, skill, grit and a high level of competitiveness to his game. This is just another example of the growth in this overachieving, dynamic 5’7″ 180 pound defenseman’s game – a position  typically dominated by big men these days. MORE HERE


SCSU'S JENSEN MAKES NHL DEBUT

St. Cloud, MN- For an aspiring NHLer, the road to the “bigs” can be an arduous one. For former SCSU All-American defenseman, Nick Jensen, who played 119 games over three seasons it took exactly 225 minor league games. And then, for one of the final cuts out of Red Wings training camp, it nearly didn’t happen. Jensen was called up to the Red Wings after an undisclosed injury to defenseman Mike Green. To compound things, another Red Wings defenseman, Brian Lashoff took a puck to the mouth during a team skate the morning of 12/20 to put the planets in perfect alignment for Jensen. Ready to be inserted into the lineup for the game with the Carolina Hurricanes on December 20th, the cooling system at PNC Arena malfunctioned causing the game to be postponed. MORE HERE

SCSU RECRUIT BLAKE LIZOTTE QUIETLY CLIMBING THE CHARTS

St. Cloud, MN – If you do an internet search of Division I college hockey players from Lindstrom, MN you’ll get none (correct me if I’m wrong). By this time next year there will be precisely one – Blake Lizotte. But, as the old saying goes, it’s quality not quantity and in this case it’s another high quality Division I recruit for St. Cloud State University and coach Bob Motzko. Lizotte is currently competing for Team USA in the 2016 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta making this a good time to do an update on this future Husky. A year ago, the Huskies had three players in this tournament – Jake Wahlin and Jack Ahcan for Team USA and Dennis Cholowski for Canada West. Not bad company if grouping only by association. However, in this case, the recognition Lizotte is getting not only in the USHL but on the International stage is well deserved for the time and hard work he’s put in on the ice and the impression he leaves everywhere he plays. MORE HERE

BRODZINSKI GETS UNTRACKED IN MADISON

St. Cloud, MN – SCSU recruit Easton Brodzinski is a goal scorer. He’s proven it at every level he’s played at. At Blaine (MN) High School he amassed 52 goals and 34 assists for 86 points in 92 games. Moving on to the British Columbia Junior Hockey League powerhouse Penticton Vees, he piled up 36 goals and 40 assists for 76 points in 65 games playing alongside NHL first-round draft choices Tyson Jost (UND) and Dante Fabbro (BU). So, after being taken in the fourth round of the USHL’s Phase 2 Draft in 2016 by Fargo he was positioned to light it up for the Force correct? Not so fast. To the surprise of many, he chugged along for eight games without a single point and was subsequently traded by the Fargo Force to the Madison Capitals on October 25. Without digging too deeply into the lack of production in Fargo or the politics of being uprooted from one team and sent to another let’s just say some times things work out for the best. After all, his brother Jonny Brodzinski had a paltry 22 points in 58 games for Fargo in 2011-12 and then exploded for 112 points over three years at SCSU. MORE HERE

SCSU REBOUNDS FOR 4-2 WIN AND WEEKEND SPLIT WITH OMAHA

St. Cloud, MN – The frustrations of playing at home came to an end on Saturday as the Huskies outshot the Mavericks 36 to 24 and defeated #20 Omaha 4-2 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Several streaks were snapped as the Huskies won for the first time at home in six outings and Judd Peterson scored his first goals since November 11 vs Colorado College. The win allowed the Huskies to jump back into fourth place in the NCHC standings – one point ahead of the Mavericks. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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WENINGER AND MAVERICKS EDGE HUSKIES 3-1

St. Cloud, MN – After stopping 47 of 50 shots vs Wisconsin  last weekend, Evan Weninger was named goaltender of the week in the NCHC. He likely made a play for the honor again this week as he turned aside 40 of 41 shots on goal in a 3-1 Omaha win Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN. The win improved the Mavericks road record to 7-0-2 and allowed Omaha to move two points ahead of the Huskies into third place in the NCHC standings. The Huskies on the other hand suffered their 5th straight loss on home ice and continued their scoring drought with only one goal in the last 180 minutes at the Brooks Center. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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HUSKIES BACK HOME FOR WEEKEND SERIES WITH #20 OMAHA

The #17 St. Cloud State University Huskies (7-6-1 | 3-4-1 ) host the #20 Omaha Mavericks (8-5-3 | 3-3-0) in another key NCHC series Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN.  Game times are 7:37 PM CT Friday and 7:07 PM CT Saturday. This will be the final home conference series of 2016. The Huskies do not return to home ice until January 20th vs the Denver Pioneers. MORE HERE

