Power-play goals the difference as Colorado College knocks off SCSU

Tigers score twice in 1:01 span of second period to change momentum, go on to knock off No. 3/4-ranked Huskies, 4-2

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St. Cloud State forward Chase Brand (27) is checked into the boards by Colorado College defenseman Nicklas Andrews (37) in the first period Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — In a span of 1 minute, 1 second, the whole momentum of the game changed.

In the second period, Tyler Coffey scored at 6:09 and Hunter McKown scored at 7:10 — both on the power play — for Colorado College. The Tigers went on to beat No. 3/4-ranked St. Cloud State 4-2 in an NCHC game on Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The win moves the Tigers (6-4-1 NCHC, 10-10-1 overall) into a tie for second place behind Denver in the conference with the Huskies (7-4, 15-6). The two teams play Game 2 of their series at 6 p.m. Saturday (FOX 9+) at the Brooks Center.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a ceremony at 5 p.m. where St. Cloud State will retire the No. 9 that was worn by Matt Cullen.

The Huskies led 1-0 after the first period and they outshot the Tigers 21-6 in the first 20 minutes. Fifth-year senior Grant Cruikshank scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season at 17:34 to give the Huskies their lone lead of the game.


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St. Cloud State forward Adam Ingram (34) and Colorado College defenseman Chase Foley (7) battle for the puck in the third period Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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In the second period, SCSU's Brendan Bushy took a tripping penalty at 4:53 and then Brady Ziemer took a tripping penalty at 6:04 to give the Tigers a 5-on-3 power play. Coffey tied the game at 1-1 with a goal at 6:09 and then McKown scored his NCAA Division I leading 10th power-play goal of the season at 7:10 to give Colorado College a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, Coffey finished off a nice passing play with a goal on the back door at 1:06 to make it 3-1.

The Huskies pulled goalie Jaxon Castor for an extra attacker with 4:13 left, but Noah Prokop scored an empty-net goal to make it 4-1.

SCSU got an extra-attacker goal when Joe Molenaar scored with 1:01 left to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Huskies were 0-for-3 on the power play and the Tigers were 2-for-2 on the power play.

Micah Miller took a shot that hit Tigers goalie Kaidan Mbereko in the head and he had to leave the game with 3:24 left in the second period. He was replaced by Matt Vernon. Mbereko stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced; Vernon stopped 16 of 17.


CC 0-2-2—4
SCSU 1-0-1—2


First period scoring — 1. SCSU, Grant Cruikshank 14 (Ondrej Trejbal 5, Dylan Anhorn 18) 17:34. Penalties — CC, Hunter McKown (elbowing) 6:26; CC, Noah Serdachny (interference) 10:03.

Second period scoring — 2. CC, Tyler Coffey 6 (Chase Foley 4, Stanley Cooley 9) 6:09 (pp); 3. CC, McKown 14 (Ryan Beck 11, Noah Laba 5) 7:10 (pp). Penalties — SCSU, Brendan Bushy (tripping) 4:53; SCSU, Brady Ziemer (tripping) 6:04.

Third period scoring — 4. CC, Coffey 7 (Ethan Straky 5, Laba 6) 1:06; 5. CC, Noah Prokop 2 (Connor Mayer 6) 16:25 (en); 6. SCSU, Joe Molenaar 1 (Zach Okabe 10, Spencer Meier 3) 18:59 (ea). Penalties — CC, Matthew Gleason (tripping) 19:25.

Goalie saves — CC: Kaidan Mbereko 20-6-x—26 (1 GA), Matt Vernon (in at 16:36 of second period) x-3-13—16 (1 GA); SCSU, Jaxon Castor 6-9-5—20 (3 GA).

Penalties-minutes — CC 3-6; SCSU 2-4.

Power plays — CC 2-2; SCSU 0-3.

Faceoffs — CC 33-25.

Attendance — 3,764.


Referees — Mike Sheehan, Stephen Reneau.

Linesmen — Jeff Schultz, Eric Standke.

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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