#10 BRONCOS FACE #2 SCSU FOR NCHC LEAD
St. Cloud, MN – First place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference is on the line when the #10 Western Michigan Broncos visit St. Cloud this weekend to face the #2 ranked SCSU Huskies. The Broncos are currently the hottest team in college hockey riding a 10 game unbeaten streak. They have not lost a game since November 10 when they were upended on home ice by Omaha 4-2. The only blemish in their last 10 games is a tie to the UMD Bulldogs on home ice. The Huskies saw their own 10 game undefeated streak end on January 4th in a 7-2 loss to Union College. They’ve gone 2-2-0 in their past 4 games including a 3-1 loss to UMD this past weekend. This weekend begins a stretch of 14 conference games to finish the 2018-19 regular season with eight home games and six road games.
HUSKIES RALLY FOR 4-2 WIN AND WEEKEND SPLIT WITH UMD
Duluth, MN – Championship teams figure out how to deal with adversity. After a frustrating loss to the #5 UMD Bulldogs on Friday, the Huskies were dealt another blow knowing they’d be without one of their top scorers Kevin Fitzgerald and their assistant captain and senior Jacob Benson for the rematch. Fitzgerald, it appears, will be lost until playoff time courtesy a shoulder to shoulder hit by UMD’s Nick Wolfe and an undetermined timetable for Benson. So, the lines were juggled again for the series finale with the Bulldogs. Additionally, a gut decision by the coaching staff had David Hrenak back in goal after allowing three goals on 18 shots on Friday. Finding themselves down by two goals late in the first period, the Huskies put things in gear and scored twice late in the period and rallied for an important 4-2 win and split of the weekend road series with UMD.
Things were beginning to look dire for the Huskies after a goal by Riley Tufte 3:13 into the contest off a quick wrister and another by Justin Richards from the right slot on the power play at 13:37 for a 2-0 UMD advantage.”We expected a lot of pressure and they put us on our heals early” said coach Brett Larson. With the Bulldogs Nick Wolfe in the penalty box for holding, the Huskies Spencer Meier (Ahcan | Newell) finally scored on the power play, their first of the weekend on their sixth opportunity of the series at 17:51. On the tail end of the power play, Patrick Newell attacked the UMD zone and fed Ahcan back at the point who found Spencer Meier near the right circle who beat Shepard glove side on a quick wrist shot. This led to another goal less than a minute later again by a defenseman cheating into the zone. This time, on a very astute play by Jimmy Schuldt he intercepted a blind backhand by Parker McKay 10 feet in front of the goal and he ripped a quick shot past Shepard to suddenly tie the game at 2-2. The Huskies were outshot 8-6 in the period but narrowed the shot advantage late in the period and also had a shot by Patrick Newell go off the post earlier in period one.
The Huskies continued their improved play into the second period and completed their rally at 4:25 with a goal by Easton Brodzinski (Hentges | Miller) to take their first lead of the weekend series. Hentges retrieved the puck in the corner and fed Brodzinski who was not going to be upstaged by his high school teammate, Tufte who scored earlier in the game. Brodzinski froze defenseman Nick Wolfe with a toe drag and then backhanded the puck under Shepard for the game-winning goal, his 4th gamer of the season. In a closely fought period, the Huskies scored the lone goal and were outshot 13-12.
In a tense third period, Hrenak had to come to the aid of the Huskies making a big save on a Bulldog two on one four minutes into the period. Then, a tip in by Blake Lizotte was waved off due to a high stick. A hooking penalty to Ryan Poehling had SCSU on the defensive with 10:26 remaining but they held tight and took a time-out with 6:22 remaining to give their defensive unit a rest.. A huge key to their success late in the period was the ability of Blake Lizotte to win several key faceoffs in the defensive zone. With UMD badly outshooting the Huskies in period three, the Huskies put the game away with a goal by Robby Jackson (Newell | B Lizotte) with 1:59 remaining. Newell fired a shot on goal from the right circle and Jackson was there to bury the rebound for the 4-2 final. The Bulldogs outshot SCSU 11-4 in the period.
UMD outshot the Huskies 32-22 for the contest with David Hrenak responding with a big game turning aside 30 of 32 shots on goal. UMD’s Shepard finally looked human after the Friday performance allowing four goals on 22 shots. SCSU was finally able to solve the UMD penalty kill scoring once in two opportunities. UMD was one for four on the man-advantage. The SCSU defense blocked 19 shots while UMD blocked 11. Faceoff wins were even at 24 to 24.
An obviously disappointed Scott Sandelin commented “We came out and played the first seven to eight minutes the way we need to play for 60 minutes and we weren’t willing to do it. We started getting caught which gave them some outnumbered rushes that gave them momentum, It’s not good enough right now. This team has got to learn and hopefully this is the last lesson they needed to learn. We need to be better and committed in certain areas of the game.”
Patrick Newell was the only Husky with a multi-point game with two assists.
The Huskies have another battle on their hands next weekend when they host second-place Western Michigan.
Stars of the Game: #1 Hrenak (SCSU) #2 Schuldt (SCSU) #3 Brodzinski (SCSU)
TURNOVERS, SHEPARD HAUNT HUSKIES IN 3-1 LOSS TO BULLDOGS
Duluth, MN – Hunter Shepard stopped 30 of 31 shots on goal and the #5 Bulldogs capitalized on three SCSU turnovers to defeat the #1 ranked SCSU Huskies 3-1 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth on Friday, January 11. The loss spoiled coach Brett Larson’s homecoming as the former Bulldog assistant now SCSU head coach brought his top-ranked Huskies to Amsoil for a key weekend series. There were no excuses by Larson as he simply stated ” there are no moral victories in this league. We will have to be better tomorrow.” Regardless, the Huskies dominated long stretches of this contest and outshot the Bulldogs 31-18 but simply couldn’t score on the power play nor get anything past Shepard in a highly disappointing loss. Coach Sandelin admitted “Our best player was our goaltender. When our team is not playing great, your best player has to be your goalie. Shep was outstanding tonight, made some great saves and gave us a chance to win.”
As Larson expected, the Bulldogs attacked hard and the tactic worked as first-line center Peter Kreiger produced a turnover on a hard forecheck on SCSU first-year defenseman, NIck Perbix and steered the puck to Nick Swaney who was waiting in the slot and wristed it cleanly past SCSU goaltender David Hrenak for a 1-0 lead. SCSU outshot the Bulldogs 14-6 in the period but failed on three power play opportunities. Shot attempts favored SCSU 23 to 12 in the period.
The second period continued with the Huskies on the attack and some very strong play in particular by the line anchored by Ryan Poehling and flanked by senior Robby Jackson and freshman Nolan Walker. The efforts eventually paid off as Jackson (Ahcan | Hentges) scored his 101st career point at 16:20. Ahcan took a shot from inside the blue line and Jackson was at the goalmouth to deflect it past Shepard to knot the game at 1-1. A hooking call to UMD’s Jackson Cates gave the Huskies another power play opportunity at 17:22 but college hockey’s top-ranked penalty kill shut down the Huskies for the fourth time in the game. SCSU outshot the Bulldogs 26-10 through two periods.
The third period again saw the Bulldogs shut down college hockey’s 6th ranked power play for the fifth time in the contest after a penalty to Peter Krieger for holding at 4:50. Another forced turnover led to the Bulldogs second goal at 9:53, First-year forward Noah Cates, fresh off the World Junior tournament, out-muscled the Huskies Jon Lizotte for the puck at the goal mouth and then beat Hrenak to give the Bulldogs a one goal advantage 2-1. With the Huskies pressing and exerting a great deal of offensive pressure on Shepard and the Bulldogs another turnover led to the final goal of the game. With SCSU pressuring the blueline, Brodzinski attempted to chip the puck into the zone and it bounced off Justin Richards and he captured the puck and capitalized on a breakaway netting the Bulldogs third goal at 18:22.
SCSU outshot the Bulldogs 31 to 18 in the contest and in a tremendous outing, Hunter Shepard turned aside 30 of 31 shots on goal to earn his 12th win of the season. SCSU starter David Hrenak faced 18 shots on goal stopping 15 in the loss. One of the key statistics in the game was the Huskies inability to score on the man-advantage going 0 for 5 in the contest, SCSU had a total of 66 shot attempts in the game vs 39 for the Bulldogs.
Both Kevin Fitzgerald and Jacob Benson left the game with injuries. It’s unknown the extent and whether it will preclude them from Saturday’s game.
The teams return to the ice on Saturday at 7:05 PM CT for the series finale.
Stars of the Game: #1 Shepard (UMD), Cates (UMD), Swaney (UMD)
TOP RANKED HUSKIES AND BULLDOGS FACE-OFF THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – This series exemplifies what is great about college hockey. This may not be the most critical series in the NCHC this weekend but numerous story lines exist. The defending Penrose Cup Champion faces the defending National Champion. The #1 ranked team in college hockey faces #5. The former UMD assistant coach returns to Duluth as the SCSU head coach to try to derail his mentor. Teammates from the recent World Junior Tournament suddenly become adversaries on the ice. Both teams have positioned themselves to be near locks for the NCAA tourney assuming the wheels don’t suddenly fall off on each. It should be a large and lively crowd with an abundance of visitors in cardinal and black in the house. This pairing has set itself up for a tremendous weekend of competitive hockey and I wouldn’t want to miss it. Read on. MORE HERE
#1 HUSKIES NEED THEIR "QUARTERBACKS" BACK
St. Cloud, MN – Logic tells you line consistency is a key to consistent team play. That’s probably a simplification as lines can become stagnant and unproductive and a change can yield positive results. However, coaches have different philosophies on mixing up lines. Coach Motzko was notorious for changing up line combinations – sometimes weekly and it wasn’t unusual to see in excess of thirty different line combinations during the season. Current SCSU coach Brett Larson has been more reluctant to make wholesale and knee-trigger changes. His lineup has seen 14 different line combinations thus far this season. It would probably be less were it not for a few injuries and the absence of the teams two top centers – Ryan Poehling and Blake Lizotte.The two have been missing for different reasons. For Lizotte, he’s had an “upper body” injury and the coaching staff has been cautious in returning him to the lineup too early since he’s only missed an exhibition and two non-conference games. Poehling’s absence was due to his participation in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships that just concluded in British Columbia. All Poehling did was rack up the honors as the USA team won the Silver Medal. Individually, Poehling was named to the WJC All-Star Team, Best Forward, and Tournament MVP.
Let’s not diminish the fact that the Huskies have been missing their two top centermen (Poehling and Lizotte) for the last three games (including the exhibition against the USA U18). Both Poehling and Lizotte are outstanding players and missing these two “quarterbacks” at center places the lineup in turmoil. With significant offensive and defensive duties and the need for consistent strength down the middle of the ice it’s obvious it’s been damaging to the Huskies lineup. Whether it’s winning faceoffs, leading breakouts, generating offense, scoring and filling lanes to stunt cross-ice passes it’s not a position easily replaceable. Sam Hentges did a fine job at center vs Union winning 14 of 18 faceoffs but there’s much more to that position and a lot to ask of a first-year player. Let’s just say the MVP of the recent World Junior tournament (Ryan Poehling) and the Huskies best faceoff player, Lizotte (207/121 .631 FO %) out of the lineup makes a huge difference.
