St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (15-16-4, 12-12-3 WCHA) kept its home ice playoff hopes alive on Friday, March 2 with a big 2-1 victory over #2 Minnesota Duluth (22-8-5, 16-7-4 WCHA) at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
SCSU will be looking to gain more important league points on Saturday, March 3, when the two teams faceoff again at the National Hockey Center with a 7:07 p.m. start in St. Cloud. Tickets are available for this game and they can be purchased at the gate. Call 1-877-SCSUTIX or 320-308-2137 for compete ticket information for this game.
The Huskies controlled the game's tempo on Friday night by charting one goal apiece in the first two periods against UMD. SCSU lit the lamp first with a marker by freshman forward Brooks Bertsch (Dubuque, Iowa) at 14:45 of the first period. He was assisted on the play by freshman forward Nick Oliver (Roseau) and sophomore defender Nick Jensen (Rogers).
This was Bertsch's fifth goal of the season, while the assist was Oliver's first as a collegiate player. Jensen now has a team-high 23 assists this winter and he brings a seven-game point streak into the game on March 3. Bertsch scored the goal with a tip-in of Oliver's shot that beat UMD goalie Ken Reiter.
SCSU notched the game-winner at 6:51 of the second period with a power play goal by senior Travis Novak (Lethbridge, Alberta). Husky assists on the play were added by junior David Eddy (Woodbury) and rookie forward Jarrod Rabey (Rockton, Ill.). The goal was Novak's 11th of the campaign, while Eddy now has 16 assists for SCSU. Novak's third game winner of the season was tallied after he connected on the rebound of a shot by Eddy.
UMD broke the shutout in the third period with a goal at 10:01 by Keegan Flaherty. Wade Bergman and Brady Lamb provided the assists on the play for the Bulldogs.
In the nets, junior Mike Lee (Roseau) gained the victory for SCSU with 35 saves. Reiter had 22 saves for the Bulldogs as UMD outshot the Huskies 36-24 in the game. On the power play, SCSU was 1-of-3 and UMD was 0-of-5.
As the Huskies head into the final regular season game, SCSU has 27 league points and sits in a tie for sixth place in the league with Nebraska Omaha. UNO will host Denver in its final regular season game on March 3.