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Men's Basketball Posts a Win and Loss

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02/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

The St. Cloud State men’s basketball team had mixed results this weekend. On Friday, the Huskies defeated Wayne State 70-66 with Damarius Cruz, Theo Rothstein and Shaun Jensen all scoring in double figures. Freshman Jordan Poydras also recorded eight points and three assists while notching 23 minutes of heavy playing time.

The Huskies led by as much as eleven points in the first half, however, Wayne State would fight back to take the lead in the second. That’s when Damarius Cruz got hot and led a Husky run to go back up by eleven making the score 58-47 with just under seven minutes to play in the contest.

The game eventually found both teams tied at 66 with under a minute to go. Cruz hit the go ahead three while Rothstein added a free throw to put the huskies up 70-66. Rothstein has failed to score double-digit points in only one game this season.

Saturday, the last contest of a four game road trip, would put the Huskies against the Vikings of Augustana who entered the matchup with a record of 15-4 (11-4 in the NSIC). St. Cloud State again found themselves up at halftime, this time by two points. A scoreless five minutes to enter the second half would derail the Huskies hopes of winning as Augustana took the lead. By the time the Huskies were able to respond they were down by eight, 51-43.

Unable to slow down Augustana's Cameron McCafferry, who had 24 points and 7 assists, was not the only problem hampering the Huskies on the road. They were also out rebounded 42-15, notching just one offensive board all game against the Vikings.

Theo Rothstein finished with 15 points in the game putting him at 1,005 for his career, a landmark only 34 other Husky players have reached. He’ll look to add to that total as the Huskies take on Winona State at home on Friday with tipoff at 8pm. They then face Upper Iowa Saturday at home as well at 6pm.

The Huskies stay atop the NSIC North standings and will settle into third overall in the NSIC as they now boast a 16-4 record 12-4 in the NSIC. They have a four game home stand followed by away games at the University of Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State coming up. The Huskies are looking to get back on track before heading into the postseason in later this month.

Women's Basketball Drops a Pair

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02/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

The St. Cloud State women’s basketball team will be returning home after a disappointing weekend. The team lost both matchups by a combined total of seven points. Their overall record after now stands at 14-6 with a 10-6 conference record. The Huskies currently hold the second spot in the NSIC North standings.

On Friday against Wayne State Jessica Benson was a beast. She had 16 points, 2 blocks and a steal. She was the only Husky to be in double digit scoring for the game. Wayne State would have four players go over the ten-point mark including Ashton Yossi who notched 21 points. The Huskies scored 43 points in the second half but in the end it wasn’t enough as they lost 69-65.

Saturday it was two different ladies taking charge for the Huskies. Three-point sensation Sam Price scored 16 points while Lexy Petermann went 7 of 10 on the floor, scoring 15 against Augustana. The Huskies however were outscored by eight points in the second half (32-24) and the Vikings went on to win 60-57 and improve their record to 16-4 12-4 in the NSIC.

The Huskies have a critical matchup Friday against Winona State who holds a 16-7 record. They then will face Upper Iowa on Saturday as they look to continue their resurgence to the top of the NSIC north where Northern State currently sits. The Huskies will have another chance to edge out a victory against Northern State on February 16 at home, their last of a four game home stand and a game that will air on 88.1 FM KVSC.

Wrestling Remains Restless

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01/30/2013 - 12:00 PM

The #1 ranked SCSU wrestling team returns home this weekend after another weekend road sweep. Last weekend the team traveled to Sioux Falls, SD to take on Augustana in a tough dual where the Huskies came out victorious 19-12.  On Saturday the team was in Canby, MN for a dual with Southwest Minnesota State, SCSU won by a final of 25-13. The Huskies extended the school record-breaking dual winning streak to 43 consecutive duals. Two Husky wrestlers are also ranked at No. 1 in the nation Shamus O'Grady and Andy Pokorny, Jake Kahnke is ranked second nationally and is undefeated this season.

On Friday SCSU will host the University of Mary in Halenbeck Hall. Listen to all the action with John Peterson on the KVSC Sports Stream. Tune in to Husky Sports Friday on Friday afternoon to listen to an interview with senior wrestler Kurt Stalman and preview this weekends action.

Hockey Honors

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01/30/2013 - 12:00 PM

The men’s hockey team is coming off a road series with the University of North Dakota where the Huskies stole 3 of 4 points that catapulted them into the top spot in the WCHA.

