HUSKIES RECAPTURE FIRST PLACE WITH 3-1 WIN OVER UND
St.Cloud, MN – The Huskies played a nearly flawless game on Saturday defeating #5 ranked North Dakota 3-1 and in the process moved back into first-place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Huskies scored three consecutive goals in period two and first-year goaltender David Hrenak stopped 34/35 UND shots on goal to pick up his 5th win of the season. Mikey Eyssimont scored twice including the game winner as SCSU finished conference play for calendar year 2017.
A scoreless first period had North Dakota come out with some energy but the Huskies were up to the challenge evening the shots on goal at 9-9 and doing a nice job of controlling the puck in the UND zone. The second period produced all the goals in the contest starting with a tally by Robby Jackson (Brodzinski | J Lizotte) a mere 2:09 into the second period for his 7th goal of the season. Jon Lizotte tossed the puck towards the UND goal and Jackson steered it past Cam Johnson while on his knees for a 1-0 SCSU lead. Mikey Eyssimont (Fitzgerald | J Lizotte) scored his first of two on the evening at 7:33. Kevin Fitzgerald made a cross-ice pass to Eyssimont who beat Johnson with a shot while Blake Lizotte was checked into the goal. With UND’s Matt Kiersted whistled for hooking Mikey Eyssimont (Benson | Winiecki) scored again a minute after his previous goal at 8:33 on the man-advantage. Eyssimont captured the puck at the goal mouth and skated laterally across the crease beating Johnson with a nifty backhand shot for a 3-0 SCSU lead. With the game appearing totally under control by the Huskies things became a little more tenuous in the final seconds of period two. An icing call gave UND a faceoff in the SCSU zone and with .6 seconds remaining Cole Smith added his fourth goal of the year and narrowed the score to 3-1.Incredibly, despite being outscored 3-1 UND outshot the Huskies 15-6 in the period.
A highly entertaining and tense third period was full off rink length attacks by each squad and a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone. Hrenak stood tall stopping 11 shots in the period as the Huskies were once again outshot 11-3. UND was on the man-advantage twice in the first 8 minutes but the Huskies special teams were solid all night killing all three North Dakota power plays and scoring on 1 of 2 man-advantage opportunities of their own.
David Hrenak stopped 34 of 35 UND shots on goal to see his record improve to 5-1. UND’s Cam Johnson turned aside 15 of 18 SCSU shots and suffered his third loss of the season at 7-3-2.
The win gives the Huskies a three-point lead over North Dakota in the NCHC standings heading into the Holiday break.
Stars of the Game: #1 Eyssimont (SCSU) #2 Hrenak ( SCSU) #3 J Lizotte (SCSU)
HUSKIES BATTLE NORTH DAKOTA TO 2-2 OVERTIME TIE
St. Cloud, MN – The Huskies will look at this game and see lots of opportunities wasted as they skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with North Dakota at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday. The Huskies squandered six man-advantage opportunities including two 5X3 power plays allowing North Dakota to escape with a tie and ultimately a shootout win to move into a tie for first place in the NCHC with the Huskies. In this game, the Huskies third-ranked power play was shut down by UND’s eighth-ranked penalty kill and that was the difference in the game. It was a cat and mouse contest with both teams trying to capitalize on mistakes with both goaltenders making some outstanding saves and both with a little luck on their side in this classic battle.
Period one was fairly evenly matched with opportunities on both ends of the ice. The Huskies were given two consecutive man-advantage opportunities in the first period but couldn’t capitalize on either as the positionally sound Fighting Hawks withstood the potent power play of the Huskies. North Dakota also failed on a late period power play as well as the squads skated to a scoreless first period. UND outshot the Huskies 12-10 in the period.
The Fighting Hawks found themselves in penalty trouble in period two being whistled for four penalties in the first 8:21 of the period. This included handing the Huskies two 5X3 advantages but the Huskies were unable to take advantage and really struggled to get anything going on any of the power plays. Easton Brodzinski (Newell | Fitzgerald) finally got SCSU on the board with an even strength goal at 11:31. Parked in front of the North Dakota goal Brodzinski somehow tipped a puck in traffic off a shot by Patrick Newell from just outside the right circle. This was Brodzinski’s fifth goal of the season. With Judd Peterson and UND goaltender Cam Johnson penalized for roughing Rhett Gardner knotted the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the year at 15:16. Again, in a tightly contested period punctuated by stellar penalty killing by UND the Fighting Hawks outshot the Huskies 9-8.