With the World Junior Tournament concluded Ryan Poehling will be back with the team and after a couple days off to rest will re-join the Huskies for a few practices this week. Coach Larson also speculated during his radio show last night that Lizotte could also be back in the lineup this weekend as the Huskies face top rival and defending National Champion UMD in Duluth. With the Huskies currently in control of their destiny they have a very tough second half of the season starting with the Bulldogs and finishing on March 9 with 16 conference games.
Having “quarterbacks” Poehling and Lizotte back in the lineup for the balance of the season are crucial to the Huskies continuing success. Their work ethic, leadership and skill at the center position is important to this team. Let’s hope it starts this weekend.
SCSU HOCKEY: FINAL THOUGHTS FROM PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh, PA – First, a standing “O’ to the city of Pittsburgh. The Steel City is an amazing sports town and it certainly lived up to it’s #2 ranking on the CenterIceView Road trip list. Sure, there was a disruption in plans as the venue for the opening game was changed from the PPG Paints Arena to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex due to a conflict with the Penguins schedule. Would the coaching staff and players have preferred PPG Arena? Of course. Let’s face it, it’s a practice facility for the Penguins and it felt like the Huskies were skating in a scrimmage. Would I have preferred to walk one block from my hotel to PPG Arena as opposed to driving 20 miles up the freeway to the Sports Complex. Again, a big yes. However, you make the best of the situation and roll with it. Beyond that, it was an outstanding road trip and something to look forward to when the Frozen Four takes place in Pittsburgh in 2021. My suggestion? Go! MORE HERE
JACKSON CAPTURES 100TH AS HUSKIES DEFEAT RMU 5-2
Pittsburgh, PA – Bob Jackson predicted on Friday that son Robby would capture his 100th career point as a Husky on Saturday vs Robert Morris. Making the lengthy trip from California he proudly wanted to experience in person seeing his son reach that lofty goal as he would not be able to attend the UMD series next weekend. He was dead on as Jackson scored two key third period goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-2 win over RMU in the consolation game at the PPG Paint Arena on Saturday, January 5th. Jackson played an energetic and determined third period seemingly begging for the opportunity to handle the puck and change the course of a close game with the Colonials. With the game tied 2-2 early in period three Jackson went to work and scored two consecutive goals – his 99th and 100th points but most importantly leading the Huskies to their 14th win of the season. It was a win/win for all as Jackson joined an elite group of SCSU Huskies that have reached this career milestone.
The game started on a positive note for the Huskies with Easton Brodzinski scoring early for SCSU but then having the goal waved off after review due to the goal being off it’s moorings. Patrick Newell (Ahcan | Perbix) made up for it with a replacement goal off a shot from the high slot at 8:17 to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. This was Newell’s team leading 11th goal of the season. However, RMU responded 29 seconds later on an unusual goal by Nick Prkusic. While falling, Prkusic slid the puck with a backhand that seemed to catch Smith out of position and it slowly slid past Smith’s stick side to tie the game at 1-1. SCSU outshot the Colonials 11-6 in the period.
An uninspiring start to the second period eventually led to the teams trading penalties with the latter to Nick Poehling at 15:30 for hooking. The Huskies not only killed off the penalty but got a break catching RMU off guard at the expiration of the penalty.On a somewhat comical play, Poehling raced out of the penalty box falling and lunging for the puck at the blue line but having enough time to get back up on his skates for a breakaway on RMU goaltender Marotte. Marotte stopped Poehling’s first shot and then a second attempt on a backhand with Kevin Fitzgerald ( N Poehling | Schuldt) cleaning up the rebound for his third goal of the weekend. SCSU outshot RMU 15-8 for the period and clung to a 2-1 lead heading into period three.
With a hooking penalty to Jimmy Schuldt 24 seconds into the period, the Colonials capitalized with a power play goal by Nick Lalonde to tie the game at 2:18. Jackson then went to work with his first goal of the game at 6:34. Planted in the right slot, Jackson received a nice feed from Nolan Walker and he quickly buried it for the eventual game-winning goal and 3-2 lead. He added his milestone goal at 12:45 again assisted by Nolan Walker for his 100th career point. He again retrieved the puck at the left slot and sliding across the goalmouth slipped a backhand under Marotte for a 4-2 SCSU lead. In a desperate attempt to get back in the game, the Colonials pulled Marotte for an extra attacker with slightly less than three minutes remaining but it backfired with Nick Poehling (J Poehling | Fitzgerald) scoring his first goal of the year at 18:15 for a 5-2 SCSU win.
SCSU outshot RMU 35 to 22 and had a cumulative 63 shot attempts in the contest. SCSU starter Jeff Smith turned aside 20 of 22 shots on goal while RMU’s Marotte stopped 30 of 34 shots on goal. SCSU blocked 17 shots vs 8 for the Colonials. The Huskies were 0/4 on the man-advantage and RMU was 1/3. Faceoffs favored RMU 31 to 29. Jeff Smith improved his record to 4-1-1 with the win and the Huskies overall record improved to 14-2-2.
Jack Ahcan (0-2-2), Nick Poehling (1-1-2), Nolan Walker (0-2-2), Robby Jackson (2-0-2) and Kevin Fitzgerald (1-1-2) all had a multiple point game for SCSU.
The Huskies return to conference play with a crucial series in Duluth vs the UMD Bulldogs next weekend.
Stars of the Game: #1 Jackson (SCSU) #2 Fitzgerald (SCSU) #3 Prkusic (RMU)
UNION DUTCHMEN BLITZ SCSU 7-2 IN THREE RIVERS OPENER
Cranberry Township, PA- On October 25th, the Huskies blew out the Boston College Eagles by a 7-0 score. It seemed that everything they threw at the Eagles net seemed to find its way in. Admittedly, the score was not really indicative of the game as the Eagles did put forth a competitive effort. After Friday’s game, the Huskies can now sympathize with Boston College after getting blitzed 7-2 by #14 ranked Union College in the opening contest of the Three Rivers Classic College Hockey Tournament. Due to a scheduling conflict with the PPG Arena’s main tenant, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Huskies and Dutchmen were relegated to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the Penguins practice facility for the tourney’s opening game. With the atmosphere more like a scrimmage than a regular season game, the Huskies fell behind early, could never gain any scoring traction and lost only their second game of the 2018-19 season. Coincidentally, the team (Union College) that broke college hockey’s longest undefeated streak (SCSU) also defeated the team (Northeastern University) twice that handed the Huskies their only previous loss. In the end, kudos to a Union College team that despite being on the short-end of every statistical category in this game dominated in the only category that counted – number of goals. In a game to forget for college hockey’s third ranked defense, they skewered SCSU’s starting goalie, David Hrenak for six goals on 13 shots ultimately chasing him from the game after 41:32 of play. The loss positioned the Huskies to face tournament host, Robert Morris University on Saturday at 4:00 PM CT for the opportunity to earn some redemption after a forgettable opening game.
In a fairly even first-period of play, the Dutchmen finally opened the scoring with a goal by Ryan Walker at 15:36, his first of two goals in the game. This was followed less than two minutes later with a goal by Brandon Estes, his first of the contest on a shot from the left point that beat Hrenak to place the Huskies in a 2-0 hole. Despite outshooting the Dutchmen 12-11, the Huskies saw Union carry their two-goal advantage into the second period.
Period two was perhaps the Huskies best period of the contest with 21 shot attempts to Unions 8 but again yielding another goal to Union 11:14 into the period. Parker Foo increased Unions margin to 3-1 with his 4th goal of the season. The Huskies were finally able to get on the board on the power play at 16:49. Kevin Fitzgerald (Jackson | Newell) was finally able to beat Darion Hanson down low for his 8th goal of the season. Some intense pressure by the Huskies caused Union to take a time-out and they responded with a goal by Sebastian Vidmar at 17:59 who beat Hrenak to his right for a 4-1 Union lead. Once again, SCSU outshot Union 8-6 in the period.
Period three saw the Dutchmen put the game out of reach within the first 1:32 of the period and ending David Hrenak’s night. Brandon Estes, added his second goal of the game on a shot from the right circle just 30 seconds into the period and Brett Supinski added another 1:02 later for an insurmountable 6-1 lead. However, the Huskies did not quit battling and Kevin Fitzgerald added his second of the game with a persistent effort at the goalmouth punching the puck past Hanson for his 9th goal of the season.Union’s Ryan Walker capped things off with his second goal of the game at 5:41 for the 7-2 final. In another hard-working period by the Huskies, they outshot Union 18-8 but were outscored 3-1.
SCSU outshot Union 38 to 25 for the game and attempted 65 shots in the game vs 44 for Union. SCSU blocked 13 shots to Union’s 8 and faceoffs favored the Huskies 29 to 24. Sam Hentges was outstanding in the faceoff circle winning 14 of 18. Union was 0 for 1 on the man-advantage while SCSU was 1 for 2. David Hrenak allowed 6 goals on 19 shots and Jeff Smith stopped 5 of 6 in relief. Darion Hanson had an outstanding game in goal turning aside 36 of 38 shots on goal.
Kevin Fitzgerald was the only Husky with a multiple point game with two goals.
The Huskies return to the ice at PPG Arena on Saturday vs host Robert Morris University in the consolation game at 4:00 PM CT.
Stars of the Game: #1 Maier (Union) #2 Estes (Union) #3 Darion Hanson (Union)
#1 SCSU BEGINS 2019 WITH A TRIP TO THE STEEL CITY
St. Cloud, MN – The challenge continues for the #1 ranked SCSU men’s hockey team as they embark on another road trip – this time to the “Steel City” of Pittsburgh to participate in the Three Rivers Classic College Hockey Tournament. With only one set back in 2018 ( 4-3 loss to Northeastern) the Huskies will have a target on their back as the pre-tournament favorite and will face a stern test in the opening game of the tourney vs Union College of Schenectady, NY. With the Huskies currently sitting at #2 in the all-important Pairwise and Union at #15, this game will have important Pairwise implications. Tournament host Robert Morris will face-off against Brown University in the other opening day match-up with SCSU facing one of thos two on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena. These will be the final non-conference games of the 2018-19 season for SCSU as they dive into conference play for their final 16 games. MORE HERE
USA U18 EARNS 6-4 WIN OVER SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – If the Thursday, December 27th game vs the USA U18’s is any indication, the future of USA Hockey for the next several years is pretty good. With a team consisting of 21 future Division I players, the USA U18 team gave SCSU a lesson on their home ice in a 6-4 exhibition win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. A strong skating team with good size, skill and at times some edgy physical play, they proved to be an exceedingly good match for college hockey’s #1 ranked team. Despite missing top forwards Ryan Poehling and Blake Lizotte there were no excuses as the USA squad was also missing two it’s top players in forward Jack Hughes and goaltender Spencer Knight, both off at the World Junior Championships. In their place, goaltender Cameron Rowe, a future NCHC player at North Dakota and Cole Caufield a future Wisconsin Badger led their team to their sixth win in 12 contests vs Division I opponents this season. The Huskies on the other hand, used this exhibition as an opportunity to insert seldom-used players Clark Kuster, Will Hammer and Mika Ilvonen and as a tune-up game for sophomore defenseman, Tyler Anderson who saw his first action since being injured vs Mount Royal in early October. In the end, it was a solid win for Team USA who gave the Huskies fits all night with their speed, quick movement of the puck, skillful passing and puck handling.