SCSU HUSKIES VS WMU BRONCOS PART III

Kalamazoo, MI – If you talk with the SCSU coaching staff they accomplished much this weekend in their NCHC conference road trip to Western Michigan University. Foremost, they nailed down 4 of 6 league points against a pretty darn good team that had been undefeated on their home ice thus far this season. Additionally, the special teams got back on track negating all WMU man-advantage opportunities over the weekend and scoring 3 of 5 times (60%) the Huskies had the advantage. Certainly this was a pretty big accomplishment considering the Broncos entered the weekend scoring four goals per game, converting 24% of the power play opportunities and killing 83.3% of their opponents power plays. Beyond that, the youthful Huskies continued their “growth” process with first-year players constantly placed in key roles in nearly every conceivable game condition. As they approach the midway point of the 2016-17 season, the coaching staff can only be patient and hope the experience these youngsters are gaining early in the season pays off as they complete the second half of the season full of conference games. MORE HERE

HUSKIES SKATE TO 5-5 OVERTIME ROAD TIE WITH WMU

Kalamazoo, MI – In a game that was the polar opposite to the night before, the Huskies rallied from an early two goal deficit to skate to a 5-5 tie with #13/16 Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI on December 3rd. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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DRISCOLL GETS ROAD SHUTOUT OF WMU BRONCOS 3-0

Kalamazoo, MI – The SCSU Huskies dominance of the Western Michigan Broncos continued on the road Friday with a 3-0 shut out at Lawson Ice Rink in Kalamazoo, MI. The win continued a streak of seven straight wins over WMU and handed the #13/16 Broncos their first defeat on home ice this season. The win improved the Huskies NCHC conference record to 3-4-0 and placed them in a tie for third place with Omaha and Western Michigan. SCSU’s overall record now stands at 7-6-0. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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SCSU HUSKIES FACE RESURGENT WMU BRONCOS

The #18 (USCHO) #19 (US College Hockey|USA Today) St. Cloud State University Huskies (6-6-0 | 2-4-0 ) face the #16 (USCHO) #13 (US College Hockey|USA Today) Western Michigan University Broncos (7-3-2 | 3-3-0) in a key NCHC series Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at the Lawson Ice Rink in Kalamazoo, MI. Game times are 6:00 PM CT Friday and 6:00 PM CT Saturday. MORE HERE

SCSU HUSKIES VS UND FIGHTING HAWKS PART III

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks made the trip to St. Cloud limping a bit after a six-game winless streak – something they hadn’t experienced for 14 years. They also were winless in the conference – another rarity for this program. But after a nearly perfect weekend of hockey they placed themselves in the SCSU record books. You see, the Huskies had never been shutout twice at home  in a weekend series in the Division I era but that was now etched in the record books with 4-0 and 3-0 losses to UND. MORE HERE

SCSU SHUTOUT 3-0 AND NORTH DAKOTA SWEEPS WEEKEND

St. Cloud, MN – Another workmanlike effort by North Dakota including some timely goals and another 60 minutes of shutout hockey by Cam Johnson delivered a 3-0 win and sweep of the Huskies Saturday at the Brooks Center in St. Cloud. The weekend continued the trend of sweeping or being swept as the young Huskies try to find themselves in the 2016-17 season.  Shane Gersich scored his fourth goal of the weekend and Cam Johnson completed 120 minutes of shutout hockey as the Fighting Hawks improved their record to 2-3-1 in the NCHC. The Huskies were swept for the second time in three weekends on their home ice and saw their record fall to  2-5-0 in the conference. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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NORTH DAKOTA SHUTS OUT THE HUSKIES 4-0

St. Cloud, MN – You can put the North Dakota six-game winless streak in the rearview mirror. Maybe it was desperation with a side of intensity, confidence and high energy as the River Hawks made a statement that they are back after a 4-0 drubbing of #12 SCSU on Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. North Dakota broke open a close game scoring three goals in the last eleven and a half minutes of the second period to put  the game out of reach and earn their first conference win.  The loss dropped SCSU’s record to 6-5-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the conference while UND improved to 6-4-2 | 1-3-1. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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SCSU HUSKIES VS CC TIGERS PART III

