SCSU Non-conference Schedule 2017-18
The Huskies revealed their complete 2017-18 schedule and it’s certainly a much more fan friendly calendar than that of 2016-17. Definitely of interest is the non-conference series with Boston College at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on October 20/21. This will be the first meeting with Boston College since a loss to the Eagles in the Florida College Classic in 2004. The Boston College trip to St. Cloud is part of a multi-year agreement with Boston College and Northeastern University of Hockey East. During the 2018-19 season, SCSU will travel to Boston to face Northeastern and Boston College in a weekend non-conference series. Northeastern travels to St. Cloud for a non-conference series in 2019-20 and the Huskies return to Boston to face the Eagles in 2020-21.
Also, of interest for the 2017-18 season is a home and home series with Minnesota State University Mankato. The home portion of the series will be on Wednesday, November 22 prior to the long holiday weekend for Thanksgiving. The hope is that an evening game prior to the long weekend will generate a larger audience for the game. The USHL has routinely scheduled games prior to the long weekend and it’s been a success. Finally, the Huskies have another home and home series with the University of Minnesota on January 5/6. With the City of St. Cloud being awarded “Hockey Day Minnesota” in 2017 the thought may be it could coincide with the Huskies vs Gophers matchup on St. Cloud on Saturday, January 6.
Peterson on the Mend
Senior forward Judd Peterson had off-season hip surgery and will be going through rehabilitation to ready himself for the 2017-18 season. Still getting around using a crutch, Peterson will be released to begin skating in June and he feels he’ll be ready to go for the start of the 2017-18 season. Peterson finished the 2016-17 season 8th in team scoring with 17 points and tied for third in goal scoring with 11. The Buffalo Sabres draft choice has 31 goals and 16 assists for 47 points in 111 career games.
Recently departed first-year defenseman, Dennis Chowlowski who signed an entry level contract with the Detroit Red Wings on April 5th played in the final regular season game for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. With the depth at defense for the Griffins, Detroit’s top affiliate, suggestions are that Cholowski could end up skating for Prince George of the Western Hockey League in 2017-18. Still considered a project, it’s somewhat of a head scratcher that Detroit inked him to a deal after his first year with the Huskies. Still growing physically and with a lot of work to be done on his defensive game, it would have seemed to make sense to remain in college hockey’s strongest conference, the NCHC for at least another year and take advantage of the Huskies weight program. Cholowski was the highest drafted SCSU player ever chosen 20th by the Red Wings in the First-Round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In 36 games for the Huskies he had 1 goal and 11 assists for 12 points and was -9, the lowest rating of the seven defensemen on the squad.
Ryan Poehling Performing Well in the IIHF World U18 Tourney
Ryan Poehling, who just completed his first year for the Huskies, is currently competing for Team USA in the IIHF World U18 tournament in Slovakia. As of April 21, Team USA is undefeated in tournament play and faces Sweden on April 22 in the semi-finals. Poehling has 3 goals and 1 assist for 4 points including two short-handed goals. Poehling is expected to be a first-round draft choice in the upcoming June NHL Entry Draft and could surpass Dennis Cholowski as the highest drafted SCSU player ever.