Thursday, November 17, 2011

"A Good Rivalry" = A Great Game


This weekend the Huskies will face their long standing I-94 rival the University of Minnesota Gophers. If you have been following the Gophers thus far this season, to say they are doing very well is an understatement. Going into the weekend the Gophers are 7-1 WCHA, 10-2 overall and are coming off a split at Wisconsin. Meanwhile the Huskies are 3-2-1, 5-5-2 and are coming off a split at MSU-Mankato. This weekends games should be a big test for the Huskies and a great opportunity for them to prove that they are still strong despite the major losses of captains Drew LeBlanc and Mike Lee. Gophers Coach Don Lucia had this to say about the Huskies:
"We know that when we go to St. Cloud, the place is going to be packed and the students are excited. I am sure they will have a little high-fuel octane in their system when we get there. But that is what makes it fun. It is a good atmosphere. It is a good rivalry." 
The Huskies will face the Gophers at the National Hockey Center on Friday night. Fans can watch the game on Fox Sports North. Saturday night the rivalry continues down at Mariucci. Because of the Wild game, you will have to find the game on an alternate channel (check here). Fans can expect a high-energy, exciting game so be sure to watch. Go Huskies!


Center Ice Club Player of the Week Cory Thorson discussing the Huskies vs Gophers game

UND Video from a few weeks ago with the MacMillian brothers

Go Huskies!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Split Weekend at Mankato

Huskies Get Split at Mankato
The St. Cloud State Huskies were only able to manage a split this weekend against the Mankato State Mavericks losing Friday night and winning Saturday. The Friday night loss marks the first loss for the Huskies on a Friday night this season. The Huskies powerplay was ineffective going 0-for-5. Goaile Ryan Faragher continued to look pretty good despite letting 4 goals in. Unfortunately, the Huskies took another five-minute major penalty. It was the sixth major penalty taken by the Huskies for the season, the third straight game that they have had one. The goal scorers for the Huskies were Brooks Bertsch (Sam Zabkowicz, Jared Festler) and Cory Thorson (Mitch MacMillan).

Read About the Game:

The Huskies came out determined Saturday night scoring 2 goals in the first 2 minutes and getting another one in the first period. The goal scorers for the Huskies were Cory Thorson (Jarrod Rabey, Mitch MacMillan), Ben Hanowski (Andrew Prochno), and David Eddy (Kevin Gravel, Hanowski). The win on Saturday night was the first WCHA Saturday win this season for the Huskies this season. The Huskies went scoreless on the powerplay (0-for-3) again Saturday night. The lack of senior captain Drew LeBlanc was very evident on special teams this weekend. Mankato outshot the Huskies 31-19 in the contest. The Huskies will need to improve its special teams, stay out of the box, and figure out how to get more shots on goal before meeting with the Gophers next weekend.

Read About the Game:

Videos from Mankato:

Interesting and Original SCSU Song

SCSU Alum Matt Cullen Continues to Impress with the Minnesota Wild

Go Huskies!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Down, Not Out

Huskies are now without two of their three leaders. Down, but not out.

The Huskies came back Saturday night against the Wisconsin Badgers and ended up with a 3-3 tie and 3 out of 4 points on the weekend. The Huskies were up 3-1 until about the last 5 minutes of the third period. Unfortunately, penalties (which were fairly inconsistent all night) cost the Huskies the weekend sweep. The major story of the weekend though was senior captain Drew LeBlanc breaking his leg in two places after a bad fall into the boards. Now, with both Mike Lee and Drew LeBlanc out with injuries, two of the Huskies leaders and best players are out for what looks like at least until sometime in January, if not later. The Huskies are definitely in a tight spot, but the deep talent and the strong freshmen performances by goalie Ryan Faragher and defensemen Jarrod Rabey and Andrew Prochno should help.

