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St. Cloud State surges to top of WCHA

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: December 17, 2012 - 8:17 AM

The Huskies are only four games above .500 overall and in the WCHA, but No. 17-rated St. Cloud State University is in first place in the conference.

SCSU (11-7-0, 9-5-0 WCHA) won 3-1 over Colorado College (8-10-2, 5-6-0 WCHA) on Saturday at the National Hockey and Event Center to move past Denver, which lost to Bemidji State 5-1 the same night.

The  Huskies, off until a nonconference series against RPI on Dec. 37-28 at home, have 18 points, DU and North Dakota are tied for second with 17 apiece.

One reason the Huskies are playing so well is freshman forward Kalle Kossila from Finland. He scored his team-leading 10th goal at 16 minutes, 41 seconds of the first period to give SCSU a 1-0 lead. Kossila has more goals than any other freshman in Division I hockey.

CC tied the score at 1-1 in the seventh minute of the secondf period on Joe Marciano's goal.

Ben Hanowski and Jonny Brodzinski scored goals 1:38 apart in the middle of the second period to give SCSU a 3-1 lead and that's the way the game ended.

The Huskies outshot the Tigers 30-17. SCSU has had more shot than its opponent the past six games.

Senior forward Drew LeBlanc had an assists on Brodzinski's goal to extend his scoring streak to seven games. He has 19 assists, first in the nation.

Sophomore Ryan Faragher stopped 16 shots for the victory; CC goalie Josh Thorimbert had 27 saves.


The Huskies won 5-3 over Colorado College on Friday after trailing 2-1 at the end of the opening period.

Freshman forward David Morley had two goals in the rally and and Kossila the game-winner in the third period.

Faragher had 22 saves, Joe Howe of CC 24.


* The Huskies have won three games in a row and five of their last seven. ... They are in the middle of a 10-game homestead. Their next six are at home. Their next WCHA series, against Denver on  Jan. 18-19, caps the homestand.

* In overall games, SCSU is third among WCHA teams in scoring, averaging 3.44 goals per game, and fifth in defense, gving up 2.50. ... They are averaging only 10.1 penalty minutes a game, fewest in the conference.

* The Huskies' special teams are in the middle of the conference. SCSU's power play is seventh, at 18.5 percent, its penalty kill is fifth, at 83.9 percent. ... They have scored 24 goals in the third period -- tied for second in the league -- and given up just 13.

* Drew Leblanc (5-19-24) is tied for second in WCHA scoring in all games, whil teammate Nic Dowd (9-14-23) is tied for fourth. Four of Dowd's goal have been game-winners.

*   Faragher is ninth in goals-against average at 2.38 and eighth in save percentage at .911.

St. Cloud State signs five, including two Minnesotans

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: November 30, 2012 - 4:10 PM

St. Cloud State has signed five hockey players, according to a recent Huskies news release, including goalie Charlie Lindgren of Lakeville and defensemen Jimmy Schuldt of Minnetonka.  

The 6-1, 181-pound Lindgren plays for Sioux Falls of the USHL. He is 8-3-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 12 games. He also played for the Stampede last season.

In 2011-12, Lindgren played in 33 games for the Stampede with a 3.33 goals against average and a .907 save rate.

Schuldt, 5-11, 195 pounds, plays for Minnetonka High School. This fall in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League for Team Southwest he had one goal and 13 assists in 23 games.

The Huskies also signed two Canadian forwards,  Michael Buonincontri  of Montreal, Quebec and Daniel Tedesco of Maple, Ontario, and defenseman Ben Storm of Calumet, Mich.

The 6-1, 202-pound  Buonincontri is in his second season of play with the Smith Falls Bears of the Central Canada Hockey League. He has 14 goals and 12 assists for the Bears in 17 games.

Tedesco,  5-10, 185 pounds, plays for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 20 games played during the 2012-13 season, Tedesco has already scored seven goals and 15 assists for Toronto Lakeshore.

Storm, 6-6, 213 pounds, has two assists in 11 games for Muskegon of the USHL.




18 WCHA games involving SCSU or MSU Mankato on Comcast

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: November 30, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Comcast cable in the Twin Cities will carry 18 college hockey games the rest of this season involving either St. Cloud State or Minnesota State Mankato.

The first of those game will be tonight, MSU vs. Bemidji State at 7 p.m. 

Comcast will air the games on Channel 13 (St. Paul area) and Channel 23 (Minneapolis area).  The cable company will pick up the live feed of the games from both St. Cloud State and Minnesota State.

The telecasts from St. Cloud State are provided by the student-run Husky Productions with Twin Cities sports personality Jim Rich doing the play-by-play and former Huskies all-american and NHL veteran Mark Parrish providing color commentary.

Fifteen of the games are WCHA games, three are nonconference. The schedule:

Nov. 30 – MSU vs. Bemidji State – 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 – SCSU vs. Colorado College – 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 – SCSU vs. Colorado College – 7 p.m.
Dec. 27 – SCSU vs. RPI – 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 27 – SCSU vs. RPI – 7 p.m.
Jan. 4 – SCSU vs. Northern Michigan – 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 – MSU vs. Providence – 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 – MSU vs. Wisconsin – 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 – MSU vs. Wisconsin – 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 – SCSU vs. Denver – 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 – SCSU vs. Denver – 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 – SCSU vs. Minnesota – 7:30 p.m. (FSN feed)
Feb. 9 – SCSU vs. Minnesota – 7 p.m. (FSN feed)
Feb. 15 – MSU vs. Michigan Tech – 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 – MSU vs. Michigan Tech – 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 1 – SCSU vs. Michigan Tech – 7 p.m.
Mar. 2 – SCSU vs. Michigan Tech – 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 8 – MSU vs. North Dakota – 7 p.m.


