Jeff Smith made 21 saves and three St. Cloud State players had a goal and an assist to lead the second-ranked Huskies to a 6-1 victory over Colorado College Friday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Easton Brodzinski, Will Borgen and Blake Lizotte each scored and added a helper, whileRyan Poehling, Jacob Benson and Jimmy Schuldt had two assists apiece for St. Cloud State (8-2-0, 3-2-0 NCHC).
Colorado College (7-6-0, 3-4-0) came out of the gate with good pressure, controlling the offensive zone and outshooting the Huskies, 5-1, in the first five minutes of the game. St. Cloud State responded by recording 12 shots on goal, compared to just two for CC, the rest of the period with three finding the net.
Brodzinski opened the scoring at the 6:45 mark when he took a pass from behind the net by Ryan Poehling (two assists) and placed a shot from the slot past CC goalie Alex Leclerc.
Later in the period, SCSU scored twice in the 19-second span and the Huskies never looked back. Borgen capitalized off an odd-man rush to make it 2-0 at the 13:42 mark, then Patrick Newell’s pass from the right circle was blocked but came right back to him and he beat Leclerc at 14:01.
“They came at us in waves,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “They put us back on our heels in the first period and we couldn’t recover.”
After Newell’s goal, freshman Alec Calvaruso relieved Leclerc and finished the game with 33 saves in his collegiate debut.
Blake Winiecki scored at the 14:16 mark of the second period to extend SCSU’s lead to 4-0 when he collected a blocked shot and sent a wrister through Calvaruso’s legs from the left circle. The Huskies had 22 shots in the period, while the Tigers had five, and Calvaruso’s 21 saves in the frame were the most by a Tiger since Leclerc had the same amount in a 3-0 victory vs. North Dakota on Jan. 28, 2017.
“Alec played very well tonight,” Haviland said. “He saw a lot of rubber but was up for the challenge. We just have to regroup and respond to our worst game of the season.”
The Huskies took a 5-0 lead in the first minute of the third period with a goal by Robby Jackson, then Westin Michaud got the Tigers on the board at the 3:37 mark with a power-play goal. Nick Halloran’s shot was saved by Smith, but Michaud was right on the doorstep and put home the rebound for his fourth tally of the season. Mason Bergh also assisted on the goal.
Lizotte closed out the scoring with a wraparound goal at the 12:01 mark of the final period.
The Huskies finished with 46 shots, the most against CC this season, but did not find the net on the power play, going 0-for-3. The Tigers, meanwhile, were 1-for-4 with a man advantage.
The two teams will battle again on Saturday, starting at 7:00 p.m. (CT).