Two Huskies were honored this week by the WCHA for their play in the series. Freshman Jonny Brodzinski and Senior Ben Hanowski. Brodzinski scored two goals and notched one assist to earn him the Rookie of the Week honor. He is currently riding an 11 game point streak and is tied with teammate Kalle Kossila for the lead in goals among WCHA freshmen. Hanowski notched 3 goals on 10 shots over the weekend to earn the title of Offensive Player of the week. He has scored in the past three games and leads the team with 88 shots on the season. Hanowski is also one of three Huskies that appear on the first phase of fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award, along with Drew LeBlanc and Nic Dowd.

The team currently sits in first place in the WCHA and is ranked 12th in the USCHO polls. This weekend the team will travel to Bemidji to take on the BSU Beavers in another WCHA matchup. Follow the action with KVSC Sports Directors Gina Carlson and Scott Gross as they make the call live from the Sanford Center in Bemidji. Pregame show starts at 7:15 on friday and 6:45 on Saturday. For the most up to date SCSU hockey news follow us on Twitter.

Huskies Hunker Down at Home

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01/30/2013 - 11:30 AM

The St. Cloud State women’s hockey team will be on a much-needed bye this week. Last weekend the Huskies were swept at home by the #10 ranked University of North Dakota at the National Hockey and Event Center. The Huskies haven't won since they hosted Bemidji State University at the NHEC on Friday, January 4th of this year. They did earn a tie on the road versus Ohio State on January 18th.

The Huskies have three more series left in the regular season starting with next weekend's series at home versus the University of Wisconsin followed by at road trip to Minnesota State-Mankato and ending with a home series with the top-ranked team in the country, the University of Minnesota.

SCSU is currently in a tie with Bemidji State for the bottom spot in the WHCA standings. The Huskies will have the last six games remaining to get out of the bottom spot and avoid opening the post-season with the Golden Gophers, a team that has been on a terror since the first puck drop of the season. The Huskies will not have any chance at home ice in the postseason but can still climb into the number six spot pitting them versus Minnesota-Duluth or Wisconsin.

The Huskies are led by junior forward Molli Mott who leads the team with 9 goals and is tied for the team lead in assists with 12. Overall, Mott leads SCSU in scoring with 21 points. She is followed by seniors Alex Nelson (20 points) and Haylea Schmid (19 points) as the team leaders with sophomore defender Audrey Hanmer helping out with her finest season, chipping in a total of 15 total points. The Huskies will need more help in the scoring column to make a run in the standings. The Huskies eight wins on the season has already surpassed their total of five wins a year ago and goaltenders Julie Friend and Katie Fitzgerald give the Huskies a chance to be competitive in every series.

KVSC will air the Wisconsin series on our Sports Stream next Friday afternoon and Saturday as a part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. KVSC Sports will also provide coverage of the Minnesota series on 88.1 FM.

Huskies Bring Home 3 of 4 points

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01/28/2013 - 2:00 AM

Huskies Bring Home 3 of 4 points

After ten straight home games dating back to December 7th, the Huskies hit the road to Grand Forks to play a weekend series against the University to North Dakota. The Huskies came back home three points richer and in sole possession of first place in WCHA.

Friday’s game was in St. Cloud State’s favor from start to finish. Jonny Brodzinski put the Huskies on the board just past the four minute mark of the first period on a shot from the right faceoff circle that snuck its way past UND goaltender Zane Gothberg for Brodzinski’s tenth goal of the season. Then, at the 16:36 mark of the first, senior co-captain Ben Hanowski added his ninth goal of the season with a shot from the slot to put the Huskies up 2-0, which would be the score after the first frame.

While there were no goals scored in the second, SCSU was still able to dominate the period, controlling the puck for most of the period and outshooting UND 11-5. The shots on goal after the first two periods were 18-8 in favor of SCSU. The eight shots on goal for UND was a season low after two periods of play.

Jonny Brodzinski struck the back of the net again in the third period at the 7:35 mark to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. It was his second of the game and twelfth of the season. The score would remain 3-0 until Rocco Grimaldi scored a tip-in power-play goal from the slot to finally put UND on the board with 6:11 left to play in the game, and spoiling a shutout opportunity for SCSU goaltender Ryan Faragher. Faragher finished the night with 15 saves on 16 shots, and survived a late flurry of shots in the final minute of the game.

Saturday night featured a more even affair but this time by North Dakota had the slight advantage. UND came out flying to start the game, but it was the Huskies that found the back of the net first. A powerplay goal by Ben Hanowski, his tenth of the season and second of the weekend put the Huskies up 1-0. The Huskies got another powerplay shortly thereafter, but UND was able to steal the puck and bring it into the SCSU zone. That's where Corban Knight was able to find Danny Kristo for a shorthanded goal. UND wasn’t done yet, and at the 15:45 mark of the first, Corban Knight scored a goal of his own to put North Dakota up 2-1 after one.

