Statistics, notes for 6 teams playing in WCHA’s Final Five this weekend

 

The last WCHA Final Five as we know it begins Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Here are updated statistics for each team’s top players and goalies and other notes and quotes on each of the six teams that will participate:

ST. CLOUD STATE

Final Five seed: No. 1.

Overall record: 23-14-1.

Record vs. Final Five teams (9-4-1): 3-1 vs. Colorado College, 1-1 vs. Minnesota, 2-0 vs. MSU-Mankato, 2-1-1 vs. North Dakota, 1-1 vs. Wisconsin.

PairWise Ranking: No. 12.

All-WCHA picks: Center Drew LeBlanc and defenseman Nick Jensen are first team picks. LeBlanc was the first player to receive the WCHA Player of the

St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen.

Year and WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year awards in the same season. He is the first St. Cloud State player to receive the Player of the Year honor. Jensen is the first St. Cloud State player to be named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.

Notes: This is the first time that the Huskies have been in the Final Five as the No. 1 seed after tying for the WCHA regular season title … St. Cloud State won its lone Final Five title in 2001 … LeBlanc is the ninth player in the program’s Division I

SCSU senior captain Drew LeBlanc

era to have 50 points in a season … Jonny Brodzinski is the second St. Cloud State rookie to have more than 20 goals in a season (Mark Hartigan, 22, 1999-2000). Brodzinski also leads the nation in plus/minus (plus-28) … Ryan Faragher has played in 36 games in goal, two from the most in a season (38, Bobby Goepfert in 2005-06 and Brian Leitza in 1997-98). Faragher’s 22 wins are tied with Leitza (22-14-2 in 1997-98) for the second most in a season. Scott Meyer went 25-8-1 in 2000-01 … St. Cloud State has 7 players with 10 or more goals. The last time the Huskies had 7 players with 10 or more goals in a season was 1997-98 (Matt Noga 15, Mike Maristuen 16, George Awada 15, Jason Stewart 14, Mike Rucinski 11, Sacha Molin 12, Jason Goulet 10).

TOP SCORERS AND GOALIE

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Drew LeBlanc 38 13 37 50 14 +14
Nic Dowd 38 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

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Ryan Faragher 36 22-12-1 .916 2.27

MINNESOTA

Final Five seed: No. 2.

Overall record: 26-7-5.

Record vs. Final Five teams (7-4-3): 1-0-1 vs. Colorado College, 2-2 vs. MSU-Mankato, 1-0-1 vs. North Dakota, 1-1 vs. St. Cloud State, 2-1-1 vs. Wisconsin.

PairWise Ranking: No. 2.

Nate Schmidt is a junior from St. Cloud

All-WCHA picks: Defenseman Nate Schmidt, a St. Cloud Cathedral graduate, was named to the first team. Forward Erik Haula was named to the second team. Forward Nick Bjugstad and goalie Adam Wilcox were named to the third team.

Notes: The Gophers have won or shared the WCHA regular season four out of the last eight seasons … The last time that Minnesota won the Final Five was 2007 … The WCHA went to its current playoff format in 1988. The other seasons that the Gophers have won the playoff title since 1988 were 2004, 2003, 1996, 1994 and 1993 … Three former Gophers assistant coaches (SCSU’s Bob Motzko, MSU-Mankato’s Mike Hastings and Colorado College’s Scott Owens) are coaching in the Final Five … The Gophers join the Big Ten Conference next season.

Junior forward Erik Haula

 

 

 

 

TOP SCORERS AND GOALIE

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Erik Haula 35 16 33 49 14 +18
Kyle Rau 38 15 24 39 20 +14
Nick Bjugstad 38 21 15 36 28 +5
Zach Budish 38 13 22 35 14 +16
Nate Condon 38 12 19 31 8 +16
Nate Schmidt 38 8 23 31 16 +16

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Adam Wilcox 37 25-6-4 .923 1.84

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Final Five seed: No. 3.

Overall record: 21-11-7.

Record vs. Final Five teams (5-6-3):  2-2 vs. Colorado College, 0-1-1 vs. Minnesota, 1-1 vs. MSU-Mankato, 1-2-1 vs. St. Cloud State, 1-0-1 vs. Wisconsin.

PairWise Ranking: tied for No. 6.

North Dakota senior forward Corban Knight

All-WCHA picks: Forward Danny Kristo was named to the first team. Forward Corban Knight was named to the second team. Forward Rocco Grimaldi was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Notes: UND is making its 14th straight trip to the Final Five. The next closest current streaks of teams making the Final Five is St. Cloud State and Minnesota, both of which are making their second straight appearances … UND has won three straight Broadmoor Trophies as the Final Five champion and have won the tournament in its current format (since 1989) six times. The other three titles were won in 2006, 2000 and 1997 … UND joins the NCHC next season.

North Dakota senior forward Danny Kristo

 

 

 

 

TOP SCORERS AND GOALIE 

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Danny Kristo 37 24 26 50 22 +15
Corban Knight 38 15 33 48 40 +16
Rocco Grimaldi 37 13 21 34 16 +14
Carter Rowney 38 10 16 26 10 +7
Mark MacMillan 39 13 12 25 20 +11
Dillon Simpson 39 5 19 24 6 +5

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Clarke Saunders 24 13-7-4 .920 2.20

 

WISCONSIN 

Final Five seed: No. 4.

