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
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.
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.
The last two goals for SCSU were scored by Zach Okabe, a senior wing from Okotoks, Alberta. Okabe scored one goal in the second period and one in the third — he has eight goals on the season.
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.