The Huskies were quickly able to notch the game back up at two less than two minutes into the second period with Ben Hanowski’s second goal of the game, third of the weekend, and 11th of the season. The goal from Hanowski would end up being the last goal of the game, thanks to the play goaltenders Ryan Faragher and Clark Saunders. The rest of the second period was penalty-filled as both teams racked up ten penalty minutes in the period. UND also outshot SCSU 9-4 in the second, and held a 24-12 advantage after two.

The third period was goal-free and penalty-free. Both teams gave everything they had to try and gain a lead. Ryan Faragher was brilliant in the third, single-handedly keeping the game tied for SCSU, stopping all nine shots he saw, including three more after a scoreless overtime period, and ended the night with 34 saves.

The tie marked the first tie of the season for the Huskies. The three points earned gives the Huskies 25 points total for the season. Minnesota, who entered the weekend tied for first place in the WCHA split their series against Minnesota State. The Gophers now have 24 points, just one shy of SCSU who sits atop of the WCHA standings this week.

St. Cloud State moved up in USCHO rankings again this week, now sitting in 12th place. They made waves in the PairWise rankings over the weekend as well, now holding down 9th place. The Huskies also received some notice in the USA Hockey polls, sitting in 13th place.

The Huskies are back on the road this weekend to the Sanford Center in Bemidji to take on the Bemidji State Beavers. Both games will be aired on 88.1 FM and online. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:37 PM on Friday, and 7:07 on Saturday. For news and updates, check out our twitter.

Women's Hockey Drops Two

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01/28/2013 - 1:15 AM

St. Cloud State Women's hockey team hosted the University of North Dakota over the weekend. The all-time series between the teams was even coming into the weekend series at 19-19-5.  The Huskies are desperate for points to aid in their climb in the WCHA standings.

UND scored the games' first two goals on Friday night early in the first period. The Huskies would strike back on a goal by Kylie Lane, her first of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1. UND answered with another opeing period goal and took a 3-1 lead into the locker while. Outshooting the Huskies 16-11 in the opening frame.

The Huskies started the second period with an early power play and found the net again, this time off of the stick of freshman Skye Kelly, marking her first goal of the season. The Huskies hung tough and trailed 3-2 but it would be short lived. UND added two more goals in the second period off the stick of Monique Lamoureux and extended their lead to 5 -2 through the first two periods of play. The Huskies matched the shots on goal with UND at 10 apiece in the period.

UND extended their lead to 6-2 in the final period as Jocelyne Lamoureux beat netminder Julie Friend for the lone goal in the final frame. Friend recorded 26 saves in the loss as the Huskies fell by a final of 2-6.

Saturday St. Cloud State came out of the gates on fire holding their own for much of the first period against the #10 ranked University of North Dakota. UND scored late in the period and took a 1-0 into the locker room. North Dakota outshot SCSU 10-9 in the frame.

The excitement would be short lived for the Huskies as UND scored short-handed early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead. The Huskies played inspired hockey throughout the rest of the period and trailed 2-0 after two periods while outshooting UND in the period 12-10.

UND put the clamps down on the Huskies in the final period, not allowing SCSU to get anything going. North Dakota scored early in the final period to take a 3-0 lead before closing out the period by blocking a majority of SCSU's shots on goal. Katie Fitzgerald stopped 28 shots for SCSU in the contest where the the team was outshot 31-28. The Huskies fell 0-3 in the Saturday matinee as UND notched a road sweep.

St. Cloud State is currently tied for 7th along with Bemidji State holding onto 13 WCHA points.The Huskies have a bye this week before welcoming the Wisconsin Badgers to the NHEC on February 8th and 9th. Both games will start at 2:07 p.m. The KVSC Sports Department will provide coverage of both games in the series, as well as the Jeff Giesen Show on our Sports Stream.

Two Huskies Receive Honoros

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01/28/2013 - 1:00 AM

Two St. Cloud State athletes have been honored as NSIC Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award winners. The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is presented to NSIC senior student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are using all of their eligibility while remaining on track for graduation. Eighty student-athletes from the NSIC's 16 institutions received this award. The SCSU athletes with the honor this year include: Stephanie Crandall and Phil Imholte.
Crandall is a senior member of the SCSU women's swimming and diving team. She is a political science major and a two-time Husky of the year award winner, a 2012 All-American and holds the SCSU record in the 400 medley relay.
Imholte is a senior captain on the SCSU baseball team and is a mass communications major. He is an outfielder for the Huskies, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First team in 2012 and a two-time NSIC Academic team member. He has received many other awards for his accomplishments including two-time all conference player awards.