POEHLING, HASTINGS ADD SCSU CONNECTION TO 2019 WJC
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University connection to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships continues with the announcement by USA Hockey of the final team roster on December 23rd. Junior, Ryan Poehling of SCSU and SCSU alumn Mike Hastings will both be representing the USA in this years tournament. Poehling will be participating in his second straight world championship. The native of Lakeville, MN is currently a SCSU junior and is second in team points with 17. He has participated in several international tournaments for Team USA including the WJC in 2018 in Buffalo ( 1G, 2A ), 2017 Under 18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia (3G, 2A) and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic ( 4G, 2A ). MORE HERE
#1 HUSKIES RETURN TO ACTION IN EXHIBITION VS USA U18 TEAM
St. Cloud, MN – The #1 ranked SCSU Huskies return to home ice in an exhibition vs the USA U18 team on Thursday, December 27, 2018. This tune-up with the U18’s will launch the Huskies into the second half of the 2018-19 season and help prepare them for a new year’s tournament in Pittsburgh, PA on January 4-5. The Huskies currently sit in first-place in the highly competitive National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) leading second place Western Michigan by seven points. Additionally, the Huskies are currently ranked #2 in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, a statistical tool used to approximate the process for selecting teams to the NCAA tournament. the Huskies return to league action on January 11/12 in an important series in Duluth vs the UMD Bulldogs. MORE HERE
HUSKIES THROTTLE OMAHA 7-1 TO SWEEP WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – The misery continued for the Omaha Mavericks getting blitzed 7-1 and losing their seventh consecutive game to the Huskies at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday, December 8th. The 4-10-2 Mavericks knotted the game 1-1 early in period two but then saw the floodgates open as the Huskies scored six consecutive goals to bury the Mavs and finish the 2018 conference schedule with an impressive 6-0-2 record and a seven point lead over the Western Michigan Broncos currently residing in second place in the NCHC. In contrast to Friday’s contest, the Huskies were seemingly scoring at will as Omaha netminder Evan Weninger was repeatedly left to face an onslaught of Huskies offensive attacks. On this night, thirteen SCSU players had at least one point and four had a multi-point game. Blake Lizotte, who had an outstanding game led the Huskies with two goals. The two NIcks – Perbix and Poehling each had two assists and Patrick Newell who was carrying the puck with confidence all night had a goal and an assist. And, David Hrenak who played both games allowed only one goal in the series and improved his record to 10-0-1. The win improved the Huskies overall record to 13-1-2 as they get a much-needed break before an exhibition contest with the USA Under 18 squad on December 27. MORE HERE
HUSKIES DOMINATE IN 2-0 WIN OVER OMAHA
St. Cloud, MN – The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center has been a tough venue for the Omaha Mavericks. After the Huskies 2-0 win on Friday, November 7th, Omaha is 4-12-1 all-time vs SCSU in St. Cloud. It’s also the 6th consecutive loss to the top-ranked Huskies who by the way, are undefeated on home ice thus far this season. Although the scoreboard did not reflect it, the Huskies put forth a dominating effort outshooting the Mavericks 38-18, winning 61% of the faceoffs and limiting them to an average of six shots per period and allowing SCSU netminder David Hrenak to earn his 9th win and second shutout of the season. They also shut out the Mavericks on their two man-advantage opportunities and to top things of – were 25% on their own power play opportunities. It’s not that it couldn’t have been more lopsided as the Huskies rang several of the post and give credit where credit is due – David Weninger had a nice night in goal. In the end, the Huskies improved their overall record to 12-1-2 and their conference record to 5-0-2. The win also maintained a six-point separation between the Huskies and Western Michigan, UMD and Miami. MORE HERE
SCSU TO HOST OMAHA MAVERICKS THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – So far so good. After this weekend, the #1/2 ranked Huskies will have completed one-third of their 2018-19 NCHC conference schedule. Currently 4-0-2, they lead the UMD Bulldogs and Miami Redhawks by three points and the Western Michigan Broncos and Denver Pioneers by six points in the conference standings. After the weekend they face the USA Under 18 team in an exhibition on December 27th and then participate in the Three Rivers Classic hosted by Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s not until January 11/12 until they return to conference play in a road series at the UMD Bulldogs. After earning three of six points last weekend vs Miami, the Huskies will need to re-group and finish the weekend strong as they head into a break in their schedule. SCSU will face a Omaha squad that had not won a game in the 2018-19 season until they defeated Miami at home by a 6-3 win on November 3. Since then, they’ve gone 4-2-1 and will be determined to leave St. Cloud with some conference points. MORE HERE
HUSKIES AND MIAMI BATTLE TO 2-2 OVERTIME TIE
Oxford, OH – Saying that there is suspense when the Huskies face the Miami RedHawks is an understatement. After Saturday’s game, the two squads have had four consecutive overtime games. Although this game was a polar opposite of Friday nights contest, the result was the same as the two teams skated to a 2-2 overtime draw – at least for NCAA purposes. On this night, Miami earned the satisfaction of the extra league point as Josh Melnick, always tough on the Huskies scored the three on three overtime winner for the extra point and a split of the weekend series with both teams earning three league points. To say the #1 ranked Huskies had difficulty with the RedHawks was an understatement. Although they never once led in the two-game series, the resilient RedHawks always managed to find a way to rally and pull themselves even with the Huskies. On Saturday, December 1, they did so for the second straight game and sent the Huskies back home knowing they have to do a better job shutting the door on a team when they have a third period lead. And, for the RedHawks, they now can be confident in their “backup” goaltender as graduate transfer Jordan Uhelski filled in magnificently for the injured Ryan Larkin shutting down the Huskies to 4 goals in the two contests and stopping 59 of 63 shots on goal in the two games. It was a tough series but that is to be expected in the NCHC. MORE HERE
HUSKIES AND REDHAWKS SKATE TO 4-4 OVERTIME DRAW
Oxford, OH – The #1 ranked SCSU Huskies returned to NCHC conference play on Friday, November 30th and found themselves in a run and gun game with the Miami University RedHawks. The teams combined for 74 shots on goal and 6 first-period goals ultimately settling for a 4-4 overtime tie. Scoreless after the five-minute overtime session and the obligatory three on three overtime session, Blake LIzotte finally settled things quickly in the required shootout on the Huskies first attempt to earn the extra league point. Entertaining for the fans for sure at Steve Cady Rink but most likely frustrating for the SCSU coaching staff to see its team lose some races for the puck, allow a short-handed goal and see Miami’s Casey Gilling score a bad-angle goal with about seven and a half minutes remaining to tie the contest. And despite firing 33 shots on backup goaltender Jordan Uhelski the Huskies could only beat him twice in the 4-4 final. MORE HERE
BACK TO WORK: #1 RANKED SCSU FACES MIAMI THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – It’s back to work for the #1 ranked Huskies as they take their unblemished NCHC conference record on the road to face the Miami RedHawks on November 30 | December 1 in Oxford, OH. With one-third of the season already behind them, the Huskies find themselves #2 in the Pairwise rankings as they approach an abbreviated schedule in December and then the crucial month of January with a heavy conference schedule. The Huskies have excelled both on the road and at home but can’t overlook the RedHawks who despite some eratic results thus far, have had an ambitious non-conference schedule and currently sit tied for third in the conference. Miami’s been pretty successful on their home rink with a 6-2-0 record including wins over North Dakota and UMass-Lowell and a sweep of Colgate and Huntsville. Success can be fleeting in the tough NCHC and the Huskies only need to look back on the conference playoffs last season and the very tough series with the RedHawks. The Huskies prevailed but it took an overtime win in the deciding third game to advance the Huskies to the Frozen Faceoff. The RedHawks would like nothing better than to derail the Huskies momentum and prove that they will be a contender in the NCHC this season. MORE HERE
SCSU GETS OFFENSIVE IN 7-4 SWEEP OF BEMIDJI STATE
St. Cloud, MN – The story line on Saturday was the return of goaltender Zach Driscoll to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to face his former team as the starter in goal for the BSU Beavers. With Driscoll leading the country with a paltry goals against average of 0.98 and a stingy .959 save percentage it appeared that the gallery would be in for another low-scoring contest right? Obviously, the #2 ranked Huskies had other designs on this game after a frustrating effort on Friday night in their 2-0 win. They proved their point early drilling the former Husky with four even strength goals in the first twenty-seven minutes to force an early exit of Driscoll en route to a 7-4 win and sweep of their WCHA rival. To be fair, it was not a particularly good night for any of the three goaltenders that played with back-up Jack Burgart allowing three goals and the Huskies David Hrenak four as they all seemed to be battling the puck. As opposed to Friday, offense took center stage as the see-saw game ultimately went to the Huskies. Jimmy Schuldt and sophomore forward Kevin Fitzgerald scored twice to lead the Huskies in this weekend sweep and push their overall record to 11-1-0. MORE HERE
HUSKIES SQUEEZE BY BEMIDJI STATE 2-0
St. Cloud, MN – In retrospect, coach Larson’s intuition was dead on. He wanted goaltender David Hrenak to take a mental break from the game and start Jeff Smith on Friday vs the Bemidji State University Beavers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. He couldn’t have planned a more accurate move. Smith, who fell out of the rotation for two games earned a shutout after stopping 32 shots on goal including several big saves down the stretch as the Huskies squeezed by a very tough Bemidji State squad by a 2-0 score. And, to top things off, he added a third period assist on Kevin Fitzgerald’s empty net goal to garner the games #1 star. The other key component on the night was Easton Brodzinski who scored the game-winning goal on a power play but easily could have had several more were it not for a strong effort on the other end of the rink by Henry Johnson, the BSU netminder. It turns out the Beavers were what they thought they were – disciplined, dedicated to a strong forecheck , tight gap play and jumping on the numerous turnovers they forced. In the end, the Huskies were outshot 32 to 21 and despite being frustrated to no end at times by the battle-ready Beavers won their fifth straight game and fifth at home to improve their overall record to 10-1-0.
