Lines, updated statistics going into Friday’s WCHA Final Five semifinal game between SCSU and Wisconsin

 

St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski battles for control of the puck with Mark Zengerle of Wisconsin during the March 9 game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis. Photo by Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com

NO. 7 SCSU (23-14-1 OVERALL)

The Huskies have seven players with 10 or more goals in a season for the first time since 1997-98 (Matt Noga 15, Mike Maristuen 16, George Awada 15, Jason Stewart 14, Mike Rucinski 11, Sacha Molin 12, Jason Goulet 10). The 7 Huskies on this season’s team with 10 or more goals are Jonny Brodzinski, 21, Kalle Kossila 15, Ben Hanowski 15, Nic Dowd 14, Drew LeBlanc 13, David Morley 11, Cory Thorson 10.

The Huskies are 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against Wisconsin. SCSU is 2-1 in the Final Five against Wisconsin. The Huskies are 6-9 at Xcel Energy Center since it opened in 2000-01.

Andrew Prochno leads SCSU in blocks with 45 and Dowd is second with 44.

Nationally, the Huskies are the least-penalized team and third in goals-per-game (3.42). Brodzinski leads all Division I rookies in goals (tied for 6th overall) and leads all players in plus/minus (plus-28). LeBlanc leads Division I in assists. While Brodzinski has 1 power-play goal this season, Morley’s 7 goals on the power play are tied for 11th. Nick Jensen is second among defensemen in assists with 25. The school record for assists for a defenseman is 30, set by Bret Hedican in 1990-91. Hedican had 48 points that season.

St. Cloud State is tied for No. 7 in the PairWise Rankings going into Friday’s game.

LW C RW
11-Kalle Kossila 19-Drew LeBlanc 22-Jonny Brodzinski
10-Ben Hanowski 26-Nic Dowd 16-Jimmy Murray
27-Nick Oliver 8-Cory Thorson 21-Brooks Bertsch
9-Joey Benik 13-David Morley 18-Garrett Milan
LD RD Goalies
28-Andrew Prochno 14-Nick Jensen 29-Ryan Faragher
7-Kevin Gravel 40-Tim Daly 33-Joe Phillippi
4-Taylor Johnson 12-Ethan Prow 35-Rasmus Reijola
     

 

NO. 14/15 WISCONSIN (20-12-7)

The Badgers beat Minnesota State-Mankato 7-2 on Thursday to advance to Friday’s game. Wisconsin leads the season series against the Mavericks 3-2.

Wisconsin advanced to its first Final Five since 2010 by sweeping Minnesota-Duluth (3-1 and 4-1) in the first round.

The Badgers won WCHA playoff titles in 1998, 1995, 1990, 1988, 1983, 1982, 1978, 1977, 1973, 1972 and 1970.

Wisconsin has 20 wins for the third time in the last four seasons.

The line of Nic Kerdiles-Mark Zengerle-Tyler Barnes has been hot and given the offense a jolt. That line has 15 goals, 31 assists in its last 9 games. In those 9 games, the Badgers are averaging 4.0 goals-per-game.

The Badgers go into the game at No. 16 in the PairWise Rankings.

LW C RW
17-Nic Kerdiles 9-Mark Zengerle 7-Tyler Barnes
16-Joseph LaBate 21-Brendan Woods 25-Michael Mersch
20-Ryan Little 14-Jefferson Dahl 18-Sean Little
26-Brad Navin 12-Keegan Meuer 8-Matt Paape
LD RD Goalies
19-Jake McCabe 27-Frankie Simonelli 33-Joel Rumpel
28-Kevin Schulze 55-John Ramage 30-Landon Peterson
22-Eddie Wittchow 24-Joe Faust 31-Adam Miller
     

 SCSU STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Drew LeBlanc 38 13 37 50 14 +14
Nic Dowd 35 14 24 38 39 +8
Jonny Brodzinski 38 21 11 32 10 +28
Kalle Kossila 36 15 17 32 8 +17
Nick Jensen 38 4 25 29 12 +21
Ben Hanowski 33 15 13 28 14 +3
Andrew Prochno 37 5 21 26 18 +20
David Morley 31 11 9 20 12 +5
Cory Thorson 38 10 7 17 6 +1
Jimmy Murray 38 5 11 16 14 +3
Ethan Prow 35 3 11 14 2 +9
Kevin Gravel  38  10  25  Even 

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Ryan Faragher 36 22-12-1 .916 2.27
Rasmus Reijola 4 0-2-0 .817 4.59
Joe Phillippi 2 1-0-0 .864 2.72

 WISCONSIN STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Michael Mersch 39 23 13 36 22 +17
Mark Zengerle 33 9 22 31 8 +12
Tyler Barnes 38 13 15 28 33 +10
Nic Kerdiles 29 8 20 28 35 +12
Derek Lee 27 3 18 21 14 +14
Joseph LaBate 38 8 12 20 45 +11
Jake McCabe 35 3 16 19 46 +13
John Ramage 39 7 9 16 65 +17
Jefferson Dahl 39 7 6 13 20 +2
Ryan Little 37 5 6 11 35 +5
Frankie Simonelli 39 3 8 11 36 +17
Brendan Woods 38  10  45  +7 

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Joel Rumpel 26 14-8-4 .933 1.87
Landon Peterson 14 6-4-3 .926 2.00
Adam Miller 1 0-0-0 .000 0.00

A shot by St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd is blocked by Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel during the March 9 game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis. Photo by Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com

 

TEAMS STATISTICAL COMPARISON

  SCSU UW
Shots per game 29.9 29.1
Opponent shots per game 26.5 28.1
Goals per game 3.42 2.67
Opponent goals per game 2.45 2.05
Power play % 17.5 12.2
Penalty kill % 83.3 80.6
Short-hand goals for 2 4
Short-hand goals against 6 0
Penalty minutes per game 8.1 14.0
Opponent penalty minutes 12.4 12.2
Faceoffs 1,174-1,121 (.512) 1,150-1,130 (.504)

 

St. Cloud State players celebrate their goal in the first period of the March 9 game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis. Photo by Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com

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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