No. 4 St. Cloud State shuts out No. 3 Denver in Game 2 to sweep series
Huskies pitch shutout in Game 2 for sweep 🧹
No. 4 St. Cloud State men’s hockey powered to a 2-0 shutout to sweep NCHC rival No. 3 Denver on Saturday thanks to a big second period for the second night in a row.
The Huskies took Friday’s Game 1, 7-3, riding a four-goal middle frame to the victory. On Saturday, they scored both their goals in the second period. The sweep moves them into a tie with the Pioneers for first place in the conference.
Jack Rogers and Zach Okabe each scored their second of the weekend for SCSU (18-6-0, 10-4-0 NCHC), who has won three straight, and Jaxon Castor made 19 saves. Jami Krannila had two assists.
Magnus Chrona made 21 saves in the loss for the Pios (19-7-0, 10-4-0 NCHC), who are 3-3-0 since the semester break. DU had the Huskies busy in their own end, out-attempting them 50-33 on the night.
After a scoreless first period, Rogers broke the stalemate 7:32 into the second. St. Cloud’s forecheck forced a turnover, and the loose puck trickled in front of the crease, where Rogers shoveled a backhand that found a way through.
Okabe doubled the lead just 2:56 later. Krannila walked in and fired from the top of the right circle, the rebound jumped right to Okabe, and he buried it top shelf.
The Pios nearly cut it to 2-1 with 1:15 to go in the middle frame when Casey Dornbach cut into the offensive zone and sent a wrist shot that squeaked through Castor and over the goal line. However, one of the officials had blown the play dead before the puck crossed the line, so the goal did not count.
St. Cloud went 1 for 2 on the power play, while Denver went 0 for 1.
The Huskies will travel to Minnesota Duluth for a series with the Bulldogs next weekend, while the Pioneers will return home to face cross-state foe, Colorado College.
STATEMENT SWEEP 🧹 🧹 #GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/xDSM746qiQ— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 22, 2023
Huskies holding onto lead halfway through the third 👀
10 minutes into the third period, No. 4 St. Cloud State still leads 2-0 over No. 3 Denver, who is looking to avoid a sweep.
Shots are 5-4 in favor of the Pioneers through the period so far.
Pios getting chances here in the first 5:36 of the 3rd.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 22, 2023
The third period is underway ⏳
The final 20 minutes of regulation are a go between Denver and St. Cloud State. The Huskies lead, 2-0. They are undefeated when leading after two periods.
Another big 2nd period for the #Huskies! #GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/cG60cm0V1a— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 22, 2023
END 2ND: St. Cloud State leads by 2️⃣
The Huskies broke the deadlock in the second period to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room, thanks to goals from Rogers and Okabe.
Each side had a goal waved off as well. Shots on goal are 16-11, SCSU. Denver is out-attempting the Huskies, 30-21.
Heading into the final period & still in striking distance. #GoPios pic.twitter.com/aOez7GVjN5— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 22, 2023
NO GOAL 🥴 Denver catches a tough break
The Pioneers thought they cut it to 2-1 in the closing minutes of the period when Casey Dornbach drove into the offensive zone and fired a shot on goal, which squeaked through Castor. However, one of the officials had blown the play dead before the puck crossed the line, so the goal did not count.
Pioneers score but the officials blew the whistle a bit early... if you ask us.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 22, 2023
The play was reviewed and upheld. No goal. Still 2-0 SCSU. pic.twitter.com/KE1JtDXLcQ
GOAL! 🚨 SCSU doubles the lead | 1st – 9:34
The Huskies extend it to 2-0 on the power play as Zach Okabe picks up his second of the weekend.
Jami Krannila shot from the right face-off circle, and the rebound bounced right to Okabe in the slot as he buried it top shelf.
Make that 2-0! 👊#GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/adgxcaXl9G— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 22, 2023
GOAL! 🚨 Huskies break the stalemate | 2nd – 12:28
St. Cloud State breaks through first nearly halfway through the game, taking a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies forecheck forced a turnover below the goal line, and the puck trickled towards the front of the net, where Jack Rogers' backhand found a way through for his second of the weekend.
Rog gettin' greasy! 😎#GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/67faNIatxu— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 22, 2023
The second period is a go 👀
The middle frame is underway in St. Cloud as the Pionners and Huskies are scoreless.
END 1️⃣— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 22, 2023
Tight one tonight. No score through 20. #GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/85IfEwzjvq
END 1ST: Scoreless after one 🙅♂️
The stalemate continues as it's 0-0 in Game 2 between No. 3 Denver and No. 4 St. Cloud after the opening 20 minutes.
Shots on goal are 5-3 in favor of the Huskies, while the Pioneers lead in attempts, 9-8. Denver went 0-for-1 on the man-advantage.
After 20 minutes, no one has found twine... yet. pic.twitter.com/fHgu6c9iY7— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 22, 2023
No score halfway through the first 🧱
As we pass the 10:00 mark of the first period, Denver and St. Cloud are deadlocked at zero.
Shots on goal are 3-2 in favor of the Huskies. Attempts are 5-4, Denver, who is 0-for-1 on the power play.
