SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014: SCSU 4 COLORADO COLLEGE 1
The SCSU Huskies completed the weekend sweep of Colorado College with a 4-1 win Saturday, March 8th at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO. In doing so, and in combination with a North Dakota 2-1 loss to Western Michigan University the Huskies captured the National Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title and the inaugural Penrose Cup. The Huskies jumped out to an early lead on an unassisted goal by Kalle Kossila at 3:53 of the first period. This was Kossila's 5th point of the weekend and 13th goal of the season. SCSU extended it's first period lead to 2-0 after a goal by Jimmy Murray, his 12th of the season with assist by Jarrod Rabey. The Huskies added to their lead in the second period on Nic Dowd's 19th goal of the season. Tim Daly picked up the assist. Jonny Brodzinski closed out the scoring for the Huskies with his 20th goal of the season at 9:41 of period two. Ryan Papa was credited with the assist as SCSU increased it's lead to 4-1. The Tigers avoided the shutout when Archie Skalbeck scored the CC lone goal at 1:03 of period three. The final 19 minutes of the game went scoreless as the Huskies posted the 4-1 win and 21st victory of the season. SCSU's record in 2013-14 improved to 21-8-5 overall and 15-6-3 in the NCHC as they captured their second league title in as many seasons.
Ryan Faragher stopped 20/21 SOG and Courtney Lockwood 20/24. The huskies were blanked in three PP attemps while Colorado College was 1/4. The Huskies enter the NCHC playoffs as the #1 seed and face Miami University next weekend in St. Cloud.
The Huskies withstood a three-goal Colorado College rally then put together a rally of their own in a 7-4 win over Colorado College at the World Arena in Colorado Springs on Friday, March 4. The win maintained the Huskies first-place tie with North Dakota and carries the deciding game to determine the league champion to the final night of the regular season. CC gained the early lead Friday on a goal by Cody Bradley at 2:53. The Huskies answered less than a minute later with Joey Benik's 11th goal of the season with assists from Nic Dowd/Jimmy Murray. SCSU scored early on the PP in the second with the first of Jonny Brodzinski's goals. Brodzinski picked up his 17th goal with assists to Kossila/Benik at 1:19. SCSU then reeled off two more goals within a span of 5 minutes. First, it was Brodzinski who took a pass from Ryan Papa and buried a wrist shot from the right circle. Then, Gravel put a rocket past JoshThorimbert for a 4-1 SCSU lead. But, the Tigers never backed off responding at 7:37 with a goal by Scott Wamsganz. Then, a another by Cody Bradley at 11:45 to draw to within a goal at 4-3. At 14:09 SCSU's Daniel Tedesco was whistled for contact to head and received a 5 minute major and game misconduct. CC responded a minute later with a PP goal by Jacob Slavin to tie the game at 4-4. SCSU regained the lead with 11 seconds to go in the second on a PP goal by Joey Benik assisted by Prow/Kossila. In the third, the Huskies piled on two more - first a goal at 2:48 by Murray with assist to Benik and then Brodzinski's third of the night to complete the hat trick at 4;39 for the 7-4 final. Kossila and Benik picked up assists on Brodzinski's 19th goal of the season. Ryan Faragher stopped 30/34 SOG for SCSU. It was a tough night for CC's JoshThorimbert stopping 21/28. The Huskies were 3/4 on the man advantage while the Tigers were 1/2.CC outshot SCSU 34-28.