#2 Ranked Huskies Get a Break
For the #2 ranked (as of November 20) SCSU Huskies they’ll get a breather this weekend with a bye week before they hit the road to Omaha December 1 and 2. The Huskies needed a lift after getting swept on the road by current #1 ranked Denver University. They got it with a nice home sweep of the Colorado College Tigers. Mind you, this is not your typical Colorado College squad that was 20-79-8 the prior three seasons heading into 2017-18. With quality road wins over Vermont, New Hampshire and Miami and home wins over North Dakota and Omaha it was destined to be a test for the Huskies prior to this break.
They responded well with the power play getting back on track scoring on 3 of 10 opportunities (30%). They were blanked on Friday but responded with 3 goals on 7 opportunities on Saturday. The other encouraging statistic was seeing five Huskies (Borgen, Newell, B Lizotte, Jaycox and Peterson) snare their first goal of the season over the weekend. It was imperative that the depth we’ve been talking about on this team begin to produce and they did in a big way vs the Tigers. Another obvious bright spot was the play of first-year forward, Easton Brodzinski who netted a goal and assist each game including the GWG on Saturday and finished the weekend +2. Easton is a goal scorer – he’s proved it at every level he’s played at and as he gets more comfortable you’ll see the goals mount up. Granted it’s early in his career but through his first nine games he has 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points. Brother Jonny, another prolific scorer for SCSU had 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points through nine games. Something to think about.
SCSU returns home to face current #3 ranked North Dakota on December 7 and 8. That looks to be a dandy of series between two squads that have started the season very strong.
Other news of interest:
Brodzinski Nets First NHL Goal
Jonny Brodzinski scored his first NHL goal on November 18 vs the Florida Panthers. Rather than trying to describe it take a look at the video of this beauty of a back-hand. The excitement of the announcer is also quite entertaining.
Roe, Lasch and Malone Reunited in Germany
Three former Husky hockey greats recently competed for Team USA in the Deutschland Cup in Augsburg, Germany. Garrett Roe, Ryan Lasch and Ryan Malone were reunited for this annual international tournament. Thanks to Larry Roe for sending me the photo of these former Huskies.
Four Future Huskies Named to World Junior A Challenge Roster
The World Junior Tournament in January garners a lot of interest but there is a lesser known tournament that should capture the hockey fans interest as well. the World Junior A Challenge features the top Junior A players in the world and will take place from December 10-16 in Truto, Nova Scotia. Team USA has won a medal in each of the ten tournaments they’ve participated in including seven gold medals and three bronze medals.Current Huskies who have competed in this tournament are Blake Lizotte, Jake Wahlin and Jack Ahcan. Future Huskies named to the roster are:
- Sam Hentges – 6′ 170 F (Fridley, MN) Des Moines Buccaneers
- Nick Perbix – 6’4″ D (Elk River, MN) Omaha Lancers
- Brendan Bushy- 6’2″ 190 D (Thief River Falls, MN) Dubuque Fighting Saints
- Nolan Walker – 5’10” 170 F (Anchorage, AK) Sioux Falls Stampede
A Quick Glance at the Pairwise Rankings
It’s never too early to glance at the all-important Pairwise rankings which are annually dead accurate and mimic the teams selected to the NCAA tournament. As of November 20th, the 9-2-0 Huskies are ranked #1 in the Pairwise. Additionally, the lesser known KRACH Ratings also have the Huskies ranked #1 with the third ranked strength of schedule in college hockey. Early season wins over Minnesota State Mankato, Boston College and UMD have helped prop up the Huskies Pairwise. The ultra tough NCHC schedule certainly benefits SCSU’s Pairwise and upcoming non-conference games vs Minnesota State Mankato and the University of Minnesota will be of benefit as well.
Lindgren Gets the Call in Montreal
Former SCSU All-American goaltender Charlie Lindgren (2013-16) has appeared in seven NHL games for the Canadiens thus far this season. After giving up no more than two goals in 8 NHL career games, Lindgren yielded six in a loss to Toronto on November 18th. He was 3-1 in his first four starts and has now lost his last three games. His results can be attributed to the struggles the team as a whole is having as his goaltending statistics of .923 SV% and 2.49 GAA are still fairly credible.