St. Cloud, Minn. - The #15 St. Cloud State University (6-4-0, 4-2-0 WCHA) returned to the win column in top form on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a big 5-2 victory over #6 North Dakota (4-3-1, 2-1-1 WCHA) before a packed house at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
The Huskies were able to offset an early lead by UND in the first period with three unanswered goals to reel in the victory, which halted a three-game win steak for UND in the series. The victory also snapped a two-game losing skid for the Huskies as they will enjoy a bye week before travelling to #20 Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 23-24.
UND's Drake Caggiula opened the night's scoring with a goal at 11:18 of the first period with assists from Bryn Chyzyk and Nick Mattson.
SCSU replied quickly with a goal by Jonny Brodzinski at 12:19 of the first period. This was Brodzinski's second goal of the season with the solo assist going to LeBlanc.
LeBlanc broke the tie at 4:59 of the second period with a goal that made it 2-1. Joe Rehkamp and Nic Dowd posted helpers on the play, which marked the first point of the 2012-13 campaign for Rehkamp.
SCSU took advantage of the power play at 12:23 with LeBlanc's second goal of the evening that proved to be the game winner. David Morley and Dowd provided assists on the play.
The goal was LeBlanc's fifth of the year, while Morley moved his assist total to five on the year. The assist was also Dowd's eighth of the year. Both Dowd and LeBlanc lead the Huskies with 14 points this winter.
UND rallied at 17:23 of the second period with a power play goal by Dillon Simpson but that proved to be the end of UND's offense on the evening.
In the final period, Garrett Milan got into the act with his first goal of the year at 6:23 with assists from Rehkamp and Joey Holka to make it 4-2. The Huskies ended the evening with a goal by Jimmy Murray at 17:04 of the third period with a shot from the point. Kevin Gravel and Rehkamp provided assists on the goal, which was Murray's first collegiate goal.
Rehkamp ended the eveing with a personal best three assists in the contest, while it was Gravel's fourth assist of the year.
In the contest, SCSU outshot UND by a 37-24 margin. On the power play, SCSU was 1-of-3 and North Dakota was 1-of-1 on the advantage. SCSU was called for just three penalties in the contest, while UND had six penalties for 23 minutes.
SCSU's Ryan Faragher was the goalie of record in the contest with 22 saves in the game. Faragher's season record moves to 5-4-0 and his goals against average dropped to 2.29 in 2012-13. Clarke Saunders tallied 32 saves in the game for UND.
The Huskies will return to action on Nov. 23-24 with a pair of games at the Amsoil Arena against Minnesota Duluth. Fans can listen to the action live from UMD on KNSI AM 1450/FM 103.3 (www.knsiradio.com).
NOTE - LeBlanc now has 111 career points, which moves him up to 17th on the SCSU career charts in a tie with Fred Knipscheer (1990-93) and Tony Gruba (1990-94).