|St. Cloud State Gets First WCHA Sweep of the Season!|
On Saturday night the Huskies continued to dominate ("the other"- MTU) Huskies. Nic Dowd, Jared Festler, Nick Jensen, Garrett Roe, and Drew LeBlanc all had goals in route to a 5-1 SCSU victory. Mike Lee played well again, allowing MTU only one goal (power play goal) in 24 shots. St. Cloud continued to do better at taking shots than its first half average of 25.3 shots on goal by registering 39 shot on goal Saturday night. There was a scary moment, though when senior center Garrett Roe went down after making knee on knee contact. Roe had to be helped from the ice and did not play the rest of the game; however, Coach Motzko, "...think(s) he’s fine". You can read more about Saturdays game below:
The Huskies will have next week off before returning to play January 21 and 22 at Bemidji. On January 28 and 29 the Huskies will return home to the NHC to play Minnesota State- Mankato. Both the Bemidji and Mankato series will be very important for the Huskies to win as they face a tough road during the month of February and early March (UNO, UMD, UND, UW, DU). St. Cloud State has the toughest second-half schedule of any WCHA team so it is all the more important for the Huskies to beat Bemidji and Mankato.
- Please check out this week's Bob Motzko Show. For the first time, in a long time, there is a lot of positive things to talk about.
- Nic Dowd is selected as the WCHA Rookie of the Week. Dowd won Rookie of the Week last week as well.
- There is finally some closure on the FL Classic Tournament issues. SCSU President Earl H. Potter III has now spoken with the St. Cloud Times. Some quotes:
"Tony Mosey and Chris Hepp left the team after both broke curfew in an incident in Florida that involved a third player and alcohol consumption."
"Potter said in an interview with the Times that Mosey and Hepp already were 'walking on thin ice' at the time of the Florida trip because of previous behavioral problems."
"Rumors circulated that a Husky player had been hospitalized in Florida for an off-ice incident. Pat Dolce, public affairs specialist for the Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Fla., confirmed Monday that a Huskies player was seen in the emergency room of a Lee Memorial Health System hospital and was discharged."
"The reason he was seen (at the hospital) was not overconsumption of alcohol"
"It was guys who were out having a good time and they didn’t want to quit"
"Potter said that there were no injuries and there were no laws broken."
I wish Chris Hepp (with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL) and Tony Mosey (with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL) the best. However, I am not sad to see them go and believe the team will be better without their presence."'I’m proud of my coaches. I’m proud of my athletic director,' Potter said. 'We had a couple young men, who are seniors and should have known better, and they crossed the line.'"