EDDY, HANOWSKI HELP HUSKIES SKATE PAST BADGERS, 7-2
David Eddy and Ben Hanowski post two goals each for Huskies
St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University enjoyed another big Friday night at home with a 7-2 victory over WCHA rival Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 4 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
This marked the second consecutive Friday night home game in which the Huskies posted seven goals. SCSU opened its 2011-12 home season on Oct. 21 with a 7-5 victory over New Hampshire. The victory also pushed the Huskies' win streak against the Badgers to three games and it marked the second consecutive game in which the Huskies have scored seven goals against Wisconsin. Last year, the Huskies swept the Badgers at the NHC by scores of 4-2 and 7-3 on Feb. 25-26, 2011.
The fireworks at the NHC started in the first period when freshman defender Andrew Prochno (Shoreview) scored on a power play slapshot from the blueline at 12:30. The solo assist on the goal was added by sophomore forward Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.). This was Prochno's second goal of the 2011-12 season.
Junior forward David Eddy (Woodbury) moved the Huskies' lead to 2-0 with his first goal of the season at 15:45 of the first period. Sophomore forward Nic Dowd (Huntsville, Ala.) posted the solo assist on the play for the Huskies.
Wisconsin broke the shutout at 16:39 of the first period with a goal by Justin Schultz as assist were posted by Tyler Barnes and Mark Zengerle.
Sophomore forward Cory Thorson (Crystal) marked the game winner for the Huskies at 8:18 of the second period with his first career goal as a Husky. Sophomore forward Mitch MacMillan (Penticton, B.C.) was credited with assist number one, while rookie defender Tim Daly (Maple Ridge, B.C.) scored his first collegiate point with the second assist on the play.
Wisconsin bounced back to make it 3-2 with a goal by Matt Paape at 8:53 of the second with assists from Michael Mersch and Joe Faust.
Eddy shut the door on Wisconsin with his second goal of the evening at 14:37 of the second period to make it 4-2. Senior forward Jared Festler (Little Falls) and senior defender Sam Zabkowicz (Greendale, Wis.) coined the assists on the play.
The assist for Zabkowicz was his first of the 2011-12 season, while Festler now has four assists on the season.
In the third period, junior forward Ben Hanowski (Little Falls) rapped home a goal at 1:00 on the power play to make it 5-2. Reid and sophomore defender Nick Jensen (Rogers) provided the assists on the play. Reid now has seven assists on the season.
The goals kept rolling in as period progressed. Dowd helped confirm the decision with a sterling shorthanded breakaway goal that beat UW netminder Landon Peterson on the upper left side of the net at 11:02 of the third. Jensen provided the pass on the play, which was his fourth assist of the year. Dowd now has four goals on the season.
Hanowski iced the contest at 17:31 of the third period with his second goal of the evening. Senior forward Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) and sophomore defender Kevin Gravel (Kingsford, Mich.) were credited with the assists.
This marked Hanowski's fifth goal of the season, while LeBlanc charted his team-leading 10th assist on the play. Of note, LeBlanc now has 97 career points as a Husky.
In the nets, freshman goalie Ryan Faragher (Fort Frances, Ont.) brought home the win with 26 saves between the pipes. He is now 2-2-0 on the season with a 2.03 GAA and a .935 save rate. Peterson had 30 saves in the loss for UW.
On special teams, SCSU was in top form going 2-of-6 on the power play. On the penalty kill, SCSU was 5-of-5 and this included a big five minute major penalty kill in the third period that quieted the Badger offense.
The two teams will continue the weekend series at the NHC with a 7:07 p.m. start on Saturday, Nov. 5. Tickets are available for this game and they can be purchased at the gate on Nov. 5. Remember, SCSU students with a valid SCSU student ID card are admitted FREE to this game...so come out and support your Huskies!
The game will be televised live on Charter Cable channel 87 in the St. Cloud area and the game is also scheduled to be televised live on Comcast Cable outlets in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis Comcast channel 23 and St. Paul Comcast channel 13).