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Huskies Split Weekend Series vs. UMD

01/15/2019 - 9:00 AM

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Huskies Split Weekend Series vs. UMD
Photo - SCSU Athletics

by Hans Bristol @hans_bristol /


With expectations set on defending the Penrose Cup, the Huskies kick off a difficult stretch of NCHC play starting last weekend at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.


The weekend's matchup marks the first time Huskies head coach Brett Larson returns to battle the program he won two National Championships with as an assistant coach.




A stat sheet showing a dominant performance for St. Cloud State Friday night would not generate a positive result as St. Cloud State lost their first NCHC game in regulation falling to Duluth 3-1.


SCSU outshot the Bulldogs 14-6 in the first period alone, but UMD’s Nick Swaney was first to get on the score sheet for the Bulldogs off an assist from Peter Krieger for a quick 1-0 lead to the hosts.


Despite the early deficit on the road, SCSU’s Robby Jackson netted home his ninth goal of the season set up by Jack Ahcan and Sam Hentges to tie the game at 1. In Jackson’s career, Friday night’s goal is his 101st career point for SCSU. The equalizing goal sent the tightly contested game all tied into the third period. Both teams took advantage of standout performances in goal by SCSU’s David Hrenak and UMD’s Hunter Shepard.


UMD would respond in the 3rd, wrapping up the win behind goals from freshman Noah Cates (9:52) and sophomore Justin Richards (18:22). The Huskies would not find another scoring chance late in the contest, ultimately falling to the rival Bulldogs 3-1.


St. Cloud State out-shot UMD 31-18. Huskies netminder David Hrenak would finish the game with 15 saves but suffering his second loss of the season.  Special teams were not a strength for the visitors going 0-5 on the power play. Minnesota-Duluth did not go on the power play once in the win over St. Cloud State.




Looking to avenge Friday night’s loss against the Bulldogs, the contest did not start strong as the Huskies battled for a key road victory in NCHC play.


UMD’s dangerous offensive attack struck twice in the first period behind goals from Riley Tufte and Justin Richards propelling UMD to a 2-0 lead. It was at this point the Huskies knew they needed a major response in a critical game. They got it.


St. Cloud State would go on to score four unanswered goals to take a commanding 4-2 win over UMD Saturday night in Duluth.


The scoring began with Sartell, MN native Spencer Meier tallying his first collegiate goal cutting the Bulldogs lead to 2-1. Not long after, senior Jimmy Schuldt rifled a shot past UMD’s Hunter Sheperd to tie the game up at 2 before the 1st period was over.


In the 2nd period, it was sophomore Easton Brodzinski scoring a goal utilizing beautiful stick handling and a back handed finish to put the Huskies ahead 3-2. Brodzinski’s ninth goal of the season would be the game winner for SCSU. Freshman Sam Hentges and Micah Miller earned the assists.


To seal the game, SCSU’s Robby Jackson slotted home his 10th goal of the season pushing the Huskies lead to 4-2. His goal would be the final goal of the game, and SCSU travelled home Saturday night with a massive 4-2 win over #5 Minnesota-Duluth.


Contrary to Friday night, UMD finished Saturday night’s contest out shooting the Huskies 32-22. The Bulldogs earned 5 total chances on the power play but were only successful once in extra man opportunities.


St. Cloud State goalie David Hrenak collected his 11th win of the season now boasting a 11-2-1 record in goal this season. In the game, he tallied 30 total saves helping guide the Huskies to a 4-2 win.


Huskies head coach Brett Larson Saturday night earned his first win over his former team in his first season leading the Huskies. UMD will be in St. Cloud for a late season re-match at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center March 8th and 9th.


After the weekend split in Duluth, SCSU currently sits in 1st in the NCHC just four points ahead of this weekend’s opponent Western Michigan. Western Michigan enters the weekend against SCSU on a 10-game unbeaten streak that tops the NCHC in current held streaks.


#2 St. Cloud State vs. #11 Western Michigan will be LIVE this weekend on KVSC 88.1fm or online at – coverage begins Friday night at 6:30pm with puck drop set for 7:07pm.


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