It was a nearly perfect road trip to Colorado Springs. The weather was outstanding with cloudless sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 60’s. On the ice, the Huskies outscored the Tigers 11-4 over the series and left Colorado with their 11th consecutive win at the Broadmoor World Arena. They improved their overall record to 6-4-0 and evened their NCHC conference record to 2-2-0. MORE HERE

HUSKIES EARN NCHC SWEEP WITH 4-1 WIN OVER TIGERS

Colorado Springs, CO – Make that nine consecutive wins for the Huskies at the Broadmoor World Arena after a 4-1 win on Saturday, November 12 and weekend sweep of the Colorado College Tigers. Mikey Eyssimont scored twice including the game-winning goal and Zach Driscoll stopped 24 of 25 shots on goal in the conference win. MORE HERE

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HUSKIES BURY THE TIGERS 7-3

Colorado Springs, CO – Despite an uncharacteristic undisciplined night of hockey, the Huskies buried the Colorado College Tigers with a seven goal outburst in a 7-3 win at the Broadmoor World Arena on Friday, November 11. Entering the series as the least penalized team in college hockey, the Huskies racked up 13 penalties for 40 minutes but withstood the consequences allowing only one goal in eight opportunities in the win. The victory improved the Huskies overall record to 5-4-0 and NCHC conference record to 1-2-0.
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SCSU HUSKIES VS UMD BULLDOGS PART III

The UMD Bulldogs entered this past weekends series with SCSU as the top ranked team in college hockey. After a two-game sweep of the #8 ranked Huskies they’ll remain in that position this week in the USCHO poll. I’m not going to dispute that ranking regardless as to how subjective they can be this early in the season. The fans love polls and someone has to be there. Will they have the staying power to remain there? Probably not – the NCHC is too tough a conference to allow the Bulldogs to breeze through the season unblemished enough to remain in their current position. But, if the Bulldogs are indeed the top team in the country currently, then the youthful SCSU Huskies are not that far off. MORE HERE

ANOTHER 5-3 BULLDOG WIN AND SWEEP OF THE HUSKIES

St. Cloud, MN – Make that six consecutive wins for the #1 ranked Bulldogs at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. If it was vindication the Bulldogs were looking for after losing to the Huskies in the Frozen Faceoff Championship game last March this weekend may have helped. After a comeback victory on Friday by a score of 5-3 UMD duplicated the effort coming from behind to post another 5-3 win in the rematch on Saturday. It most certainly solidified their hold of college hockey’s #1 ranking but most importantly improved their conference record to a perfect 4-0-0 and  gave them early control of the NCHC standings. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UMD STORY | SCTIMES STORY | TRIBUNE STORY | PHOTO GALLERY


BULLDOGS THIRD PERIOD RALLY EDGES SCSU 5-3

St. Cloud, MN – The #1 Bulldogs rallied for three goals in the third period to upend the #8 Huskies 5-3 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday, Nov.4. This was the 5th consecutive win by the Bulldogs at the Brooks Center and improved their conference start to  3-0-0.  The  Bulldogs top line did most of the damage with 4 of the 5 goals including the game winner by first-year winger Joey Anderson at 13:48 of the third period to turn back the Huskies who had won four straight. MORE HERE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BOX SCORE | SCSU STORY | UMD STORY | SCTIMES STORY | TRIBUNE STORY | PHOTO GALLERY


SCSU VS UAH CHARGERS PART III

The Huskies probably had a few of their fans fidgeting in their seats this past weekend vs The University of Alabama-Huntsville in a non-conference series at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. After all, the #10 Huskies were highly favored against a team that was 0-11-0 vs the Huskies in their Division I history. However, it wasn’t easy and the Huskies needed rallies in both games to defeat the stubborn Chargers of the WCHA. MORE HERE

ANOTHER RALLY AND 5-2 WIN AND SWEEP OF UAH

St.Cloud, MN – First-year defenseman Jack Ahcan scored his first collegiate goal and had a three-point game as the Huskies rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Alabama-Huntsville 5-2 for a sweep of the non-conference weekend series in St. Cloud. This was the Huskies fourth consecutive non-conference win and second sweep in as many weeks to improve their record to 4-2-0. MORE HERE

SATURDAY GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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BIG THIRD PERIOD NETS 5-1 SCSU WIN OVER CHARGERS

St. Cloud, MN – For two periods, UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelski seemed to be in one of those goaltending “zones” turning aside 31/32 shots on goal while his Charger teammates killed three SCSU power plays in a 1-1 game. But, the floodgates opened in the third period as the Huskies erupted for four goals in less than five minutes of play as SCSU smothered UAH 5-1 in non-conference play at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. MORE HERE

