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Swaney’s double-overtime winner lifts UMD to Frozen Faceoff title

St. Paul — With their NCAA tournament seeding secured and only Minnesota Duluth’s region placement fate to be determined there would not seem to be much to play for between St. Cloud State and UMD on a late March Saturday night in St. Paul. Don’t tell that to the Huskies and Bulldogs, though, as the two in-state, intra-conference rivals went at each other hard and fast in the first-ever NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship overtime game at Xcel Energy Center. 

“Anytime you get the top two teams in the country in the same building you know you’re going to have a good game,” UMD forward Billy Exell said. “When you get into these battles both teams are preparing and they don’t want to lose.”

But someone must lose and, in this battle between two NCAA tournament top seeds, Minnesota Wild prospect, and Lakeville native, Nick Swaney scored the game winner at 7:29 of overtime to give Minnesota Duluth a 3-2 win over the Huskies. The Bulldogs captured the school’s second Frozen Faceoff title overall and first since beating North Dakota 4-3 in the 2017 championship game.

“It’s certainly exciting to to win this championship again against a great team,” Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said. “It didn’t look so good early but our guys just stuck with it and kind of grinded through it and found a way. We’ve played five times this year and we’ve had unbelievable games with them so I have a lot of respect for their team.”

Despite his team coming up short, first-year St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson, who until this season was an assistant under Sandelin at UMD, expressed what most observers of the game would say, regardless of the result.

“For me, being around college hockey for a long time, that was one hell of a hockey game,” St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson said. “Two unbelievable teams getting after it and if you’re a fan college hockey you like that one for sure.” 

The winning play began with UMD freshman forward Jesse Jacques blocking St. Cloud State Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist Jimmy Schuldt’s shot which sparked a 2-0n-1 featuring fellow freshman Tanner Laderoute and Nick Swaney with SCSU freshman Spencer Meier the lone defenseman back. Laderoute picked the puck up at his own blue line, carried it into the Huskies’ zone and slid a pass to Swaney who lifted a short-side backhand shot past St. Cloud State goaltender David Hrenak.

“He made a great pass and I was fortunate to find the back of the net,” Swaney said of Laderoute. “It was all him.”

Swaney nearly did not get the opportunity to be the hero as the Bulldogs trailed the Huskies 2-1 with less than five minutes to play in regulation and Jacques in the penalty box serving a tripping penalty. But that’s when the UMD penalty kill, which limited SCSU to just one goal on six power-play chances, made its biggest play of the night.

Laderoute took advantage of a poor cross-ice pass by Jack Achan in his own zone, stole the puck and fed Exell between the circles who buried just his second of the year with 4:51 remaining to tie it up and eventually send the game to overtime. 

Even that goal may not have mattered had a bounce not gone UMD’s way in the third period.

After a scoreless second period, the Huskies started the third with 47 seconds of power-play time but only needed 28 seconds of it when Patrick Newell corralled a loose puck in the high slot, spun 180 degrees and fired a shot through traffic which beat Shepard for a 2-1 St. Cloud State lead. 

St. Cloud State nearly made it 3-1 midway through the final period when Blake Lizotte’s shot hit iron and the puck traveled post-to-post without going in. The official behind the net initially ruled it a goal but, after a lengthy review, the goal was overturned.

Newell said the Huskies, winners of 13 straight coming into the game, learned at the right time they are not invincible.

“We came with a 12 or 13 game win streak, two of those games were against that team and credit to them for for a hell of a battle,” Newell said. “Obviously, this one stings and it’s something that we really wanted to get done but, you know, luckily for us there’s more hockey to be played and that’s what we’re going to look forward to this week.”

The familiar foes were all square at 1-1 after 20 minutes with the Huskies applying heavy pressure to the tune of a 15-6 shots on goal advantage while the Bulldogs applied plenty of heavy hitting. Shepard stood tall in the opening period, keeping UMD close with 14 saves despite plenty of traffic in front of him.

“Well we didn’t have the puck in the first period so we had to do something,” Sandelin said of UMD’s physical opening period.

The Huskies struck first on a delayed tripping penalty on UMD’s Peter Krieger when Robby Jackson pounced on a rebound to tap in his 19th goal of the season at the 7:45 mark.

“We loved our jump, we were winning races to puck, we were getting there first.” Larson said.  “We had gone through four line changes before they had gone through two and hemmed them up in their zone pretty good.

“After that first 10, 12 minutes, I thought it was real even, really good hockey game but we really liked the momentum we created with the start.”