Ryan Poehling jacked up the SCSU faithful with an unassisted goal at 6:15 of period three on a lone break. Poehling cut up the middle of the ice and outskated the UND defenders and beat UND’s Johnson with a backhand shot for a 2-1 SCSU lead. However, North Dakota who battled hard all night despite quite a bit of adversity tied the game once more on a goal by Cole Smith at 9:14. Regulation ended with the game tied at 2-2 and the Huskies outshooting UND 13-7.
The overtime session found the Fighting Hawks on the power play, only their second of the game after a holding call on Robby Jackson 2:08 into the session. But, the Huskies withstood the challenge and skated out the balance of the period with a 2-2 tie.
The extra 3X3 session of also found the teams skating to a scoreless session despite a man-advantage opportunity for SCSU. In the obligatory shootout for the extra conference point, Jake Wahlin was stopped on his shootout attempt but Christian Wolanin buried his opportunity for the shootout win. The tie gives the Huskies an overall record of 11-2-1 and a NCHC conference record of 6-2-1. North Dakota lifted themselves to a tie in the NCHC standing with the shootout win and their record stands at 10-4-5 overall and 5-2-2 in the NCHC.
Without editorializing I think coach Motzko summed it up appropriately by commenting ” you get into the silly shootout…for the fans and we lose a (conference) point and that hurts”.
Stars of the Game: #1 Wolanin (UND) #2 Brodzinski (SCSU) #3 R Poehling (SCSU)
EARLY SEASON SHOWDOWN FEATURES #2 SCSU VS #5 UND
The #2 ranked St. Cloud State University Huskies wrap up 2017 conference play hosting the #5 University of North Dakota. The weekend series will pit the two current front-runners in the conference in a battle for first place. SCSU currently leads the Fighting Hawks by a single point in the league standings. MORE HERE
ROOKIES EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS FOR SCSU
If you asked the SCSU coaching staff they might be slightly surprised with the immediate impact the first-year players have had thus far this season. However, they knew this was a solid group that would build a nice foundation for the future. Admittedly, it’s a battle to compete with the college hockey blue bloods for the top blue chip recruits even though the Huskies have had two players drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2016 and 2017. But, they are not recruiting players for the NHL – they’re recruiting players that fit the system St. Cloud State University hockey adheres to. With a keen eye for uncovering players, the SCSU coaching staff gets a lot of mileage out of hard work, tireless research and the early identification of talent that is a good fit for SCSU.
HUSKIES SWEEP OMAHA WITH 5-0 ROAD WIN
Omaha, NE – Jake Wahlin scored his third goal of the weekend including the game-winner and David Hrenak earned a shutout stopping 40 shots on goal as the Huskies defeated Omaha 5-0 for a sweep of the weekend series. The win combined with a loss by Western Michigan to North Dakota placed the Huskies all alone in first place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference by a single point over the Fighting Hawks. That sets up a crucial series for SCSU as they host North Dakota at the HBNHC next weekend. The Huskies sweep this weekend improves their conference record to 6-2-0 and overall record to 11-2-0. MORE HERE
HUSKIES HANG ON FOR 7-4 ROAD WIN OVER OMAHA
Omaha, NE – It’ll probably not be a pleasant post game film session for the SCSU coaching staff following the Huskies 7-4 win over Omaha on Friday. After charging out to a 5-2 second period lead, the Huskies left the door open and yielded two early third period goals requiring a rally by SCSU to capture the win. Mikey Eyssimont and Jake Wahlin scored twice and Ryan Poehling scored the game-winning goal as the Huskies won their 10th game of the season. First-year forwards Kevin Fitzgerald and Easton Brodzinski added the other goals in the victory. The win moved SCSU into a tie for first place with Western Michigan in the NCHC standings. MORE HERE
COLLEGE HOCKEY NATION: EPISODE 4 POEHLING BROTHERS
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BACK TO WORK...HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE OMAHA
Baxter Arena has not been an intimidating venue for SCSU with the Huskies winning the last four contests there and having posted a 8-2-0 record vs the Mavericks in the last ten games. Coming off a bye week it’ll be interesting to see how the Huskies perform early in Fridays contest. The Mavericks have a highly experienced group of forwards with a productive offense and the Huskies will need to be sharp from the drop of the puck and not let the home crowd get involved in the contest. The Mavericks tend to score in bunches and against ranked opponents Notre Dame and UMass Lowell charged out to early leads which dictated the ultimate outcome of those games. On the flip side, UNO goaltending and team defense has been inconsistent and suspect at times as evidenced by a three goal or more loss margin four times this season. Getting to the goaltenders early and putting pressure on the Omaha defense will be a key to the Huskies success this weekend.
