ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (11-11-3, 7-8-2 WCHA) kept alive its 7-game unbeaten streak with a 3-3 overtime decision against Minnesota State University (10-11-6, 4-11-4 WCHA) at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. On Jan. 28.
SCSU and MSU will complete the two-game series at the National Hockey Center on Saturday, Jan. 29 with a 7:07 p.m. start. Tickets for this important WCHA game may be purchased at the gate or you can call 1-877-SCSUTIX or 320-308-2137 for more details.
SCSU junior forward Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) provided the offensive catalyst for the Huskies, as he opened the game's scoring at 5:07 of the first period with an even-strength goal. Sophomore defender Taylor Johnson (Hugo) and junior forward Jared Festler (Little Falls) each had assists on the play for the Huskies.
Minnesota State evened the game at 1-1 at 10:06 of the first period with a goal by Eli Zuck. He was assisted on the play by Adam Mueller and Michael Dorr. To complete the first period, Festler made it 2-1 with a power play goal at 11:14. He was assisted on the play by freshman forward Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.) and senior forward Garrett Roe (Vienna, Va.).
The play was historic for the Huskies as Roe notched his 105th career assist on the play. This breaks the old team record of 104 career assists set by Ryan Lasch from 2006-10. The assist was Roe's 18th of the season and it was Reid's 13th assist of the year. Both Reid and Roe now own 7-game point streaks along with LeBlanc.
The second period was dominated by MSU as the Mavericks tied the game with a Kurt Davis power play goal at :35 of the second period. He was assisted on the play by Dorr. MSU moved the score to 3-2 with a power play goal by Ben Youds at 10:06 of the 2nd. He was assisted by Dorr and Justin Jokinen. Dorr had three points on the night and earned the game's second star.
The game's first star proved to be LeBlanc as he scored the game-tying goal at 13:16 of the second period. Rookie forward Nic Dowd (Huntsville, Alabama) provided a pass to LeBlanc, who was standing alone in front of the net. A crafty wrist shot by LeBlanc beat MSU netminder Phil Cook on the play. Festler was credited with the second assist on the play. Dowd now has 12 assists on the season, while Festler completed the game with three points (1g/2a). Festler earned the game's third star and now has 9 goals and six assists this season.
LeBlanc moved into the team's goal scoring lead with his two tallies. He now has 10 goals, 21 assists and 31 points - to lead the team in all offensive categories this winter.
In the game, SCSU and MSU both had 28 shots on goal. SCSU sophomore Mike Lee (Roseau) was the goalie of record for SCSU with 25 saves while Cook had 25 saves for MSU. In the OT session, SCSU outshot the Mavs 4-0 and was able to control much of the action in the extra session.
Again, the Huskies and Maverick will square off in game two of the series at the NHC on Jan. 29. The action is slated to begin at 7:07 p.m. If you can't make the game, you can watch the action on the Charter Cable Mainstreet Network (channel 14 in St. Cloud). Fans in the Twin Cities can watch on Comcast Cable Channel 23 in Minneapolis and channel 13 in the St. Paul market.
Fans can listen to the game live on KCML FM 99.9 (www.lite999.com) or KVSC FM 88.1 (www.kvsc.org) . Live web streaming is available for this game on the America One PPV service (http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=28)