The #2 St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (9-1-0, 4-0-0 NCHC) earned its fourth weekend sweep of the season thanks to a 4-3 win over #5 University of Denver (5-2-1, 2-2-0 NCHC) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
In a classic NCHC battle, the Huskies trailed once again heading into the second period before another rally by SCSU brought home the victory. In the first period, Denver's Cole Guttman scored the game's first goal at 6:38 to gain a 1-0 lead. Liam Finlay pushed DU's lead to 2-0 at 15:14 of the first period before the Huskies broke into the scoring column with a goal by Nick Perbix
at 15:51 of the first.
This was Perbix' first goal of his career and it was assisted by Nolan Walker
and Ryan Poehling
In the second period, Blake Lizotte
tied the contest with his power play goal at 3:30 with assists from Ryan Poehling
and Jimmy Schuldt
. This was Poehling's ninth assist of the year and his 12th point. The goal was Lizotte's third goal of the year and his 11th as a Husky.
provided SCSU with a 3-2 lead at 14:21 with a power play goal at 14:21 of the second. Robby Jackson
and Schuldt each had assists on the play, which was Brodzinski's fifth goal of the year. The assist was also Schuldt's eighth of the season and his 93rd career point for the Huskies.
Guttman put the Pioneers back into the mix with his second goal of the night at 17:38 of the second period that tied the game at 3-3. The game stayed knotted at 3-3 until SCSU's Kevin Fitzgerald
scored the game winner at 9:07 of the third period with his third goal of the season. Jack Ahcan
added his team-leading 11th assist of the year on the goal and Nick Poehling
scored the second assist on the play.
In addition to the 4-3 winning margin, SCSU also dominated on the shot chart as they bested the Pioneers 41-18 in the game. This included a second period that saw the Huskies outshoot DU 16-3. On the power play, SCSU was 2-of-10 and it was a perfect 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.
was the goalie of record for SCSU with 15 saves in the victory. He is now 7-0-0 on the season for the Huskies in 2018-19. Devin Cooley suffered the loss for Denver with 37 saves in the game.
SCSU will return to non-conference play next weekend for a pair of home dates at the HBNHC against Bemidji State on Nov. 16-17. Tickets for both games are available at www.scsutickets.com
or by calling 877-SCSUTIX.