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Six Huskies Score in 6-1 St. Cloud State Win Over Colorado College

st. cloud bench (Bob Motzko)

ST. CLOUD – There’s no place like home, especially when you’re one of the best teams in the country and you’re trying to get back to your winning ways.

The Huskies did just that, relying on their tremendous depth to get right back on track in their comfy home confines.

Six different players scored goals as #2 St. Cloud State (3-2 NCHC, 7-2 overall) rebounded from a tough sweep in Denver to rout the Colorado College Tigers 6-1 in an NCHC game on Friday night, getting back to their winning ways in front of 3,703 fans at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

“We got on pucks [tonight],” said Huskies head coach Bob Motzko. “Once we got a couple, then we started to get into it. I’ll give our guys credit; they were gonna work tonight. We just have it spread out right now and that’s kind of the identity of our team.”

The Tigers (3-4, 7-6) came out strong, putting the first three shots on goal and testing goaltender Jeff Smith and the SCSU defense with a forecheck early, but they found themselves unable to capitalize. The high-powered Huskies made them pay dearly for that, striking for three quick goals from Easton Brodzinski, Will Borgen and Patrick Newell, chasing starting goaltender Alex Leclerc and keeping CC completely on their heels for the rest of the period-and essentially the game.

“I don’t think [SCSU was] happy about what happened in Denver last week,” CC head coach Mike Haviland said. “Up until they scored, I thought the game was okay for us. And then they score and I think they smell blood in the water. We never recovered. Give them credit.”

Alec Calvaruso saw his first collegiate action after Leclerc was yanked and played outstanding in mop-up time, stopping 33 of 36 shots. He was easily the brightest spot on the ice for the Tigers on Friday.

“It was a much quicker game than what I’m used to,” Calvaruso admitted. “I felt I adjusted early in the first. It felt good. It was a lot of fun. I was a little nervous out there, but I got the jitters out.”

“I thought he did an outstanding job for us. He saw a lot of pucks,” Haviland said.

Calvaruso thought he played well too, but not without a couple blemishes on the Winiecki and Lizotte goals where he was caught out of position.

“I definitely think I should’ve had [those],” he said.

Leclerc had just seven saves on ten shots before being pulled. Haviland would not commit to whether Calvaruso or Leclerc would start on Saturday night.

SCSU bumped their lead up to four when Winiecki beat Calvaruso stickside at 14:16 of the second after Calvaruso was late to get across to cover the post. Robby Jackson made it 5-0 48 seconds into the third period as he scored into a gaping net, and after CC finally got on the board nearly three minutes later on a power-play goal by Westin Michaud, SCSU’s Blake Lizotte capped the scoring with his first collegiate goal, wrapping around the net and throwing it in off Calvaruso.

“We’ve seen how many games now where we get different scorers,” Motzko said. “That’s gotta continue, because we’re using our depth and rolling our lines.”

Smith made 21 saves for SCSU to improve to 5-1 on the season.

“We kept the puck away [from him],” Motzko said. “Jeff was strong.”

Colorado College, which continues to have problems winning on Friday (now 2-5 on Friday games this season), must find a way to come through on Saturday to avoid being swept for the first time all season.

“We gotta come up with a different gameplan tomorrow and go right back at it,” Haviland said.

Scoring summary:

First period:

SCSU goal at 6:45: Brodzinski (2). Assisted by Ryan Poehling (8) and Jimmy Schuldt (9).

SCSU goal at 13:42: Borgen (1). Assisted by Blake Lizotte (3) and Jacob Benson (3).

SCSU goal at 14:01: Newell (1). Assisted by Judd Peterson (7) and Jon Lizotte (2).

Second period:

SCSU goal at 14:16: Winiecki (3). Assisted by Will Borgen (7) and Schuldt (10).

Third period:

SCSU goal at :48: Jackson (5). Assisted by Brodzinski (1) and Ryan Poehling (9).

CC power play goal at 3:37: Westin Michaud (4). Assisted by Nick Halloran (13) and Mason Bergh (9).

SCSU goal at 12:01: Blake Lizotte (1). Assisted by Mikey Eyssimont (6) and Benson (4).

Power plays: CC 1-4, SCSU 0-3.

Shots on goal: CC 22, SCSU 46.