No. 4 St. Cloud State rides big second period to 7-3 win over No. 3 Denver 🔥
No. 4 St. Cloud State men's hockey rode a four-goal second period to a 7-3 win over No. 3 Denver at home in Game 1 of a pivotal NCHC series on Friday.
Jami Krannila scored twice for the Huskies (17-6-0, 9-4-0 NCHC) and Grant Cruikshank and Zach Okabe each added a goal and an assist. Jack Rogers and Veeti Miettinen each scored, and Dylan Anhorn and Josh Luedtke each had two assists. Dominic Basse made 28 saves.
Carter King, Jack Devine and Brett Edwards each scored for the Pioneers (19-6-0, 10-3-0 NCHC). Magnus Chrona stopped 24 of 30 shots, and Matt Davis made two saves in relief.
Okabe opened the scoring on the power play 6:35 into the game when he redirected Spencer Meier's shot from distance.
King tied it up 1-1 just after the midway point of the first. Casey Dornbach cut to the slot and shoveled a backhand on goal before King put home the rebound.
Devine gave Denver the lead early in the second, redirecting Aidan Thompson's pass from a sharp angle, but Krannila drew SCSU back even 2-2 moments later when he tipped in Okabe's shot from the point.
Rogers restored the lead for the Huskies, making it 3-2 just over three minutes later on a rebound at the top of the crease. Krannila extended it to 4-2 shortly after St. Cloud State killed off a lengthy 5-on-3, putting a one-timer over Chrona's glove on a rush with Cruikshank.
Edwards pulled Denver back to 4-3 just 45 seconds after Krannila's second of the night, but Miettinen picked the top right corner on the power play with 3:37 to go in the second to add insurance for SCSU again.
Cruikshank tacked on another for St. Cloud to make it 6-3 with 8:04 to go in regulation with a one-timer from the slot after Anhorn drew defenders over to him to open up the passing option.
Mason Salquist scored on an empty net from the defensive zone with 46 seconds to go for the 7-3 final.
The Huskies went 3-for-5 on the power play, and the Pios went 1-for-3.
Game 2 between Denver and St. Cloud is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
FINAL: Huskies take lopsided Game 1 😤
GOAL! 🚨 St. Cloud State gets an empty-netter | 3rd – 0:45
Mason Salquist gets his first of the season, sending one into the empty net from the top of the defensive zone to extend it to 7-3.
St. Cloud scores into an empty net with 45.1 seconds left.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 21, 2023
GOAL! 🚨 Huskies get more insurance | 3rd – 9:04
St. Cloud State extends it to 6-3 in the back half of the third period.
Dylan Anhorn drew defenders over to him as he drove down the wall, leaving Grant Cruikshank open in the slot, who buried the feed with a quick one-timer.
END 2ND: Huskies lead by 2️⃣ after wild period
After a raucous middle stanza, St. Cloud State leads Denver, 5-3.
The second period saw six goals between the two sides. Shots on goal were 14-11 in favor of the Huskies for the period. They also lead 24-22 for the game as a whole.
SCSU goaltender Domenic Basse came up with a pair of big shorthanded breakaway saves on Denver in the final moments of the period.
GOAL! 🚨 SCSU adds another | 2nd – 3:37
Shortly after Denver pulled back within one, Veeti Miettinen restores St. Cloud State's two-goal lead with a power play goal to make it 5-3.
Miettinen skated in from the point and fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, picking the top right corner.
GOAL! 🚨 Pioneers get one back | 2nd – 6:29
Just 45 seconds after SCSU took a 4-2 lead, Denver cuts it to 4-3.
Brett Edwards gets his first of the year with a slap shot from the bottom of the left circle on a big rebound from Mike Benning's dump-in.
EDDY!— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 21, 2023
Pios get one back. 4-3 with 6:31 left in the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/QUhEEgjrBd
GOAL! 🚨 St. Cloud tacks on another | 2nd – 7:14
Just after killing off a lengthy 5-on-3 power play, the Huskies extend their lead to 4-2.
Krannila picks up his second of the night on a rush with Grant Cruikshank, putting a one-timer over Chrona's glove.
GOAL! 🚨 Huskies retake the lead | 2nd – 10:13
St. Cloud State takes a 3-2 lead shortly after tying the game.
Jack Rogers picks up his second goal of the season, putting in the rebound off Aidan Spellacy's shot.
GOAL! 🚨 SCSU draws even | 2nd – 13:27
GOAL! 🚨 Denver takes the lead | 2nd – 17:54
Just over two minutes into the second period, Denver takes a 2-1 lead.
Jack Devine gets a stick on Aidan Thompson's shot-pass from the boards, redirecting it to the top-right corner at a sharp angle.
END 1ST: All knotted up at 1️⃣
GOAL! 🚨 Pios even it up | 1st – 9:26
Denver draws even at 1-1 with a power play goal of their own midway through the first period.
Casey Dornbach took the puck to the slot before firing a backhand on goal, and Carter King was right there to put home the rebound.
Great patience by Casey Dornbach. Great finish by Carter King.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) January 21, 2023
Game all knotted up at 1-1. pic.twitter.com/LIdxvj5aBp