No. 2 St. Cloud State made sure of that by controlling play for most of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. The Huskies pulled away for a 6-2 home win.
“We knew they would come out guns ablazin’,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “They were tough for us to handle early. They put too much pressure on us and we didn’t handle the puck well. They showed why they are the No. 2 team in the country.”
A number of turnovers led to odd-man rushes for the Huskies, who didn’t need much help with their considerable offensive skill and depth.
“We are normally a good defensive team but we really put the defensemen and (goalie) Josh (Thorimbert) in tough situations,” Tigers senior Jeff Collett said. “We couldn’t put two passes together.”
“It is disappointing we could not build on Friday night,” Owens said.
The loss extends CC’s winless streak to 10 games, which includes two ties.
The Huskies were motivated by Friday’s shootout loss to the Tigers (1-8-2, 1-5-2 NCHC).
“We got a couple goals early and we moved on from there,” SCSU captain Nic Dowd said. “It was definitely a reaction to last night (Friday). You lose a sense of urgency when you score a few goals, but we played well.”
CC freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson, who played well all weekend, provided a positive when he scored against SCSU junior goalie Ryan Faragher (20 saves). It was CC’s second power-play goal in as many games and came with 6:43 left in the second to make it 4-1.
Later, SCSU and CC scored only seven seconds apart to make it 5-2. Collett tallied his first of the year, one-timing a pass from Zach Aman to trim the Huskies’ lead to three headed into the third.
But it was too little, too late.
Dowd scored a power-play goal with 3:45 left for the final margin before a crowd of 4,691 fans at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
St. Cloud State (9-1-2, 4-1-1) pounded on its opportunities to take a 4-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the second period after Dowd cut across the front of the CC net and lifted a backhanded shot past Thorimbert (19 saves).
Earlier that period, SCSU freshman Ryan Papa made it 3-0 with 13:02 left.
The Huskies took control right away with a goal by junior defenseman Andrew Prochno only 1:32 into the game. The hosts went up two after a turnover by CC sophomore Jared Hanson in the Tigers’ zone led to a Jonny Brodzinski goal with 11:05 remaining.
SCSU dominates faceoffs
After Colorado College tied the host Huskies 33-33 in Friday’s shootout win, No. 2 St. Cloud State seized control of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference game by winning 32 of the 57 draws on Saturday. It helped the Huskies set the tone against the Tigers.
”They controlled the play and they were strong on the puck tonight,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.
That allowed the Huskies to maintain possession and sustain pressure on the Tigers all game long.
Movember record attempt boost SCSU attendance
St. Cloud State’s efforts to sellout the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (5,371 capacity) fell short at 4,691 but it did manage to draw a couple thousand people sporting real or fake mustaches in an attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Record after the game. The official number will be announced Monday.
The publicity stunt was part of hockey’s annual Movember, a sport-wide effort to raise awareness of men’s health issues, notably prostate cancer.
About a dozen Tigers started growing mustaches but a few shaved in hopes of ending CC’s now 10-game winless streak.
Twelve Tigers have played in all 11 games so far this season. … Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin said he hopes to return to action this weekend for the New Hampshire series Nov. 29-30. He stayed back in Colorado Springs with an undisclosed lower leg injury. The rookie skated in practice with a no-contact jersey this week. … Sophomore defenseman Russell Finch returned to action Friday. He was a healthy scratch on Saturday as was freshman right wing Christian Heil. … The Tigers have been outscored in all periods, including a 2-0 deficit in overtime. … Until the two goals Saturday, CC was tied 6-6 in the opening period. Eight Tigers are yet to tally a point, including sophomore Hunter Fejes (11 games). … CC is 0-3-2 in one-goal games this season. … The Tigers’ two goals Friday were their most since a 3-1 season-opening home win against No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth. … Cody Bradley’s power-play goal went in off SCSU captain Kevin Gravel. … CC’s streak of out-shooting their opponents ended Saturday at six games.
No. 2 St. Cloud State 6, Colorado College 2
Colorado College 0 2 0 –2
St. Cloud State 2 3 1 –6
First period – 1. SCSU, Prochno (Prow, Benik) 1:32; 2. SCSU, Brodzinski (Kossila) 8:55. Penalties – SCSU, Benik, interference, 5:44; SCSU, Rehkamp, kneeing, 9:11; CC, Roos, interference, 14:37; SCSU, Tedesco, hooking, 19:48.
Second period – 3. SCSU, Papa (Morley) 6:58; 4. SCSU, Dowd (Benik) 10:00; 5. CC. Olofsson (Roos) 13:17 (PP); 6. SCSU, Morley (Tedesco) 17:44; 7. CC. Collett (Aman) 17:51. Penalties – CC, Olofsson, hooking, 10:00; SCSU, Dowd, boarding, 11:53.
Third period – 8. SCSU, Dowd (Gravel, Prochno) 16:15 (PP). Penalties – CC, Maric, unsportsmanlike conduct, 3:23; SCSU, Storm, unsportsmanlike conduct, 3:23; CC, Young, holding, 15:42.
Power play – CC 1-4, SCSU 1-3. Shots on goal – CC 8-8-6 – 22; SCSU 8-8-9 – 25. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 6-5-8 – 59:57; SCSU, Faragher 8-6-6 – 59:58. Referees – Dreger, B. Shepherd. Linesmen – Shikowsky, Polich. Attendance – 4,691 (5,371 capacity)