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.
The Mavericks put the Huskies in a hole immediately as defenseman, Clint Lewis (Michaelis) scored off a faceoff just 20 seconds into the contest for a 1-0 Mavs lead. Lewis (Foguth| Nelson) added another just 2:21 later when his shot from the left point deflected off Will Borgen’s skate and past Driscoll for a 2-0 lead. However, SCSU showed some resiliency, rallying for the next three goals to take a 3-2 lead. First, Ryan Papa (J Poehling | Winecki) scored off a rebound by a shot by Jack Poehling at 5:39 for a 2-1 game. This was Poehlings first collegiate point. SCSU added another at 10:56 on a nice drive to the net by Judd Peterson (Schuldt) who beat Cole Huggins to knot the game at 2-2. The Huskies finally took the lead at 15:49 when Blake Winiecki (Borgen | Papa) wristed a shot from between the dots that beat Huggins for a 3-2 lead. Winiecki’s first shot was blocked by the defense but he gathered the rebound and put it past Huggins. Minnesota State outshot the Huskies 11-10 in period one.
Mankato scored the balance of their four goals in period two to finish off the Huskies. They tied the game at 2:26 when Jordan Nelson (Rivera | Coatta) beat Driscoll with a one-timer off a feed from behind the net by Nicholas Rivera. But, SCSU responded at 5:29 on a goal by senior Daniel Tedesco (Storm | Benson). Ben Storm backhanded a pass from behind the MSU goal to Tedesco who one-timed it past Huggins for a 4-3 SCSU lead. Parker Tuomie then scored his first of two in the period at 7:43. Tuomie (Huntebrinker) got behind the SCSU defense and scored off his own rebound to once again tie the game at 4-4. Chandler Madry gave the Mavericks the lead at 11:09 beating Driscoll five-hole with a wrist shot from the right circle for a 5-4 game. The fifth goal marked the exit from the game for SCSU starter Zach Driscoll who was replaced by Jeff Smith. Tuomie (Knutson | Huntebrinker) topped off the scoring with his second of the period at 15:21 for a 6-4 final. SCSU was once again outshot 14-11 in period two.
Period three was devoid of scoring with the exception of a possible goal scored by Jimmy Schuldt late in period three that was reviewed and waived off due to a hand pass. That could have made it a one-goal game and it appeared to deflate the Huskies somewhat as they tried to rally from two goals down late in the third period. The Huskies were again outshot 8-6 in period three.
For the game, SCSU was outshot 33-27 and the combination of Driscoll and Smith turned aside 27 SOG for a .82 SV%. MSU goaltender Cole Huggins earned his fourth win of the season and stopped 23 of 27 shots for a .85 SV%. In a fairly penalty free game, both teams were 0/2 on the power play. Parker Tuomie and Clint Lewis led the Mavericks with two goals each. Jordan Nelson and Michael Huntebrinker both had a two-point night as well. The Huskies were led by Blake Winiecki and Ryan Papa who were both 1-1-2 on the evening.
SCSU returns to action next weekend with a home and home series with the University of MInnesota. Friday’s contest is at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis and the rematch on Saturday in St. Cloud. The Mavericks make the trip to Alaska to face the University of Alaska (Fairbanks).
Stars of the Game: Tuomie (MSU) | Lewis (MSU) | Nelson (MSU)
#14 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.
The Mavericks got on the board early with a goal by Michael Huntebrinker (Lewis | Tuomie) at 3:28 of period one. Defenseman, Clint Lewis made a nice goalmouth pass to Huntebrinker who was there to backhand the puck past SCSU starter Jeff Smith for a 1-0 lead. MSU outshot the HUskies 8-5 in the first period.
The Mavericks extended their lead to 2-0 at 1:46 of period two on a power play goal by C J Franklin (Michaelis | McClure). Michaelis threaded a pass to Franklin from behind the SCSU goal and Franklin one-timed it past Smith for a two-goal lead. Mankato added another at 9:04 of the second by Brad McClure ( Michaelis | Franklin). Michaelis fed McClure with a pass between the dots and McClure roofed it glove side past Smith for a 3-0 Minnesota State lead. However, SCSU made things interesting at 19:42 of the period on the first collegiate goal by first-year forward Jake Wahlin (Peterson). Peterson aggressively drove to the net slapping the puck while falling forward that was stopped by MSU goaltender Cole Huggins but Wahlin was there to bury a loose puck that was sitting in the goalmouth. MSU outshot the Huskies once again in period two by a 10-7 margin.
The Mavericks scored the lone goal of period three at 13:57 to salt away the game. Max Coatta (Nelson | Lewis) scored his first goal of the season for a 4-1 Maverick lead. Coatta took a shot from the right circle that beat Smith low for the final goal of the game. In a much better period by the Huskies, SCSU outshot the Mavericks 12-6.
Both teams placed 24 shots on goal in the contest with the Mavericks Cole Huggins stopping 23 of 24 SOG while the Huskies Jeff Smith turned aside 20 of 24 SOG. In a game of few penalties, Mankato was 1/1 on the man advantage while SCSU was 0/2.
The two squads return for a rematch at the Verizon Wireless Center on Saturday at 7:05 PM CT.
Stars of the Game: #1 McClure (MSU) #2 Lewis (MSU) #3 Franklin (MSU)
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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