Greetings from the newly and beautifully renovated Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It's like walking into a whole new arena here after some beautiful renovations to the entrance.
The Huskies will face off tonight against Miami for the first time since the two teams met in the Midwest Regional final last spring in Toledo, Ohio. St. Cloud came away with a 4-1 win that afternoon to the advance to the school's first ever Frozen Four. The RedHawks will be looking to take their revenge, and earn the three NCHC league points up for grabs tonight.
Here's the line-up for the host Huskies of St. Cloud State:
Daniel Tedesco- Nic Dowd(LAK) - Jimmy Murray
Joey Benik - Kalle Kossila - Jonny Brodzinski(LAK)
Nick Oliver - Cory Thorson - Brooks Bertsch
Ryan Papa - David Morley - Joey Holka
Andrew Prochno - Ethan Prow
Kevin Gravel(LAK) - Tim Daly
Niklas Nevalainen - Ben Storm(COL)
Ryan Faragher - Charlie Lindgren - Rasmus Reijola
Last spring, it was the third line that featured Thorson and Bertsch and dominated the game and got St. Cloud the win. The Huskies will also be looking for more production from the talented line of Benik/Kossila/Brodzinski, which hasn't produced as much as hoped to this point this year.
St. Cloud head coach Bob Motzko was an assistant coach at Miami for six seasons.
And here's the line-up for the visting RedHawks of Miami:
Jimmy Mullin(TBL) - Austin Czarnik - Riley Barber(WSH)
Alex Wideman - Sean Kuraly(SJS) - Max Cook
Anthony Louis(CHI) - Blake Coleman (NJD)- Alex Gacek
Cody Murphy - Kevin Morris - Justin Greenberg
Matthew Caito - Chris Joyaux
Taylor Richart - Trevor Hamilton
Matt Joyaux - Ben Paulides
Ryan McKay - Jay Williams
Czarnik and Barber are tied for the national scoring lead with 14 points each. This game is a homecoming for Minnesota-native Taylor Richart, who was teammates with St. Cloud's Jonny Brodzinski at Blaine High School, and with the Fargo Force in the USHL.
Officials for tonight's game are Todd Anderson and Scott Bokal. Tony Czech and Johnathan Morrison will call the lines.