Per NCHC rules, Krieger still had to serve his time so SCSU was immediately a man up after Jackson’s goal. UMD’s physical play rolled on through the power play but it ultimately cost them when Louie Roehl was tagged for boarding with four seconds remaining on Krieger’s penalty. The officials reviewed Roehl’s hit but determined it not severe enough to be classified as a major.

With the teams skating 4-on-4 due to an Easton Brodzinski tripping call, St. Cloud State’s Nick Perbix nearly doubled his team’s lead when the freshman defenseman found a lane to the UMD net but was denied by Shepard. Just 14 seconds later, however, Minnesota Duluth picked up the equalizer on sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson’s fifth of the season. 

UMD’s Parker Mackay banked a drop pass off the right wall in the SCSU zone to Scott Perunovich whose backhand pass found Anderson just off the bench and streaking across the blue line. Anderson quickly launched a blast from between the circles past Hrenak’s outstretched glove with 9:11 remaining in the period.

St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth head into the NCAA tournament next week as the top two overall seeds with Minnesota State right behind for a Minnesota top-3 sweep. The Mavericks rallied from a two goal deficit with under two minutes to play at home against Bowling Green on Saturday to win the WCHA championship in overtime as well.

“It was a big win for our guys,” Sandelin said. “It’s really exciting to move into the tournament after a win like this tonight.”


When the puck dropped to open  Saturday night’s game against St. Cloud State, 2018-19 ALL-NCHC first team goaltender Hunter Shepard made his 77th consecutive start for Minnesota Duluth dating back to Oct. 21, 2017. Shepard eclipses the mark set by current UMD volunteer goalie coach Brant Nicklin from Oct. 12, 1996 to March 15, 1998. 

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Shepard, UMD shut out DU to set up all-Minnesota NCHC final

St. Paul — Postseason goals in hockey are never easy to come by anyway but a playoff game featuring the reigning National Collegiate Hockey  Conference (NCHC) Goaltender of the Year going head-to-head with the 2018-19 NCHC All-Rookie Team goalie makes the task even that much more difficult. Minnesota Duluth’s Hunter Shepard and Denver University freshman Filip Larsson proved that and more in UMD’s 3-0 NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinal on Friday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The win sets up an all-Minnesota Frozen Faceoff championship game between the No. 4 Bulldogs (24-11-2) and No. 1 St. Cloud State (30-4-3) on Saturday night. The Huskies knocked off Colorado College 5-2 in the other semifinal on Friday afternoon.

“We played a lot of games that are really, really close and that’s kind of what it came down to again today,” Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said. “But it took a good third period for our team to win and we’re excited about playing tomorrow.”

UMD freshman Cole Koepke’s shot past Larsson through a Parker Mackay screen 42 seconds into the third period turned out to be the game’s only goal scored with a goaltender in the crease. Sophomore defenseman Louie Roehl would later score into an empty net and Koepke would add his second of the game, and seventh of the season, into the same vacant Denver goal.

All three goals were unassisted.

Shepard and Larsson matched each other nearly save-for-save through two periods with Larsson making 21 stops to 19 for Shepard. UMD made a hard push late in the second but Larsson stood his ground and denied all comers. Shepard finished with 25 saves with Larsson stopping 30 UMD shots for the game.

“You gotta get in their good goalie’s space,” Sandelin said. “I thought they were doing a pretty good job of that and we weren’t and I thought we did a better job of that in the third period.”

Shepard, meanwhile withstood some flurries of his own and slammed the door on Cole Guttman’s breakaway opportunity 20 seconds into the second period.

“There’s a reason he’s, you know, won awards last night in this conference and I thought he was seeing the puck really well,” Denver coach David Carle said. “Did we have some second chance opportunities? Yeah, but he did a great job sealing the bottom of his net and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to get any past him.”

Added Sandelin on Shepard, “They were doing a good job around our net and that’s what you have to do against good goalie. It was it was nice to see Shep seeing the puck and making some of those saves for us because, again, that game could have gone either way.”

But it was UMD and Kopeke who broke through when the Hermantown native came off the bench, picked up a loose puck and, with Mackay blocking Larsson’s view, ended the stalemate.

“Larsson’s a great goalie and anytime you can try and take the goalie’s eyes away just increases your chance of scoring,” Koepke said. “So I thought Parker’s positioning was pretty, pretty key on that goal.”

Minnesota Duluth and Denver split their four regular-season meetings with Denver winning 2-0 and 1-0 games but this time the tables were turned.