This weekend the Huskies will head to Mankato to face the Mankato State University Mavericks. The Mavericks vs. SCSU series has always been one I enjoy and will be one of the opponents I will miss when the great shift in conferences happen in a couple of years. The Mavericks have not been great yet this year, but they have had a lot of early injuries. Last weekend they were able to beat a very hot Michigan Teah team. It should be a good series; however, I am hoping and expecting a Husky sweep.


Go Huskies!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Huskies Beat Badgers

Huskies Blast 7 Goals Past Badgers

The St. Cloud State Huskies beat the Wisconsin Badgers Friday night at the National Hockey Center 7-2. Special teams were awesome scoring 2 goals on the powerplay and 1 shorthanded goal while killing all 5 Wisconsin powerplays.  Freshman defender Andrew Prochno continued his impressive play this season scoring a power play slapshot from the blueline. Junior forward David Eddy finally got his first (and second) goals of the season. Nic Dowd scored an awesome shorthanded breakaway goal. Captain Ben Hanowski looked great scoring 2 goals.  Overall a great team effort with lots of contributions.

SCSU scoring looked like this:

1st Period:
  • Andrew Prochno (Cam Reid)
  • David Eddy (Nic Dowd) 
2nd Period:
  •  Cory Thorson (Mitch MacMillan, Tim Daly)
  •  Eddy (Jared Festler, Sam Zabkowicz) 
3rd Period:
  • Ben Hanowski (Cam Reid, Nick Jensen) 
  • Nic Dowd (Nick Jensen) 
  • Ben Hanowski (Drew LeBlanc, Kevin Gravel)
Notes from the Game:
  • Jared Feslter may be injured for tonight. If he is not in the lineup expect to see either freshmen Garrett Milan or Brooks Bertsch.
  • Freshman Tim Daly played in place of junior Taylor Johnson who as been out with pneumonia.
  • David Eddy received a game misconduct on what sounds like an accidental issue with his mask getting caught on a Wisconsin player. 
  • Three stars of the game: 1. Eddy, 2. Dowd, 3. Hanowski.
  • Freshman goalie Ryan Faragher had 26 saves between the pipes going 2-2-0 on the season with a 2.03 GAA and a .935 save rate.
  • Drew LeBlanc is getting very close to 100 career points as a Husky. He now has 97 career points.

Go Huskies!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Huskies outplay Sioux; PK costs Huskies the Sweep

Freshman Ryan Faragher stops all 44 UND shots to win 4-0

It is always exciting when the St. Cloud State Huskies take on rival the UND Sioux. The Husky fan base got a big surprise Friday afternoon when we learned that #1 goalie Mike Lee did not make the trip to Grand Forks and is “for sure, out a couple of weeks” with an injury. Instead freshmen goaltender Ryan Faragher, who had previously only played one collegiate game and had not yet played in the WCHA, would be between the pipes against perennial hockey powerhouse UND. Faragher did not disappoint in his WCHA opener stopping all 44 UND shots, earning a shutout, on the way to a 4-0 Husky victory. The Huskies were badly outshot, but that was largely due to the fact the Huskies spent a good part of the night on the penalty kill. Although it is great the Huskies were able to kill the penalties Friday night, they will need to be more disciplined as the penalties could cost the Huskies games in the future (see Saturday night's game). The goal scorers for the Friday's game included: Jared Festler, Andrew Prochno, Sam Zabkowicz,  Travis Novak. 

Read about Friday's Game:


Unfortunately, the Huskies were not able to pull out the same impressive win on Saturday night. In the end it was the penalties that cost the Huskies the game as the Sioux scored 2 powerplay goals going 2-for-4 on the night. The Huskies showed a lot of strength in the third period by outshooting North Dakota by an impressive 12-6 margin. The lone goal scorer for the Huskies was Ben Hanowski. Freshman goalie Ryan Faragher had another very good night with 23 saves in the loss for SCSU.

