ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (13-15-4, 10-11-3 WCHA) got back on track after a tough overtime loss with a big 8-3 victory over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
In a close battle through the first two periods, the Huskies exploded for five goals in the final period to earn the WCHA victory.
SCSU opened the game at 6:04 of the first period with a goal by Jared Festler. Assists on the play were provided by the defensive duo of Nick Jensen and Andrew Prochno.
UAA charged back to knot the game at 1-1 with a goal by Scott Allen at 9:04 of the first period. The Huskies regained the lead at 11:43 of the first period as Nic Dowd tallied his 10th goal of the season with helpers from Jensen and Prochno.
In the second period, UAA tied the game again with a marker by Curtis Leinweber at :20. Once again, the Huskies got right back at it with a goal by Travis Novak at 8:31 of the second period. Ben Hanowski and Jarrod Rabey were credited with the assists on the play that made it 3-2.
In the third period, David Eddy added the Huskies' fourth goal of the game at 3:39. Dowd and Festler gained the assists on the play. UAA made one last run in the game with a goal by Mark Pustin at 7:13 of the final period that made it 4-3.
To douse the flame, Novak poured in his second goal of the night with a solo assist from Hanowski that made the tally 5-3. The Husky faithful got their wings with a goal by defender Kevin Gravel (his first of the season) at 11:51 as Cory Thorson and Feslter had assists on the play.
SCSU's Brooks Bertsch pushed the score to 7-3 with a goal at 14:32 of the third with assists from Garrett Milan and Dowd. This was Milan's first assist as a Husky. To finish the night, Eddy notched his second goal with an unassisted effort at 17:03 of the third.
In the game, a total of seven Huskies enjoyed multi-point nights as Jared Festler and Nic Dowd led the way with three points (1g/2a) apiece in the game.
In the nets, Ryan Faragher gained the win for SCSU with 28 saves while Rob Gunderson was the goalie of record for UAA with 20 saves. Chris Kamal finished the game for UAA with 1 save to his credit. On the power play, SCSU and UAA were both 0-of-2.
Next weekend, the Huskies will travel to Michigan Tech on Feb. 24-25 for a two-game series against the other Huskies. Fans can listen to the game on KNSI AM 1450/FM 103.3 or www.1450knsi.com