First two #NCHChockey games of the night underway, including the battle for first place between @DU_Hockey and @SCSUHuskies_MH!— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) January 22, 2023
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Game 2 is underway 🍿
The puck is down, and Game 2 between the Pioneers and Huskies is underway in St. Cloud.
Denver starters tonight:— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 22, 2023
Carter Mazur - Massimo Rizzo - Casey Dornbach
Sean Behrens - Kyle Mayhew
Magnus Chrona#GoPios pic.twitter.com/cCLYOpKKcJ
Puck drop at the #BrooksCenter!— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 22, 2023
Watch on @Fox9Sports +!#GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/fQmTLqK7La
Puck-drop is coming up 👀
We're about 15 minutes way from Game 2 between No. 3 Denver and No. 4 St. Cloud State in one of this weekend's premier men's college hockey matchups. The Pioneers are looking to stave off a sweep after a high-powered win for the Huskies on Friday.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Late injury news for the #Huskies. Dylan Anhorn is out and Brady Ziemer is in. New D-pairs.#GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/QG8gOtAvd2— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 21, 2023
Denver's projected lineup for Saturday night in St. Cloud.#GoPios pic.twitter.com/rVuHJ7r1xI— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 21, 2023
Get ready for Game 2 between Denver and St. Cloud State 🗞
The No. 3 Pioneers look to avoid a sweep on Saturday night after the No. 4 Huskies took over in Friday's Game 1, rolling to a 7-3 win.
Here's how to follow tonight's action:
- When: 7 p.m. ET Saturday
- Where: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
- Watch live: Fox 9+ (locally) and NCHC.tv (subscription required)
- Live stats: NCAA.com | St. Cloud State
- Rosters: Denver | St. Cloud State
- Previews: Denver | St. Cloud State
- Game notes: Denver | St. Cloud State
- Game 1 recap: NCAA.com | St. Cloud State
Wrapping up the top-5 series tonight in St. Cloud.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 21, 2023
🕕: 5 p.m. MT
📍: Brooks Center
📻: @1043TheFan HD3
📄: https://t.co/6PLUHmHEL3#GoPios pic.twitter.com/TPeu9Zaz6U
No. 4 St. Cloud State rides big second period to 7-3 win over No. 3 Denver 🔥
No. 4 St. Cloud State men's hockey rode a four-goal second period to a 7-3 win over No. 3 Denver at home in Game 1 of a pivotal NCHC series on Friday.
Jami Krannila scored twice for the Huskies (17-6-0, 9-4-0 NCHC) and Grant Cruikshank and Zach Okabe each added a goal and an assist. Jack Rogers and Veeti Miettinen each scored, and Dylan Anhorn and Josh Luedtke each had two assists. Dominic Basse made 28 saves.
.@SCSUHuskies_MH up ✌️ after ✌️ in part to Krannila's ✌️ goals#NCHChockey // #HuskyHockey pic.twitter.com/VVvG1KsqxR— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) January 21, 2023
Carter King, Jack Devine and Brett Edwards each scored for the Pioneers (19-6-0, 10-3-0 NCHC). Magnus Chrona stopped 24 of 30 shots, and Matt Davis made two saves in relief.
Okabe opened the scoring on the power play 6:35 into the game when he redirected Spencer Meier's shot from distance.
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King tied it up 1-1 just after the midway point of the first. Casey Dornbach cut to the slot and shoveled a backhand on goal before King put home the rebound.
Devine gave Denver the lead early in the second, redirecting Aidan Thompson's pass from a sharp angle, but Krannila drew SCSU back even 2-2 moments later when he tipped in Okabe's shot from the point.
Rogers restored the lead for the Huskies, making it 3-2 just over three minutes later on a rebound at the top of the crease. Krannila extended it to 4-2 shortly after St. Cloud State killed off a lengthy 5-on-3, putting a one-timer over Chrona's glove on a rush with Cruikshank.
Edwards pulled Denver back to 4-3 just 45 seconds after Krannila's second of the night, but Miettinen picked the top right corner on the power play with 3:37 to go in the second to add insurance for SCSU again.
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4 goals in the 2nd for the #Huskies! 🙌#GoHuskies | #HuskyHockey 🏒 pic.twitter.com/Z4gJDxxz0Y— St. Cloud State Men's Hockey (@SCSUHuskies_MH) January 21, 2023
Cruikshank tacked on another for St. Cloud to make it 6-3 with 8:04 to go in regulation with a one-timer from the slot after Anhorn drew defenders over to him to open up the passing option.
Mason Salquist scored on an empty net from the defensive zone with 46 seconds to go for the 7-3 final.
The Huskies went 3-for-5 on the power play, and the Pios went 1-for-3.
Game 2 between Denver and St. Cloud is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
FINAL: Huskies take lopsided Game 1 😤
No. 4 St. Cloud State downs No. 3 Denver with a 7-3 victory in Game 1, outscoring the Pioneers 6-2 over the final two periods of action.
Huskies take this one tonight off 3 PPG.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 21, 2023
Rematch tomorrow in the series finale. pic.twitter.com/F1XurjWYMR