St. Cloud State
Jonny Brodzinski scored twice in the third period to lead St. Cloud State to a 3-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over North Dakota on Friday. Brodzinski broke a 1-1 tie at 1:38 of the third period and added an insurance goal on the power play at 9:43, as the Huskies (5-5-1, 2-2-1 NCHC) handed UND its first road loss of the season. The Huskies outshot UND 34-27.
Justin Kloos scored twice and Adam Wilcox made 24 saved shots to help top-seeded Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 4-0 on Sunday in the NCAA West Regional final. Minnesota (27-6-6) will face North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals in Philadelphia on April 10. Boston College will play Union in the other semifinal.
Nic Dowd scored with 2:39 left in overtime to give St. Cloud State a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Dowd, a Hobey Baker Award finalist who leads the Huskies with 22 goals, fired a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Steven Summerhays high. “At this point, any shot’s a good shot,” said Dowd, whose Huskies (22-10-5) will play top-seeded Minnesota on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four. The Gophers beat Robert Morris 7-3.
Former University of North Dakota head football coach Chris Mussman has landed a job as an assistant at St. Cloud State. The Minnesota school has hired Mussman as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
St. Cloud State didn’t need five goals in the second period to get even with North Dakota on Saturday. One goal was all it took. Cory Thorson’s goal late in the second period led St. Cloud State over North Dakota 3-1 and into a first-place tie in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. St. Cloud State and North Dakota share the lead in the NCHC with two games remaining in the regular season. The winner earns the first Penrose Cup and gets the top seed for the playoffs.
St. Paul Police welcomed the first Somali female officer to the department on Saturday. Kadra Mohamed joined the department as part of its community liaison program. Kenyan-born Mohamed graduated from Central High School in 2010. She will graduate from St. Cloud State with a criminal justice degree in May, but she got her badge Saturday and spoke some words of wisdom to future recruits.
North Dakota’s late season surge has it on the verge of winning the first Penrose Cup. Connor Gaarder scored twice in a five-goal second period to lead North Dakota over St. Cloud State 5-2 in a key National Collegiate Hockey Conference game Friday. UND is 15-2-1 in its last 18 games.
President Barack Obama shed a national spotlight on Minnesota Tuesday night when he praised a Minneapolis business owner during his State of the Union speech.
It’s the first annual North Star Cup, and on Friday night it will allow the Gophers and St. Cloud State to meet for the only time this season.
There’s nothing quite like sitting outside, doing a little socializing and enjoying the weather on a nice day. But in St. Cloud, if you are doing all of that while sitting on a couch, you’ll soon be violating a city ordinance.
The board of directors for the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference has unanimously approved the use of shootouts to break ties in conference games. The NHL-style shootouts involving three players from each team will be used if a game is still tied after the standard five-minute, sudden-death overtime period.
St Cloud State President Earl Potter joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Monday to discuss the success of the State Trade Mission to Europe.
The University of Minnesota men’s hockey program announced Friday it will host a contest to name its inaugural Minnesota Tournament at Xcel Energy Center next season.
Members of Minnesota’s third major political party are gathering in St. Cloud for a yearly convention. The Independence Party meet-up is on Saturday at St. Cloud State University. Chief on the meeting’s agenda is a contested race for party chairman.
In a matter of hours, forward Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State won the Hobey Baker Award – given to the nation’s top college hockey player – and signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.