“I thought it was a good hockey game, tight checking, similar to most of our games against Duluth,” Carle said. “There wasn’t a lot of time and space out there, it came down to execution and they made one more play than we did and that was ultimately all that was needed.”

The Bulldogs briefly thought they had taken a 2-0 lead when Jesse Jacques pounced on a loose puck behind Larsson. After a lengthy review, however, the officials ruled Riley Tufte had interfered with Larsson and the goal was overturned.

Minnesota Duluth now turns its attention to St. Cloud State, a team the Bulldogs have dropped three of four games to this season, although all were fairly tight games including a pair of 4-3 losses (one in overtime) two weeks ago in St. Cloud.

“We had two great games with them at the end of the year, so I expect it to be the same thing,” Sandelin said. “Hopefully, we can find a way to solve them, keep this going and, you know, keep building off of the last few games for our team.” 

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St. Cloud State back in NCHC Frozen Faceoff title game with 5-2 win over CC 

St. Paul — St. Cloud State and Colorado College faced each other four times during the regular season, twice with the Huskies ranked No. 2 in the country while Friday’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinal meeting marked the third time the Tigers took on SCSU as the nation’s top-ranked team. Each of the first four meetings saw St. Cloud State come from behind to beat the Tigers and the fifth time was no exception.

After spotting CC a lead midway through the first period, the Huskies (30-4-3) answered quickly and pulled away to a 5-2 win to advance to Saturday’s Frozen Faceoff championship game for the fourth time in five years.  SCSU awaits the winner of the evening matchup between Minnesota Duluth and Denver University.

“You can tell that they’ve been battle tested and playing really tough games and fighting for their life,” St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson said. “Give CC full credit because I really liked their team, I liked their game and they were certainly tough to play against tonight.”

Patrick Newell scored a huge first-period goal and added an assist, Robby Jackson scored a highlight-reel goal in the second while Blake Lizotte and Kevin Fitzgerald chipped in a pair of assists each. SCSU goaltender David Hrenak made 31 saves, including 13 in the third period when Colorado College employed an unusual power play strategy in an effort to get back in the game.

Larsson said the word Hrenak’s performance brought to mind was sharp.

“Sometimes when goalies are sharp, in a way they almost make it look easy because they’re not flying all over the place,” Larson said. “They’re just in the right positions and making the right save and that’s how I thought he played tonight.”

The Tigers (17-19-4) struck first in the opening period when Cloquet’s Westin Michaud fired a left circle shot that beat Hrenak at the 9:47 mark just 19 seconds after SCSU’s Robby Jackson went off for interference. Jackson’s release from the penalty box was short-lived as he was assessed a 10-minute misconduct before the ensuing faceoff, presumably over something he said to an official.

But back-to-back goals by Newell and Nolan Walker 24 seconds apart put the Huskies up for good three minutes later. St. Cloud state defenseman Jimmy Schuldt said what was clear from the first four meetings with CC is the Tigers are a team that really plays off momentum.

“They wanted to get a lead right away and they did and then they were going,” Schuldt said. “We made a couple good plays to get a lead and that’s definitely a turning point in the game and then and then I think we started rolling from there.”

A scary incident occurred between Michaud and Newell’s goals when St. Cloud State’s Ryan Poehling lost an edge and tumbled awkwardly into the end boards to the right of the Colorado College net. The brunt of the impact was taken by Poehling’s facemask and the former Lakeville North star was tended to for several minutes on the ice before skating off mostly under his own power but he did not return. 

Larson said it was too soon to know the severity of Poehling’s condition, revealed only as an upper body injury, with further evaluation of one of his top scorers (8 goals and 31 points) to come on Saturday.

“Obviously, it doesn’t matter who it is that was a scary moment,” Larson said. “I know everyone’s holding their breath on the bench, but I can tell you he is going to be okay; we’ll just see how bad the injury is by the morning.”

Another Poehling went down hard and was slow to get up at the 15:54 mark when Ryan’s brother Jack absorbed a huge hit from Colorado College’s Trevor Gooch. The high hit earned Gooch a major penalty for contact to the head and a game misconduct. 

Leading 2-1 halfway through the second period, St. Cloud State struck again when Spencer Meier lofted a puck toward Tigers’ net before Jackson re-directed it out of midair and past stunned CC goaltender Alex Leclerc for a 3-1 lead.

“Spencer Meier made a great play, didn’t take any time, threw it at the net and Robbie obviously made an incredible play batting out of the air,” Lizotte said. “That’s just a credit to Robbie and his talent and ability.”

