WCHA: St. Cloud State squeaks by

Posted on October 4th, 2009 – 9:16 PM
By Roman Augustoviz

Unlike the Gophers, St. Cloud State had a tough exhibition game on Sunday. The Huskies beat Lethbridge 4-3. Here is the report on that game from the Huskies’ public relations staff, with some minor editing by me:

The No. 13-rated St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team opened its 2009-10 season with a 4-3 exhibition victory over the University of Lethbridge on Sunday at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. 

Freshman forward Ben Hanowski of Little Falls and junior forward Brian Volpei of Burbank, Calif. each tallied two goals apiece. Volpei got the game-winner at 13:41 of the third period with assists from junior defenseman Nic Rioux and junior forward Garrett Roe.

Hanowski opened the SCSU attack with a power play goal at 2:29 of the first period.  Sophomore defender Sam Zabkowicz and junior forward Tony Mosey had the assists .  Volpei made the score 2-0 with a goal just second later at 3:11 on a breakaway.

To close the first period, Lethbridge’s Jason Roberts made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 5:10.

UL knotted the score at 2-2 with a goal by Adam Chorneyko at 14:16 of the second period.  The score stood at 2-2 until Hanowski added his second power-play goal  at 1:10 of the third period.

The Horns made it interesting with an unassisted score by Chorneyko at 8:18 of the third. 

SCSU outshot the Horns 30-22.  The Huskies were 2-of-7 on the power play, UL 1-of-6.  In the nets for St. Cloud, sophomore Nate Hardy had eight saves in the final period.  Freshman Mike Lee of Roseau had six saves in the second period and junior Dan Dunn had five saves in the first period.  All three SCSU goalies allowed one goal apiece.

Reese St. Goodard made 26 saves for the Horns.

The Huskies will return to the ice on Friday and Saturday with a pair of games at No. 1-rated Miami (Ohio).  Fans can listen to the game live on KCML FM 99.9 (www.lite999.com).  SCSU will return to the NHC on Oct. 16-17 for a home series against Union College.

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