Read about Saturday's Game:

Other Fun Stuff:

A Look Ahead

The SCSU Huskies will return to the National Hockey Center on Friday, Nov. 4 (7:37 PM) and Saturday, Nov. 5 (7:07 PM) for games against the University of Wisconsin Badgers. The games will be televised live on Charter Cable Channel 87 in the St. Cloud area.  The game on Nov. 5 will be televised live in the Twin Cities on Comcast Cable (channel 13 in St. Paul/channel 23 in Minneapolis). Wisconsin is coming off a split with UNO.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

First WCHA Games - Huskies vs Sioux

Huskies will play the Sioux this weekend at The Ralph

This weekend the Huskies will begin their WCHA play at the University of North Dakota. The UND vs SCSU rivalry has been pretty heated over the last few years. With the conference reshuffling in the next couple years, it is only likely that the rivalry will increase. The Huskies and the Sioux have a traveling trophy (The Challenge Cup) which is awarded to the team that collects the most points in the four regular-season games between the schools. Additionally, the Huskies and the Sioux have an annual event to provide an opportunity for fans of the University of North Dakota and St. Cloud State University to gather and celebrate the great sport of hockey as the connection between the two fan bases is among the best in college hockey. You can read more about the Challenge Cup and the annual social event at the link below:

The SCSU - UND Challenge Cup

Some things to consider about this weekend:
  • UND was swept last weekend by Wisconsin
  • SCSU put in 10 goals last weekend and earned 3 of 4 points
  • Mike Lee is on fire, 44 saves in his last game
  • The Huskies record isn't great at 2-3-1, but 1 of those losses was in OT and 2 of them came from Northern Michigan, who just last weekend beat the (former) #1 team Michigan
  • The Fighting Sioux record is also 2-3-1
All this is NOT to say that this weekend will be an easy weekend for the Huskies or to say that the Fighting Sioux are doing "bad". It is too early to tell if the Huskies or Fighting Sioux are "bad". I am saying that this should be a very good weekend with two teams that have had early highs and lows. This will be a good test for each team and both will be playing hard in Grand Forks come Friday and Saturday night. I fully believe that the Fighting Sioux are currently (and will be at the end of the season) one of the best teams in collegiate hockey. This is a great weekend for the Huskies to try and start claiming some WCHA points and start climbing up the national poll ratings.

About the Games:
  • Oct. 28, 2011: St. Cloud State at #12/13 North Dakota, 7:37 p.m. 
  • Oct. 29, 2011: St. Cloud State at #12/13 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
  • Listen at or
  • Watch on Fox College Sports Central, Charter Cable Channel 416, and DirecTV Channel 617 

Drew LeBlanc on this weekend against North Dakota:

Husky alum Ryan Malone's pretty game winning goal:

Go Huskies!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

3-Point Weekend, Videos

Lee was in top form Saturday night at the National Hockey Center

The Huskies finished their first weekend at home Saturday night with a 3-3 tie to take 3 out of 4 points from the weekend. The tie is largely in thanks to a phenomenal 44 save effort by Mike Lee. The 3 Husky goal scorers were Sophomore forward Cam Reid (with an assist from Drew LeBlanc),  senior forward Jared Festler (with assists from Cam Reid and freshman defender Andrew Prochno), and lastly from sophomore forward Nic Dowd (with assists from junior forward David Eddy and junior forward Ben Hanowski). The Huskies will take on the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux next weekend in Grand Forks, ND for the Huskies first WCHA games of the season. Definitely and interesting way to start out WCHA play. On the bright side UND was swept by Wisconsin this last weekend proving the Sioux may not be as strong as predicted. Of course, on the other side, it means the Fighting Sioux will be hungry to prove themselves. More on that later....




Saturday, October 22, 2011

Special Teams Win Home Opener

Huskies Win First Home Game of the '11-'12 Season!

