ST. CLOUD STATE TIES NEW HAMPSHIRE, 3-3
Sophomore forward Cam Reid scores goal and assist for Huskies
St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team rallied with a goal by sophomore forward Nic Dowd (Huntsville, Ala.) at 7:53 of the third period to gain a 3-3 overtime tie against New Hampshire at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. The tie pushed SCSU's season record to 2-3-1, 0-0-0 WCHA, while New Hampshire moves to 0-4-1, 0-3-0 HE.
SCSU trailed 3-2 in the final period before Dowd's heroics knotted the score. This was Dowd's third goal of the young season and the assists on the play were provided by junior forward David Eddy (Woodbury) and junior forward Ben Hanowski (Little Falls).
The Huskies opened the night in top order by scoring the first goal of the game at 7:24 of the first period. Sophomore forward Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.) posted his third goal of the season on the play as senior forward Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) provided the solo assist on the play. This was LeBlanc's eigth assist of the season and his 10th point of the year. He leads the team in both categories and he has also notched a point in all six games of the season for SCSU.
SCSU gained a 2-0 lead at 15:38 of the first period when senior forward Jared Festler (Little Falls) rapped home a perfect one-timer with helpers from Reid and freshman defender Andrew Prochno (Shorewood). Festler now has four goals on the season, while this was Prochno's second assist of the year.
The Wildcats broke the shutout at 17:10 of the first period with a power play goal by Nick Sorkin, as Stevie Moses and Grayson Downing had assists on the play. In the second period, UNH tied the game at 5:15 with a goal by Eric Knodel. UNH scored the goal with an extra attacker on the ice due to a delayed penalty call against SCSU.
In the final period, SCSU looked to gain an upper hand when they were provided with a five minute power play due to a 5-minute slashing call on UNH's John Henrion that sidetracked Dowd. UNH ended with the point as Sorkin added his fourth goal of the year on a shorthanded goal at 2:54 of the third.
UNH owned a 3-2 lead but that only set the table for Dowd to gain his sweet revenge with the game-tying goal at 7:53 of the third.
In the contest, UNH outshot the Huskies 47-24. On the power play, SCSU was 0-of-4 and UNH was 1-of-6. In the nets, SCSU's junior Mike Lee (Roseau) was a brick wall with 44 saves to his credit, including four in the OT session. Jeff Wyer was the goalie of record for UNH with 21 saves.
Next weekend the Huskies will travel to North Dakota for the WCHA opener on Oct. 28-29. Fans can listen to both of these games on KNSI AM 1450 (www.1450knsi.com) or KVSC FM 88.1 (www.kvsc.org).