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Men's Hockey Rolls On

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03/26/2013 - 10:00 AM

Men's Hockey Rolls On

 

 

 

 St. Cloud State men’s hockey team participated in their final WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday, next season the Huskies will be a part of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Huskies played the Wisconsin Badgers in the semifinals matchup on Friday afternoon. The Badgers were able to come away with a 4-1 victory to eliminate the Huskies from the tournament. Senior, Co-Captain, Ben Hanowski scored the Huskies lone goal during the game on the power play. The loss put the Huskies on the bubble for making the NCAA tournament and make for a nerve-racking Saturday of scoreboard watching. The Huskies got the help they needed from other teams across the nation on Saturday night to increase their likelihood of making the National Tournament.

In the selection show on Sunday night it was announced the Huskies would play in the tournament. St. Cloud State University will play in the Midwest Regional in Toledo, Ohio. The Huskies are a #4 seed in the regional and will play the #1 seed at the site, Notre Dame. SCSU (23-15-1) faces off with the Irish (25-12-3) on Saturday at 12:30 central time in Toledo, Ohio. The game can be heard on the KVSC airwaves with Co-Sports Directors Scott Gross and Gina Carlson. Our pregame show will begin at noon on Saturday. View the complete bracket for the NCAA tournament here. Should the Huskies win on Saturday they would play in the Regional Championship game on Sunday afternoon; the winner of that game will advance to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on April 11 and 13.

Other news and notes from the weekend include:

  • Head Coach Bob Motzko was named the 2014 assistant coach of the US National Junior team. That team will compete in 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. It’s Motzko’s first time as an assistant coach for the team.
  • A new Minnesota hockey tournament will debut next season, with Minnesota as the permanent host. The participants will rotate between St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State, Minnesota State Mankato and Minnesota Duluth. The event will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on January 24-25, 2014. Ticket information and a contest to determine the name will be announced in the upcoming months.
  • Senior, Co-Captain, Drew LeBlanc was named a Top 10 Hobey Baker finalist. He joins nine other collegiate hockey players that are still in the running for the prestigious award. The WCHA First Team member was also the winner of both the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and the Player of the Year. He’s charted 13 goals and a nation leading 37 assists this season. Vote for LeBlanc in the second round of voting!

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More Early Season Success

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03/25/2013 - 12:15 PM

SCSU’s baseball team started off the NSIC season with a bang at the Metrodome over the weekend. The Huskies took on the Cougars from the University Sioux Falls in pair of doubleheaders. The Huskies scored 35 runs in the series and in the first game on Friday night the Huskies senior pitcher, Scott Lieser threw a no hitter in the 10-0 victory. That set the table for the rest of the weekend. The Huskies rolled to a 10-2 victory in the second game Friday night before rounding out the weekend with a pair of wins Saturday 10-3 and 5-2.

The NSIC has honored Lieser for his outstanding performance this week, giving him the title of NSIC Pitcher of the Week. It was a near perfect game for him, the only Cougar to reach base was due to a hit by pitch. He has a 2.01 ERA with 25 strikeouts through 31.1 innings on the young season.

The Huskies are now 15-2 on the season and head Fayette, Iowa to take on the Peacocks of Upper Iowa University this weekend for another twin bill with against a conference opponent.

NCAA Bracket Challenge

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03/25/2013 - 12:00 PM

Is your March Madness bracket looking a little sad? If so, we’ve got the cure, another bracket challenge! This time we’re picking the NCAA Men’s Hockey brackets. What teams will end up in Pittsburgh for the 2013 Frozen Four? We want to know what you think. Join our bracket challenge via Pick ‘Em Hockey!

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KVSC on the Big Stage

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03/24/2013 - 6:00 AM

KVSC on the Big Stage

Over the weekend KVSC did something they had never done before, broadcast every game of the WCHA Final Five Tournament from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. KVSC entered the Al Shaver Press Box with WCHA.com and Fox Sports North in providing coverage of the event. KVSC covered the St Cloud State men's hockey game Friday afternoon live on 88.1 FM and all the other games on the KVSC Sports Stream. "I felt it was important to be a part of it" KVSC Co-Sports Director Scott Gross stated, "We had the credentials and the man power to do something no one else did before us. It gave our student announcers a chance to cut their teeth if they wanted to, to cover a historic event in the final year as we know it." The current WCHA will disband into three conferences next year.

