Top-Ranked Huskies Handle Gophers in St. Cloud

Top-Ranked Huskies Handle Gophers in St. Cloud

January 06, 2018 10:27 PM

The tenth-ranked Gopher Hockey program scored first against top-ranked St. Cloud State but could not capitalize on the early momentum, falling 5-2 at the National Hockey Center on Saturday night.

No. 10 Minnesota (12-9-1, 4-7-1-1 Big Ten) did not get the start it wanted in the home-and home series with No. 1 St. Cloud State as the Huskies ripped 34 shots on net against Eric Schierhorn, while Minnesota had 11 of its 23 total shots in the third period. 

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The road team jumped on the board early in the first when Mike Szmatula netted a goal at 2:34 of the first, taking advantage of a neutral zone turnover and a 2-on-1 breakaway to rip his seventh of the season, assisted by Brent Gates Jr. After a Minnesota penalty, St. Cloud State drew even at 8:49 of the first when Robby Jackson scored from the point with the man advantage. The two teams would take the 1-1 tie to the locker room, while the Huskies held an 11-7 advantage in shots after one. 

St. Cloud would score early in both the second and third periods, as Mikey Eyssimont tallied a pair of scores at 00:50 of the second and 1:27 of the third. The Huskies got another goal from Easton Brodzinski at 5:36 of the second, taking a 3-1 lead the locker room after two and 4-1 early in the third.  The Maroon & Gold put themselves back on the board at 7:06 of the third when Gates knocked down a shot by Steve Johnson to deflect it through the five-hole of St. Cloud’s Jeff Smith and cut the lead down to two. Jack Ahcan would add one more for the Huskies later in the period as they celebrated a 5-2 win on home ice.

Schierhorn (11-9-1) made 29 stops for Minnesota while Smith (8-1-3) stopped 21 pucks for the Huskies.

The same two teams will wrap up their home-and-home series Sunday at 3M Arena at Mariucci, beginning just after 6:00 p.m.

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University of Minnesota/Gophersports.com

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