BACK ON TRACK HUSKIES SWEEP TIGERS 5-1
St. Cloud, MN – After getting swept by #1 Denver last weekend, the Huskies needed to get back on track and they did so completing a home series sweep of the Colorado College Tigers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday. However, it was a much more difficult win relying on an explosion of four goals in the third period to put the dagger into the Tigers. Easton Brodzinski, Judd Peterson and Patrick Newell all went 1-1-2 and Jeff Smith stopped 22/23 shots on goal as the Huskies improved their record to 9-2-0 overall and 4-2-0 NCHC.
HUSKIES DOMINATE IN 6-1 WIN OVER COLORADO COLLEGE
St. Cloud, MN – A week after a frustrating series being swept by Denver, the Huskies returned home to mount a dominant effort over first-place Colorado College by a 6-1 score. The Huskies scored three times in period one, outshot the Tigers 46-22 and pretty much had their way with a CC team that has been playing some pretty good hockey thus far this season. Six different players scored for SCSU including Blake Lizotte who finally netted his first collegiate goal. Another first-year player, Easton Brodzinski had a goal and an assist in a strong effort and was named the games #1 star.
HUSKIES TO FACE RESURGENT CC TIGERS IN HOME SERIES
The Huskies will receive a significant challenge from the Tigers this weekend. They’ve had success on the road thus far this season and have had success in St. Cloud winning 4 of the last 10 games. They have some legitimate goal scorers in Mason Bergh, Trey Bradley and Nick Halloran and a quality goaltender in Alex Leclerc. Special teams have been a weakness for Colorado College and the Huskies will need to take advantage of that if given the opportunity. The Huskies need to get back to more disciplined play and stay out of the penalty box. They’ve incurred 29 penalties for 75 minutes or an average of 8 minutes per game in the last four games. MORE HERE
PIONEERS COMPLETE SWEEP OF SCSU 5-1
Denver, CO – A marquee series between two top-ranked teams culminated in a frustrating penalty-filled contest as the Huskies were swept by a 5-1 score at Magness Arena on Saturday, November 11. In what should have been a highly entertaining game between two skilled teams evolved into a special teams battle won by Denver with three of their goals scored on the power play. The Huskies on the other hand were whistled 12 times for 38 minutes and failed on five of their own man-advantage opportunities in a disappointing weekend. The losses dropped the SCSU overall record to 7-2-0 and their NCHC record to 2-2-0. MORE HERE
PIONEERS SNAP STREAK WITH 4-2 WIN OVER SCSU
Denver, CO – Sophomore forward Henrik Borgstrom has made a practice of feasting on the Huskies in his short career at DU. During the 2016-17 season, he had three goals in four games including two game-winners. On Friday, Borgstrom again victimized the Huskies scoring twice in a 4-2 win at Magness Arena in Denver, CO. Fellow mates Jarid Luosevicius, Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell also combined for 4 points including the game-winner and two goals from Lucosevcius. The win snapped a Husky seven-game streak to start the season and also a two-game losing streak by the Pioneers.
