St. Cloud State rallies past Tigers in third

SCSU hanowskiNo. 17 St. Cloud State scored four goals, all by freshmen, as the host Huskies rallied from down two goals to hold on for a 5-3 league win over Colorado College on Friday night at the National Hockey Center.

CC freshman Hunter Fejes scored with an extra attacker and 45 seconds left to draw the Tigers (8-9-2, 5-5-1 WCHA) within one, 4-3. But there would be last-second tying goal.

SCSU’s Nic Dowd scored an empty-netter from center ice with 20 seconds left for the final 5-3 margin.

Huskies freshman David Morley’s second goal of the night came on a power play with 9:46 left in the third period to make it 3-2, St. Cloud State and give the hosts a lead they would not surrender.

Freshman Kalle Kossila made it four goals in a row on a power play goal two minutes for a 4-2 lead.

The decisive three goals came in less than 15 minutes starting with 4:31 left in the second period, 33 seconds after CC went ahead 2—0, and ended with 9:46 left in the third.

An unforced Colorado College turnover led to the tying goal less than seven minutes into the third period.

SCSU’s Nic Dowd controlled the loose puck and skated in for a breakaway attempt on CC senior goalie Joe Howe, who made a big initial save.

But the Tigers could not clear the puck out of their zone and Morley knocked in the rebound during a scramble in front to tie the game with 13:15 left. Howe finished with 23 saves.

Colorado College freshman Cody Bradley scored his first goal as a Tiger with 5:04 remaining to give CC a short-lived 2-0 lead over St. Cloud State during the second period.

The host Huskies (9-7, 7-5 WCHA) would score off a rebound 33 seconds later (rookie Jonny Brodzinski) to make it 2-1 entering the third period. SCSU will have 1:31 left on a power play to start the final frame after having most of a power play to start the second earlier in the game.

Tiger senior captain William Rapuzzi scored on a shorthanded breakaway with 3:29 left in the first period during a delayed St. Cloud State penalty to stake the visiting Tigers to a 1-0 lead for only the fifth time this season.

CC sophomore defenseman Peter Stoykewych controlled the puck and drew a penalty on SCSU captain Ben Hanowski, passing to freshman right wing Jared Hanson, who sent the puck to Rapuzzi, who scored his 10th of the season. It was Hanson’s first assist as a Tiger.


Saturday’s game will be broadcast regionally on Altitude TV and starts at 6 p.m. Mountain. Its programming is available to Comcast subscribers on cable channels 54 in Colorado Springs, 63 in Pueblo and 25 in Metro Denver, as well as nationally via DirecTV (681) and DISH Network (410).  For cable coverage in other areas, please check your local listings or go to:

No. 17 SCSU 5, CC 3

Colorado College              1              1              3              –3

St. Cloud State  0              1              4              — 5

First period – 1. Colorado College, Rapuzzi (Hanson, Stoykeywch) 16:11 (SH).

Second period – 2. Colorado College, Bradley (Stoykewych, Krushelnyski) 14:56; 3. St. Cloud State, Brodzinski (LeBlanc) 15:29.

Third period – 4. St. Cloud State, Morley (Dowd, Johnson) 6:45; 5. St. Cloud State, Morley (Hanowski, LeBlanc) 10:14; 6. St. Cloud State, Kossila (Jensen, Brodzinski) 12:14. 7. Colorado College, Fejes (Schwartz, Boivin),19:15 (EX);  8. St. Cloud State, Dowd (Jensen) 19:40 (EN).


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One Response to St. Cloud State rallies past Tigers in third

  1. Steve says:

    This team is a mess. Any idea if Mike Guentzel is looking for a head coaching job? What about Cary Eades from UND?

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