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ANOTHER COMEBACK, ANOTHER WIN AND A SWEEP OF #7 MINNESOTA

St. Cloud, MN – According to coach Motzko, his team “grew up” a bit this weekend. After a wild comeback effort on Friday at Mariucci Arena the Huskies found themselves in a similar position on Saturday at the HBNHC. And, once again, his team clawed their way back to a 3-2 win and a sweep of the #7 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. This was the fourth straight win over their in-state rival to the south and  5th win over the Gophers in their last 7 contests. The sweep also evened the Huskies early season record to 2-2-0 after being swept on the road by MSU Mankato last weekend. MORE HERE


CRAZY COMEBACK NETS 6-5 OVERTIME WIN OVER MINNESOTA

Minneapolis, MN – On an evening when the Minnesota Golden Gophers unveiled their 2015-16 Big 10 championship banner, the Huskies spoiled the celebration with an unlikely comeback and a  6-5 overtime win at Mariucci Arena. Despite falling behind by a score of 5-2 early in the third period and being outshot 31-20 at one point in the contest, the Huskies persevered and capped the game with an overtime goal by Jake Wahlin at 2:53 of the overtime session for a crazy but exciting win in the first game of the weekend series. MORE HERE


MAVERICKS DEFEAT HUSKIES 6-4 FOR WEEKEND SWEEP

Mankato, MN – In a game devoid at times of defense and goaltending, the Huskies and Mavericks racked up 10 goals and #14 Minnesota State outlasted the #7 Huskies with a 6-4 win and sweep of the weekend series at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN. The win continued the dominance of the Mavericks on their home ice winning 5 of the past 8 games since the 2007-08 season. It also improved MSU’s 2016-17 early season record to 4-0-0. The Huskies drop their first two games of the regular season to see their record fall to 0-2-0. MORE HERE


MAVERICKS SNAP STREAK WITH 4-1 WIN OVER #7 HUSKIES

Mankato, MN – The #14 ranked MSU Mankato Mavericks snapped a seven game losing streak to the #7 ranked Huskies with a solid 4-1 win on Friday, October 14 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN. The win was the first against SCSU since the 2011-12 season and improved the Mavericks early season record to 3-0-0. MORE HERE

KEEP AN EYE ON THESE NCHC ROOKIES IN 2016-17

The reloading of talent in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference continues this season with a new crop of outstanding first-year players that look to lead their teams to the promised land. Here’s an alphabetical look at ten impact rookies to keep an eye on in 2016-17. FULL STORY HERE

CENTERICEVIEW SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING FOR 2016-17

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 2016-17 season. Keeping in mind that fans have different travel budgets and tastes my list won’t be suited to every fan. However, logistically, this years schedule allows most fans to travel by vehicle to five of the destinations (excluding the Arizona trip) out of nine this season. And, with a little planning, all five of these road trips can be done reasonably without a lot of pain to your budget. So, with that said here’s my list of the top road trip destinations (with comments) for SCSU hockey fans for the 2016-17 season:
FULL STORY HERE

SCSU MENS HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW 2016-17

” There is a great story that will be told about our senior class. They leave a great legacy for us. They’re not just hockey players. Everyone of them is on the All-Academic team, everyone of them were darn near 100 points. Ethan ends with 99 today. Jimmy Murray was knocking on the door with another one tonight. But that story has to be told. Back in our city it’ll be told to our fans. Four straight regions, three championships, there will be some banners hanging for those seniors. There is a whole lot of pride in that locker room. You can’t talk about it now because it’s a devastated locker room” – Bob Motzko March 27, 2016

A season so full of promise, success and accolades ended quickly in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament. A hungry and determined Ferris State squad took an early lead, watched the Huskies rally in the third period and then capitalized on an overtime miscue to defeat the tourneys #2 seeded Huskies 5-4. In the course of the 2015-16 season, this team tied a school record for wins with 31 and in the process won the Alaska Gold Pan, the North Star College Cup and the NCHC Frozen Faceoff Tournament. Individual awards are almost too numerous to recall but included a Hobey Baker Finalist, MIke Richter Goaltender Finalist, NCHC Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and First Team All-American. Career 100 point scorers punctuated the lineup and seniors contributed over 250 points during the season.

