St. Cloud State scored three times in the second period, including one by Ben Hanowski with 2.2 seconds remaining, to take command. The CC offense showed little ability to reverse the momentum, mustering only 10 shots through 40 minutes.
Huskies freshman Kalle Kossila one-timed a pass from Andrew Prochno to beat CC senior goalie Joe Howe glove side with 14:38 left. The second about four minutes later when a pass into the crease by Ethan Prow was tapped in by Cory Thorson who had camped out in front.
Hanowski’s goal came off a big save by Huskies sophomore goalie Ryan Faragher on a breakaway for CC senior Scott Winkler, who has not recorded a point in seven games-plus. SCSU collected the rebound and sent it up ice to Hanowski for a breakaway score.
The Huskies, trying to keep their slim lead in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings for the third week in a row, led 4-1 headed into the third.
CC continued to struggle to get shots on net, managing only five in the second after recording only five in the opening 20 minutes.