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Luck Runs Out, End of SCSU Hockey Season

03/31/2014 - 11:00 AM

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Luck Runs Out, End of SCSU Hockey Season
Photo via SCSU Athletics and © Brace Hemmelgarn 2014

The Huskies had the luck of the Irish on their side in the opening game of the NCAA West Regional on Saturday night as they defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame 4-3 in overtime. But, in the West Regional Championship game on Sunday SCSU's luck would run dry as they fell to Minnesota 4-0.

On Saturday night the Huskies took on Notre Dame, in a battle of wits and stamina. The Huskies scored the first goal of the game but Notre Dame was able to respond time after time. After regulation time had expired the scoreboard read 3-3 despite the lopsided shots total that favored Notre Dame, 36-12. The difference maker for the Huskies was goaltender Ryan Faragher, who head coach Bob Motzko applauded in the post game press conference "he held us in there and made the big save in overtime on the breakaway." The extra time frame was what the doctor order for SCSU as they pummeled the net and showed more signs of life than they had all game long. Their effort was rewarded when senior captain, Nic Dowd found the back of the net off the stick of David Morley with just over three minutes left in the first overtime. That goal (and victory) advanced the Huskies to the next day of play, one step closer to the Frozen Four. First, the Huskies would have to surpass their big brother, the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday night.

It was a game of the ages as rivals, St. Cloud State and Minnesota faced off in the State of Hockey for the chance to advance as one of the last four teams remaining in Division I college hockey. On Sunday night the Huskies and Gophers battledfor the second time this season.  Freshman Justin Kloos of Minnesota scored in the opening period to get things started, while the Huskies still seemed to be looking for their skates. Play would remain 1-0 after one period. In the second period Minnesota would open things up a little more netting a pair of goals. St. Cloud struggled to maintain puck possession the entire game and the Gophers were able to capitalize on SCSU's downfall for the win. Minnesota would go on to score a power play goal in the third period for a 4-0 victory.

The University of Minnesota advances to the NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia April 10-12. Minnesota will face off with North Dakota. Other schools represented at the Frozen Four include Boston College and Union.

St. Cloud State finishes their inaugural season in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference as the regular season Champions. That title earned them the Penrose Cup with a conference record of 15-6-3. Other conference titles of the team included head coach Bob Motzko as the Herb Brooks Coach of the Year. Nic Dowd was the NCHC Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Defensive-Forward of the Year. Dowd is also a Top 10 Hobey Baker Award finalist, the Top Three finalists will be announced during the Frozen Four. Overall, the Huskies finish the season with a 22-11-5 record, continuing the growing tradition, legacy and history of the program.

As always, keep up to date with everything SCSU hockey (even in the off season) via our Twitter account.

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