Oct. 8, 2010
Omaha, Neb. – The #4 St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team (1-0-0) opened the 2010-11 regular season with a 3-1 victory over #18 Rochester Institute of Technology (0-1-0) on Friday, Oct. 8. The game was the opener of the Mutual of Omaha Maverick Stampede Tournament in Omaha, Neb.
SCSU and RIT opened the game with a scoreless first period, and it took a second period goal by St. Cloud State senior Nick Oslund (Savage) at 13:43 to break the deadlock. Oslund was assisted on the play by senior defender Brett Barta (Moorhead).
In the third period, RIT evened the score at 1-1 with a goal by Adam Hartley at 2:45. Assists on the goal were added by Scott Knowles and Chris Haltgin.
St. Cloud State scored the eventual game-winner at 10:21 with a tally by sophomore forward Ben Hanowski (Little Falls). Freshman defender Nick Jensen (Rogers) coined his first collegiate point at SCSU with an assist on the play. The second helper was added by senior forward Garrett Roe (Vienna, Va.).
This was Roe’s 143rd career point at SCSU, which places him 5th on the team’s all-time scoring list. This was also his 88th career assist at SCSU.
To finish the run, junior forward Travis Novak (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored an unassisted empty net goal at 19:33 to make the final score 3-1.
In the contest, SCSU outshot the Tigers 34-27, which included the Huskies outshooting RIT 13-6 in the second period. Both teams were held scoreless on the power play as the Huskies were 0-of-6 and RIT was 0-of-2.
Husky sophomore Mike Lee (Roseau) gained the victory between the pipes as he charted 26 saves in the game for SCSU. Jan Ropponen was the goalie of record for RIT with 31 saves to his credit.
Of note, RIT advanced to the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four and the Tigers are one of three teams from the 2010 Frozen Four who are on the Huskies’ schedule this season.
To complete the weekend in Omaha, the Huskies will play Clarkson University at 4:07 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The game will be played at the Qwest Center in downtown Omaha, Neb. Fans can listen to the game live on KCML 99.9 FM with Don Lyons calling the shots.