The Husky home opener did not disappoint. The SCSU Huskies beat the UNH Wildcats 7-5 in an exciting, high-scoring game. The Huskies were 4-for-5 on the power play and had 37 shots on net. At two separate points in the contest the Huskies had 3-point leads. This was my first opportunity to see them play (on channel 13-Comcast in the Minneapolis area) and they looked pretty darn good. The team played with a lot of energy and a lot of players had great nights. Drew LeBlanc and Ben Hanowski each had four-point nights with 1g/3a apiece.  Nick Jensen and Travis Novak also impressed with 1g/2a apiece and Cam Reid had 1g/1a. Other young players Cory Thorson (energy), Andrew Prochno (positioning, assist), and Jarrod Rabey (monster slap shot goal from the blueline) all were very impressive. Goaltender Mike Lee made 28 saves and looked good despite the 5 goals allowed. A couple of the UNH goals were made off bad bounces/deflections. Lee also had some nice times were he came out a bit and played the puck. Overall, a great way to start at home!




SCSU will return to the ice on Saturday, Oct. 22 with a 7:07 p.m. game against UNH at the NHC.

You can listen to the game on KNSI AM 1450 ( or KVSC FM 88.1 (

You can watch the game live on Charter Cable channel 87 in the St. Cloud area and it will be televised live on Comcast Channel 13 in St. Paul and Channel 23 in the Minneapolis market.

You can also follow along on the live blog at the SCSU Hockey homepage.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Home Opener This Weekend

This weekend the Huskies will play their first home series of the hockey season against the University of New Hampshire. The Huskies have not faced the UNH Wildcats since 2003 when the Huskies were beat 5-2 in the NCAA DI Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass. The Wildcats are off to a 0-3 start this season. They are definitely a frustrated team right now, and that should not make things any easier for the Huskies this weekend.
"We had a lot of Grade A, quality scoring chances in that last game that we didn't put away. We've made some bad turnovers that have ended up in the back of our net. We've had poor puck management and we're not scoring. I think we're all a little frustrated that we're not scoring any goals. The remedy for that is that we're getting on a plane to travel."  ~ UNH Coach Dick Umile
Coach Bob Motzko warns not take the Wildcats 0-3 slow start for granted.
"They're a perennial, one of the best teams in the country. It's a proud program. I think all of us learned a long time ago that you can't judge a lot by the early going. They outshot Boston College pretty good (40-25 in a 5-1 loss) the other night. I don't know what their ailments are, but nobody's feeling sorry for New Hampshire. There aren't many teams that have as many wins as that program in the last couple dozen years. They're a superb program. I'm looking forward to them coming in to St. Cloud and returning to see them out there in a year." ~ Coach Bob Motzko 

Fun Stuff:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Don't Hit the Panic Button Yet

The Huskies were swept this weekend by the Northern Michigan Wildcats. On Saturday night the Huskies lost the the nonconference contest 3-2.  The Wildcats came out strong and took a 2-0 lead over the Huskies in the first. The Huskies two goals came from freshman Joey Holka and senior forward Jared Festler with assists coming from sophomore Cory Thorson with freshman Jarrod Rabey and junior David Eddy with senior Drew LeBlanc respectively.  Some bright spots in this slow start include:

  • Freshmen Jarrod Rabey now has 1g/2a in 2011-12 and owns a two-game scoring streak.
  • Senior forward Jared Festler has already posted his third goal of the season.
  • Senior Drew LeBlanc has 1g/4a for five points already.
  • Freshman Ryan Faragher had 23 saves in his first college hockey game.
Coach Bob Motzko has pointed out a couple of negative and positive sides of the Huskies play thus far this season:
"This is our fourth game now and there’s a common pattern there. We’re letting guys get in behind us. We’re not being responsible right now when we don’t have the puck."
"Our freshmen made some strides here the last two weeks. I’ve been throwing them in there and they’ve been fine. They’re chipping away getting some goals for us."
In this week's Bob Motzko's Radio Show, Coach Motzko was quick to point out that Husky fans should not be hitting the "panic button" yet. While I totally agree with this assessment of the season so far, I am also a little nervous. Motzko had this same attitude last season...all the way up until Christmas break. To his credit, he was absolutely correct that the Huskies were a better team than their record and were able to bounce back (second best team only to UND in the second half). Unfortunately, the wins came too late in the season for the Huskies. I trust Coach Motzko will be doing more this season to make sure the guys get more wins earlier in the season this year.