Men's Hockey Travels to North Dakota

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01/23/2013 - 2:30 AM

This weekend the men’s hockey team will hit the road for the first time since early December. The team will travel to Grand Forks, ND for a pair of conference games.

After completing a conference sweep of the Denver Pioneers SCSU’s goaltender Ryan Faragher has earned WCHA honors. Faragher is the Defensive Player of the Week after he stopped 49 of 52 shots in the sweep. Other notes from the wins include Ben Hanowski's 100th career point, coach Bob Motzko's 150th career win and Drew LeBlanc's point game extension. LeBlanc currently has a 13-game pointstreak, he leads the nation in assists with 27 and ranks second in points with 34. 

This weekend the team will head to Grand Forks to take on the University of North Dakota. Earlier this season when the teams met at the NHEC the Huskies fell 0-3 on Friday night before rebounding Saturday in a 5-2 victory. The Huskies are currently tied for first in the WCHA, just two points ahead of North Dakota. North Dakota ranks fifth in USCHO polls this week while the Huskies sit in 16th place.

KVSC Sports Directors Scott Gross and Gina Carlson will also be making the trip to North Dakota to call all the action. Tune in Friday at 7:15 for the pregame show and then again on Saturday at 6:45. For the latest in SCSU hockey news follow us on Twitter.

Wrestling Success Continues

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01/23/2013 - 2:15 AM

Last weekend the Husky wrestling team participated in the Ranger Duals in Kenosha, WI. SCSU remained undefeated after a trio of duals. Saturday the Huskies took down the University of Indianapolis 27-16, University of Findlay 31-7 and McKendree University by a score of 29-12.

SCSU Wrestler Shamus O’Grady has once again been named the NSIC wrestler of the week. It’s the third time this season that O’Grady has had the honor. Over the weekend he earned was a perfect 4-0 at the Ranger Duals. This season O’Grady is 26-1. The Husky wrestling squad currently owns a 41 dual winning streak. The team will put that to the test again this weekend at Augustana College in South Dakota on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on the Mustangs of Southwest Minnesota State University on Saturday at 7. Both duals can be heard on the KVSC Sports Stream with John Peterson.

Ladies Hockey Team Hosts North Dakota

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01/23/2013 - 2:00 AM

The ladies hockey team will return to the concrete cathedral after a couple weeks on the road. The University of North Dakota will be in town for a pair of WCHA games. North Dakota owns a 9-9 WCHA record, the Huskies have a conference record of 4-15-1 and an overall record of 8-16-2.

For an in-depth look at the women’s hockey team be sure to tune into the Jeff Giesen Show on Friday at 7 p.m. prior to our coverage of the men’s hockey game. The women's team will be in action Friday at 7:07 and then again on Saturday afternoon at 2:07. To listen to the action on Saturday tune in at 1:50 on the KVSC Sports Stream with Ryan Sanders and Ben Henry.

Huskies Sweep Denver

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01/21/2013 - 1:00 AM

The University of Denver came to the Granite City tied for first place in the WCHA with Nebraska-Omaha before their weekend series against St. Cloud State. While UNO was off for the weekend, the other first place team probably would have preferred they were off as well after the Huskies swept the Pioneers out of the National Hockey and Event Center with authority.

After a scoreless first frame, Denver got the weekend scoring started almost seven minutes into the second period Friday night with the sixth goal of the year for Zac Larraza. Less than five minutes later, at the 10:27 mark of period number two, Cory Thorson scored his eighth goal of the season with assists from Brooks Bertsch and Ethan Prow. The score would remain even until 1:34 left in the period when Nic Dowd scored his tenth goal of the season, with an assist again from Prow goaltender Ryan Faragher, his third career assist.

Denver again came out quick in the third period with a goal from Nick Shore at the 2:47 mark, his tenth of the season, which tied the game at two. The rest of the game, however, belonged to Nick Jensen and the Huskies. At 10:40 of the third period, Jensen put the Huskies back in the lead with his second goal of the season and assists for Kalle Kossila and Andrew Prochno. Six minutes later on the powerplay, Jensen tallied his third goal of the year, and second of the game to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead. Drew LeBLanc and Kossila earned assists on the goal, and Nick Oliver would add an empty netter to clinch the win, which gave head coach Bob Motzko 150 wins for his coaching career.

On Saturday night, the Huskies started the game with an extra bounce to their step. The Huskies outshot the Pioneers 20-7 in just the first period, and freshman David Morley was able to give the Huskies the lead with his seventh goal of the year at the 19:18 mark of the first, with assists from Ben Hanowski and Kossila.