HUSKIES TO FACE IN-STATE RIVAL BEMIDJI STATE THIS WEEKEND
St. Cloud, MN – The #2 ranked SCSU Huskies place their four-game winning streak on the line hosting fellow Minnesota State Universities and Colleges institution, Bemidji State University at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on November 16 and 17. These two teams have a long history of competition going back to the NCAA Division III years for both schools. There is also a number of crossover stories including Bemidij State University’s head coach Tom Serratore’s years at SCSU as an assistant coach under Craig Dahl from 1993 to 1999. On the other bench, current SCSU assistant coach Mike Gibbons is a graduate of Bemidji State University, where he played for the Beavers men’s hockey team from 1975 to 1979. He gained All-America recognition in 1978 and 1979, was a member of the national title-winning team in 1979 and started his coaching career at Bemidji State as an assistant in 1981. He served as the BSU head coach during the 1982-83 season, while head coach Bob Peters took a year-long sabbatical and was named the NHCA Conference Coach of the Year and the College Division National Coach of the Year. Also, of interest is current BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll began his collegiate career at SCSU during the 2016-17 season and then transferred to BSU becoming eligible to play for the Beavers this season. Also, current BSU sophomore forward, Brendan Harris was an early commit to SCSU before deciding to sign his national letter of intent with the Beavers. Finally, current BSU defenseman, Dillon Eichstadt is the nephew of former SCSU player, Scott Eichstadt who skated for the Huskies through the 1990-91 season. As a result, the multiple story lines will make for an interesting series between these two Minnesota schools this weekend in St. Cloud. MORE HERE
TOP USHL GOALTENDER LAMOREAUX COMMITS TO HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – The Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League (USHL) announced on November 11 that goaltender Joseph Lamoreaux has committed to play hockey at St. Cloud State University. Lamoreaux also announced via Twitter on November 11 “I am proud and honored to announce my commitment to St. Cloud State University. Can’t thank my family, friends, and coaches enough for all of their support!” The 6′ 1″ 190 native of Shorewood, WI recently completed a visit to SCSU and remarked ” I got to go visit the campus and meet all the coaches. It felt right. It felt like home. It’s a place I can see myself spending 4 years of my life.” MORE HERE
HUSKIES COMPLETE SWEEP OF DENVER PIONEERS 4-3
St. Cloud, MN – Denver goaltender Devin Cooley’s head had to have been spinning this weekend. Having played only three games last season he was thrown into the starting role and has played in every game. However, this weekend vs the #2 ranked Huskies it must have felt like a “Baptism of Fire” facing 80 shots in the series by a relentless SCSU attack that ended up sweeping the previously undefeated and #5 ranked Pioneers. Cooley did his best to shut down the Huskies making loads of impressive saves as the defense continually melted down in front of him. But, to his credit, he kept both games close losing both by the identical score of 4-3. And, in both games, it was the Huskies that had to rally from a two-goal deficit to capture the sweep. It’s now four straight come from behind wins for the Huskies who improved their overall record to 9-1-0 and NCHC record to 4-0-0. MORE HERE
WALKER LEADS SCSU TO 4-3 WIN OVER DENVER IN BATTLE OF ROOKIES
St. Cloud, MN – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is cultivating some high-test rookies and several were on display at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud on Friday. Of the seven goals scored, five were by first-year players including two by SCSU’s Nolan Walker and one each by Denver’s Cole Guttman, Emilio Pettersen and Brett Stapley. In the end, it was Nolan Walker and his Huskies that prevailed in an early season conference battle between the #2 ranked Huskies and #5 ranked Denver Pioneers. The two squads led by first-year head coaches David Carle of Denver and Brett Larson of St. Cloud gave the crowd of 4000 an exciting and fast paced contest and an early look at a half-dozen first-year forwards that should make a run at the NCHC All-rookie team this season. Between Walker and Hentges of St. Cloud and Guttman, Pettersen and Stapley they’ve combined for 18 goals. For the winning Huskies, Walker was the leading scorer on the night with 2 goals and an assist for three points. The win improved the Huskies to an overall 8-1-0 record and 3-0-0 in the NCHC placing them in first place in the early season standings. Denver who entered the series 5-0-1 suffered their first loss of the season. MORE HERE
#2 SCSU HUSKIES RETURN HOME TO FACE #5 DENVER PIONEERS
St. Cloud, MN – After having played six of their first eight games on the road, the #2 ranked Huskies finally return home to face the #5 ranked and undefeated Denver Pioneers at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Pioneers saw some wholesale changes to their team after the 2017-18 season but have responded nicely entering this weekends series with a 5-0-1 overall record and 2-0-0 conference record which includes a home sweep of Western Michigan last weekend. This series represents a return matchup between the two teams in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff Championship game last March . The Pioneers defeated the Huskies 4-1 in that contest. St. Cloud State enters this key conference series with a 7-1-0 record and a 2-0-0 conference record. Please note that Friday’s game will be at 7:07 Pm CT with the series finale at 6:07 PM CT on Saturday. Both games will be televised. MORE HERE
SCSU ROAD WARRIORS COMPLETE SWEEP OF TIGERS 2-1
Colorado Springs, CO- Coach Larson recognizes the value obtained from his team’s grueling early season road schedule. The approximate 10,000 flight miles that they’ve logged traveling to Fairbanks, AK, Boston MA and Colorado Springs, CO has noticeably bonded this team and given him time to connect better with his players with minimal distractions. It’s also given them the confidence that they can go on the road and be successful. On the other hand, they’ve hardly had a normal week of practice since the exhibition game with Mount Royal in early October. So, it’s a bit of relief that they’ll be returning to the friendly confines of the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for several weeks until another road trip to face Miami the end of the month. With a 6-1-0 record, we can give the team an “A” for their results so far under their new coach. This past weekend, they added two early season conference wins with their sweep of the Colorado College Tigers at the Broadmoor World Arena. The 2-1 win on Saturday was not easy and probably was not without a little controversy. But, they overcame eight penalties and limited the Tigers to one power play goal in squeezing out this victory. It was another come back win as they had to do so on Friday as well. So, they return to St. Cloud with an enviable road record, will get in a normal week of practice and prepare to face the other Colorado team – Denver University on home ice next weekend. MORE HERE
HUSKIES EARN HARD FOUGHT WIN OVER COLORADO COLLEGE 5-3
Colorado Springs, CO – “Hockey is cruel – you continually dominate them and one shot and they are ahead.” tweeted hockey fan Keith Mueller. As unfair as it seemed to the SCSU fans watching this game on Friday, November 2nd, that was indeed the case. Albeit for a portion of the first period, the #2 ranked Huskies put forth a dominating effort but it took a four-goal third period to finally dispose of the Colorado College Tigers at the Broadmoor World Arena Friday. SCSU fell behind 2-0 in the first period and it was beginning to look like the Tigers would get their first win vs the Huskies on home ice since 2013. But a rally in the third period erased the Tigers thoughts of an upset as the Huskies prevailed 5-3 for their first conference win. MORE HERE
#2 HUSKIES BACK ON THE ROAD TO FACE RESURGENT CC TIGERS
St. Cloud, MN – The #2 ranked Huskies pack their bags for their third extended road trip of the early season as they head to Colorado Springs, CO to face the Tigers in both squads NCHC series opener. Granted, the Huskies have not lost a game in the ‘Springs since 2013 and have sixteen wins in the last twenty games but after five years of rebuilding this is a different Colorado College squad. With greatly improved talent, experience and a winning mindset the Huskies are sure to have a formidable challenge ahead of them. One of the top road venues for Husky fans, the weekend should see plenty of sunshine and a beautiful locale for a weekend hockey trip. MORE HERE
NORTHEASTERN COMEBACK HANDS SCSU FIRST LOSS OF SEASON
Boston, MA – To the SCSU hockey fans in attendance, the “Let’s Go Huskies” chant which became more prominent in the second period at historic Matthews Arena probably seemed oddly out-of-place. However, the style of play of the two teams with the same nickname was very similar and led to a highly competitive and entertaining game on Saturday, October 27 in Boston. The SCSU Huskies forged a 2-0 lead early in the second period and it appeared they were on their way to their sixth win of the season.The Northeastern Huskies had other designs for the outcome in front of their home crowd. Outshooting SCSU by a 15-10 margin in the second period, they scored a late period goal and leveraged that momentum into the third scoring two more times en-route to a 3-2 comeback win over the #2 ranked Huskies. With a shake-up in a lineup missing senior Robby Jackson, SCSU seemed out of sync at times and the legs appeared somewhat weary in the second period. But they regained their energy in the third, outshot Northeastern 12-6 but couldn’t beat sophomore goaltender Cayden Primeau in this battle of netminders. In the end, it was a Hockey East win on this night with the hope by this writer that these two squads meet once again later in the season.
QUICK UPDATE: SCSU HUSKIES VS NORTHEASTERN HUSKIES
HENTGES AND WALKER LEAD HUSKIES TO 7-0 BLOWOUT OF BC
Boston, MA – As an athlete, there are certain events that you remember for the rest of your life. In Sam Hentges’s case, it would be impossible to forget October 25, 2018 in Boston, MA. at the Eagles’ Kelly Rink. A goal in each period provided the first-year forward with a hat trick and propelled the #2 ranked Huskies to a 7-0 blowout win over Hockey East’s Boston College Eagles. Not to be overshadowed by the Hentges hat trick, fellow first-year forward Nolan Walker netted two goals giving the freshman 5 of the 7 goals in the contest. And, sophomore goaltender David Hrenak stopped all 32 SOG as the Huskies improved to 5-0-0 to start the 2018-19 season. They’ve now shutout two consecutive opponents and outscored them 12-0 in those games with Boston College and Northern Michigan. Go back three games and they’ve allowed one goal. In all, first-year players accounted for 11 points on Friday including Brendan Bushy (0-1-1), Nick Perbix (0-1-1) and Spencer Meier (0-2-2).
#2 HUSKIES EMBARK ON CHALLENGING HOCKEY EAST ROAD TRIP
St. Cloud, MN – It’s been a geography lesson for the #2 ranked St. Cloud State University hockey team early in the 2018-19 season. A trip to Alaska two weekends ago to face the Nanooks in a non-conference series was a good team bonding experience. The first week in November will have them in Colorado to face the resurgent Colorado College Tigers to begin conference play. Of immediate concern this week is a road trip to Boston, MA to face Hockey East foes Boston College and Northeastern University. The Huskies hosted the Eagles a year ago in St. Cloud but have not faced the Huskies of Northeastern since the turn of the millennium in November of 2000. Despite a combined early season 2-5-0 record for these two opponents it’s going to be a very challenging trip and a huge test for the Huskies who are off to a 4-0-0 start. A non-typical schedule has the Huskies facing off against the Boston College Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 25 and the NU Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 27.
HUSKIES SHUT DOWN NMU WILDCATS 5-0 FOR WEEKEND SWEEP
St. Cloud, MN – The #4 ranked SCSU Huskies were so dominant on Saturday night they had the game-winning goal in hand by the 7:15 mark of period one. Further indication of their superiority in this 5-0 shutout was a 31-10 advantage in total shots on goal, having a success rate of 66% (2/3) on the power play and a shut down defense that allowed an average of 3 shots per period and yes, a shutout for senior goaltender Jeff Smith. Once again, it was scoring by committee with two power play goals, 5 different players scoring and 3 seperate lines scoring when even-strength. Expecting a much tougher battle from an experienced NMU squad on Saturday, the Huskies delighted their fans once again with quick transition, tape to tape passes and aggressive drives to the opponent’s goal. In the end, the Huskies placed 64 shots on 2017-18 WCHA First-Team Goaltender Atte Tolvanen over the two-game series beating him nine times in the weekend sweep.
