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SCSU gets three power-play goals, beats Colorado College, 4-1

Olympian Sam Hentges picks up two power-play goals to lead the way for Huskies

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St. Cloud State forward Sam Hentges (19) carries the puck against Bemidji State during the third period Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The power play seemed to find wherever its mojo was hiding and three seniors had goals in Game 1 of the last regular season NCHC series of the season at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Olympian Sam Hentges scored two power-play goals, Easton Brodzinski ended the longest goal drought of his college career and captain Spencer Meier added a power-play goal to help St. Cloud State to a 4-1 win over Colorado College on Saturday.

With the win, the Huskies (8-9-4 NCHC, 16-11-4 overall) remain in fifth place in the NCHC, one point ahead of Nebraska Omaha (10-11-0, 20-13-0). That's because the Mavericks thumped Denver 5-1 on Friday at Baxter Arena.

St. Cloud State went into Friday in a slump on the power play, having gone 6-for-34 (17.6%) in its last 10 games. But the Huskies were 3-for-6 on the power play in the win over the Tigers (6-14-1, 9-19-3).

Meier had a power-play goal at 8:54 of the first period and then Brodzinski added an even-strength goal at 16:29 and the Huskies led 2-0 going into the second period. It was the 12th goal of the season for Brodzinski, who had gone 10 games without a goal.

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SCSU put itself in the driver's seat with two power-play goals from Hentges in the second period (at 3:27 and 18:47). Hentges, a Minnesota Wild draft pick, has nine goals in 14 games this season. He has missed games due to injury and playing for Team USA in the Olympics.

Fifth-year senior David Hrenak made 21 saves to pick up the win. In two games this week, Hrenak has stopped 46 of the 48 shots (95.8%) he has faced.

SCSU 4, COLORADO COLLEGE 1

CC 0-1-0—1
SCSU 2-2-0—4

First period scoring — 1. SCSU, Spencer Meier 5 (Kevin Fitzgerald 17, Jami Krannila 13) 8:44 (pp); 2. SCSU, Easton Brodzinski 12 (Sam Hentges 8, Jack Peart 15) 16:29. Penalties — CC, Stanley Cooley (tripping) 8:08; SCSU, Krannila (tripping) 17:35.

Second period scoring — 3. SCSU, Hentges 8 (Veeti Miettinen 11, Nick Perbix 21) 3:27 (pp); 4. CC, Logan Will 6 (Jordan Biro 7, Hunter McKown 7) 12:28 (pp); 5. SCSU, Hentges 9 (Miettinen 12, Perbix 22) 18:47 (pp). Penalties — CC, Connor Mayer (tripping) 2:17; CC, Hugo Blixt (kneeing) 7:29; SCSU, Meier (tripping) 10:14; SCSU, Fitzgerald (slashing) 11:17; CC, Noah Prokop (hooking) 14:05; CC, Nate Schweitzer (hooking) 17:09.

Third period scoring — None. Penalties — CC, Bryan Yoon (hooking) 8:36; SCSU, Mason Salquist (holding) 14:41.

Goalie saves — CC, Matt Vernon 7-12-9—28 (4 GA). SCSU, David Hrenak 7-6-8—21 (1 GA).

Penalties-minutes — CC 6-12; SCSU 4-8.

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Power-play goals, opportunities — CC 1-4; SCSU 3-6.

Faceoffs — CC 35-23.

Attendance — 3,857. 

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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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