Lines, updated statistics for SCSU and Northern Michigan going into their series.

A scrum in front of the Nebraska-Omaha net during a game against St. Cloud State on Dec. 7 at the National Hockey and Event Center.

 

No. 15 (PairWise) ST. CLOUD STATE (9-5 WCHA, 12-8 overall)

Joey Benik was moved up to the second line with Nic Dowd and Ben Hanowski for the third period of last Friday’s game against RPI. He’s back on that line tonight. The other change that coincided with that was moving David Morley from right wing on Dowd’s line to right wing on Jimmy Murray’s line. On defense, Ethan Prow is a healthy scratch for the first time since the second game (Oct. 13 at New Hampshire) of the season. He’s replaced by Tim Daly, who was a healthy scratch on Friday.

“They’ve got a really good core of special defensemen, they’re well-coached and they’ve got some special people up front,” Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle said. “I really think that they’re poised to do something special this year. (Drew) LeBlanc is having a special year. Dowd is a speical player … They’re a very, very good team. We’re going to have our hands full and it’s a good challenge for us.”

The Huskies lead the all-time series 21-17-1, but the Wildcats swept a series against St. Cloud State last season at Northern Michigan. In that series, Jarrod Rabey had 1 goal, 1 assist; LeBlanc had 3 assists; Hanowski 1 assist; Joey Holka 1 goal; Cory Thorson 1 assist; Ryan Faragher made his college debut in the second game and stopped 20 of 23 shots he faced.

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

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (2-9-3 CCHA, 6-10-3 OVERALL)

The Wildcats have two Minnesotans in the lineup in junior left wing Jake Johnson (Duluth, Denfeld High School) and senior left defenseman Kyle Follmer (St. Paul, Como Park High School).

The Wildcats also play their home games on an Olympic-sized sheet of ice. The two teams played a series the second weekend of last season in Marquette, Mich., and the Wildcats picked up a sweep, winning 5-2 and 3-2. For the Wildcats playing tonight who played in that series, Reed Seckel had 1 goal, 1 assist; Matt Thurber 2 assists, Erik Higby 1 goal; Jake Johnson 1 assist, Stephan Vigier 1 goal, 1 assist; Mitch Jones 2 assists; Kory Kaunisto 1 goal; Wade Epp 1 assist; Kyle Follmer 1 goal, 1 assist; Scott Macaulay 3 assists; Jared Coreau got the start in the second win, stopping 25 of 27 shots.

Northern Michigan is 4-1 against WCHA opponents this season. The Wildcats swept a series against Wisconsin (2-1 and 4-2, Oct. 12-13 in Green Bay, Wis.), split a series at Nebraska-Omaha (5-2 loss, 2-1 win, Oct. 19-20) and beat Michigan Tech (2-1, Dec. 4 in Marquette).

“The big thing is that they have a big, strong defensive core and a big goaltender,” Huskies senior Drew LeBlanc said of Northern Michigan. “Obviously, it’s a pretty good challenge for us and we’ve got to find a way to create some offense against those defensemen.”

There are two big defensemen  in the lineup for the Wildcats tonight: junior Wade Epp is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds and sophomore Jake Baker is 6-5, 209.

LW C RW
9-Reed Seckel 12-Matt Thurber 26-Erik Higby
16-Jake Johnson 40-Stephan Vigier 29-Ryan Daugherty
11-Ryan Aynsley 74-Mitch Jones 20-Darren Nowick
22-Cohen Adair 19-Kory Kaunisto 21-Justin Rose
LD RD Goalies
27-Wade Epp 24-CJ Ludwig 31-Jared Coreau
33-Kyle Follmer 5-Ryan Trenz 1-Michael Doan
23-Jake Baker 4-Scott Macaulay

 

SCSU STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Drew LeBlanc 20 6 22 28 4 +8
Nic Dowd 20 9 15 24 18 +3
Kalle Kossila 18 11 6 17 6 +13
Nick Jensen 20 1 14 15 10 +6
Ben Hanowski 15 6 8 14 10 +2
Jonny Brodzinski 20 8 5 13 8 +14
David Morley 17 6 6 12 6 +3
Andrew Prochno 19 2 10 12 10 +5
Cory Thorson 20 6 4 10 6 -2
Jimmy Murray 20 3 4 7 4 -1
Joey Holka 18 2 5 7 14 +6
Ethan Prow 19 2 5 7 2 +5
Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA    
Ryan Faragher 19 11-7-0 .907 2.40    
Rasmus Reijola 2 0-1-0 .840 4.21    
Joe Phillippi 1 1-0-0 .842 3.00

NORTHERN MICHIGAN STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Stephan Vigier 19 3 9 12 12 Even
Matt Thurber 13 1 11 12 25 +2
Reed Seckel 16 5 6 11 20 +3
Ryan Daugherty 19 6 3 9 31 +1
Scott Macaulay 19 3 6 9 10 Even
CJ Ludwig 19 2 6 8 29 +1
Erik Higby 18 2 4 6 23 -3
Cohen Adair 19 5 1 6 8 -5
Kyle Follmer 19 0 5 5 34 -1
Wade Epp 15 2 2 4 22 +4
Justin Rose 9 0 4 4 2 +2
Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA    
Jared Coreau 19 6-10-3 .914 2.78    
Michael Doan 3 0-0-0 .973 1.22    

 

St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd (26) drives to the net against Nebraska-Omaha goalie Anthony Stolarz Dec. 8 at the National Hockey and Event Center.

TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON

  SCSU NM
Shots per game 29.0 22.7
Opponent shots per game 25.4 33.4
Goals per game 3.3 2.1
Opponent goals per game 2.5 2.8
Power play % 18.4 12.3
Penalty kill % 84.6 74.7
Short-hand goals for 2 1
Short-hand goals against 5 4
Penalty minutes per game 9.5 15.3
Opponent penalty minutes 13.3 15.5
Faceoffs 627-564 (.526) 1,114-1,122 (.498)

 

 

 

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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