SCSU HUSKIES IMPRESS IN 4-1 WIN OVER NMU WILDCATS
St. Cloud, MN – The gas tank was full and the engine was running on all cylinders as the #4 ranked SCSU Huskies posted an impressive 4-1 win over the Northern Michigan University Wildcats on Friday, October 20th at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies peppered NMU All-American goaltender Atte Tolvanen with 16 shots in the second period scoring twice including the game-winner by Easton Brodzinski as SCSU improved its record to 3-0 on the early season. Four different players netted goals on the evening and Blake Lizotte who seemingly was a part of every big play assisted on two of them. The only blemish on the evening was a five-minute major and game disqualification penalty to Jack Ahcan late in period two that led to the Wildcats only goal of the game.
WILDCATS TO OFFER EARLY SEASON TEST TO SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – It’s been awhile – almost six years since the SCSU Huskies faced off against the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in a regular season matchup. A lot of things have changed since that early January 2013 series. The blow-up of college hockey after the 2012-13 season caused the Huskies to depart the WCHA for the newly formed NCHC and the Wildcats were forced to find a home in the WCHA after the dismantling of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). After an up and down season, the Huskies made a post-season run to the Frozen Four ultimately losing to Quinnipiac in Pittsburgh in the NCAA semi-finals. Northern Michigan, on the other hand, finished with a unremarkable 15-19-4 record having their season end in the first round of the CCHA playoffs to Michigan. However, the Wildcats led by non-household names like Thurber, Seckel, Macauley, Ludwig and Coreau swept a Huskies squad led by Captain Ben Hanowski, Hobey Baker winner Drew LeBlanc, Hobey finalist Ethan Prow and future NHLers Dowd, Brodzinski, Gravel, Kossila and Jensen. In that “locks of love” season, the Wildcats upended the Huskies by a 6-2 score on Friday and returned to complete the sweep with a 2-1 margin the next night. This weekend, the Huskies and Wildcats return to face each other in a throwback non-conference matchup at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. MORE HERE
HUSKIES SWEEP WEEKEND WITH 6-2 WIN OVER ALASKA NANOOKS
Fairbanks, AK – It was by no means a perfect weekend. The Huskies are off to a 2-0-0 start and new head coach Brett Larson has a nice beginning to his head coaching career at SCSU. But, with less than a week of formal practice behind them I’m sure Coach Larson has lots to work on. With segments of sloppy play and some positional snags in their defensive play it looked like early season hockey. But once the team got their act together in game two of the series they showed how explosive they can be. The Huskies scored three times in period three to break open a one goal game and cruised to a 6-2 final vs the Alaska Nanooks of the WCHA. At times they made it look awfully easy as Robby Jackson scored twice to lead the Huskies on this night. MORE HERE
HUSKIES EDGE THE NANOOKS 3-2 IN ALASKA
Fairbanks, AK – The #3/5 ranked Huskies traveled 2900 miles to get some work on their special teams in a 3-2 road win over the University of Alaska Nanooks on Friday, October 12. With the flow of the game dictated by the officials, the Huskies blanked the Nanooks man-advantage seven times and scored once in seven opportunities on their own man-advantage in the season opening victory. Senior Patrick Newell showed the advantage a skilled senior has in an early season game netting two goals and assisting on another to reward new head coach Brett Larson with his first win as the Huskies skipper. MORE HERE
SCSU HOCKEY: 2018-19 SEASON BEGINS WITH TRIP TO ALASKA
St. Cloud, MN – If you’re crazy enough to head out by car, figure it’ll take you two days and ten hours to drive non-stop to Fairbanks, AK. Naturally, most sane people would book a flight which will get you there in about six hours with the luxury of earning back three hours with the time zone change. It’s a long, monotonous flight and it will be that way for most of the SCSU players and coaches. But, for sure there’s one player looking forward to the flight to Alaska. Nolan Walker is a home-grown Alaskan and it’s a special treat for him to play his first collegiate hockey game in Alaska. He told me ” It’s been a dream of mine to play Division I college hockey so putting on that jersey (last Sunday) was a dream come true. It will be special to play my first career college hockey games in Alaska in front of family and friends and I’ll have about 20 of them coming to the games.” When asked about his first time on the ice in a game situation for the Huskies he responded ” It was nice to get an exhibition game under my belt and get a feel for college hockey. I felt a little nervous to start the game but as the game went on, it felt like any other game. We have a great group of guys and I can’t wait to see what we can do this year.” The talented youngster impressed last Sunday, got some power play time and finished with one assist in the contest vs Mount Royal University of Calgary, AB. MORE HERE
HUSKIES TOP COUGARS 6-2 IN EXHIBITION OPENER
St. Cloud, MN – Sure, it was just an exhibition to start the season but an important start for new SCSU head coach Brett Larson and his six first-year players . Although coach Larson admitted to the players “he too had butterflies” on the eve of his first game “he expected the first-year players to be nervous but thought they all did well and will just keep getting better.”
The 6-2 win doesn’t count in the pairwise nor the stats column but that’s not the point of these games. With only one full day of practice under their belt, the game allows the coaching staff to play it’s entire roster, do some experimenting and give the first-year players some valuable game experience. And, those first-year players took advantage of it with four of the six (Bushy, Walker, Perbix and Meier) garnering points in the contest. Larson said “they (the team) were shaking the rust off early but by the second period you could see the rust coming off and you could see how good this team could be.” He further stated ” I’m just really excited about where this group can get to. You saw small bits and pieces tonight. Once we shake the rust off and we get to know each other and build our identity together I’m excited about where this group can go.” MORE HERE
5 MINUTE CLICK: SCSU HOCKEY UPDATE 10/5/18
St. Cloud, MN – New SCSU head hockey hockey coach Brett Larson begins his tenure behind the bench this Saturday as the Huskies face off in an exhibition contest with the Mount Royal University Cougars of Calgary, Alberta at 5:00 PM at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. MORE HERE
PREVIEW: DEPTH IS KEY FOR 2018-19 HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – Recent preseason polls have the SCSU Huskies pegged at #3 nationally (College Hockey News), #6 (US College Hockey Online) and to finish #2 in the NCHC. I don’t place a lot of confidence in preseason polls even though they make for fun preseason discussion. However, I’ll make a few general predictions about the Huskies prospects for this season:
The Huskies WILL be a legitimate favorite to repeat as Penrose Cup Champions in 2018-19.
They WILL treat their fans to another NCHC Frozen Faceoff appearance in St. Paul in March.
They WILL make their 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament in the 2018-19 season.
If I’ve learned anything about the formula for success in college hockey it’s essentially three things beyond outright talent – experience, depth and goaltending. This team is blessed with all three. SCSU loses four players from the 2017-18 squad that went 25-9-6 overall, won the regular season NCHC title and made their 12th appearance in the NCAA tournament – 5th in six seasons. Success under new Head Coach Brett Larson should follow once again. MORE HERE
AJHL'S ETHAN LEYER COMMITS TO THE SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University run on commitments continues as a speedy forward from the Alberta Junior Hockey League announced his commitment to the Huskies via twitter on September 27th. Ethan Leyer, a 5′ 8″ 155 pound right-shooting forward from St. Albert, AB announced “I’m honoured to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at St. Cloud State University. I’d like to thank my coaches, friends and most importantly my family for helping me pursue my hockey goals!”
The 16 year-old is currently skating for the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL and has one assist in 5 games. He had an awfully productive season in 2017-18 while playing for Northern Alberta Elite 15’s of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) scoring 17 goals and adding 32 assists for 49 points in just 35 games. The Elite 15’s are the top midget division of the CSSHL.
One of Leyer’s biggest assets is his breakaway speed. He’s good around the net and has shown an ability to put up impressive offensive numbers at every level he’s played including 54 points in 33 games at the bantam AA level and 68 points in 36 games at the bantam AAA level. .
Leyer was a 2017 draft choice of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR 2018-19 SCSU ROOKIE CLASS
St. Cloud, MN – Despite having two collegiate National Championship rings, consider head coach Brett Larson a member of the 2018-19 SCSU “Rookie” class. Larson began his coaching career in 2008-09 as an assistant with the UMD Bulldogs. After three seasons, he assumed the head coaching position for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. He then moved on to Ohio State University as Associate head coach for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 season helping to recruit some of the players on the 2017-18 Frozen Four Buckeye team. He returned to UMD and most recently was a member of the Bulldog staff for two seasons. Larson was a member of the coaching staff for both the 2011 and 2018 National Championship Bulldog squads. Additionally, Larson, served as the head coach for gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. He captained the Bulldogs during his senior year in 1994-95 when he attained Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team recognition for a third straight time and also landed the team’s Community Service Award. He was selected in the 11th round by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 National Hockey League draft. Hired in April, Larson became the third coach in SCSU Division I history and immediately began the task of transitioning the team to a new coaching staff. MORE HERE
BLOOMINGTON'S CHASE BEACOM COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference have had a nice run of commitments from some very talented young defensemen. Already committing for the future are youngsters Jack Peart, Evan Bushy, John Opilka and Christian Miller. They apparently have landed another commitment in mobile, puck moving defenseman, Chase Beacom, a native of Bloomington, MN. Beacom announced via Twitter on August 29 “I am honored and excited to announce my commitment to play Division I hockey and further my education at St. Cloud State University. Thank you to my family, friends and coaches on helping me get to where I am today.”
A 2003 birth date, the left shooting Beacom already has one year of varsity hockey under his belt skating in 25 games for Bloomington Kennedy H.S. compiling 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 points as a 9th grader. Along with previous SCSU commit and fellow defenseman, Jack Peart, he was ranked as one of the top 2003 birth dates in Minnesota. As a result, in May, Beacom was selected to participate in the World Selects Invite in Philadelphia showcasing the top 2003 birth dates in the world. He had 2 goals in 7 games in that showcase. Currently listed at 5’5″ and 140 pounds, Beacom has some growing to do but reminds of current Husky Jack Ahcan as a smart puck mover with grit.
Neutral Zone, a prominent amateur scouting and ranking service described Beacom as an “undersized athletic defender who is agile in tight areas. His lateral movement in the neutral zone was worth noting and we liked his battle level. He likes to hit and he squeezes off forwards on zone entries. Regularly he hits his outlets tape to tape and makes sound decisions with the puck. A nice skill and grit combo defender who will get better as he grows.”
Beacom could arrive on campus at SCSU for the 2022 season.
WISCONSIN NATIVE BROCK BAKER SELECTS SCSU HUSKIES
St. Cloud, MN – There are a lot of adjectives used to describe the latest player to commit to St. Cloud State University hockey: “undersized, speedy, shifty, explosive” are just a few. SCSU hockey fans will have a first-hand look at those skills in the future as Brockton Baker announced his commitment to SCSU hockey via twitter on September 2nd. Baker announced ” Very proud and honored to announce my commitment to play DI hockey for St. Cloud State University! Thank you to all the family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way!” MORE HERE
EVAN BUSHY COMMITS TO ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University Huskies received a commitment from an athletic, speedy, two-way defender as Thief River Falls native Evan Bushy announced his commitment to the Huskies via Twitter on August 20. He announced “Honored and excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University! Thanks to all who have helped !” And, oh by the way, he just happens to be the brother of incoming first-year SCSU defenseman, Brendan Bushy. The sixteen year-old (2002 birth date) 6’0″ 180 pound left shooting defenseman, led his Thief River Falls High School squad to the Section 8 championship and the Class A Minnesota State High School Tournament in 2018.
