The St. Cloud State is the No. 1 seed in the Final Five this week, but the Huskies have not had much success winning it.
In 13 previous appearances since joining the WCHA in 1090-91, they have won it only once, in 2001, when they beat North Dakota 6-5 in overtime.
This is SCSU's sixth time in the Final Five since Bob Motzko became the Huskies. The other trips were in 2006-08, 2010 and 2012.
The Huskies are 8-16-0 in Final Five games since their first trip in 1994. They have played in the title game four times, facing UND three times.
SCSU (23-14-1, 18-9-1 WCHA), which swept last-place Alaska Anchorage 6-1, 5-1 in the first round, are 6-9 in games at the X since it opened in 2000-01.
"The big thing for us," Motzko said Monday on his radio show, "is that our freshman scored Friday and our older guiys carried us on Saturday. We needed that combination. ... The top scorers in our league are all in this [Final Five] tournament."
Is Motzko right? Let's check. He is real close. Nine of the top 10 scorers in the WCHA are in the Final Five. Missing only is scoring leader Ryan Walters of UNO. The list:
1 Ryan Walters, UNO, jr 22-30-52
2 Danny Kristo, North Dakota, sr. 24-26-50
Drew LeBlanc SSCU, sr. 13-37-50
4 Erik Haula, Gophers jr 16-33-49
5 Rylan Schwartz, CC, sr 17-31-48
Corban Knight, UND, sr 15-33-48
7 Matt Leitner MSU, so SO 17-28-45
8 Alexander Krushelnyski CC jr 14-26-40
9 Kyle Rau, Gophers, so 15-24-39
10 Nic Dowd, SCSU, jr 14-24-38
LeBLANC A TERROR
Senior Drew LeBlanc scored one goal and three assists in the Huskies’ sweep of UAA to become the ninth player in team history to hit the 50-point plateau.
He leads the nation with 37 assists and ranks third in points with 50 points.
LeBlanc, of Hermantown, Minn., has 105 assists -- second in team history -- and 42 goals in his career for 147 points -- sixth most -- in a school record 167 games.
He became the first player in league history to win the WCHA Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. LeBlanc has 15th multi-point games this season with his goal and two assists this past Friday. He has had three-or-more points in a game four times .
Besides LeBlanc, the Huskies also have a lot of other star power. Among other key SCSU players:
* Freshman forward Jonny Brodzinski had two goals in the Huskies’ 6-1 win over UAA on Friday. Brodzinski leads all Division I rookies in 2012-13 and the Huskies as a team with 21 goals. Brodzinski leads the Huskies with a plus-28 rating.
"This was truly a team that things needed to come together quickly," Motzko said. And they did. "Brodzinski's dad was the only person saying that this kid could score 20 goals," Motzko said. "He knew what he was talking about."
* Junior defenseman Nick Jensen was the first Huskies player selected the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. He ranks second among D-I defensemen with 25 assists and is five shy of the SCSU record for most points by a defenseman set by Bret Hedican in 1990-91. In his career, Jensen has 84 points and 69 assists, fourth and second in team history, respectively.
Seven of the 11 highest scoring teams in D-I are from the WCHA:
1. Gophers 3.61 goals-per-game
3. St. Cloud State 3.42
4. Denver 3.39
5. North Dakota 3.31
6. Neb Omaha 3.26
10. (tie) MSU Mank 3.21
Colorado Col. 3.21