The Huskies carried that lead into the third period and extended it to 4-1 on defenseman Jack Achan’s 6th of the year with just 12:39 remaining in regulation. The final period was not without its drama, however, as Colorado College had a golden opportunity to chip away at lead.

With the Tigers already on a power play and trailing 4-1, St. Cloud State’s Jon Lizotte hit Michaud into the boards from behind in the left corner. The hit drew a major checking from behind penalty and a game misconduct on the senior defenseman and gave CC a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:25 with just over nine minutes to play. 

Colorado College coach Mike Haviland wasn’t satisfied with the two-man advantage and made the aggressive move of pulling Leclerc for a 6-on-3 edge. The tactic proved unsuccessful and Leclerc returned to the crease 1:21 later.

Schuldt said he found the rare situation to be “really fun.”

“If you’re killing a 5-on-3 you have certain set lanes are to cover but a 6-on-3 is a whole different animal,” Schuldt said. “It just kind of comes down to being in the right place at the right time, I think.”

The Tigers did cut the deficit to 4-2 on Brian Yoon’s goal with 58 seconds left on Lizotte’s penalty but Nick Poehling scored two minutes later to restore the three-goal cushion.

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Knights Win 40th and 41st Games of the season

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (March 19, 2019) – The NorthStar Christian Academy Knights won their 40th and 41st games of the season this past week-end beating Shattuck St. Mary U18 AAA team by scores of 6-1 and 6-2.  The wins, combined with 2 earlier wins against Shattuck in Faribault, MN  back in December, improved the Knights record to 13 wins and 3 losses (2 in overtime) against the top AAA teams (Madison Capitals, Iowa Wild, Sioux Falls Power and Shattuck) in the region.   The Knights overall record improved to 41-10-6, far exceeding all expectations that leadership had for the team’s first season in Alexandria. 

Coach John Olver drawing up a play during the game

Both games saw the Knights jump out to early first period leads and saw the Knights dominate all aspects of the game.  All 3 Knights goalies made key saves when tested, and the defense did a great job at limiting second chance opportunities.  The Knights offensive power and strong systems allowed for sustained offensive pressure that Shattuck could not handle.  The Knights put up 50 plus shots on goal each game while limiting St. Mary’s to under 30 shots in each game.  Key scoring by Knights forwards Jackson Vercellono (3 Goals in 2 games) and Jens Richards (4 Goals in 2 games) led the attack while defenseman Tyler Ryder and John Drury helped set the tone with their physical play.

The Knights wrap up their season with 2 remaining games in Sioux Falls this upcoming week-end. 

Junior Knights forward Connor Kemp became the first Knights player to sign a NAHL tender when he signed with the New Mexico Ice Wolves.  Senior Co Captain Joey Dosan has also received NAHL tender offers but has yet to sign one as he weighs out his options with the Knights coaching staff. 

The Knights expect to have the majority of the roster back for next season as they only lose 5 players due to graduation.  The players will stay in Alexandria to finish up the school year while continuing to work on their skating and stick skills for 90 minutes a day as well as training in the PEAK performance training facility.       


Jackson Vercellono and Jens Richards account for 7 of 12 goals

The Mission of the NCA Hockey Prep Program is to develop athletes to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ, with a foundation built on spiritual development, academic advancement, and athletic excellence. The vision for the team is to develop athletes who have a transforming impact on their hockey teams, professions, communities and families.

“Success for the Knights will be measured by our players growth on the ice and spiritually,” says Rick Randazzo, Hockey Director for NCA as well as Executive Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Hockey, “We fully believe that our players will improve dramatically on their skating, skill work and team play but also deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ.” Coaches will invest in the players spiritually on a daily basis through team bible studies, one on one mentoring, class work and community service.

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Whitecaps roll to OT win over Beauts for first NWHL title

St. Paul — Minnesota Whitecaps’ fans who did not want to see the team’s inaugural National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) season come to an end got their wish on Sunday afternoon at Tria Rink. Minnesota extended its season less than a minute, but just long enough for defenseman Lee Stecklein to score the biggest goal in franchise history to lift her team to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Beauts and capture the Isobel Cup as NWHL champions.

Stecklein’s shot from the left point just 49 seconds into overtime eluded Buffalo goaltender Nicole Hensley and the celebration was on for Minnesota’s newest professional sports team. Stecklein, who was named Isobel Cup Playoffs MVP, admitted she was simply throwing a prayer at the net that got answered.