Bushy finished the 2017-18 season (including playoffs) with 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points in 31 games. This included 6 power play goals and 2 points in 3 state tournament games. Bushy was also a draft choice of the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2018 USHL Futures Draft. He will return to lead his TRF Prowler squad as a Junior into the 2018-19 season.
Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting service noted ” (Bushy) has size, speed and agility on the blue line. He is alert and aware in his own end, has a good stick and moves the puck quickly. He looked very athletic and is a younger player with tons of up-side. He has a whole bunch of tools and is a player to watch”.
Obviously, the opportunity to play collegiate hockey with his brother Brendan was one of the keys to his commitment to St. Cloud. He told me ” Brendan and I have always been close and to have a chance to be a teammate with him is very special.” He further stated “The big thing I like about St. Cloud was the culture, the coaching staff, the facilities and the community. The chance to play with my brother was hard to pass up.” On his style of play Bushy noted ” I’m a two-way defenseman who is very active on both ends of the ice and can play in any situation.”
Bushy joins an already solid group of commitments on the blue line including Brady Ziemer, Valtteri Pirronen, Christian Miller, Jack Peart and John Opilka.
SCSU HOCKEY ALUMNI BOND AT STILLWATER GOLF OUTING
Stillwater, MN – With slightly less than 70 days before the start of the 2018-19 hockey season, SCSU coach Brett Larson engaged a number of former SCSU players in a leisurely round of golf and dinner on 7/28/2018 at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Stillwater, MN. The groups represented a number of different eras of Husky hockey including the undefeated 1961-62 SCSU squad represented by John Duncan, Al Paulson, Dale Carmichael and Ed Noble. Other notables included former NHLers Duvie Westcott and Joe Motzko, SCSU All-Americans Dave Reichel, Scott Meyer, Ethan Prow and recent players Andrew Prochnow, Judd Peterson and Joe Rehkamp also enjoyed a day of golf. It was great fun to chat with the former players such as George Awada who spent many years playing hockey in Ireland, Jon Ammerman, now the head coach at Moorhead High School and recently departed SCSU assistant Garrett Raboin now with the University of Minnesota.
AUSTRALIAN ZACH OKABE COMMITS TO SCSU HOCKEY
St. Cloud, MN – For a seventeen year-old, Zachary Okabe has seen a lot of the world. Born in Japan and raised for a portion of his life in Australia he has dual citizenship in Australia and Japan. Okabe moved to the USA for a bit, played hockey on Vancouver Island and then moved to Okotoks, Alberta (just south of Calgary) to skate for the Grand Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). Okabe’s next move will be to St. Cloud, Minnesota as the forward announced his commitment to the Huskies via Twitter on August 9. Okabe announced “Proud and honoured to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University . I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and friends that helped me along this journey.” STORY HERE
JOHN OPILKA COMMITS TO ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Louis Junior Blues announced via twitter on July 28 that 15 year-old left shooting defenseman, John Opilka (Effingham, IL) has made a commitment to play hockey at St. Cloud State University. The Blues announced “Congratulations to U16 AAA Blues defensemen @pilks_7 on his commitment to St.Cloud State hockey”. The 6’1″ 190 Opilka skated for the Junior Blues during the 2017-18 season playing in 55 games and compiling 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points. In July, he was invited to the Select 16 USA Hockey Development Camp in Buffalo, NY among 180 of the top players in his age group in the USA. STORY HERE
2018 TELUS CUP CHAMP RANDAZZO COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – It’s been a while since the St. Cloud State University Huskies have rostered a player from the prestigious Notre Dame Hounds hockey program in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Recognized as one of Canada’s top amateur development programs, it combines an amazing tradition of hockey success with an emphasis on academic excellence at Athol Murray College Preparatory School. Andrew Gordon was the last player to skate for the Huskies from this famed school competing for the Huskies for three seasons from 2004-2007 after two seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was a member of the 100 point club in just three seasons scoring 51 goals and adding 51 assists for 102 points. A draft choice pf the Washington Capitals, Gordon has had an extensive professional career in the ECHL, AHL and played 55 games in the National Hockey league. For the past few seasons he has played in the Swedish Hockey League (SweHL.).
On January 13th, it was announced that former Alexandria, MN High School goaltender Aaron Randazzo has committed to the SCSU Huskies. “FCA Hockey Advisors is excited to announce that Advisory Player Aaron Randazzo has committed to play his college hockey at St. Cloud State University!”. Randazzo, who just turned 17 in May, is a 6″0″ 177 pound left-catching goaltender who played 15 games for the Alexandria Cardinals as a freshman in 2016-17 and 21 games for The Notre Dame Hounds AAA Midget program competing in the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League (SMHL). Randazzo posted outstanding numbers compiling a 1.62 GAA and .920 SV% in 21 regular season games and 1.00 GAA and .951 SV% in 4 Telus Cup playoff games.
Considered one of Canada’s prestigious championships, the Cup represents the champion of the National Midget Tournament. Randazzo was a key component of this championship making 29 saves in the title game vs Cantonniers de Magog (Quebec). Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting and player ranking service gave Randazzo an “A” ranking for his performance in the Telus Cup. They stated ” Has good size and very good mobility. He plays with a lot of confidence as he comes out and challenges the shooter. He’s had a great week (in the Telus Cup) winning all 4 games and only giving up 4 goals. He had no glaring weaknesses as he is a very sound goalie”.
Randazzo was also recently invited to the 2018 USA Hockey Development Camp in Buffalo, NY and received a “B’ ranking from Neutral Zone. They commented ” He reads the play well, gets in position and sits and stays square with the shooter. He doesn’t have any unnecessary movement. He was calm and focused and made difficult saves look routine. With his size and technical ability he has a bright future ahead.”
Randazzo is currently competing for a position with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League for 2018-19. It is estimated he could join the Huskies for the 2020-21 season.
This is an intriguing commit for the Huskies in a player who has seen a great deal of success as a youngster. His upside and development is certainly something to keep an eye on for the next few seasons. An athletic goaltender who appears to have made the Dubuque Fighting Saints roster as a high school aged junior is very impressive. MORE HERE
SARTELL'S MEIER TO JOIN HUSKIES IN 2018-19
St. Cloud, MN – If you take a look at the recently posted 2018-19 SCSU Men’s Hockey Roster you’ll note the addition of Spencer Meier to the already deep crew of defensemen on this years squad. Meier, who was a recruit of former coach Bob Motzko, reaffirmed his commitment to SCSU after meeting with the current SCSU coaching staff and completed his National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season. The Sartell, MN native made great strides after one season with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League and was instrumental in the team’s Clark Cup Championship this past season.
Individually, the 6′ 4″ 190 pound Meier had a solid season both on the offensive and defensive end of the rink completing the season tied for the USHL lead in power play assists with 22 and 7th among USHL defenseman in plus/minus at +18. He was also tied for 7th among defenseman with 34 points in 59 games. Fargo Force coach Cary Eades told the St. Cloud Times in May “He can shoot the puck, has good vision, great hockey sense and is very coachable. He’s a very well-rounded defenseman. He’s not just a guy who plays offense. He can defend.”
Meier will join a solid group of first-year defensemen in 2018-19 including Elk River’s Nick Perbix, a 6’4″ 193 pound Tampa Bay Lightning draftee who played for Omaha of the USHL this past season and Brendan Bushy, a 6’2″ 214 pound Thief River Falls, MN native who was a two-year veteran of the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
The Huskies will enter the 2018-19 season with ten defenseman including seniors Jimmy Schuldt, Jon Lizotte and Mika Ilvonen, Juniors Clark Kuster and Jack Ahcan and sophomores Luke Jaycox and Tyler Anderson. It’s quite likely the team could experiment with Mika Ilvonen at forward during the season.
HERB BROOKS AWARD WINNER MOLENAAR COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – The Herb Brooks Award is given to the most qualified hockey player in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics, and traits that defined Herb Brooks. Maybe it’s appropriate that the 2018 Class AA Herb Brooks Award winner Joey Molenaar, will be lacing up his skates in the future at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Molenaar announced via Twitter on June 21st “Honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University! I appreciate all of the support over the years.”
Beyond the fact that Molenaar is a recognized leader in the locker room and on the ice the 6′ 181 pound left-handed shooter also proved his playing abilities as well scoring 31 goals and adding 12 assists for 43 points in 31 games for the State Class AA Champion Minnetonka Skippers. A player with a tendency to perform in big games, Molenaar had two goals and four assists in the state tournament. Playing for Team SW in the MN Elite League Molenaar scored 5 goals in the 2017 championship game. Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting and ranking service ranked Molenaar as one of seven “A” ranked players in the 2018 Class AA State Tournament. They noted “His play is a bit understated. He managed the puck well, got shots to the net and has good size and strength. He competes hard, slides to good spots without the puck and set up screens well. He is balanced on his skates and strong on the puck. He also has a slick element to his game as he is able to slip pucks into defenders’ blind spots around their feet and between their stick and body. Played in every key situation. Made everyone better and is a coach’s dream. Prepared and consistent player.”
Molenaar finished the 2017-18 season playing for the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL, the same team current Husky Kevin Fitzgerald played for in 2016-17. He was drafted 62nd overall by the Tri-City Storm in the 2018 USHL Entry Draft.
It is assumed Molenaar will play at least a season of Junior hockey before joining the Huskies.
GRAND RAPIDS JACK PEART COMMITS TO SCSU
Mobile, puck-moving defenseman, Jack Peart of Grand Rapids, MN announced via Twitter on June 4th his commitment to St. Cloud State University. He announced, “Honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thanks to my teammates, family, and coaches.”
The ’03 birth-date Peart has been opening eyes in hockey circles and was recently ranked as a top-ten American player eligible to be drafted by Canada’s Western Hockey League in their recent draft. Typically, US players do not go that route preferring to play in the United States. Neutral Zone, a well-known ranking and profiling service recently noted “A heady offensive defender who lacks size but not strength or power. He shows a tremendous amount of puck poise, eyes are always up, waiting out defenders for lanes to open or quickly finding teammates from long distance. Not afraid to rush the puck up ice, Peart is always involved in the offense. He has a hard shot but accuracy isn’t always a strength, but he gets his chances every view we saw. Nearly every puck touch is a positive one with Jack. Defends very well, smart angles, active stick, in shooting lanes, strong awareness, and ability to separate players off the puck with stick or body. He plays the style the game calls for. Another early NCAA commit player and USNTDP Camp invite.” Further, Neutral Zone had him ranked as one of three “A” rated Minnesota players at defense in their “Top 55 rankings.” If one was to characterize his game it does show similarities to UMD’s outstanding young defenseman, Scott Perunovich. However, time will tell if that comparison will stick.
Peart is the second Grand Rapids player to commit to SCSU joining former Grand Rapids High School star and forward Micah Miller who will be joining the Huskies this season. Miller competed for the Sioux City Musketeers in 2017-18.
