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Two Huskies score first goals of the season, two former Tigers play big role in SCSU win

Jack Rogers and Josh Luedtke scored their first goals of the season, Grant Cruikshank added to his scoring tally and Dominic Basse picked up a shutout to lead St. Cloud State to a sweep of Colorado

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Western Michigan goaltender Cameron Rowe (31) catches a shot by St. Cloud State forward Jack Rogers (20) in his glove during the second period Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two St. Cloud State players scored their first goals of the season and two former Colorado College players played key roles in the Huskies' 5-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Jack Rogers, a freshman from East Northport, N.Y., tipped in a shot by Brendan Bushy at 5:03 of the first period for his first college goal and the Huskies' lead. It also ended up being the game-winner.

Josh Luedtke, a sophomore from Minnetonka, Minn. playing in his fifth game back since suffering a concussion in the Huskies' season-opener, scored at 13:02 of the first period for his first goal of the season.

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Grant Cruikshank, who played for the Tigers from 2018-21, scored a power-play goal at 16:06 of the first period to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. It was the 11th goal of the season for the graduate student from Delafield, Wis.

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Dominic Basse
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All of that offense was more than was needed for former Colorado College goalie Dominic Basse. Basse, a junior from Alexandria, Va., and a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick, stopped all 36 shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the season. Basse is 6-1 with a 1.29 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in seven starts this season.

The win was the ninth straight in the series for the No. 4/5-ranked Huskies (4-2 NCHC, 11-3 overall) over the Tigers (2-3-1, 5-8-1).

SCSU was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill Saturday and 6-for-6 on the kill in the series.

The Huskies are off until they play host to North Dakota (2-3-1, 5-6-2) on Dec. 2-3 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

No. 4/5 SCSU 5, Colorado College 0

SCSU 3-1-1—5

CC 0-0-0—0

First period scoring — 1. SCSU, Jack Rogers 1 (Brendan Bushy 1, Jack Peart 9) 5:03; 2. SCSU, Josh Luedtke 1 (Jami Krannila 9, Zach Okabe 7) 13:02; 3. SCSU, Grant Cruikshank 11 (Dylan Anhorn 12, Adam Ingram 3) 16:06 (pp). Penalties — CC, Nick Andrews (tripping) 5:32; CC, Hunter McKown (roughing) 15:03; SCSU, Luedtke (tripping) 19:45.

Second period — 4. SCSU, Okabe 7 (Veeti Miettinen 8, Krannila 10) 3:01. Penalties — SCSU, Grant Ahcan (kneeing) 3:28.

Third period — 5. SCSU, Okabe 8 (Ondrej Trejbal 3) 16:04. Penalties — SCSU, Brady Ziemer (hooking) 7:59.

Goalie saves — SCSU: Dominic Basse 8-10-18—36 (0 GA); CC: Kaidan Mbereko 7-0-0—7 (3 GA), Matt Vernon (in at 19:19 of 1st) 0-9-8—17 (2 GA).

Penalties-minutes — SCSU 4-8, CC 2-4.

Power plays — SCSU 1-2; CC 0-4.

Faceoffs — 29-29.

Referees — Stephen Reneau, Brandon Schmitt

Linesmen — Erik Contino, John Grandt

Attendance: 3,423

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, 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. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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