Center Ice Club:

  • The CIC Players of the Week are Senior forward Jared Festler and first-year defenseman Jarrod Rabey.
  • You can hear the Bob Motzko Radio Show at the CIC Homepage.
Bonus Stuff:


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Huskies lose at NMU

Huskies lose to the Wildcats

The Huskies were unable to come away with a win against Northern Michigan Friday night. The Huskies lost 5-2 in the battle. According to Coach Bob Motzko, the team looked pretty good, but the Wildcats were able to convert on the three mistakes the Huskies made.
"You’re not going to hear me say this many times after a 5-2 loss, but we were pretty good tonight. We were victimized a few times by our own mistakes. We made three mistakes and they scored on all three of them." ~Coach Motzko
Freshman defender Jarrod Rabey scored the first goal of the game and his first as a Husky. Assists on the play came from sophomore Cam Reid and senior Drew LeBlanc. The only other Husky to score was senior Jared Festler with assists from Drew LeBlanc and junior Ben Hanowski. Festler and LeBlanc are both on three-game point streaks.


Today's Bonus:

The National Hockey Center Zamboni---New Paint Job

Friday, October 14, 2011

St. Cloud at Northern Michigan

Hey Folks! Not a whole lot of time this week, but some great stuff on the game this weekend against Northern Michigan. Should be a pretty exciting match up. Here is what had to say about it:
Tyler: "The Huskies have too many question marks to predict a sweep and the Wildcats were very close to leaving Madison with a sweep last weekend. This one will be a challenge for SCSU, but I think the Huskies earn a split on the U.P."   
Brian: "SCSU coach Bob Motzko returns to the scene of his first win at the helm of the Huskies, a 3-2 OT win over NMU on Oct. 15, 2005, to split Motzko's debut series. After a season-opening 4-1 win over Alaska in the Kendall Hockey Classic at Anchorage, the Huskies coughed up a 2-0 third-period lead and lost 4-3 in overtime to Alaska-Anchorage. Similarly, the Wildcats left Madison with split after a pair of 3-2 contests after blowing 2-0 leads in each game. The Huskies lead the all-time series 21-15-1 but are just 6-12 at Marquette. It all boils down to a hard-earned split for each."

If you don't remember the Huskies scored one of the most important goals in Husky History against Northern Michigan, when the Huskies finally were able to win a game in the NCAA tournament

Interview with Coach Bob Motzko:


Other Goodies:

Oh...and Husky alum Matt Cullen continues to WOW with the Minnesota Wild. He has scored 3 goals in 4 games. Also, has scored 2 shootout goals in 2 attempts. For those with poor math skills, that is 5 goals in 4 games. WOW! Makes us all proud to say he is a Husky!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Couple of Great NHL Goals by Husky Alums

St. Cloud State alum Matt Cullen scored the first goal of the NHL season for the Minnesota Wild. Cullen's goal was also the fastest goal scored in the home opening game in Wild history. Check out this beauty!

Oh yeah...Cullen also scored the first and only goal of the Wild's second game as well:

Check out this assist from Andrew Gordon while playing with the Ducks in Sweden:

The NHL season has only just begun, but former Huskies are doing us proud!