Wisconsin won the tournament and the Broadmoor Trophy for the first time since 1998 by defeating Colorado College 3-2 on Saturday night. Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota will leave the WCHA after this season to join the new Big 10 conference. St Cloud State along with Colorado College, Denver, North Dakota, Duluth and Nebraska-Omaha will leave for the NCHC.

"We got to do a lot of things no one ever though we could, or dared." Gross said, "We have so many possibilities with the sports stream and we used it to our advantage. We interviewed coaches from other colleges and attended press conferences just like the big boys. I want to personally thank Jim Gray and Jo McMullen for the green light to cover this along with our dedicated staff including Co-Sports Director Gina Carlson, Bryan Kangas, Casey Mosich and Declan Goff. We've got some sports crazies down here in the basement of Stewart Hall and with people like that, there is no telling what our future holds."

KVSC Sports Stream

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03/20/2013 - 4:00 AM

 The KVSC Sports Department will provide live coverage of the entire 2013 Red Baron WCHA Final Five on the KVSC Sports Stream. Follow us on Twitter for the latest in matchup information. Listen to all five games of the tournament brought to you by Your Sports Alternative, KVSC. Click here to listen to the KVSC Sports Stream. 

Listen to SCSU Hockey from the Final Five

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03/20/2013 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State’s men’s hockey team rounded out a successful 2012-2013 home campaign with a sweep over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in the first round of the WCHA playoffs over the weekend. The #1 seed SCSU won 6-1 on Friday night before finishing off the #12 seed Seawolves 5-1 on Saturday. Following Saturday’s victory the Huskies were presented the MacNaughton Cup, the trophy that’s awarded to the Western Collegiate Hockey Team regular season champions. It is the first time in school history that SCSU won the award. The Huskies share the trophy with the University of Minnesota, who also finished the season with 37 conference points.

Thanks to the sweep of the Seawolves, the St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team will head to St. Paul for the second consecutive year to compete in the WCHA Final Five. It will be the Huskies last appearance at the event before departing to the NCHC next season. St. Cloud will play in the 2:07 p.m. semi-final game on Friday afternoon. The Huskies will take on the winner of the quarterfinal game between Minnesota State and Wisconsin that takes place on Thursday afternoon.

The WCHA Final Fives takes place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and the KVSC Sports Department will be there too provide live coverage. Tune in to 88.1 FM or listen online at 1:30 Friday afternoon for the pregame show to get you ready for puck drop at 2:07. If the Huskies win on Friday afternoon they will advance to the Championship game on Saturday night. SCSU is currently 12th in the PairWise, which is on the bubble for a NCAA tournament bid. For up to the minute husky hockey news follow us on Twitter.

Wrestling Awards

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03/20/2013 - 11:45 AM

Six St. Cloud State Wrestlers have been named to the All-Conference NSIC first team. Wrestlers honored include: Eric Ford, Andrew Porkorny, Jacob Horn, Clint Poster and Jake Kahnke. Shamus O'Grady was also named to the first team and is the NSIC Wrestler of the Year. Head coach Steve Costandzo was named the NSIC Coach of the Year after the Huskies completed an undefeated regular season and wrapped up the post-season as the runners up at the National Competition for the second consecutive year. Two SCSU wrestlers were also named the the NSIC Second team; Matt Nelson and Gabe Fogerty.

Coach Dolan Hits Milestone

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03/20/2013 - 11:00 AM

The Husky baseball team continues to impress early on this season. The Huskies played a doubleheader last night (Monday) at the Metrodome against Kansas Wesleyan University to wrap up the nonconference portion of the season. SCSU ran away with a 5-0 victory in game one and a 4-2 win in the second game. The first victory of the day was head coach Pat Dolan’s 200th victory with the team since his start in 2008. Pitcher, Scott Lieser got his fourth win of the season in the shutout victory and the Huskies notched 11 hits in the game.

In the second game the Huskies trailed two to nothing in the sixth inning before the offense got moving to catapult the Huskies with a 4-3 comeback victory. The Huskies are now 11-2 overall and will start NSIC play this weekend.

