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Men's Hockey Splits, Still Top of WCHA

03/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

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SCSU’s men’s hockey team wrapped up their final regular season home stand of the season with a pair of WCHA meetings against Michigan Tech over the weekend. St. Cloud State was victorious on Friday night 5-3. SCSU went one for three on the power play in the contest, scoring during the first man advantage of the game. Drew LeBlanc made the game 1-0 early in the first period and from that point on SCSU dominated. The Michigan Tech Huskies made an attempt at a comeback in the third period, scoring three goals but were unable to get anymore pucks past goaltender Ryan Faragher. Faragher made 42 saves in the contest.

Saturday night was senior night, featuring a ceremony that honored the careers of Taylor Johnson, Ben Hanowski and Drew LeBlanc prior to puck drop. (Listen to KVSC's Senior Salute from the broadcast here.) The night proved to be an emotional turmoil for the SCSU as they fell to the unranked Huskies of Michigan Tech 5-1. Michigan Tech wasted no time scoring in the game notching their first goal at the :28 mark of the first period to take a 1-0 lead that they never gave up. St. Cloud State took 37 shots in the contest but only one was able to get past MTU's goaltender Jamie Phillips. Jimmy Murray scored the lone goal for SCSU with just under three minutes remaining.

St. Cloud State does remain in the top spot of the WCHA with a two-point lead over Minnesota and North Dakota. With the win Friday the Huskies secured a home ice spot for the first round of WCHA playoffs March 15-17th. St. Cloud State dropped in USCHO polls this week to eighth place and is now tied for tenth place in the all-important PairWise rankings.

The Huskies will battle for the MacNaughton this weekend when they round out the regular season in Madison, WI for a pair of games with the Badgers. Wisconsin is coming off a sweep last weekend at Nebraska-Omaha and is still in the hunt for a home ice spot. The KVSC Sports Department will provide live coverage from Madison, WI all weekend long. Listen on KVSC 88.1 FM both Friday and Saturday night, coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. The puck will drop at 7:07 for both games of the series. Stay up to date on the latest news by following us on Twitter.