Bad 3rd Period Leads to 4-3 OT Loss at UAA

The Huskies lost their second game of the season against the University of Alaska-Anchorage at the Kendall Classic on Saturday night. The Huskies had a two goal lead going into the 3rd period. While this is very disappointing, this is the kind of thing that happens early in the season. For UAA, Mickey Spencer  (now leading the nation in goals) was the difference maker. Spencer scored 3 of the 4 UAA goals. The University of Alaska-Anchorage ends up as the official Kendall Classic Tournament winner with their win against Clarkson and OT win over the Huskies. Despite not being crowned tournament winners, SCSU fans still have plenty to be proud of. The All Tournament team consisted of:
Matt Bailey, Alaska Annchorage
Colton Beck, Alaska Fairbanks
Jared Festler, St. Cloud State
Mike Lee, St. Cloud State
Travis Novak, St. Cloud State 

Mark Pustin Alaska Anchorage
The Huskies have a lot to work on and this past weekend should be an important lesson for them.
"I liked us a lot early in the game, and this is a good lesson. We were in (Anchorage’s) building. It was their tournament and they turned up the intensity. We have to give them full credit for scratching back into it and putting the game away." ~Coach Motzko
One of the first things the Huskies will need to work on is shooting the puck. For the second straight night, the Huskies were outshot.  St. Cloud State was outshot by the Seawolves 32-24 in the game. With the Huskies significant scoring threats, they need to start putting more goals on net. Here is your scoring for Saturday nights game:

1st Period:
SCSU – Travis Novak (Jared Festler, Nick Jensen) 5:12 (pp)
2nd Period:
3rd Period:
SCSU – Cam Reid (Drew LeBlanc, Taylor Johnson) 3:29 (pp)
UAA – Kwas (Brett Cameron, Mickey Spencer) 5:04
UAA – Spencer (Nalsund, Bailey), 12:28 (pp)
UAA – Spencer 3 (Cameron, Quinn Sproule)
SCSU – Festler 1 (Johnson), 19:17
UAA – Spencer 4 (Kwas, Cameron), 3:06
Read About It:

Go Huskies!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Huskies Win 1st Game of the Season; SCSU 4-UAF 1

Huskies Beat the Nanooks 4-1 in Season Opener

The Huskies started this season off right with a win over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks. The Huskies beat the Nanooks 4-1 in the season opener. Despite being pleased with the win, Huskies coach Bob Motzko said, "We made a load of a mistakes". One of those mistakes is failing to shoot the puck. The Huskies were outshot by the Nanooks 24-15. I don't think the Huskies registered a shot on goal until half way through the third period. In that same time period the Nanooks had put 7 or 8 on Mike Lee. The Huskies will have to shoot the puck more and NOT let up if they are going to have this same type of success against WCHA teams.  Some of the good news includes Mike Lee's strong performance in net. It doesn't seem like the off-season surgery has slowed him down any. I've hear that good things happen when goal-scoreers score. That most certainly happened during this game with Dowd, Novak, Hanowski, and LeBlanc all netting a goal. The scoring looked like this:

1st Period:
SCSU — Nic Dowd 1 (Jared Festler, Jarrod Rabey) 9:30
UAF — Cody Kunyk 1 (Aaron Gens) 13:38 (pp)
2nd Period:
SCSU — Travis Novak 1 (unassisted) 9:59 
SCSU — Ben Hanowski 1 (unassisted) 12:14
3rd Period:
SCSU — Drew LeBlanc 1 (Festler) 17:18 (en)
The Huskies will return to action tonight against WCHA opponent University of Alaska-Anchorage in the Kendall Classic finale. The game starts at 10:07 PM (CST) and can be seen at the UAA Seawolves website at


Go Huskies!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Let the Hockey Begin: Kendall Classic

Huskies will begin the 2011-2012 season this weekend at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. On Friday, Oct. 7th the St. Cloud State Huskies will face the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks at 8:07 PM (CT). The Huskies will then play host the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at 10:07 PM (CT) on Saturday, Oct. 8th. 

Follow the Game:

Things to Read:

My prediction is that St. Cloud will come away from this tournament with wins on both Friday and Saturday night. It is always hard to predict early games because we have not really seen how good teams are yet. To add to the prognostication problems, these are non-conference, exhibition games so the teams will likely not be rolling their "normal" lines and be playing different goalies. Irregardless, the Huskies should be able to come away from this trip with their first wins of the season.