For the fans, players and coaching staff this one will hurt for a while. It’s not often you see such a well-rounded team that was strong offensively, defensively, on special teams and at the goaltender position. This was a senior-laden team that seemed to be a lock for the Frozen Four. But it was not to be. That’s the nature of college hockey. There’s always next year.

And now it’s the task of the SCSU coaching staff to put the 2015-16 season behind them and rebuild for the 2016-17 season. Here’s a look at the team along with coaches comments as they prepare for the new season: FULL STORY  HERE


SCSU HUSKIES REBUILD WITH SKILLED RECRUITS IN 2016-17

It was a watermark season in 2015-16 for the SCSU Huskies as they racked up 31 wins tying a program record and making their 12th NCAA appearance. However, this success did not come without a toll as the Huskies lost seven seniors to graduation and two premier underclassmen to early signings with the NHL. The net result from an offensive standpoint was the loss of 257 points ( 92 goals and 165 assists) and a great deal of senior leadership. Defensively, the hit was nearly as severe losing the NCHC Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year in Ethan Prow and NCHC Goalie of the Year and the leagues win leader in Charlie Lindgren. Prow and Lindgren piled up additional post-season awards including finalist for the Mike Richter Award and All Conference 1st Team (Lindgren) and top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker and First Team All-American (Prow).

Underclassmen, Lindgren and forward Patrick Russell opted to sign NHL contracts following the 2015-16 campaign with Lindgren signing an entry level deal with the Montreal Canadiens and Russell an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Both, obviously would have been key components of the 2016-17 squad with Lindgren returning as the top goaltender and Russell looking to build on his 20 goals (2nd on the team) and 41 points (3rd on the team).

Glaring holes were left in the goaltender position and the scoring department as the Huskies head into the 2016-17 season. As a result, the SCSU coaching staff has added nine first-year players in an attempt to rebuild the offense and to solidify the netminder position. In addition, SCSU has added elite talent to the defense with the addition of a first-round NHL draft choice and the United States Hockey League’s Defensive Player of the Year. This could perhaps be college hockey’s deepest squad of defensemen and certainly the most depth ever on an SCSU squad.

Here’s a run-down of the Huskies first-year players for the 2016-17 season:

FULL STORY  WITH VIDEO

SCSU ANNOUNCES BROADCAST TEAM FOR  MENS HOCKEY

St. Cloud State Sports Properties has announced the radio broadcast team for SCSU men’s hockey for the 2016-17 season and it will include veteran sports radio announcer Jim Erickson and long-time Husky hockey announcer Dave Reichel. Erickson, a native of Braham, MN will do play by play and has a sports resume that includes doing broadcasts for the past two seasons for the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament and play by play for the Memphis River Kings of the Central Hockey League from 2004 to 2007. He also spent one season as Director of Broadcasts for Iowa Stars hockey of the AHL. He is currently employed by KLCI-FM in Blaine, MN as an on-air radio personality. Erickson is joined by former SCSU hockey All-American, Dave Reichel who will continue in the color commentary role he has been doing since 1990.

“We conducted a comprehensive talent search to find the most qualified, best voice to work alongside Dave, and we are excited about finding Jim,” said Matt Rau, general manager for St. Cloud State Sports Properties. “His background, and obvious connections to the state of Minnesota and hockey, made him an easy choice for us to consider. We know it won’t take long for our fans to embrace Jim and appreciate what he’ll bring to the Huskies hockey broadcasts.”

Erickson was chosen over several other quality candidates including 2015-16 play by play announcer Dan Terhaar and former long-time play by play announcer Don Lyons.

The broadcasts will be moved to St. Cloud radio station Rev 96.7, a member station of Townsquare Media, a national media company operating 310 radio stations across the country primarily in small to mid-sized markets. Townsquare media includes 24 broadcast properties in the state of Minnesota including several in St. Cloud. St. Cloud State University Athletics and Learfield’s St. Cloud State Sports Properties, announced in April that a five-year agreement has been reached with Townsquare Media of St. Cloud and its stations REV 96.7 FM, AM 1240 WJON and The FAN 1390 AM. REV 96.7 FM, will air all SCSU men’s hockey broadcasts. Football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, coaches’ shows and a daily show will air on AM 1240 WJON and/or The FAN 1390 AM

Learfield Sports St. Cloud State Sports Properties is the university’s exclusive multimedia rights holder operating in areas such as event sponsorships and promotion, radio and TV and digital engagement. Learfield represents 120 colleges and universities throughout the country including the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota.


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