St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (8-11-2, 4-8-1 WCHA) gained its third consecutive victory with a big 3-0 shutout win over Michigan Tech (3-14-2, 1-11-1 WCHA) on Friday, Jan. 7 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
SCSU charted a season-high 43 shots on goal in the contest, as sophomore netminder Mike Lee (Roseau) gained his third consecutive victory between the pipes and his first shutout of the season. Lee had 28 saves in the game, which marked his third career shutout at St. Cloud State and the Huskies' first shutout since a 2-0 win over Wisconsin at the 2010 WCHA Final Five.
St. Cloud State gained the game winning goal at 10:32 of the first period with a marker by junior forward Jared Festler (Little Falls). He scored on a shot from the left circle that beat MTU netminder Josh Robinson. Freshman forward Nic Dowd (Huntsville, Ala.) and sophomore defender Taylor Johnson (Hugo) gained assists on the play. This was Festler's 7th goal of the season, and it broke a six-game point drought for Festler.
In the second period, sophomore forward Ben Hanowski (Little Falls) converted on the Huskies' first power play chance of the game. He scored the PPG at 9:38 of the second period with a deflection play off of senior forward Garrett Roe's (Vienna, Va.) shot from the top of the circle. Junior forward Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) added the second assist on the play.
The goal for Hanowski was his team-leading 8th of the season, while LeBlanc maintained the team's assist lead with 15 this season. LeBlanc also leads the club with 22 points in 2010-11.
To complete the offense, freshman forward Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.) scored an even-strength goal at 17:52 of the second period. Reid was set up on the two-on-one charge with a picture perfect cross ice pass from Roe. Dowd coined the second assist on the score, which made the final tally 3-0. This was Reid's sixth goal of the year and it marked his third consecutive game with a point.
This week's WCHA Rookie of the Week, Dowd now has 10 assists this season and he also owns a 4-game point streak headed into the second game against MTU on Jan. 8 at the NHC. In the last four games, Dowd has charted one goal and 7 assists. Roe is also on a nice run with two points apiece in his last three games.
The two assists also allowed Roe to become just the third player in team history to gain 100 career assists at SCSU. He now has 101 helpers in his career, which places him second in the team records along with Jeff Saterdalen (1988-92). He needs just three more assists to tie SCSU's all-time assist producer Ryan Lasch, who had 104 assists from 2006-10. Of note, Roe has 159 career points now and he currently ranks 5th in team history for career scoring.
In the contest, SCSU outshot MTU 43-28, and it surpasses the team's previous season-high of 35 shots on goal posted at Minnesota on Oct. 22. Robinson made 40 saves in the game for MTU. SCSU's 18 shots in the first period is also a season-high for most shots in a period.
On the power play, SCSU was 1-2 and MTU was 0-2. The lone power play opportunities for MTU came in the third period.
The two teams will complete the WCHA series at the NHC on Saturday, Jan. 8. Game time is slated for 7:07 p.m. As part of the Youth Hockey Weekend at SCSU, all youth hockey players (8th grade and younger) will be admitted FREE to the game on Jan. 8, when accompanied by a paid adult. For complete ticket information on this game, please call 1-877-SCSUTIX or 320-308-2137. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on game day.