Gameday Final: St. Cloud State 5, UND 2

VIEWING NOTE: Tonight’s game is on NESN, which is DirecTV Ch. 628 or Dish Network Ch. 434. Any place with a dish should get the game. It’s also on Charter Cable locally. If not, you can buy a webcast here. UND going with the exact same lineup, including goalie Clarke Saunders. SCSU mixes up its lines and scratches defenseman Tim Daly in favor of Taylor Johnson. Full lines and live chat are below.

First period

UND 1, SCSU 0 — Drake Caggiula (Bryn Chyzyk, Nick Mattson) 11:18. Caggiula gets a good look from the slot and misses high and wide, but eventually gets the puck back in nearly the same spots and rips a snap shot off the crossbar and in.

UND 1, SCSU 1 — Jonny Brodzinski (Drew LeBlanc) 12:19. SCSU catches a break to score its first goal of the weekend. There’s a loose puck in the crease area, Saunders never covers it, but the refs blow it dead and call for a draw. Saunders isn’t happy about the call, then the Huskies score on a snap shot right off the draw.

Second period

SCSU 2, UND 1 — Drew LeBlanc (Joe Rehkamp, Nic Dowd) 4:59. Just seconds after UND kills a major power play, the Huskies cash in. They get the puck to the crease area, where Saunders makes to outstanding goal-mouth scramble saves, but the puck goes out to the other side, where LeBlanc finds it and scores.

SCSU 3, UND 1 — Drew LeBlanc (David Morley, Nic Dowd) 12:23 (pp). The Huskies convert a 3-on-2 rush on a power play when Morley hit LeBlanc with a cross-crease feed. LeBlanc’s shot hit Saunders’ shoulder, but went in anyways.

SCSU 3, UND 2 — Dillon Simpson (Corban Knight, Danny Kristo) 17:23 (pp). UND scores on its first power-play chance of the night in a matter of seconds. Knight, standing at the bottom of the left circle, finds Simpson pinching in and hits him with a cross-crease feed. Simpson taps it in.

Third period

SCSU 4, UND 2 — Garrett Milan (Joe Rehkamp, Joey Holka) 6:23. Rehkamp takes a shot from the right wing. Saunders kicks aside the shot, but Milan squeezes the rebound just between Saunders’ pads. A UND defender has a chance to sweep it out but whiffed on it, then the puck crossed the line.

SCSU 5, UND 2 — Jimmy Murray (Joe Rehkamp, Nick Jensen) 17:04. Murray finishes this one off with a point shot through traffic for his first college goal.

UND’s lines

7 Danny Kristo–10 Corban Knight–27 Carter Rowney
21 Brendan O’Donnell–16 Mark MacMillan–13 Connor Gaarder
9 Drake Caggiula–19 Rocco Grimaldi–29 Bryn Chyzyk
28 Stephane Pattyn–17 Colten St. Clair–11 Derek Rodwell

2 Andrew MacWilliam–5 Nick Mattson
4 Derek Forbort–24 Jordan Schmaltz
18 Dillon Simpson–20 Joe Gleason

33 Clarke Saunders
31 Zane Gothberg

SCSU’s lines

11 Kalle Kossila–19 Drew LeBlanc–22 Jonny Brodzinski
16 Jimmy Murray–26 Nic Dowd–13 David Morley
27 Nick Oliver–8 Cory Thorson–21 Brooks Bertsch
18 Garrett Milan–37 Joe Rehkamp–17 Joey Holka

28 Andrew Prochno–14 Nick Jensen
7 Kevin Gravel–12 Ethan Prow
2 Jarrod Rabey–4 Taylor Johnson

29 Ryan Faragher
33 Joseph Phillippi
35 Rasmus Reijola

7 Responses

  1. blah blah blah

    This was probably the worst overall performance I’ve seen UND put on all season. SCSU was just flat out faster, crisper, grittier, hungrier, and more timely in their pace than UND was all night long.

  2. Sioux4ever

    What is with this team and its lack luster performance on saturday nights? Hope they can figure that out. I know they always play better after christmas, but I would love to start seeing some sweeps in the first half.

  3. Viking1

    St Cloud is a VERY serious contender this year. After the whipping the Sioux put on them Friday, the odds were highly in their favor last night at home. It was an extremely close game until the last half of the 3rd (thx to Mr Saunders). No shame in this one folks…..

    1. GoSioux

      Although Saunders may have let a weak goal in at the end…he saved the boys plenty of times during the game. St. Cloud has a very good team, but we looked flat and did not play up to our potential…

  4. MnNDfan

    How many players were suspended or hurt and couldn’t play on Saturday night? I can’t wait until we have a full team on the ice!

  5. Mark

    Can someone please explain to me again how Don Adam was selected to be the Head of Officials in the new NCHC? Were the qualifications: let’s find someone more incompetent than Greg Shepperd? I just don’t get it…this guy is the WORST official in the WCHA. He should be fired, not promoted!!!

    1. blah blah blah

      You forget the silver lining in this:

      With Don in that position, he’s not going to be on the ice any more to watch toothlessly as yet another player gets injured without a call.

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