While the second period was more even shot-wise, the Huskies cracked the game open and deflated the Pioneers. At 5:27 of the 2nd, Morley notched his second of the game and eighth of the season. LeBlanc and Hanowski received assists. Hanowski’s put him a step closer to the century mark with 99 points. Scoring continued in the third period with a goal from Nic Dowd at the 7:26 mark, his eleventh of the season, with assists from Jensen and Jonny Brodzinski. Just over a minute later, LeBlanc netted his seventh goal of the year, with Prochno and Kossila earning assists. The second period ended with the Huskies leading 4-0, and a 29-15 shot advantage.

The Pioneers were finally able to get on the board half-way through the third period with a goal from Joey LaLeggia to make it a 4-1 game. Two Minutes later, Ben Hanowski flutters a shot past Denver goaltender Sam Brittain to give the Huskies a 5-1 lead. The goal was Hanowski's 100th career point.

St. Cloud goaltender Ryan Faragher stopped 49 out of 52 Denver shots on the weekend. The powerplay went 1-5 on Friday and 2-5 on Saturday. With the four points the Huskies leap over the Pioneers into a first place tie in WCHA standings. The Huskies also moved up in the USCHO poll this week to 16th. 

The Huskies completed a ten game homestand and will hit the road next weekend for a series against the University of North Dakota. KVSC will have full coverage of the series on the airwaves. Coverage begins at 7:15 on Friday, and 6:45 on Saturday. Co-Sports Directors Scott Gross and Gina Carlson will have the call from Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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Ranger Duals Wrestling Coverage

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01/17/2013 - 9:00 AM

The number one ranked Division II SCSU wrestling team hosted Minnesota State University Moorhead on Thursday night in Halenbeck Hall. The Huskies took down the Dragons 34-3. Clint Poster started the winning for SCSU on the night at 157-pounds, he is now 22-2 on the season. Poster's win was just the start of the success for the evening. His win was followed by six more wins before the Huskies suffered their only loss of the evening at 133-pounds. With the win the team has extended their dual winning streak to 38 strait duals. The team is 12-0 in NSIC play this season.

Next up the team will participate in the Ranger Duals in Kenosha, WI. Saturday SCSU will take on University of Indianapolis, University of Findlay and McKendree University. Catch all the action, beginning at 10 a.m. with John Peterson on the KVSC Sports Stream.

Huskies Host Top Team in WCHA

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01/16/2013 - 11:00 AM

The men’s hockey team hosts conference opponent Denver at the NHEC this weekend. The games will be a part of Celebrate! St. Cloud State featuring events across the entire SCSU campus.

The Huskies were idle last weekend and currently have 18 points in the WCHA, the Pioneers lead the standings with 20 points. Both teams are ranked in the USCHO poll. The Pioneers sit in seventh while the Huskies hold down the nineteenth position.

SCSU coach Bob Motzko is approaching a career milestone, the next win for the Huskies will be Motzko's 150th career win and 100th conference victory. He is currently 149-119-35 in his career at St. Cloud State. Senior Ben Hanowski is also on the brink of a career landmark in the hunt to become the second member of the team to join the 100 point club this season. Senior, Drew LeBlanc notched his 100th point earlier this season. Hanowski currently has 52 goals and 45 assists in his career for a total of 97 points.

The WCHA battle can be heard on the KVSC airwaves Friday and Saturday night. This weekend’s hockey coverage begins at 7 p.m. Friday with an in-depth look at the women’s hockey team through the Jeff Giesen show. At 7:15 the pregame show for the men’s game begins and the puck drops at 7:37. Saturday night coverage will resume at 6:45 with a 7:07 drop of the puck. Follow our Twitter account for the most up to the minute information about SCSU hockey.

Basketball Plays Three this Week

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01/16/2013 - 10:30 AM

The men’s and women’s basketball teams were in action on Tuesday night in Duluth to take on NSIC opponent the UMD Bulldogs.

The men’s team defeated the Bulldogs 81-66 for the third strait win in just five days. Shaun Jensen lead all players in the game with 19 points. Theo Rothstein and Demarius Cruz also scored in the double digits for the Huskies. It was the 14th game in a row that Rothstein has notched double digit totals. The team is now 12-2 on the season and 9-2 in conference play.

The ladies were unable to take down the Bulldogs falling by a final score of 50-57. SCSU had the lead by one at the half but was unable to stop UMD in the second half. Nicole Anderson led the Huskies with 11 points in the contest. The women’s team is now 11-3 overall and 7-3 in the NSIC.

Both teams will be home on Friday and Saturday, hosting Minnesota State University-Mankato and Concordia University, St. Paul. The games are part of the Celebrate! St. Cloud State event across campus.

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