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New scoreboard, sound system powers up for SCSU matchups Sunday

Huskies will have intrasquad scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday that is free, open to the public. Jami Krannila named to preseason All-NCHC team

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One of the new scoreboards at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center during practice on Sept. 20, 2022.
Mick Hatten / The Rink Live

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State men's hockey fans can get their first look at the 2022-23 Huskies and some improvements made to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Sunday.

The Huskies will have an intrasquad scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is offered free of charge.

There will be two teams and there will be two 10-minute halves. Then there will be 10 minutes of work on the power play and penalty kill.

The Red/Black men's scrimmage will come on the same day as the first exhibition game of the season for the SCSU women's hockey team. The Huskies women will play host to the Durham West Jr. Lightning at 3 p.m. Sunday.

It will give fans a first opportunity to see the new scoreboards and hear the new sound system that have been upgraded since last season. The university received $1.8 million for the improvements and to help with ongoing operating support for hockey, including the funding for a strength and conditioning coach and support of student-athlete mental health and leadership programming, as part of its capital campaign.


Tickets for the 2022-23 season are available at www.scsutickets.com, by downloading the St. Cloud State Huskies app or by calling 877-SCSUTIX/320-308-2137.

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One of the new scoreboards at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center during practice on Sept. 20, 2022.
Mick Hatten / The Rink Live

Krannila receives preseason honor

St. Cloud State forward Jami Krannila has been named to the NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team by members of the media who cover the conference.

Jami Krannila

Krannila, a senior center from Nokia, Finland, was second on the team in goals (15), third in points (30), fourth in power-play goals (4) and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (3) in 37 games last season. In NCHC play, Krannila had nine goals and 10 assists in 24 games. In his 102 career college games, Krannila has 31 goals and 67 points.

Three University of Denver players were named to the six-player all-conference team. The Pioneers include sophomore forward Carter Mazur, defensemen Mike Benning (Jr.) and Sean Behrens (Sr.) and goalie Magnus Chrona (Sr.). The other player named to the team was North Dakota junior forward Riese Gaber. Gaber and Mazur both had 22 votes, Chrona had 21, Benning had 18, while Krannila and Behrens had eight votes apiece.

Media members voted for three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie on their ballot with each vote worth one point. There were 23 ballots submitted by media members.

The NCHC Preseason poll will be released on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The poll will be counted down on the NCHC's Twitter account ( @TheNCHC ) beginning at 2 p.m.

NCHC Media Day takes place on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.


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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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