In throwing his commitment to the Huskies Peart told me “they have a great coaching staff and a great program and (St. Cloud is) just a great hockey town in general”.
CENTERICEVIEW 2018-19 SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING
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 2018-19 season. Keeping in mind that fans have different travel budgets and tastes my list won’t be suited to every fan. Unfortunately, this season only allows 4 of 9 road trip destinations to be traveled to by car and that includes Western Michigan which is a journey of about 9 hours. Thus, with a tremendous road trip schedule this may be the year to dig into the piggy bank and consider a flying trip. These rankings take into consideration ease of travel, budget, attractions and expected competitiveness of the contests. So, with that said here’s my list of the top road trip destinations (with comments) for SCSU hockey fans for the 2018-19 season: MORE HERE
SCSU RECRUIT NOLAN WALKER FOLLOWING THE TRAIL OF NIC DOWD
St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud State University recruit Nolan Walker has covered a lot of ground in his young hockey career. The 19 year-old Anchorage, Alaska native has taken his skill set to Culver, Indiana for three seasons prior to landing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the 2017-18 season. That prepped him for his next move to St. Cloud, MN to continue his hockey career with Brett Larson’s Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. One of the top offensive threats in the USHL this past season, Walker is described by some as the top offensive player in the league when it comes to his overall skill level.
FINLAND'S VALTTERI PIIRONEN COMMITS TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – For the second consecutive day, the St. Cloud State University Huskies have received a commitment from a Finnish junior hockey player. Valtteri Piironen announced via Twitter on May 10 ” I am really excited to announce my commitment to University of St Cloud State!! And I am so exited to go to the Sioux Falls Stampede next season!” The 6’3″ 185 pound left-shooting defenseman is a native of Pyhaselka, Finland and skated for Lukko U18 squad of the Jr B SM-Sarja league in 2017-18. The seventeen year-old posted 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 48 games. He also had 1 point in 3 league playoff games. He also has competed internationally with the Team Finland U17 team.
FINNISH JUNIOR HOCKEY STAR ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO SCSU
St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies pipeline to Finland apparently is still alive and well with the announced commitment of Finnish Junior hockey star Jami Krannila. Krannila announced via Twitter on May 9 “Proud and excited to announce my commitment to play hockey at the St. Cloud State University. I would like to thank all my friends, family, teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point in my career.” The 5′ 10″ 150 pound left-shooting centerman is a native of Nokia, Finland and skated for Tappara U18 squad of the Jr B SM-Sarja league. He was the leading scorer on the team posting 24 goals and 41 assists for 65 points in 46 games. He also had 4 points in 4 league playoff games. Marco Bombino of McKeens Hockey, a scouting service described Krannila as a “smooth, quick skater with strong offensive skills and instincts. He’s somewhat lightweight but deceptive with the puck and can stickhandle and maneuver in tight spaces. Has an accurate wrist shot. He anticipates the play really well, both with and without the puck, and knows where his teammates are on the ice in order to feed them the puck. Krannila plays in all situations for his team”. MORE HERE
2018-19 SCSU MEN'S HOCKEY SCHEDULE
The St. Cloud State University Huskies of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference have provided its TENTATIVE schedule for the 2018-19 season. Please note times have not been finalized due to TV arrangements being finalized. St. Cloud State will have 12 scheduled conference series not including the playoffs. The non-conference schedule and dates include Alaska, Northern Michigan, Boston College, Northeastern, Bemidji State and an appearance in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.They will have 6 home and 6 away conference series. They will play home and home series with Minnesota-Duluth, Omaha, Miami, Colorado College and Western Michigan and single series with North Dakota (Away only) and Denver (Home only). The non-conference schedule includes home series with Northern Michigan and Bemidji State. The Huskies will travel to Alaska, Boston and Pittsburgh for other non-conference contests. MORE HERE
SO FAR SO GOOD...MOMENTUM BUILDING AT SCSU
St. Cloud, MN- The announcement by senior to be and SCSU hockey captain Jimmy Schuldt on April 30th that he would be returning for his final season was met with a sigh of relief by Husky nation. Never one to draw a lot of attention to himself Schuldt stated simply “Junior year in the books. Exited for one more…”. This set off a flurry of relief and excitement by SCSU hockey fans on social media to see the Top Ten Hobey Baker finalist turn his focus from an early signing in the NHL to that of trying to win a national championship for SCSU. One comment on Twitter that caught my eye was from long-time Husky fan Tom Pajunen who commented ” Jimmy Schuldt is quite the young man. What a role model for young players everywhere. Showing education, team and commitment come first. I am sure he has some proud parents”. Even SCSU Assistant Coach Mike Gibbons couldn’t contain his enthusiasm tweeting “Wow! What a player, what a leader”. Schuldt’s decision mirrors that of former outstanding Denver University defensemen, Will Butcher, a Hobey Baker winner in 2016-17 and currently with the New Jersey Devils. Butcher also opted to remain with the Pioneers for his senior season and led the Pioneers to a NCAA championship in 2017. Schuldt told the St. Cloud Times “In my heart the whole time, though, I knew this was the right spot for me for another year. I want to get my degree and try to win a national championship. We have a chance to do that I think we have the team for it.” He’s also a shoe-in to make the 100 point club at SCSU as he’ll be entering the 2018-19 season with 83 points (28 goals, 55 assists).
UMD'S LARSON NAMED SCSU HOCKEY MEN'S HOCKEY COACH
St. Cloud, MN- St. Cloud State Athletics will announce via a press conference today that Brett Larson has been installed as the third head men’s hockey during the Division I era at SCSU. Larson, 45, was most recently an assistant hockey coach at 2017-18 National Champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. A graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, Larson played defense for the Bulldogs from 1991-92 to 1994-95. Following his playing days at UMD Larson played professional hockey in various leagues including the ECHL, IHL, WCHL and three years in Europe.
Larson began his coaching career in 2008-09 as an assistant with the UMD Bulldogs. After three season, he assumed the head coaching position for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League where he compiled a 52-60-0 record. He then moved on to Ohio State University as Associate head coach for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 season helping to recruit some of the players on the 2017-18 Frozen Four Buckeye team. He then returned to UMD and most recently has been a member of the staff for two seasons. Larson has been a member of the coaching staff for both the 2011 and 2018 National Championship Bulldog squads. Additionally, Larson, served as the head coach for gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. He captained the Bulldogs during his senior year in 1994-95 when he attained Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team recognition for a third straight time and also landed the team’s Community Service Award. Selected in the 11th round by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 National Hockey League draft, Larson went on to skate 12 years in the professional ranks, including two (1990-2001) as a player-coach with the San Diego Gulls of the now-defunct West Coast Hockey League. He also did time with the Colonial Hockey League’s Madison Monsters, the East Coast Hockey League’s Louisville Riverfrogs, the International Hockey League’s Utah Grizzlies, Las Vegas Thunder and Long Beach Ice Dogs in addition to spending another five years in Denmark, Germany and England. He wrapped up his playing days in 2006-07 as a player/assistant coach for the Florida Seals of the Southern Professional Hockey League before that Orlando-based franchise folded at mid-season.
Scott Sandelin told the Duluth News Tribune “I brought him out of pharmaceutical sales to come and coach and the next thing you know he’s a head coach in Sioux City,” Sandelin said Tuesday of when he first hired Larson in 2008. “He’s a good people person. He’s really grown. I remember when he came in. He was still learning the ropes. That’s the good thing about coaching. He’s had some different experiences. He knows what it is to be a head coach having done Sioux City. I think that’s important when you look at moving on and potentially being a head coach. It’s a little different when you’re sitting in that chair vs. being an assistant.”
Steve Rohlik, Head coach at Ohio State University remarked “(He’s) A guy that cares, a guy that’s honest, a guy that the guys buy into,” Rohlik said about Larson prior to the Frozen Four. “He can walk out, sit in your living room, and you know he cares about you. He’s going to go out there and work hard. He gets along with everybody. In this business, there’s no off button and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to go out there and win.”
