Lines, updated statistics for Denver, SCSU going into their WCHA series

St. Cloud State center Drew LeBlanc, top, runs into Denver goalie Sam Brittain after he yielded a goal to St. Cloud State left wing Kalle Kossila in the first period of an NCAA college hockey game on Nov. 2 in Denver . (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NO. 19 ST. CLOUD STATE (9-5 WCHA, 12-10 OVERALL)

The Huskies are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season tonight. This will be the 100th career college game for defenseman Nick Jensen. Jensen, a junior from Rogers, has 12 goals and 59 assists and has not missed a game in his career. Ben Hanowski needs 3 points to become the 26th SCSU player (in the Division I era) to reach 100 points. In 136 games, Hanowski has 52 goals and 45 assists. Coach Bob Motzko is one win away from his 150th college win. He is 149-119-34 in eight seasons for the Huskies. Motzko also needs one win to reach 100 WCHA wins (99-84-27). Drew LeBlanc leads Division I in assists (24) and ranks third in points (30). For his career, LeBlanc has 127 career points and needs three to move past Brandon Sampair (1997-2001, 49-80-129) on the school’s scoring list. LeBlanc has at least one point in 11 straight games.

LW C RW
10-Ben Hanowski 19-Drew LeBlanc 11-Kalle Kossila
16-Jimmy Murray 26-Nic Dowd 22-Jonny Brodzinski
27-Nick Oliver 8-Cory Thorson 21-Brooks Bertsch
9-Joey Benik 13-David Morley 17-Joey Holka
LD RD Goalies
28-Andrew Prochno 14-Nick Jensen 29-Ryan Faragher
7-Kevin Gravel 12-Ethan Prow 33-Joe Phillippi
40-Tim Daly 2-Jarrod Rabey 35-Rasmus Reijola

NO. 7 DENVER (8-4-4 WCHA, 13-6-4 OVERALL)

The Pioneers are 4-0-1 in their last five games and those five games are against Boston University, Cornell and Nebraska-Omaha. That came on the heels of an 0-5-3 stretch against Colorado College, Yale, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Bemidji State.

“We certainly had a little bit of a challenge with that tailspin in late November and early December – winless in 8 games, 6 in the league. It certainly didn’t help us,” Denver coach George Gwozdecky said. “We’ve been able to start to play better here post-Chirstmas, giving ourselves a chance in every game. It helps when you have the kind of goaltending we’ve had. We haven’t been great defensively.”

So what was Denver doing poorly in that eight-game stretch?

“It’s always more than one thing. Suffice to say, when you’re playing shinny hockey you’re not going to have a lot of success at this level,” Gwozdecky said. “In shinny hockey there’s not a lot of equipment, maybe elbow pads and shinpads and have fun.”

The Pioneers’ defensemen have accounted for 31.7 percent (68) of the team’s points and 24.3 percent (20) of the team’s goals.

Freshman Quentin Shore has 4 goals in his last 5 games and has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week each of the past two weeks.

Denver has seven NHL Draft picks on its roster: Scott Mayfield (2nd round, New York Islanders), Nick Shore (3rd round, Los Angeles), Sam Brittain (4th round, Florida), Josiah Didier (4th round, Montreal), Joey LaLeggia (5th round, Edmonton), Paul Phillips (7th round, Chicago) and Zac Larraza (7th round, Phoenix).

LW C RW
12-Ty Loney 23-Nick Shore 11-Chris Knowlton
16-Zac Larraza 26-Shawn Ostrow 19-Daniel Doremus
14-Larkin Jacobson 27-Quentin Shore 25-Matt Tabrum
39-Grant Arnold 9-Gabe Levin 17-Garrett Allen
LD RD Goalies
7-Paul Phillips 10-David Makowski 31-Juho Olkinuora
8-Nolan Zajac 2-Scott Mayfield 1-Sam Brittain
21-Joey LaLeggia 4-Josiah Didier

Denver goalie Sam Brittain, right, stops a shot off the stick of St. Cloud State left winger Jimmy Murray in the first period of an NCAA college hockey game Nov. 2 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

 SCSU STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Drew LeBlanc 22 6 24 30 4 +8
Nic Dowd 22 9 15 24 18 +1
Kalle Kossila 20 11 6 17 6 +12
Nick Jensen 22 1 15 16 10 +7
Jonny Brodzinski 22 9 6 15 6 +15
Ben Hanowski 17 7 8 15 10 +1
David Morley 19 6 6 12 6 +3
Andrew Prochno 21 2 10 12 10 +5
Cory Thorson 22 7 4 11 6 -4
Jimmy Murray 22 3 4 7 4 -1
Joey Holka 19 2 5 7 14 +5
Ethan Prow 20 2 5 7 2 +4
Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA    
Ryan Faragher 20 11-8-0 .907 2.38    
Rasmus Reijola 3 0-2-0 .804 5.14    
Joe Phillippi 1 1-0-0 .842 3.00

 

 

DENVER STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Nick Shore 23 9 15 24 24 -2
Chris Knowlton 23 11 10 21 4 +7
Joey LaLeggia 23 7 12 19 27 -3
Shawn Ostrow 23 8 9 17 14 +13
David Makowski 23 6 10 16 26 +3
Nolan Zajac 21 3 13 16 12 +7
Daniel Doremus 23 8 6 14 8 +8
Quentin Shore 23 7 7 14 10 +4
Matt Tabrum 23 6 6 12 23 +2
Zac Larraza 20 5 7 12 20 +13
             
Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA    
Juho Olkinuora 12 7-1-4 .942 1.86    
Sam Brittain 8 4-4-0 .908 2.78    

St. Cloud State center Nic Dowd (top) celebrates his power-play goal with teammate Drew LeBlanc (19) against Denver in the first period of an NCAA college hockey game Nov. 2 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
 
  SCSU DU
Shots per game 29.1 29.7
Opponent shots per game 25.2 31.7
Goals per game 3.2 3.6
Opponent goals per game 2.6 2.5
Power play % 16.8 22.3
Penalty kill % 83.8 86.3
Short-hand goals for 2 2
Short-hand goals against 5 6
Penalty minutes per game 9.4 16.7
Opponent penalty minutes 12.8 22.6
Faceoffs 686-613 (.528) NA

 

 

Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MickHatten or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimesmick. I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at www.sctimes.com.
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