Katie McGovern won that draw so clean and I knew that they were going to the net right away and I just needed to get it down there,” Stecklein said. “I don’t know if it hit people, whatever it was, but good things happen when when we have bodies in front of the net and that’s all we needed.”

Minnesota’s Amy Menke poses with a future Whitecap inside the Isobel Cup (MHM Photo / Brian Halverson)

The two teams were locked into epic battle more than worthy of its championship stakes with the league’s fastest teams racing up and down the ice. Despite the wide-open appearance, however, shots were difficult to come by, particularly second-chance opportunities. Buffalo (11) and Minnesota (7) combined for 18 blocked shots but there was more to that story according to Minnesota coach Jack Brodt.

“They’d kind of get their stick on it or body or a shin pad or a helmet or whatever until they got something on the puck to deflect it,” Brodt said. “So you never got a lot of great scoring chances but there were a few and the goalies came through. Both goalies were terrific.”

Buffalo goaltender Nicole Hensley finished a stellar effort with 28 saves while Minnesota’s Amanda Leveille made 22 stops in taking a pounding from the net-crashing Beauts, especially in the third period.

“Nicole Hensley definitely kept their team in the game, making that breakaway save and then a couple of backdoor saves and a really nice glove save in the third period so she she had a phenomenal game,” Leveille said. “It was a really close game all game long and I think, honestly, that it was this was our best game as a team.”

Leveille admitted, however, that finding the puck in a game like this wasn’t always easy but raved about her teammates’ defensive effort. 

“When I was telling them I couldn’t see it they would step up and block the puck or they’d box out the other team so my defense definitely helped me out there,” Leveille said. “But there were some times, I’m not going to lie, where the puck just hit me. But that’s that’s why you try to be in a good spot to cut down the angle and rely on your defense to block it or it to hit you.”

Buffalo got on the board first on Emily Pfalzer’s goal at 17:01 of the first period. Pfalzer’s shot from the inside edge of the right circle beat Leveille for the Buffalo native’s fourth goal of the season and second of the Isobel Cup playoffs.

But just 1:22 later, Minnesota’s Amy Menke answered with her fifth of the season to draw the Whitecaps even. Kendall Coyne-Schofield’s long, cross-ice pass from her own blue line found Menke in stride behind the Beauts’ defense and she beat Hensley with a great short-side snipe over her left shoulder. 

The momentum reversal Menke’s goal provided proved to be critical to Minnesota’s success.

“I think it was huge to not go into the locker room after the first down one so I think that was just a good motivator for the girls knowing that we tied it back up,” Menke said. “A blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while so I’m glad I got it.”

The Whitecaps had an opportunity to end it late in regulation when Buffalo’s Kelly Babstock was sent off for tripping with 3:41 remaining. But Hensley simultaneously wowed and disappointed the capacity crowd with just 1:58 to go by denying Amanda Boulier’s power-play blast with a lightning quick glove to preserve the tie. 

The save would only delay the inevitable as Stecklein’s goal would soon prove and provide a storybook ending to a storybook first NWHL season.

“I’m really proud of this group, the program in general,” Stecklein said. “They worked so hard to get the team here and to get it in a professional league and we knew that wasn’t enough and we wanted to win it all. Every person on this team has worked so hard. It takes a lot of extra to put in the amount of work that we put in so I’m really excited. This team deserved it.”

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Pelawa’s Dominance in Bemidji Athletic Lore is Legendary

MHM’s Brian Halverson reports on the special athletic talent of Bemidji’s George Pelawa, his career cut short by a tragic accident just as he was entering his freshmen year in college.

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Bemidji is Sargent’s Selected Place to Heal

John Gilbert discusses Sargent’s special memories of playing hockey in Minnesota at all levels.

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Joel Otto: Gentle Giant http://minnesotahockeymag.com/joel-otto-gentle-giant/ http://minnesotahockeymag.com/joel-otto-gentle-giant/#respond Sat, 16 Mar 2019 01:15:26 +0000 http://minnesotahockeymag.com/?p=31452 Otto Leaves His Mark in Bemidji and the NHL

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Otto Leaves His Mark in Bemidji and the NHL

Heather Rule chronicles his career from Elk River to the NHL via Bemidj State.

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Gallery: Stars Outshine Wild http://minnesotahockeymag.com/gallery-stars-outshine-wild/ http://minnesotahockeymag.com/gallery-stars-outshine-wild/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:14:35 +0000 http://minnesotahockeymag.com/?p=31448 Dallas deals Minnesota's playoff hopes another blow with 4-1 win

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