SCSU takes charge in second period, beats Wisconsin to remain unbeaten
10th-ranked Huskies score three goals in the second period, beat Badgers 5-1
MADISON, Wis. — Grant Cruikshank made his first college game in his home state a memorable one, two freshmen had their first college goals and Jaxon Castor had another strong game.
That was a winning combination for the 10th-ranked St. Cloud State men's hockey team in a 5-1 nonconference win over Wisconsin on Friday at the Kohl Center. The two teams play the second game of their series at 7 p.m. Saturday.
After a scoreless first period, the Huskies (3-0 overall) scored three goals in the second period to take control. Cruikshank, a fifth-year center, was playing his first college game in the Kohl Center and had a memorable game.
Cruikshank, who is from Delafield, Wis., scored a rebound goal and had an assist on a short-handed goal by Grant Ahcan to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Cruikshank cranked in a shot from a bad angle for his second goal of the season. Then with the Huskies killing a penalty, Cruikshank stole the puck in the corner and got it out front to Ahcan, who snapped it in.
It was the first college goal for Ahcan, a freshman from Savage, Minnesota. Ahcan's brother, Jack, played for SCSU and his other brother, Roman, played forward for Wisconsin. Ahcan added his first college assist on the Huskies' fifth goal.
The Huskies took a 3-0 lead on a goal by Cooper Wylie. Wylie took a shot from the Badgers blue line that found its way through traffic for his first college goal.
The Badgers (0-3) scored on a bouncing puck shot by Mathieu De St. Phalle that got past Jaxon Castor at 13:10 of the third period to cut the deficit to 3-1.
But SCSU captain Spencer Meier scored a rebound goal at 15:13 on the power play to give the Huskies a 4-1 lead. Then, on a rush, senior defenseman Dylan Anhorn scored on a shot from the slot at 16:27 off a nice pass from Ahcan. On Anhorn's goal, freshman Jack Rogers also picked up his first college assist.
Castor, a senior from Phoenix, stopped 25 of 26 shots to pick up his second win of the season.
SCSU 5, WISCONSIN 1
First period scoring — None.
Second period — 1. SCSU, Grant Cruikshank 2 (Micah Miller) 3:56, 2. SCSU, Grant Ahcan 1 (Cruikshank 2) 13:11 (sh), 3. SCSU, Cooper Wylie 1 (Jack Peart 2, Jami Krannila 3) 14:12.
Third period — 4. UW, Mathieu De St. Phalle 1 (Daniel Laatsch 1, Brock Caufield 1) 13:10; 5. SCSU, Spencer Meier 2 (Zach Okabe 2, Krannila 4) 15:13 (pp); 6. SCSU, Dylan Anhorn 2 (Ahcan 1, Jack Rogers 1) 16:27.
Goalie saves — SCSU: Jaxon Castor 25; UW: Jared Moe 28.
Power plays — SCSU 1-2; UW 0-3.
Faceoffs — UW 29-24.