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.
Western Michigan jumped out to an early two-goal lead on first period goals by Sheldon Dries with his 4th goal of the season at 3:41 and Matheson Iacopelli, his 13th goal at 14:56 to give the Broncos an early 2-0 lead. Dries beat Driscoll with a wrister from the left circle and then Iacopelli from the right circle on a nearly identical shot glove side for the early lead. Mikey Eyssimont (Schuldt | Winiecki) narrowed the score to 2-1 with a wrist shot from the right dot on the power play for a 2-1 game. Western Michigan outshot SCSU 10 to 7 in the period and was 0 for 1 on the power play.
The second period saw an explosion of goals – six to be exact as the Huskies rallied to take a one goal lead at 5-4. Jacob Benson scored two consecutive goals on the power play from the identical shooting position to give SCSU a 3-2 lead. At 9:21 Benson ( Ahcan | Eyssimont) netted his 4th goal of the year on a wrist shot from the bottom of the circle off a feed from Jack Ahcan. He then duplicated the effort at 10:43 with another shot from the same position this time off a cross ice pass from Mikey Eyssimont. But, slightly over a minute later, first-year forward Wade Allison, who was strong all weekend beat Driscoll with a low shot from the right circle to tie the game at 3-3. Next, Ryan Poehling got on the scoreboard with an assist by his brother Nick Poehling. Nick Poehling took a back hand shot that deflected off the back wall to Ryan Poehling who took a bad angle shot from behind the goal line that beat Collin Olson for a 4-3 SCSU lead. But, again, WMU responded about a minute later when Nate Widman banked the puck off the back wall that ended up on Hugh McGing’s stick and he beat Driscoll high stick side for a 4-4 game. SCSU added yet another in the period at 19:51 on a great play by Patrick Newell. Newell dangled the puck in on goal past two defenders and Will Borgen was there to tap in the rebound to give the Huskies yet another one-goal lead at 5-4. SCSU outshot the Broncos 9 to 7 in period two.
The Broncos scored the lone goal of the third period on a nice effort by Mike McKee who was skating in only his second game of the season. The 6′ 6″ 250 pound converted defenseman ragged the puck out of his own zone and rambled the length of the ice and beat Zach Driscoll with a backhand shot stick side to tie the game at 5-5. SCSU was outshot 13 to 6 in the period.
The game proceeded to the mandatory five-minute overtime followed by a five-minute 3X3 and ultimately a shootout to decide the extra conference point. In the shootout, Iacopelli (WMU) Ahcan (SCSU) and Jackson (SCSU) failed on their attempts while Wade Allison went to a forehand backhand move and then beat Driscoll top shelf for the shootout win and the extra conference point.
For the game, the Huskies were outshot 34 to 23 with Zach Driscoll stopping 29 of 34 WMU shots on goal. WMU goaltenders Trevor Gorsuch stopped 8 of 11 and Collin Olson turned aside 10 of 12 SCSU shots. On special teams, SCSU was 3 for 4 on the man-advantage while the Broncos were stopped on all three of their opportunities.
SCSU’s record now sits at 7-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the conference. The Huskies return home to face Omaha next weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Stars of the Game: Mike McKee (WMU) Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU) Jacob Benson (SCSU)
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.
It only took the Huskies 48 seconds to get on the board in the first period via a goal by Mikey Eyssimont (Winiecki | Borgen) his 7th of the season for a 1-0 SCSU lead. Will Borgen dished the puck to Blake Winiecki who fed Eyssimont who was behind the goal line who then jammed the puck between the post and the goaltender for the first goal of the game. The Broncos outshot the Huskies 9-8 in period one and failed on the only man-advantage of the period.
Period two turned out to be a defensive struggle with neither team scoring despite four penalties being whistled in the period including three on the Huskies. With three power play opportunities the Broncos outshot SCSU 11-6 in the period but both goaltenders held firm and turned aside all 17 shots. The Broncos missed a golden opportunity in the period when Wade Allison was sprung lose all alone on Driscoll but he partially fanned on his shot and Driscoll made the save.
With the Huskies hanging on to a one-goal lead for the majority of the third period, they finally salted away the win with a goal by Blake Winiecki (Nevalainen | Eyssimont) at 15:56 of the period. Nevalainen slid a pass at the goalmouth to Winiecki who tapped it past Collin Olson for his 7th goal of the season and a 2-0 SCSU lead. Robbie Jackson finished off the SCSU scoring with an empty net goal at 17:22 off a generous assist by Judd Peterson who could have buried it himself. SCSU outshot the Broncos 11-6 in the third period.
Zach Driscoll had a solid night in goal turning aside all 26 WMU shots and picking up his first shutout at SCSU. With the win, Driscoll’s record improves to 6-4-0. WMU’s Collin Olson stopped 22 of 24 shots on goal in the loss. The Broncos outshot the Huskies 26-25 for the contest and neither team had success on the power play with SCSU 0 for 1 and WMU 0 for 5.
The Huskies complete this road series with the Broncos at 6:00 PM CT on Saturday.
Stars of the Game: Zach Driscoll (SCSU) | Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU) | Blake Winiecki (SCSU)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
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:
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
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