Larson replaces Bob Motzko who skippered the Huskies for 13 seasons before accepting the head coaching position at the University of Minnesota in late March. And thus, a new era begins for the 2018-19 season with the hiring of Larson. LISTEN HERE BRETT LARSON ON WHY SCSU
2017-18 SEASON ARCHIVED STORIES
UMD STORYBOOK SEASON CAN ONLY END ONE WAY
FROZEN FOUR: INCLUDE ME AS A DOUBTER - UMD AND NOTRE DAME ADVANCE TO THE BIG SHOW
2018 FROZEN FOUR...A VIEW FROM CENTER ICE
MOTZKO MOVES ON TO THE MAROON AND GOLD ...SOME THOUGHTS
AIR FORCE TOPPLES SCSU 4-1 IN WEST REGION
2018 NCAA WEST REGION PREVIEW
HUSKIES TUMBLE IN FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP 4-1
3-2 OVERTIME WIN SENDS SCSU TO FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP
SCSU'S SCHULDT A TOP TEN FINALIST FOR THE HOBEY BAKER AWARD
FROZEN FACEOFF PREVIEW 2018
SCSU 4 MIAMI 3 OT: HUSKIES ARE OFF TO THE FROZEN FACEOFF
HUSKIES SUFFER 3-2 LOSS IN OVERTIME TO MIAMI
HUSKIES TAKE GAME ONE OF THE NCHC PLAYOFFS VS MIAMI 5-2
HUSKIES HOST MIAMI IN NCHC QUARTERFINALS
SCSU AND UND SKATE TO 2-2 TIE IN SEASON FINALE
POEHLING, HRENAK UPEND NORTH DAKOTA 4-3 IN OT
HUSKIES FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE AT NORTH DAKOTA
SCSU 4 DENVER 2...HUSKIES CAPTURE PENROSE CUP
HUSKIES AND PIONEERS SKATE TO 1-1 TIE
SHOWDOWN: #1 SCSU HOSTS #3 DENVER IN MARQUEE MATCHUP
THIRD PERIOD RALLY NETS SCSU 4-2 WIN OVER BRONCOS
HUSKIES AND BRONCOS SKATE TO 5-5 TIE
HUSKIES FACE ANOTHER TOUGH ROAD TRIP AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
HRENAK GETS SHUTOUT AND HUSKIES SWEEP MIAMI 4-0
HUSKIES NAIL DOWN 5-2 ROAD WIN OVER MIAMI
HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE MIAMI IN KEY WEEKEND
6-2 WIN GIVES HUSKIES A SWEEP OF #13 OMAHA
HUSKIES GRIND OUT 5-3 WIN OVER #13 OMAHA
HUSKIES HOST OMAHA IN ANOTHER KEY NCHC SERIES
SCSU GAINS SPLIT WITH 2-1 WIN OVER BULLDOGS
HUSKIES STRUGGLES CONTINUE IN 5-1 LOSS TO UMD
SCSU TO FACE SURGING BULLDOGS IN KEY NCHC SERIES
MAVERICKS GAIN CONVINCING 5-2 ROAD WIN OVER THE HUSKIES
HUSKIES TO HOST MSU MANKATO ON HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA
HUSKIES EDGE WESTERN MICHIGAN 4-3 FOR SERIES SPLIT
SECOND PERIOD RALLY DOOMS HUSKIES IN 7-5 LOSS TO WMU
HUSKIES TO HOST #12 WESTERN MICHIGAN IN CONFERENCE PLAY
ROBSON SECURES 2-0 WIN FOR THE GOPHERS OVER SCSU
SCSU SKATES TO CONVINCING 5-2 WIN OVER #10 GOPHERS
#1 HUSKIES TO FACE #10 MINNESOTA IN WEEKEND HOME AND HOME
HUSKIES SALVAGE ANOTHER TIE WITH PRINCETON 2-2
HUSKIES SKATE TO 3-3 TIE WITH PRINCETON
NEW JERSEY BOUND HUSKIES FACE THE PRINCETON TIGERS
FORMER SCSU GOALTENDER DRISCOLL COMMITS TO BEMIDJI STATE
SCSU VS NORTH DAKOTA PART III
HUSKIES RECAPTURE FIRST PLACE WITH 3-1 WIN OVER UND
HUSKIES BATTLE NORTH DAKOTA TO 2-2 OVERTIME TIE
EARLY SEASON SHOWDOWN FEATURES #2 SCSU VS #5 UND
ROOKIES EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS FOR SCSU
HUSKIES SWEEP OMAHA WITH 5-0 ROAD WIN
HUSKIES HANG ON FOR 7-4 ROAD WIN OVER OMAHA
COLLEGE HOCKEY NATION: EPISODE 4 POEHLING BROTHERS
Here's an excellent segment on SCSU's Poehling brothers featured on WATCH ESPN for College Hockey Nation View Video
BACK TO WORK...HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE OMAHA
BACK ON TRACK HUSKIES SWEEP TIGERS 5-1
HUSKIES DOMINATE IN 6-1 WIN OVER COLORADO COLLEGE
HUSKIES TO FACE RESURGENT CC TIGERS IN HOME SERIES
PIONEERS COMPLETE SWEEP OF SCSU 5-1
PIONEERS SNAP STREAK WITH 4-2 WIN OVER SCSU
HUSKIES FACE HUGE ROAD TEST VS #3 DENVER
HRENAK GETS SHUTOUT AND HUSKIES SWEEP UMD
HUSKIES FIGHT OFF BULLDOGS 5-3 IN NCHC OPENER
#2 HUSKIES CLASH WITH #8 BULLDOGS IN NCHC OPENER
HRENAK AND HUSKIES DEFEAT BOSTON COLLEGE 3-1 FOR SWEEP
ANOTHER HUSKIES RALLY AND ANOTHER WIN - SCSU 5 BC 2
HUSKIES TO HOST BOSTON COLLEGE IN ST. CLOUD THIS WEEKEND
HUSKIES GET OVERTIME WIN TO SWEEP NANOOKS
EPIC COMEBACK BY SCSU DERAILS NANOOKS 6-3
HUSKIES HOST ALASKA NANOOKS IN NON-CONFERENCE SERIES
SCSU VS MSU Part II
HUSKIES SMITH AND DEFENSE SHUT DOWN MAVERICKS 4-0
HUSKIES TO FACE MAVERICKS IN KEY SEASON OPENER
BUCS FORWARD SAM HENTGES COMMITS TO SCSU
SCSU VS U OF REGINA PART II
LIZOTTE AND SCSU BURY REGINA 8-0 IN EXHIBITION
HUSKIES TO OPEN 2017-18 SEASON WITH EXHIBITION VS REGINA
JUNIOR CLASS READY TO LEAD SCSU INTO 2017-18 SEASON
HUSKIES RELOAD WITH 2017-18 CLASS OF RECRUITS
SCSU NETS ANOTHER LOCAL PLAYER IN SARTELL'S MEIER
ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL'S NATE WARNER COMMITS TO SCSU
MONTICELLO STAR BEN WARD COMMITS TO THE HUSKIES
SCSU's DRISCOLL DEPARTS FOR JUNIOR HOCKEY
CENTERICEVIEW SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING 2017-18
THREE SCSU HUSKIES SELECTED IN 2017 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
SCSU'S POEHLING SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND BY MONTREAL
HUSKIES SNARE ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN IN BRADY ZIEMER
HUSKIES GET RARE MJHL RECRUIT IN TYLER ANDERSON
ST. CLOUD NATIVE WILL HAMMER COMMITS TO THE HUSKIES
SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW (4/21/2017)
SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW
2017-18 SCSU MEN'S HOCKEY NCHC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FUTURE HUSKIES SCORE WELL IN USHL
DENVER IS 2017 FROZEN FOUR CHAMPION
BULLDOG RALLY FALLS SHORT IN FROZEN FOUR TITLE GAME
RYAN PAPA TO TRANSFER TO ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAM
FROZEN FOUR: DENVER DOMINATES IN 6-1 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME
FROZEN FOUR: BULLDOGS WIN ANOTHER CLOSE ONE 2-1
2017 FROZEN FOUR - A VIEW FROM CENTER ICE
CHOLOWSKI DEPARTS AFTER ONE SEASON AT SCSU
SCSU HUSKY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW
DENVER DOMINATES IN WIN OVER PSU TO ADVANCE TO FROZEN FOUR
OVERTIME WIN SENDS BULLDOGS TO FROZEN FOUR
JONNY BRODZINSKI GETS CALL TO LA KINGS..BRINGS BACK MEMORIES
UMD CAPTURES FROZEN FACEOFF CHAMPIONSHIP IN THRILLER
NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF: UND EDGES DENVER 1-0 IN EPIC BATTLE
NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF: UMD ADVANCES WITH 5-2 WIN OVER WMU
2017 NCHC FROZEN FACEOFF PREVIEW
NCHC PLAYOFFS: HUSKIES SEASON ENDS IN 6-5 OT LOSS TO UND
NCHC PLAYOFFS: HUSKIES DROP GAME ONE TO UND 5-2
HUSKIES FACE SEASON DECIDING SERIES IN NCHC PLAYOFFS VS UND
CC TIGERS DERAIL THE HUSKIES 2-1
HUSKIES OUTLAST THE TIGERS 5-2
SCSU TO HOST COLORADO COLLEGE IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
SCSU BURIED 7-2 BY TOP-RANKED DENVER
HUSKIES COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 4-3 OT LOSS TO #1 DENVER
HUSKIES HIT THE ROAD TO FACE LEAGUE LEADER AND #1 DENVER
SCSU HOCKEY UPDATES FROM THE VIEW
SCSU HUSKIES GET DEFENSIVE ABOUT THEIR GAME
WAHLIN, HUSKIES EARN 3-1 WIN AND SWEEP OVER THE REDHAWKS
THIRD PERIOD RALLY LIFTS SCSU OVER MIAMI 4-2
HUSKIES FACE REDHAWKS IN ST. CLOUD THIS WEEKEND
UND COMEBACK NETS A 2-1 OVERTIME WIN OVER SCSU
SCSU VS UND FRIDAY THOUGHTS
SCSU SNAGS KEY ROAD WIN AT NORTH DAKOTA
HUSKIES TO FACE ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN #13 UND THIS WEEKEND
NORTH STAR COLLEGE CUP PART III
BULLDOGS CAPTURE NORTH STAR CUP WITH 2-1 OT WIN OVER SCSU
NCHC RULES: SCSU AND UMD ADVANCE TO NORTH STAR CUP FINAL
HUSKIES TO DEFEND TITLE IN NORTH STAR COLLEGE CUP
PIONEERS REBOUND FOR 3-1 WIN OVER HUSKIES
POEHLINGS LEAD SCSU TO 3-2 OT WIN OVER TOP-RANKED DENVER
HUSKIES FACE ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN TOP-RANKED DENVER
SCSU VS UMD PART III
BULLDOGS RALLY FOR 4-3 OVERTIME WIN OVER SCSU
SMITH, HUSKIES GAIN KEY ROAD WIN 2-1 OVER #3 UMD
SCSU VS MIAMI PART III
POWER PLAY FIZZLES AS HUSKIES ARE SWEPT 4-1 BY MIAMI
FIVE MINUTE MAJOR SINKS HUSKIES 3-2 IN OVERTIME LOSS TO MIAMI
PREVIEW: HUSKIES RETURN TO NCHC PLAY VS MIAMI REDHAWKS
ASU DESERT CLASSIC PART III
HUSKIES EDGE SUN DEVILS 4-2 IN DESERT CLASSIC
SCSU DROPS DESERT CLASSIC OPENER TO UCONN 4-3
HUSKIES HEAD WEST TO THE ASU DESERT CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
SCSU'S AHCAN SELECTED TO FINAL TEAM USA WJC ROSTER
SCSU'S JENSEN MAKES NHL DEBUT
SCSU RECRUIT BLAKE LIZOTTE QUIETLY CLIMBING THE CHARTS
BRODZINSKI GETS UNTRACKED IN MADISON
SCSU REBOUNDS FOR 4-2 WIN AND WEEKEND SPLIT WITH OMAHA
WENINGER AND MAVERICKS EDGE HUSKIES 3-1
HUSKIES BACK HOME FOR WEEKEND SERIES WITH #20 OMAHA
SCSU HUSKIES VS WMU BRONCOS PART III
HUSKIES SKATE TO 5-5 OVERTIME ROAD TIE WITH WMU
DRISCOLL GETS ROAD SHUTOUT OF WMU BRONCOS 3-0
SCSU HUSKIES FACE RESURGENT WMU BRONCOS
SCSU HUSKIES VS UND FIGHTING HAWKS PART III
SCSU SHUTOUT 3-0 AND NORTH DAKOTA SWEEPS WEEKEND
NORTH DAKOTA SHUTS OUT THE HUSKIES 4-0
SCSU HUSKIES VS CC TIGERS PART III
HUSKIES EARN NCHC SWEEP WITH 4-1 WIN OVER TIGERS
HUSKIES BURY THE TIGERS 7-3
SCSU HUSKIES VS UMD BULLDOGS PART III
ANOTHER 5-3 BULLDOG WIN AND SWEEP OF THE HUSKIES
BULLDOGS THIRD PERIOD RALLY EDGES SCSU 5-3
SCSU VS UAH CHARGERS PART III
ANOTHER RALLY AND 5-2 WIN AND SWEEP OF UAH
BIG THIRD PERIOD NETS 5-1 SCSU WIN OVER CHARGERS
ANOTHER COMEBACK, ANOTHER WIN AND A SWEEP OF #7 MINNESOTA
CRAZY COMEBACK NETS 6-5 OVERTIME WIN OVER MINNESOTA
MAVERICKS DEFEAT HUSKIES 6-4 FOR WEEKEND SWEEP
MAVERICKS SNAP STREAK WITH 4-1 WIN OVER #7 HUSKIES
KEEP AN EYE ON THESE NCHC ROOKIES IN 2016-17
CENTERICEVIEW SCSU ROAD TRIP RANKING FOR 2016-17
SCSU MENS HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW 2016-17
SCSU HUSKIES REBUILD WITH SKILLED RECRUITS IN 2016-17
SCSU ANNOUNCES BROADCAST TEAM FOR MENS HOCKEY
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