HUSKIES FACE HUGE ROAD TEST VS #3 DENVER
This should be a dandy of a series between two of the top teams in the NCHC and the country. I’m sure the Pioneers had a heated week of practice after an upsetting sweep at the hands of the Western Michigan Broncos last weekend in Kalamazoo. This will be the Huskies first road extended road trip of the season as they head to Denver. The Huskies earlier had a same day road trip to Mankato to start the season. MORE HERE
HRENAK GETS SHUTOUT AND HUSKIES SWEEP UMD
St. Cloud, MN – Forget about the six game winless streak vs the UMD Bulldogs at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. That streak was quickly extinguished in a weekend sweep of #8 ranked UMD after a 5-0 route on Saturday. After a tough battle with UMD to earn a 5-3 win Friday, the undermanned Bulldogs had little in the tank in the rematch and were unable to solve first-year goaltender David Hrenak who earned his first collegiate shutout. The banged up Bulldogs who were missing three key forwards and two defenseman lacked the horses to sustain three periods of play with the undefeated Huskies and ultimately fell victim to the relentless attack of the SCSU squad. MORE HERE
HUSKIES FIGHT OFF BULLDOGS 5-3 IN NCHC OPENER
St. Cloud, MN – Give the UMD Bulldogs all the credit in the world. After a short week of practice following a trip to Orono, Maine they found themselves missing three top forwards and a defenseman yet pushed the Huskies deep into the third period before falling 5-3 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Special teams played a major role with a combined 17 penalties for 45 minutes including an odd five-minute major whistled on SCSU’s Will Borgen for interference. Yet, as the Huskies have done in nearly every game, they rallied late to tie down another victory and maintain their unblemished record at 6-0-0. MORE HERE
#2 HUSKIES CLASH WITH #8 BULLDOGS IN NCHC OPENER
#2 St. Cloud State University Huskies (5-0-0 | 0-0-0 NCHC) vs #8 UMD Bulldogs (4-2-2 | 0-0-0 NCHC)
HRENAK AND HUSKIES DEFEAT BOSTON COLLEGE 3-1 FOR SWEEP
St.Cloud, MN – Like a well-oiled machine with interchangeable parts the #2/3 ranked SCSU Huskies raced out to a 3-0 lead and then let their defense take over as the Huskies swept hockey blue blood Boston College 3-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday. MORE HERE
ANOTHER HUSKIES RALLY AND ANOTHER WIN - SCSU 5 BC 2
St. Cloud, MN – It’s a bad habit to find yourself in a multi-goal deficit early in a game. However, the #2/3 ranked Huskies are finding ways to rebound from these early deficits so far during this young season, On Friday, the Huskies once again found themselves down by two goals early in period two but rallied to score five straight goals in a key 5-2 win over Hockey East powerhouse Boston College.
HUSKIES TO HOST BOSTON COLLEGE IN ST. CLOUD THIS WEEKEND
This will be one of the marquee games in the world of college hockey this weekend. A true traditional hockey power, this will be a great opportunity for the St. Cloud fans to see a non-conference opponent they rarely see outside of NCAA play. Both teams are similar with their style of play and you’ll see a lot of north/south hockey and outstanding speed possessed by both teams. The key for the Huskies is to be able to solve Boston College’s top goaltender, Joseph Woll. Coach Motzko is very familiar with this goaltender as Woll was a member of the Motzko coached World Junior team in 2017. MORE HERE
HUSKIES GET OVERTIME WIN TO SWEEP NANOOKS
St. Cloud, MN – It’s a long trip from Fairbanks Alaska to St. Cloud. After a frustrating loss on Friday, you’d think the visiting Nanooks would have little fight left in them. Not to be. The squad from Alaska fought tooth and nail and pushed the host Huskies into overtime before losing by a 5-4 score at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday. In a wild one, the lead changed four times before the Huskies nailed down an overtime win on a Nick Poehling goal at 2:06 of overtime. To top things off, the goal was assisted by twin brother Jack Poehling for a fitting end to this non-conference weekend. And, younger brother Ryan, scored the game tying goal late in the third period to place them into the position to earn the OT game winner. MORE HERE