For Fun:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

'11-'12 WCHA Blogger Poll Official Results

Well are the official results of the 2011-2012 WCHA Blogger Poll:
(P.S. You can find my ballot here)


  1. Denver (10) 196
  2. Colorado College (4) 179
  3. North Dakota (2) 175
  4. Nebraska-Omaha 141
  5. Minnesota-Duluth (1) 140
  6. Minnesota 124.5
  7. Wisconsin 100
  8. St. Cloud State  92 
  9. Alaska-Anchorage 68.5
  10. Bemidji State 52
  11. Michigan Tech 30
  12. Minnesota State-Mankato 28 

All-Conference Team (15 Voters): 
F - Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College
F - Jason Zucker, Denver
F - Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth
D - Justin Schultz, Wisconsin
D - Ben Blood, North Dakota
G - Aaron Dell, North Dakota

Player of the Year: 
Jason Zucker, Denver (9)
Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College (8)

Rookie of the Year: 
Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota (14)
Jayson Megna, Nebraska-Omaha (1)
Joey LaLeggia, Denver (1)
Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha (1)

Defenseman of the Year (16 Voters): 
Justin Schultz, Wisconsin (11)
Ben Blood, North Dakota (4)
Nick Jensen, St. Cloud State (1)  

Breakout Player of the Year (16 Voters): 
Beau Bennett, Denver (2)
JT Brown, Minnesota-Duluth (2)
Zach Budish, Minnesota (2)
10 Other Players Received 1 Vote

So Husky Hockey fans we are back to being under ranked in the preseason. Hopefully this will work as motivation and the Huskies will have a phenomenal year.

What do you think of the results???

Go Huskies!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Video of SCSUs Move to the NCHC

Check out a couple of good videos by UTVS regarding the Huskies move to the NCHC:

'11-'12 WCHA Blogger Poll

My votes for the 2011-2012 WCHA Blogger Poll:

Team Standings

  1. Denver University
  2. University of North Dakota
  3. Colorado College
  4. St. Cloud State University
  5. University of Minnesota-Duluth
  6. University of Nebraska-Omaha
  7. University of Minnesota
  8. University of Wisconsin
  9. University of Alaska-Anchorage
  10. Minnesota State University
  11. Bemidji State
  12. Michigan Tech University
All Conference:
F- Jack Connolly (UMD)  
F- Jaden Schwartz (CC)
F- Jason Zucker (DU)  
D- Ben Blood (UND)  
D- Nick Jensen (SCSU) 
G- Mike Lee (SCSU) 

Player Awards:
Player of the Year - Jason Zucker (DU)   
Rookie of the Year - Rocco Grimaldi (CC)  
Defenseman of the Year - Nick Jensen (SCSU)   
Breakout Player of the Year - Ben Hanowski (SCSU) 

St. Cloud State Thoughts:

Let's get this out of the way first...last year was a disappointment. The Huskies were picked by most to be one of the top (if not the top) team in the WCHA. Instead the Huskies were only able to finish the year at number nine. Why then do I still keep the Huskies at number 4??? The only reason the Huskies finished below expectations was because an UNBELIEVABLY BAD start. Keep this in mind...looking only at the second half of the season, the Huskies were the second best team in the WCHA (only UND had a better 2nd half record). Coming into the WCHA playoffs nearly everyone believed the Huskies would beat eventual Frozen Four winner UMD. The truth is, the last 2-3 months of the 2010-2011 college hockey season, St. Cloud State was one of the best teams in the nation. The Huskies have a lot of great players returning like Mike Lee, Drew LeBlanc, Ben Hanowski, and wonderful newcomers like Nick Oliver, Andrew Prochno, and Garrett Milan. This year will be better. I expect the Huskies to go back to the usual---being underrated in the preseason and finishing the year a good 2-4 spots ahead of most peoples preseason predictions. 

I will post the final 2011-2012 WCHA Blogger Poll results when they come in.

Go Huskies!