**UPDATE** The games will no longer be played in Sioux Falls, SD. The games with the Cougars will now be played Friday and Saturday at the Metrodome.

SCSU is ranked 10th in the NCAA DII Baseball Poll released this week.

Huskies St. Paul Bound

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03/18/2013 - 11:00 AM

Huskies St. Paul Bound

The St. Cloud State University Huskies are heading to the Xcel Energy Center this weekend after a playoff sweep over Alaska Anchorage at home. The Huskies played to two convincing wins against the bottom-seed in the playoffs, with final scores of 6-1 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday. Despite the lopsided scores, both games were one-goal games after the first period of play. Friday night saw the Huskies with a 2-1 lead after the first period. Garrett Milan scored his second goal of the season just 3:15 into the game, and red-shirt freshman David Morley scored his 10th of the season in the period.

The rest of the game was all Huskies. In the second period, Jonny Brodzinski scored his 20th goal of the season, Joey Benik scored his third on the powerplay, and Jimmy Murray scored his fifth of the season. Brodzinski added another goal in the third period to give him 21 on the year. Brodzinski leads the nation for goals scored as a freshman, and continues to lead the nation overall in +/- rating with an incredible +28.

On Saturday night, it took much longer to take the game out of hand. The only goal early in the game came from senior Drew LeBlanc, who scored his 13 goal of the season, making it 1-0 less than six minutes into the contest. The game stayed 1-0 for the entire second period, and through the first 4:56 of the third. At that mark, David Morley notched his second goal of the weekend and 11th of the season to make it 2-0. Alaska Anchorage, who had been getting a lot of help from goaltender Chris Kamal, made it a 2-1 game with Blake Tatchell's ninth goal.

The Huskies then proceeded to score three un-answered, including an empty net goal by senior Ben Hanowski to punch SCSU's ticket to St. Paul. Senior Taylor Johnson also found the score-sheet with an assist on David Morley's goal, giving all three seniors points in their final game at the National Hockey and Event Center.

Following the win, handshake line, and stick salute, WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod along with Athletic Director Heather Weems and St. Cloud State President Earl Potter officially presented the MacNaughton Cup to captains LeBlanc, Hanowski and Nick Jensen. The celebration was the first of its kind to take place on the ice in St. Cloud. Unsurprisingly, the 40 pound, pure silver trophy spent most of it's time near the dog pound.

St. Cloud will play the 2:00 p.m. semi-final game on Friday night against the winner of the quarter-final game between Minnesota State Mankato and Wisconsin at the Final Five in St. Paul. It will be SCSU's last appearance before departing the the NCHC next season.

St. Cloud bumped around in the PairWise Rankings on Sunday while six WCHA teams were battling it out in game three. As of Monday at 10:45 a.m. the Huskies are 12th in the PairWise, which is officially on the bubble. Only the top 11 teams in the PairWise are guaranteed an at-large bid in the national tournament.

WCHA Awards Announced

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03/14/2013 - 5:00 AM

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced league honors today. The Huskies earned a few big titles this season including WCHA Player of the Year, Student Athlete of the Year and Defenseman of the Year awards. Sixteen Huskies were also members of the All-Academic team.

Senior, co-captain, Drew LeBlanc skated away with the league’s highest honor, the Player of the Year. He was also named the Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and is a member of the All-WCHA First team. It’s the first time in league History that the same player has earned both the Player of the Year and Outstanding Student-Athlete award. LeBlanc is one of the 16 members of the Huskies squad who was named to the All-Academic Team. It’s his fourth time as a member of the Academic team and fourth time receiving the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award.

Nick Jensen, junior and alternate captain was named the Defensive Player of the year. He is also a member of the All-WCHA First team. Jensen is a leader on the blue line for the Huskies, playing in 113 consecutive games. He ranks eighth nationally among Division I defensemen with 28 points this season. Jensen is also on the All-Academic team and is a Scholar-Athlete for the second time.

