Feb. 20, 2010

* Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics

Madison, Wis. - The #4 St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (20-9-4, 15-7-3 WCHA) gained a huge 5-1 victory over #3 Wisconsin (18-8-4, 13-7-3 WCHA) on Friday, Feb. 19, in Madison, Wis.

The victory snapped a 12-game winless streak for the Huskies at the Kohl Center, which dated back to a 5-1 win on Feb. 17, 2001 at the Kohl Center. The victory also helped SCSU maintain its second place position in the WCHA race with 32 points, while Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth rank third in the league with 29 points. Denver sits atop the WCHA with 33 points.

The Huskies charged to their win over Wisconsin with a three-goal second period that iced the game for SCSU. Senior forward Ryan Lasch (Lake Forest, Calif.) started the Husky scoring with an assist from junior forward Aaron Marvin (Warroad) at 14:14 of the first period. Lasch beat the UW defense and then tallied on the wrap-around goal.

UW's Derek Stepan tied the game at 1-1 with a goal at :31 of the second period. Michael Davies and Ben Street each had assists on the Badgers' lone goal of the evening.

At 2:25 of second period, junior forward Garrett Roe (Vienna, Va.) posted the game winner with his 13th goal of the season. Roe split the UW defense on the play and then broke-up an errant clearing attempt by UW goalie Scott Gudmandson, which he converted for the unassisted goal.

Freshman forward Ben Hanowski (Little Falls) pushed the score to 3-1 with a goal at 18:31 of the second. Sophomore forward Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) and senior defender Garrett Raboin (Detroit Lakes) each had assists on the play.

Junior forward Tony Mosey (Prior Lake) padded the SCSU lead to 4-1 with his team-leading 8th power play goal of the season. Mosey's goal was assisted by LeBlanc and Lasch. This was Mosey's 11th goal of the season, and Lasch's 20 assist of the year. LeBlanc now has 19 assists this season.

To finalize the SCSU scoring, junior forward Brian Volpei (Burbank, Calif.) scored at 15:07 of the third period. Junior Nick Oslund (Savage) and sophomore forward Jordy Christian (Moorhead) each had assists on the play. This was Volpei's fourth goal of the season and his first goal since a marker against CC on Dec. 11.

In the contest, UW outshot the Huskies 38-24. Penalties were rare in this game, as each team only had two penalties for four PIMs apiece. SCSU was 1-of-2 on the power play and UW was 0-of-2.

In the nets, junior goaltender Dan Dunn (Oshawa, Ont.) made 37 saves and gained the victory. Dunn now owns a 12-2-1 record this season. Gudmandson had 19 saves for Wisconsin.

SCSU and Wisconsin will complete the series on Feb. 20, with a 7:07 p.m. game at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Fans can listen to the game on KCML FM 99.9 (www.lite999.com) or KVSC FM 88.1 (www.kvsc.org)