Ben Clymer, a former Gophers hockey player who played in the NHL for eight seasons, will be a reporter and analyst during FSN's TV coveraage of the Gophers-Nebraska Omaha game on Friday.

Clymer played on Bloomington Jefferson's 1994 state championship team, for the Gophers for two seasons and for Tampa Bay and Washington in the NHL for eight seasons, including 2004-04 when he was on the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship team.



SCSU, already strong up front, gets captain back

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: November 26, 2012 - 12:26 AM

St. Cloud State, tied for second in the WCHA standings with the Gophers, could be a team to watch.

The Huskies got captain Ben Hanowski, a senior forward, back last weekend and he had a goal and two assists as SCSU split with Minnesota Duluth. He had missed five games with an injury.

UMD won the first game 2-1 at Amsoil Arena, its home rink. The Huskies won the second 5-1.

Hanowski, who always seems to play well against the Gophers, now has four goals and four assists for eight points this season and 90 in his career.

He adds depth to a talented group of forwards.

Junior Nic Dowd has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. He is sixth nationally and first in the WCHA in goals and points. Dowd also has four game-winning goals; the team record is five in a single season.

Senior forward Drew LeBlance has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, second on the team.

SCSU freshman forward Kalle Kossila from Finland had two more goals against UMD and has 10 points; he is averaging one point per game. Joey Benik, another high-scoring freshman, is still recovering from a broken leg suffered on the first day of practice.

The Huskies have outscored its opponents 42-28 this season. They are fourth in the WCHA in scoring, averaging 3.50 goals per game. They have scored 14 goals in every period.

In Saturday win in Duluth, the Huskies were three for five on the power play while UMD was one for four and gave up a short-handed goal to SCSU.

St. Cloud State plays at Alasaka Anchorage this weekend, but  after that will have a 10-game homestand, starting with Nebraska Omaha. Colorado College, RPI, Northern Michigan and Denver will be the other teams coming to the National Hockey Center.

The Gophers play St. Cloud State in only one series, Feb. 8-9 in the Granite City.

Upcoming sked

Games Friday

Nebraska Omaha at Minnesota, 7:07 pm

Minnesota Duluth at Michigan Tech, 6:07 pm

Bemidji State at Minnesota State, 7:37 pm

North Dakota at Colorado College (WCHA), 8:37 pm

Wisconsin at Denver, 9:07 pm

St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 pm

Games Saturday

Nebraska Omaha at Minnesota, 7:07 pm

Minnesota Duluth at Michigan Tech, 6:07 pm

Bemidji State at Minnesota State, 7:07 pm

North Dakota at Colorado College, 8:07 pm

Wisconsin at Denver (WCHA), 8:07 pm

St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 pm

Two SCSU forwards, including one junior, turn pro

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: March 21, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Two St. Cloud State forwards, junior Dave Eddy and senior Travis Novak, have signed pro contracts.

Eddy, of Woodbury, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames starting in 2012-13.

He had nine goals and a career-high 25 points this season. For his career he had 30 goals and 55 points in 92 games.

Said Flames general manager Jay Feaster, according to a SCSU news release:

“David is a hard worker who goes to the high traffic areas on the ice and plays the game with grit and passion. He is the type of player who agitates opponents by the way he battles and competes.

"He is very strong on his skates and tough to move from in front of the net. At the same time, he has good hands and vision and we like his offensive instincts. We are pleased he has chosen to start his professional career with our organization and we look forward to his continued development.”

For now, Eddy signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, an affiliate of the Flames.

Novak signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, a Montreal Canadiens affiliate. Novak had 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points, all career highs this season.

The Huskies lost to North Dakota 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Final Five last week. They finished an injury-marred season 17-17-5, but were 7-3-1 in their last 11 games.

"We don't want it to end, it hurts because we think we should still be playing," SCSU coach Bob Motzko said after his team's last game.

Motzko said at one point this season the Huskies were without seven forwards, five of the team's defensemen were freshmen or sophomores and he had to play a freshman in the nets for 20 consecutive games.


Junior left wing Terry Broadhurst of Nebraska Omaha has signed a pro contract with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL, the school annouced earlier this week.

 “Terry has exceled in his three seasons at UNO, and he is someone who has always had high expectations,” UNO coach Dean Blais was quoted as saying in a Mavericks' news releases. “It has been his aspiration to play in the NHL, and this is a step toward that goal. We wish him the best.”

Broadhurst had 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points, the second most on the team He is from  Orland Park, Ill.


Denver forward Jason Zucker, who was injured last Saturday in the Final Five title game, tweeted Tuesday night he is making the trip to Green Bay with his team the net morning.

The Pioneers meet Ferris State in a first-round NCAA game on Friday in the Midwest Regional.

DU coach George Gwozdecky on Zucker, a Wild prospect: "Certainly he has a great release. ... [But] especially early [in his college career] he played too much on the perimeter. It took a while."


The five-game Final Five last week drew a total attendance of 73,002. That's the eighth highest total in the 20-year history of the WCHA's postseason tournament.

Attendance by games:

Michigan Tech vs. Denver, 11,489

St. Cloud State vs. North Dakota, 15,133

Denver vs. Minnesota Duluth, 12,804

North Dakota vs. Gophers, 16,738

Denver vs. North Dakota, 16,838



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