EPIC COMEBACK BY SCSU DERAILS NANOOKS 6-3
St. Cloud, MN – The #4/6 ranked SCSU Huskies overcame a dismal start to Friday’s game vs the visiting Alaska Nanooks to rattle off six consecutive goals and earn a 6-3 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Junior captain and defenseman Jimmy Schuldt once again provided the offensive spark with two power play goals and sophomore forward Nick Poehling added two of his own in the impressive comeback for the Huskies. MORE HERE
HUSKIES HOST ALASKA NANOOKS IN NON-CONFERENCE SERIES
#4/#6 St. Cloud State University Huskies (1-0-0 | 0-0-0 NCHC) vs University of Alaska Nanooks (0-1-1 | 0-0-0 WCHA) MORE HERE
SCSU VS MSU Part II
St. Cloud, MN – We learned a few things following the Huskies 4-0 road win at Mankato on Saturday, October 7th. MORE HERE
HUSKIES SMITH AND DEFENSE SHUT DOWN MAVERICKS 4-0
Mankato, MN – Coach Motzko has stressed the importance of good goaltender play if the team is to have success this season. He’s also showered his defensive unit with praise stating it’s the most depth he’s had at this position since he took over the helm at SCSU. Both were instrumental in a hard-fought 4-0 road win vs the WCHA’s top team in Mankato on Saturday, October 7. Smith stopped all 42 shots he faced and junior defensemen Jimmy Schuldt and Jon Lizotte led the offense with goals in the non-conference win over the Mavericks. MORE HERE
HUSKIES TO FACE MAVERICKS IN KEY SEASON OPENER
The #6/9 ranked St. Cloud State University Huskies (0-0-0 | 0-0-0 ) open the 2017-18 regular season with a road trip to #15/18 Minnesota State University Mankato ( 0-0-0 | 0-0-0) at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN on Saturday, October 7. Game time is at 7:07 PM CT. MORE HERE
BUCS FORWARD SAM HENTGES COMMITS TO SCSU
Another future Husky made a commitment via twitter on October 2nd as Des Moines Buccaneers forward Sam Hentges announced ” Proud to announce my commitment to play hockey at St. Cloud State University! Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way!” The 6’0″ 175 pound forward is a native of Fridley, MN and was a three-year player for Totino-Grace H.S, prior to joining the Buccaneers. Hentges was drafted #237 in round 5 of the 2017 Phase II USHL Draft. MORE HERE
SCSU VS U OF REGINA PART II
St. Cloud, MN – Before we get too crazy about the 8-0 result on Saturday vs Regina keep in mind the Huskies have now outscored the Cougars 25-4 in three meetings. Sister school, Minnesota State University Mankato matched the Huskies result on Sunday also winning 8-0. Nevertheless, it was a good environment for the coaching staff to evaluate the first-year players, fiddle with line combinations and tinker with the special teams play. MORE HERE
LIZOTTE AND SCSU BURY REGINA 8-0 IN EXHIBITION
St. Cloud, MN – Granted, there’s a few things to work on but whenever you throw 53 shots on goal, get 6 points out of first-year players and a shutout on a combined effort of three goaltenders you have to be pleased. The Huskies were not hospitable hosts burying the puck eight times in a 8-0 exhibition win over the University of Regina on Saturday, September 30. And, oh by the way, not a bad effort when you figure just nine hours earlier the Huskies were skating in their first formal practice of the season. MORE HERE
HUSKIES TO OPEN 2017-18 SEASON WITH EXHIBITION VS REGINA
St. Cloud, MN – The 2017-18 edition of the St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team begins its formal team practice on Saturday, September 30th with a two-hour session in preparation for an exhibition game that same evening with The University of Regina Cougars. This is a rematch with the same team SCSU defeated 6-2 a year ago in St. Cloud. The Huskies are coming off a 16-19-1 2016-17 season, their lowest number of wins since the 2010-11 season.
