Jan. 30, 2010

* Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The #5 St. Cloud State University men's hockey team survived an offensive slugfest at #11 Colorado College on Jan. 29, as the Huskies scored a big 5-4 win at the World Arena in Colorado Spring, Colo.

The victory was SCSU's ninth consecutive victory and it pushed the squad's season record to 17-7-3, 12-5-2 WCHA. On the other side of the rink, CC falls to 14-10-3, 10-8-3 WCHA. The victory moved the Huskies into a tie for first place in the WCHA along with Denver.

Both squads have 26 points this season in WCHA play, with the Pioneers keeping pace with the Huskies thanks to a 2-0 win at North Dakota tonight. Of note, DU owns an 11-4-4 WCHA record this winter.

St. Cloud State opened the offense at the World Arena with a goal by senior Ryan Lasch (Lake Forest, Calif.) at 9:00 of the first period. The single assist on the play was added by junior forward Aaron Marvin (Warroad).

The see-saw battle began at 12:05 of the first period, as Colorado College tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal by Tyler Johnson. Assists on the goal were added by Bill Sweatt and Ryan Lowery.

In the second period freshman defender Taylor Johnson (Hugo) made it 1-1 with a goal at 10:28. Lasch and Marvin posted the assists on the goal, which marked the second consecutive game that Johnson has scored a goal.

CC knotted it up at 2-2 at 15:15 of the second period with a goal by Tim Hall. Assists on the play were posted by Andrew Hamburg and Kris Fredheim.

The offense attack was turned up a notch in the third period of play, as Sweatt gave the Tigers a brief 3-2 lead with his goal at 0:19. Assists were added on the goal by Rylan Schwartz and Nate Prosser.

The lead was short-lived, as SCSU freshman David Eddy (Woodbury) scored at 0:45 of the third period with the solo assist from junior forward Tony Mosey (Prior Lake). Eddy then gave the Huskies' a 4-3 lead with his second goal of the evening at 7:39 of the third period. Again, Mosey chalked up the single assist on the play. Eddy now has nine goals this season and Mosey has 13 assists this year. Mosey has now scored a point in the last five games for the Huskies.

The fireworks continued at 11:14 of the third period with Sweatt's second goal of the night to make it 4-4. Schwartz gained the single assist on the play.

SCSU brought home the victory at 11:34 of the third period with the game winning goal by sophomore forward Jared Festler with assists from Lasch and Marvin. This marked the third consecutive game that Festler has scored a goal and it was his ninth goal of the season.

In the game, SCSU outshot CC 27-25. Husky goalie junior Dan Dunn (Oshawa, Ont.) posted his 10th victory of the season (10-2-0) with his 21 save effort. CC's Joe Howe made 22 saves in the contest as he suffered the loss for the Tigers. On the power play, SCSU was 0-3 and CC was 1-6.

SCSU will continue its season on Jan. 30 with a 8:07 p.m. (CT) game at Colorado College at the World Arena. Fans can listen to the game live on KCML FM 99.9 (www.lite999.com) with Don Lyons making the call.