Click here for a complete look at the leagues award honors this season. The Huskies that earned academic award honors include: David Morley, Brooks Bertsch, Brandon Burrell, Joey Holka, Tim Daly, Joe Rehkamp, Jarrod Rabey, Andrew Prochno, Nic Dowd, Kevin Gravel, Ryan Faragher, Ben Hanowski, Drew LeBlanc, Nick Oliver, Nick Jensen and Joe Phillippi.

Playoff Hockey Coverage

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03/13/2013 - 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State men’s hockey team rounded out the regular season with a record of 31-14-1 and 18-9-1 in WCHA play earning them the top spot and #1 seed heading into conference playoffs. For the first time in school history the Huskies own a share of the conference title and the MacNaughton Cup. The #1 seed St. Cloud will be take on #12 seed Alaska-Anchorage in the first round of the WCHA playoffs at the NHEC in a best of three series this weekend. The winner will advance to the Final Five tournament next week in St. Paul.

Listen to the action from the best of three series on KVSC. Coverage will begin Friday at 7 p.m. with an in-depth look at the match-up; the puck will drop at 7:37. Saturday night our pregame show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the puck will drop at 7:07. If needed game three of the series will be played on Sunday with a 7:07 puck drop. Catch all the playoff action on 88.1 FM and follow our Twitter account for up to the minute news.

Huskies Split, Earn Share of Championship

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03/11/2013 - 12:30 PM

Huskies Split, Earn Share of Championship

The St. Cloud State University Men’s hockey team made program history this past weekend. Playing at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum (formerly Dane County Coliseum) due to a scheduling conflict with the high school Boys Basketball tournament being held at the Kohl Center, the Huskies were able to split with Wisconsin earning a share of the MacNaughton Cup and the top seed in the WCHA playoffs.

Wisconsin got the scoring started with a power play goal from Joseph LaBate at the 14:34 mark of the first period. The goal came after SCSU had seven minutes of power play time, but were unable to convert, including on a 5-minute-major on Ryan Little for checking Ethan Prow from behind.

With a 1-0 lead entering the 2nd period, Wisconsin got themselves into more trouble with two penalties by Michael Mersch. Just as Mersch’s second penalty was about to expire, Jonny Brodzinski fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle, finding the back of the net over the glove of Wisconsin netminder Joel Rumpel, and tying the game up at 1. Just under three minutes later, the Badgers were able to take the lead again on a great give-and-go from freshman Nic Kerdilies to a streaking Tyler Barnes, who was able to glance the puck off of Ryan Faragher’s skate and into the net. The 2-1 lead held to the end of the 2nd, which put Wisconsin in highly favorable territory, having only lost once when entering the third with the lead.

The Huskies kept bringing it. With countless numbers of sloppy plays for SCSU in the first half of the game, the team buckled down and were able to control the puck much better and make better passes. One such pass was just over a minute into the third when Jimmy Murray got the puck on Brodzinski’s stick. The puck was rolling and Brodzinski fired it well wide of the net, right at Badger’s defender Frankie Simonelli. The puck deflected off his back and redirected into the net, tying the game at 2.

The rest of the game belonged to Faragher and Nick Jensen. The Badgers kept coming with the shots. Ryan Faragher did a tremendous job at stopping the initial shot, but often gave up large, and sometimes dangerous rebounds. One such case was a shot from the left side, which found a small opening between Faragher’s pads and drifted into the crease, heading into the net. But Jensen was there to fire the puck out of danger and keeping the game tied at two. Other cases saw the rebounds land on a stick of a Wisconsin skater, and the secondary shots missing the target. This continued until the puck ended on Jensen’s stick, and skated deep into the Wisconsin zone. Rumpel was in the process of hugging the left pipe with his pads, but a quick shot on net from Jensen was able to find its way through Rumpel and ever so slowly slid across the goal line, making it 3-2 Huskies with 3:35 left in the game.

After that it was a race against time. St. Cloud was able to hold on to the one goal lead when Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves pulled Rumpel with over a minute left in the game. With 55 seconds left, LeBlanc got the puck on his stick at center ice and fired toward the goal, going in and giving the Huskies a 4-2 lead in the final minute. "At that point the clock was our best friend,” said Drew LeBlanc after scoring his 12th goal of the season.

Sure enough, the clock was able to tick down to zero without interruption, giving SCSU share of the WCHA Championship for the first, and last time in program history, as well as the #1 overall seed in the WCHA playoffs.