The 2017-18 squad has added seven first-year players after losing four to graduation and two others (Driscoll and Chowlowski) who have moved on to play elsewhere. The Huskies have added goaltender David Hrenak, defensemen Tyler Anderson and Lucas Jaycox and forwards Easton Brodzinski, Blake Lizotte, Will Hammer and Kevin Fitzgerald. MORE HERE
JUNIOR CLASS READY TO LEAD SCSU INTO 2017-18 SEASON
St. Cloud, MN – After a record setting 31 wins in 2015-16 the Huskies had an enormous task ahead of them heading into the 2016-17 season. Losing 219 points of offense and All-American goaltender Charlie Lindgren made the 2016-17 season a certain rebuilding year for the Huskies. They finished with a 16-19-1 record – the lowest number of wins for Coach Bob Motzko since the 2010-11 season and second lowest since he took over the reigns in 2005-06. Nevertheless, Motzko was upbeat about his squad last season feeling he had a good nucleus of players to work with and a “fresh feel” about the team. Certainly, although not intended, a great deal of pressure was placed on the large sophomore class to act as a ballast as they treaded the choppy waters of the NCHC. Not helping matters was the reliance on two first-year goaltenders, Jeff Smith and Zach Driscoll who had their struggles the first half of the season in the rugged NCHC as the Huskies barely kept their head above .500 with a 9-8-1 overall record. However, as the season continued the sophomores did perform finishing the season with five of the top seven points scorers and a defense led by sophomores Jimmy Schuldt, Will Borgen and Jon Lizzotte. Goaltending took a turn for the better as well with Jeff Smith taking over the majority of minutes compiling a 92% save percentage over the second half of the season. Thus, with the official first day of practice this Saturday (9/30) the coaching staff is upbeat about the team and anxious to continue the momentum they started in the second half of the 2016-17 season. The normally sedate Coach Motzko even willing to proclaim the team is “light years ahead of where we were at this time last year. There’s great excitement. the guys are in great shape.” Early predictions have the Huskies finishing second in the NCHC preseason poll and ranked ninth in the USCHO and sixth in the USA Hockey/USA Today preseason polls. Experience, depth and improved goaltending should lead the Huskies to success in 2017-18. In particular, the junior class consisting of eight returning players will be expected to carry a heavy load both on offense and defense. With that said, here’s a preview of the team by position as they head into an exhibition game with Regina on Saturday, September 30th. MORE HERE
HUSKIES RELOAD WITH 2017-18 CLASS OF RECRUITS
It’s a never-ending process in Division One college hockey. Players graduating, signing pro contracts, transferring to other programs and defecting for various reasons. The collegiate coaching staff has to constantly be on the move evaluating players to fill gaps in their rosters three to four years down the road. Like a successful salesperson, they need to prospect, make a proposal to a prospective recruit and finally close the deal. Competition nationally for the elite player is intense and the coaching staffs that project properly and get entrenched early on these players ultimately will have the upper hand in closing the deal. The SCSU coaching staff has done their homework well and is bringing in a diverse group of quality players in it’s 2017-18 freshman class. This class is the result of three to four years of diligent recruiting and will supplement a roster ready to make some noise this season. With that said, let’s take a look at the 2017-18 group of first-year players:
SCSU NETS ANOTHER LOCAL PLAYER IN SARTELL'S MEIER
The SCSU coaching staff continued loading their future player base with local players with the commitment of Sartell-St.Stephen High School’s Spencer Meier. The 6’3″ 186 pound defenseman announced via twitter on Spetember 20th that he has committed to the Huskies. He posted ” Proud to announce my commitment to play hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way.” The is the third local player to commit to SCSU in the past week following commitments by Annandale’s Ben Ward and St. Cloud Cathedral’s Nate Warner.
ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL'S NATE WARNER COMMITS TO SCSU
The SCSU Huskies have received a commitment from another local player as forward Nate Warner of St. Cloud Cathedral announced via Twitter on September 15 that he has committed to the Huskies. Warner wrote “Proud to announce my commitment to play hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thanks to everyone who helped along the way.” MORE HERE
MONTICELLO STAR BEN WARD COMMITS TO THE HUSKIES
Ben Ward, one of the eye-opening players in the 2017 Minnesota State High School League Class A tourney has announced via twitter that he has committed to play hockey for the SCSU Huskies. He announced on September 15 “Proud to announce I’ve committed to play DI hockey for St. Cloud State University! Thanks to everyone for all the support.” Ward, one of the team captains for Monticello | Annandale | Maple Lake high school finished the 2016-17 season as the team leader in points with 23 goals and 34 assists for 57 points averaging over two points per game. the 5’9″ 155 pound right-handed forward was highly effective in the state Class A tourney with 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in three games. His efforts earned him to be named to the Class A All-Tournament team. He was also named to the Minnesota AP All-State Third Team following the 2016-17 season. MORE HERE
SCSU's DRISCOLL DEPARTS FOR JUNIOR HOCKEY
It pretty much came down to a numbers game. After consultations with the SCSU coaching staff, sophomore to be goaltender Zach Driscoll has made the decision to play Junior Hockey for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Junior Hockey League in 2017-18. With a year of eligibility remaining for junior hockey Driscoll has several choices. He could choose to take a red shirt year and return to SCSU with another year of high level hockey behind him or transfer to another NCAA program. Driscoll apparently is leaving his options open. MORE HERE
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:
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.
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.
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
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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