Lines, updated statistics going into Friday’s WCHA playoff game between SCSU and Alaska-Anchorage

 

St. Cloud State goes onto the ice for its game March 9 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis. Photo by Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com

NO. 8 SCSU (18-9-1 WCHA, 21-14-1 OVERALL)

The Huskies who are hot going into the series are Nick Jensen (1-8-9, last 10 games), Jimmy Murray (1-2-3, last 3 games), Drew LeBlanc (5-7-12, last 11 games), Andrew Prochno (3-9-12, last 6 games) and Jonny Brodzinski (18-9-27, last 27 games).

Look for a different look to the SCSU power play tonight. Huskies coach Bob Motzko said that “we should have blown up our power play two weeks ago and we didn’t. We’ve got to find a way to get more pucks to the net.” The Huskies are 2-for-27 (7.4%) in the last 7 games on the power play. The Huskies have a chance to get some things going on the power play because Seawolves opponents are converting at a 24.8 percent rate on the power play.

St. Cloud State’s top producers against Alaska-Anchorage are LeBlanc (2-10-12, 11GP), Jensen (0-8-8, 7GP), Ben Hanowski (2-4-6, 11GP), Nic Dowd (1-4-5, 7GP), Jarrod Rabey (1-3-4, 4GP) and Taylor Johnson (0-4-4, 11GP). Hanowski has been in a bit of a slump with 2 goals and 0 assists in the last 9 games.

St. Cloud State is tied for No. 10 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 35-Rasmus Reijola
4-Taylor Johnson 12-Ethan Prow 33-Joe Phillippi
     

 

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE (2-20-6, 4-23-7)

Because of injuries and a one-game suspension, the Seawolves will dress 11 forwards and five defensemen for Friday’s game. Teams typically suit 12 forwards and six defensemen.

Freshman defenseman Austin Sevalrud will miss the game after receiving a game disqualification for kicking in the Seawolves’ game Sunday at Denver. Four other Seawolves (forwards Brett Cameron and Jordan Kwas, defensemen Austin Coldwell and Chris Williams) are all listed as inactive. Kwas, who has 3 goals and 3 assists in 7 career games against SCSU, is out for the season with a sprained ankle.

Daniel Naslund (2-5-7), Scott Allen ((2-2-4), Quinn Sproule (0-4-4), Matt Bailey (0-3-3), Brett Cameron (0-3-3), Alex Gellert (0-3-3) and Scott Warner (2-2-4) are the Seawolves with more than two career points against the Huskies.

Sophomore defenseman Derek Docken (Northfield) is the lone Alaska-Anchorage player from Minnesota in the lineup.

LW C RW
29-Scott Allen 9-Blake Tatchell 12-Alex Gellert
40-Daniel Naslund 21-Matt Bailey 26-Tyler Currier
20-Hayden Trupp 19-Bobby Murphy 16-Andrew Pettitt
23-Kory Roy   18-Chris Crowell
LD RD Goalies
8-Scott Warner 3-Derek Docken 33-Rob Gunderson
13-Quinn Sproule 22-Blake Leask 35-Chris Kamal
  6-Ben Matthews  
     

 

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

SCSU STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Drew LeBlanc 36 12 34 46 14 +11
Nic Dowd 36 13 23 36 32 +7
Kalle Kossila 34 15 16 31 8 +15
Jonny Brodzinski 36 19 11 30 10 +26
Nick Jensen 36 4 24 28 12 +17
Andrew Prochno 35 5 21 26 14 +16
Ben Hanowski 31 14 10 24 14 +2
David Morley 29 9 7 16 12 +3
Cory Thorson 36 9 7 16 6 Even
Jimmy Murray 36 4 10 14 14 +3
Ethan Prow 34 3 10 13 2 +8
Kevin Gravel 36  10  25  Even 

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Ryan Faragher 34 20-12-1 .914 2.34
Rasmus Reijola 4 0-2-0 .817 4.59
Joe Phillippi 1 1-0-0 .842 3.00

 

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE STATISTICAL LEADERS

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Blake Tatchell 34 8 16 24 16 -8
Jordan Kwas 29 9 11 20 14 -10
Matt Bailey 34 7 12 19 61 -16
Scott Allen 34 12 6 18 31 -6
Alex Gellert 33 6 6 12 30 -12
Blake Leask 32 2 9 11 4 -12
Daniel Naslund 33 4 6 10 10 -19
Quinn Sproule 30 2 6 8 20 -12
Kory Roy 32 0 7 7 12 -10
Hayden Trupp 33 2 4 6 21 -8
Derek Docken 34 3 2 5 12 -15
Austin Coldwell 27  12  -3 

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Chris Kamal 20 2-13-3 .886 3.27
Rob Gunderson 17 2-10-4 .877 3.76
         

Photo by Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com

TEAMS STATISTICAL COMPARISON

  SCSU AA
Shots per game 29.4 21.3
Opponent shots per game 26.8 30.1
Goals per game 3.3 1.9
Opponent goals per game 2.5 3.6
Power play % 16.4 15.2
Penalty kill % 82.3 75.2
Short-hand goals for 2 4
Short-hand goals against 6 1
Penalty minutes per game 8.1 13.8
Opponent penalty minutes 12.2 10.2
Faceoffs 1,106-1,058 (.511) 964-1,006 (.489)

 

 

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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