St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (4-2-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) charted its second consecutive series sweep at the National Hockey and Event Center on Oct. 27, with a 5-1 victory over Minnesota State University, Mankato (2-2-2, 0-2-0 WCHA). The victory also marked SCSU's fourth consecutive win of the 2012-13 season.
After a scoreless first period, the Huskies broke the deadlock at 2:44 of the second period with a goal by junior forward Cory Thorson (Crystal). A solid up ice pass from sophomore Jarrod Rabey (Rockton, Ill.) set up Thorson's blast from between the circles that beat MSU netminder Stephon Williams. The second assist on the goal was added by freshman defender Ethan Prow (Sauk Rapids).
This was Rabey's first point of the 2012-13 season and it was Prow's third assist of the year. Rabey was playing forward tonight as a late entry in place of freshman forward David Morley (Richmond Hills, Ont.), who was an injury scratch after warm ups.
The Huskies broke the game open in the third period on junior forward Nic Dowd's game winner at :27 of the final period. His power play marker was assisted by junior defender Nick Jensen (Rogers) and sophomore defenseman Andrew Prochno (Minnetonka). Dowd currently leads the Huskies with four goals and he has posted a point in all six games for the Huskies in 2012-13.
Senior forward Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) continued his strong weekend with the Huskies' third goal at 1:05 of the third period. Freshman forward Kalle Kossila (Finland) charted the lone assist on the play.
SCSU padded its lead at 14:24 of the third period when Thorson marked his second goal of the evening on the power play. Dowd and Jensen each provided assists on the goal for SCSU. Thorson now has three goals and five points this year, while Dowd moved his season totals to four goals and six assists. The assist was also Jensen's sixth on the season for the Huskies. Of note, Dowd and LeBlanc each lead the Huskies this year with 10 points apiece in six games.
The Huskies completed their scoring at 18:20 with another power play goal. Kossila made it 5-1 with the goal as freshman forward Jimmy Murray (Darien, ill.) and senior defender Taylor Johnson (White Bear Lake) had assists on the play. This was Johnson's first point of the 2012-13 season, while Kossila continues his solid rookie campaign with three goals and four assists in four games played.
MSU broke the shutout at 19:08 of the final period with a shorthanded goal by Evan Mosey. Eriah Hayes and Johnny McInnis added the assists on the play for the Mavs.
Sophomore goalie Ryan Faragher (Fort Frances, Ont.) turned in another top-notch effort between the pipes for the Huskies. In his third consecutive victory for the Huskies, Faragher had 35 saves in the contest - including 18 saves in the final period for the Huskies. Williams was the goalie of record for MSU with 18 saves in 41:05 minutes of play. Phil Cook complete the game for MSU in the nets and allowed two goals and made seven saves in 18:55 minues of play.
On the power play, SCSU was 3-of-7 on the evening while MSU was 0-of-4. Overall, MSU outshot the Huskies 36-30 in the contest. The Marty Sundvall Memorial Three Stars of the Game as presented by the St. Cloud Times were 1. Ryan Faragher, 2. Cory Thorson and 3. Drew LeBlanc.
NEXT UP: DENVER ON NOV. 2-3
The Huskies will resume WCHA play on Nov. 2-3 with a pair of games at the University of Denver. Fans can listen to all the action live from DU on KNSI AM 1450/FM 103.3 with Don Lyons calling the shots from the Mile High City. You can listen to the games online at www.knsiradio.com
Fans should also remember to tune into the Bob Motzko Show on Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. The show airs live from the Green Mill Restaurant in downtown St. Cloud on KNSI AM 1450/FM 103.3 (www.knsiradio.com). The public is invited to come out to for the show and to enjoy the great food and drink available at the Green Mill.