The Huskies celebrate after Friday's win.

 

Saturday night saw the Badgers starting the scoring once again. This time it was Simonelli to get the first goal, just 43 seconds into the game. 24 seconds later, Andrew Prochno evened up the game at one with his 4th goal of the season, and assists from Brooks Bertsch and Cory Thorson. Later in the first, Michael Mersch would add his 21st of the season to make it 2-1in favor of Wisconsin, a lead that would hold the rest of the game. Mersch added an empty net goal with 1:13 left in the game making it 3-1. Prochno followed for his 5th goal of the season and second of the game. With Ryan Faragher pulled, the Badgers were able to hang on until the end for a 3-2 victory.

The win for Wisconsin ended up moving them up to fourth place in the WCHA standings, and guaranteeing them home-ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Huskies had already clinched home ice last weekend against Michigan Tech.

St. Cloud State finished the regular season with a record of 31-14-1 and 18-9-1 in WCHA play. This week the Huskies are ranked 8th in USCHO polls and are in a 12th in the PairWise rankings.

The #1 seed St. Cloud will be taking on #12 seed Alaska-Anchorage in the first round of the WCHA playoffs at the NHEC in a best of three series this weekend. The winner will advance to the Final Five tournament next week in St. Paul. KVSC will bring all the playoff action on 88.1 FM. This weekend’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with a 7:37 drop of the puck. Saturday coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. and the puck will drop at 7:07. If needed Sunday’s game will also be broadcast at the same time as Saturday. Keep up with the action all week on our Twitter account.

NCAA Runner-Ups Again

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03/10/2013 - 5:15 AM

For the third consecutive season the SCSU wrestling team has placed second at the Division II National Championships. This year’s tournament was held in Birmingham, Alabama and the Huskies sent a record nine participants.

Shamus O’Grady won an individual title with a 12-2 win over Ouachita Baptist’s Dallas Smith in the 184-pound class. Andy Pokorny and Jacob D. Horn also participated in championship matches, both placed second.

The Huskies Jacob Kahnke capped off his career in the cardinal, black and white with a third place finish in the 285-pound class. Clint Poster, redshirt freshman, finished fourth at 157 pounds, Matt Nelson finished fifth at 141-pounds and freshmen Gabe Fogarty finished seventh in the 165 pound class, for complete results from the event click here.

The Huskies finished with a school best 104 points in the Championship just four points behind the champions, Nebraska-Kearney who earned the title with 108 points.

Success in the South

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03/10/2013 - 5:00 AM

It was a successful week for the SCSU Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive team at the NCAA National Winter Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. On Wednesday, SCSU’s Luke Weber won a Division II National Title in the three-meter dive. Weber posted a score of 71.4 on his last dive to win the event. He was named the Male Diver of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

In the second day of the event on Thursday, the SCSU Women’s team set three school records. The first coming in the preliminary round of the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:47:91. The Huskies Erin Hart set a new school mark in the 100 back starting off the medley with a time of 56.96. Kellyn Craig set another SCSU record in the preliminary race of the 200 free relay with a time of 4:26:19.

The men’s team left Birmingham with 120 points, good for 12th place while the women tallied 116 points for a 16th place finish. The teams combined for 11 All-American Honors and set seven new school records during the competition. Huskies diving coach Tracy Torgerson was named CSCAA DII Men's Diving Coach of the Year.

KVSC Sports on the Road

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03/06/2013 - 12:15 PM

The SCSU men’s hockey team rounds out the regular season as they make their last road trip to Wisconsin this weekend. The Huskies are in search of their first WCHA conference championship. It would be the only time in school history that they capture the MacNaughton Cup before they depart to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference next season. St. Cloud State currently sits in the top spot in the conference with just a two point lead over North Dakota and Minnesota. The Huskies have already clinched a home ice spot but are still in pursuit of the regular season championship.

Listen to the action this weekend at the #8 SCSU Huskies take on the #13 Badgers in Madison. KVSC Sports Directors Scott Gross and Gina Carlson will be making the trip along with Bryan Kangas to provide top-notch coverage in this pivotal series. Listen to the action Friday and Saturday night beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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