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.
The game started in similar fashion to Friday’s game with the Gophers taking a 2-0 lead in the first period of play. It took only 2:27 to get on the score sheet after Darian Romanko captured the puck off a SCSU turnover and fed Jack Ramsey (Romanko | Cammarata) who one-timed a low shot past SCSU netminder, Zach Driscoll for a 1-0 Gopher lead. The Gophers added another at 18:59 on the power play when Taylor Cammarata (Johnson | Bristedt) wristed a shot from the top of the right circle that beat Driscoll glove side for a 2-0 lead. Minnesota edged the Huskies 9-8 in shots on goal for the first period.
The Huskies then went to work in period two with goals by Jack Poehling and Jacob Benson to knot the game at 2-2. First, at 14:40, Poehling (Papa | R Poehling) gained control of the puck out of a scrum and ripped a shot from the top of the right circle for his first collegiate goal. Of note he was assisted on the goal by his brother Ryan who picked up his first collegiate point as well with an assist. SCSU then tied the game on a goal by Jacob Benson (Tedesco | Ahcan) at 15:33 of the period. Daniel Tedesco carried the puck into the Gopher zone and then curled back to pass to Benson who wristed the puck from between the dots and beat Schierhorn stick side to tie the game at 2-2. In a strong period for the Huskies, they outshot the Gophers 11-5, scored two goals and Discoll stopped all five shots on goal he faced.
Mikey Eyssimont then added his heroics scoring the game-winning goal at 13:00 of the third period. With the Gophers Vinnie Lettieri in the penalty box for tripping, Dennis Chowlowski directed a touch pass to Eyssimont whose shot from the dot on the right circle beat Schierhorn for what was to be the final goal of the contest and a 3-2 win for SCSU. The Gophers did end the game on the man-advantage when Judd Peterson was whistled for hooking with 2:01 left in the contest. The Gopers pulled Schierhorn for the two-man advantage but the Huskies penalty kill and Zach Driscoll came up big in the final two minutes to secure the win and sweep of the series.
The Huskies outshot the Gophers 33-31 for the game with Zach Driscoll turning aside 29/31 shots on goal. Eric Schierhorn faced 33 shots and stopped 30 in the loss. The Huskies were 1/4 on the man-advantage while Minnesota was 1/3.
Stars of the game: Eyssimont (SCSU), Benson (SCSU, J Poehling (SCSU)
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.
SCSU got off to a good start in the contest outshooting the Gophers 3-0 and carrying the play early with good puck control and flow to the game. However, the Gophers earned the only goal of the first period when Vinnie Lettieri (Bridstedt | Pitlick) banged in a rebound off a backhanded shot by Leon Bristedt at 12:10 of the period for a 1-0 lead. The period ended with an advantage in shots on goal for the Gophers by a 11-9 margin but with scoring chances equal at 4-4 and a 7-4 edge in faceoffs by SCSU. Both teams were unsuccessful on the man-advantage with the Gophers 0/2 and SCSU 0/1.
The Gophers added to their lead at 1:08 of period two on a goal by Tyler Sheehy (Novak | Johnson). Novak made a quick pass from the back wall to Sheehy who backhanded it past Jeff Smith for a 2-0 lead. The Huskies responded with a power play goal at 2:20 by Judd Peterson (Schuldt | Newell) his first of three on the evening. Schuldt took a shot from the point that was deflected by Peterson to narrow the score to 2-1. SCSU then got themselves in penalty trouble and the Gophers capitalized with two man-advantage goals. First, Leon Bristedt (Lettieri | Pitlick) scored off a goalmouth feed from Vinnie Litteri for a 3-1 advantage. Then, at 14:38, again on the power play, Mike Szmatula, the Northeastern transfer, scored his first goal as a Gopher at 14:38.A shot from the point by Jake Bischoff was gloved then dropped by Smith and Szmatula buried the loose puck for a 4-1 lead. But, the Huskies halved the lead on Judd Peterson’s (Wahlin) second goal of the game at 17:11. Jake Wahlin made a nice play knocking down a Gopher pass and chipping it forward while falling to Peterson who scored off his own rebound for a 4-2 game. The Huskies were outshot 18-9 in the period mainly as a result of three man-advantage opportunities awarded to the Gophers that period.
Minnesota then took what appeared to be an insurmountable lead in the game at 5-2 on a goal by Tommy Novak (Sheehy | Bischoff) at 2:34 of the third period. Just as a Husky power play expired a rush up ice by the Gophers had Novak beating Smith glove-side high for another three-goal lead. Following the goal with 17:24 remaining in the period and after being beat for five goals, Smith was pulled in favor of Zach Driscoll. The Huskies fortunes seemed to change after the SCSU coaching staff took a timeout with 12:44 remaining in regulation. The move jump-started the Huskies and they responded with a goal by Jacob Benson (Tedesco | Storm) at 10:23. Storm threaded a pass to Tedesco who fed Benson for a tip-in goal and a 5-3 game. Next, at 13:59, Mikey Eyssimont (Jackson | Newell) scored from a bad angle on the power play to make it a one-goal game at 5-4. Suddenly, the momentum was clearly in the favor of the Huskies and with 2:14 remaining in the contest, the SCSU coaching staff made the decision to pull Driscoll for the extra attacker. The move paid off as Judd Peterson (Winiecki | Newell) scored his third goal of the game with 1:13 remaining to tie the score at 5-5. Blake Winiecki fed Peterson from behind the goal and he beat Schierhorn to send the game to overtime. In a period highly tilted in SCSU’s favor, the Huskies outshot Minnesota 18-5 in the period scoring three times to tie the game at 5-5. Zach Driscoll, who replaced Smith only saw two shots on goal in four minutes of play.
The overtime session was decided at 2:53 on a goal by first-year forward Jake Wahlin. With the Gophers Ryan Collins whistled for interference, Motzko showed great confidence in his first-year players with three of them on the ice on the man-advantage. And, all three figured in the game-winning goal with Wahlin starting a three-way pass to Cholowski and then to Ahcan who sent a rink wide pass back to Wahlin who wristed a shot into a wide open net from the right circle for the overtime winner.
The Huskies recovered from being outshot at one point in the game by a 31-20 margin to outshooting Minnesota 41-34 for the game. Gopher netminder Eric Schierhorn stopped 35/41 shots on goal while SCSU starter Jeff Smith turned aside 27/32. Zach Driscoll was only counted on to make two saves on two shots on goal in a little over five minutes of play. For the game, the Huskies converted 3/5 man-advantage opportunities while the Gophers were 2/5 on the power play. Judd Peterson led the Huskies with a three-goal night while Jake Wahlin had the game winner and was 1-1-2. Patrick Newell had three assists on the evening.
The teams change venues for the Saturday rematch with the game moving to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and an 8:05 PM CT puck drop. Game links are here.
Stars of the game: Wahlin (SCSU) | Peterson (SCSU) | Sheehy (UMN)
#14 SCSU HUSKIES VS #7 U of MN GOLDEN GOPHERS
The #14 St. Cloud State University Huskies (0-2-0 | 0-0-0 ) continue non-conference play with a home and home series with #7 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers ( 2-0-0 | 0-0-0) on Friday, Oct. 21 and Sat., October 22. Game time on Friday at Mariucci Arena is 8:05 PM CT and Saturday at 7:05 PM CT at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. 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. Story 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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