Overall record: 19-12-7.

Record vs. Final Five teams (4-8-2): 0-2 vs. Colorado College, 1-2-1 vs. Minnesota, 2-2 vs. MSU-Mankato, 0-1-1 vs. North Dakota, 1-1 vs. St. Cloud State.

PairWise Ranking: tied for No. 16.

Sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe

All-WCHA picks: Defenseman Jake McCabe was named to the third team.

Notes: The Badgers have won the playoff title in its current format (since 1989) three times: 1998, 1995 and 1990 … The Badgers started the season 1-7-2, but are 18-5-5 since Nov. 30 … “Sometimes when you’re a cycclist, you ride into the wind and you just bear down and keep moving and that was our mentality,” said head coach Mike Eaves, a former St. Cloud State assistant coach, about the Badgers coming back from a slow start to the season. “Eventually, you know the wind is going ti be in your backs. We just geared down and kept it simple.” The Badgers join the Big Ten Conference next season.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves

 

 

 

 

TOP SCORERS AND GOALIE

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Michael Mersch 38 23 12 38 22 +15
Mark Zengerle 32 9 21 30 8 +10
Nic Kerdiles 28 7 19 26 35 +9
Tyler Barnes 37 11 14 25 33 +6
Derek Lee 27 3 18 21 14 +14
Joseph LaBate 37 7 12 19 41 +10

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Joel Rumpel 25 13-8-4 .932 1.87

 

 MSU-MANKATO

Final Five seed: No. 5.

Overall record: 24-12-3.

Record vs. Final Five teams (6-8-0): 1-1 vs. Colorado College, 2-2 vs. Minnesota, 1-1 vs. North Dakota, 0-2 vs. St. Cloud State, 2-2 vs. Wisconsin.

PairWise Ranking: tied for No. 9.

Mankato freshman goalie Stephon Williams

All-WCHA picks: Goalie Stephon Williams was named to the first team and WCHA Rookie of the Year. Mike Hastings, a former St. Cloud State player and assistant coach, was named WCHA Coach of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks. Forwards Matt Leitner and Eriah Hayes were named to the third team.

Notes: This is the Mavericks’ third trip to the Final Five and first since 2003 (2000 is the other trip). Mankato joined the WCHA in 1999 and is the lone team in the Final Five that will remain the WCHA next season … Mankato is 8-3 in its last 11 games … The Mavericks’ 24 wins are the most for the team since moving up to Division I in 1996.

MSU-Mankato coach Mike Hastings

 

 

 

 

TOP SCORERS AND GOALIE

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Matt Leitner 39 17 28 45 47 +5
Eriah Hayes 39 19 16 35 49 +4
Jean-Paul Lafontaine 39 9 24 33 25 +2
Zach Lehrke 39 8 17 25 50 +7
Zach Palmquist 39 6 18 24 20 +10
Johnny MacInnis 39 13 9 22 12 -1

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Stephon Williams 33 21-10-2 .929 1.84

 

 COLORADO COLLEGE

Final Five seed: No. 6.

Overall record: 16-18-5.

Record vs. Final Five teams (6-7-1): 0-1-1 vs. Minnesota, 1-1 vs. MSU-Mankato, 2-2 vs. North Dakota, 1-3 vs. St. Cloud State, 2-0 vs. Wisconsin.

PairWise Ranking: No. 25.

Senior forward Rylan Schwartz

All-WCHA picks: Forward Rylan Schwartz and defenseman Mike Boivin were named to the second team.

Notes: The Tigers are making their second Final Five appearance in the last 3 years … Colorado College is the lone team in the Final Five with a losing record and advanced with a three-game series win over rival Denver … Colorado College has lost four straight meetings against North Dakota in the Final Five (1997, 2001, 2008 and 2011) …. The Tigers have never won the Final Five title … The Tigers are 7-4-3 in their last 14 games … Colorado College joins the NCHC next season. 

Senior defenseman Mike Boivin

 

 

 

 

TOP SCORERS AND GOALIE

Player GP G A Pts PM +/-
Rylan Schwartz 38 17 31 48 35 +7
Alex Krushelnyski 39 14 26 40 14 +13
William Rapuzzi 39 15 19 34 18 -1
Mike Boivin 39 14 14 28 88 +2
Scott Winkler 39 13 14 27 50 -3
Archie Skalbeck 39 12 11 23 24 -9

 

Goalie GP W-L-T Save% GAA
Joe Howe 28 12-11-4 .912 3.09

 WCHA FINAL FIVE

(All games are on Fox Sports North and played at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul)

Games Thursday

No. 4 Wisconsin (19-12-7) vs. No. 5 Minnesota State-Mankato (24-12-3), 2:07 p.m.

No. 6 Colorado College (16-18-5) vs. No. 3 North Dakota (21-11-7), 7:07 p.m.

Semifinals Friday

No. 1 St. Cloud State (23-14-1) vs. Wisconsin/Minnesota State-Mankato winner, 2:07 p.m.

No. 2 Minnesota (26-7-5) vs. Colorado College/North Dakota winner, 7:07 p.m.

Championship Saturday

Semifinals winners, 7:07 p.m.

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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