ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State's Sam Hentges suffered an upper body injury in Friday's 1-0 loss to Minnesota State University-Mankato.

He did not play in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Mavericks. Hentges was evaluated on Monday and a decision on whether or not the senior forward from Fridley and Minnesota Wild draft pick will play in Friday's game at the University of Minnesota (7 p.m. Friday, BTN+) will not come until later this week.

"He's day-by-day," Huskies coach Brett Larson said after practice on Tuesday. "We'll make a final decision here on Thursday and we're evaluating this week.

"It was a physical, hard series. You expect to come out of there with some bumps and bruises. Hopefully, Sammy can heal up and we can get him back as soon as possible."

With Hentges out of the lineup, it changed the forward lines significantly.

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Zach Okabe, a junior from Okotoks, Alberta, moved to the right wing on a line with center Nolan Walker and wing Easton Brodzinski, replacing Hentges.

Micah Miller, a senior from Grand Rapids, moved to the right wing on a line with left wing Veeti Miettinen and center Jami Krannila.

Kyler Kupka, a junior from Camrose, Alberta, moved to the right wing on a line with left wing Chase Brand and center Kevin Fitzgerald.

Mason Salquist, a freshman from Grand Rapids, N.D., played left wing on a line with center Aidan Spellacy and right wing Joe Molenaar. Molenaar played Friday's game on a line with Spellacy at center and Kupka on the right wing.

Salquist, who was a healthy scratch Friday, responded by scoring St. Cloud State's second goal and had three shots and two blocked shots in the game. He also saw time on the power play. His rebound goal at 6:46 of the first period ended up being the game-winner and was the first of his college career.

Forward Mason Salquist (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University)
Forward Mason Salquist (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University)

Limited tickets available for Saturday

As of Tuesday morning, there are less than 1,000 seats available for Saturday's game against the Gophers, according to Matt Chapman, SCSU's Assistant Athletics Director for Ticketing and Group Sales.

He said that most of the remaining seats are in the upper level and are bench seats. If all of the seats get sold out, the university will make 790 standing room only tickets available.

The St. Cloud State ticket office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. On Saturday, with homecoming events going on at the arena, SCSU will have someone in the ticket office beginning at noon.

Games for men, women part of homecoming

Traditionally, homecoming for colleges includes a football game on a Saturday. St. Cloud State, though, dropped football as a sport after the 2019 season. Last school year, homecoming events were curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is homecoming week for St. Cloud State and there are a number of events planned. On the hockey side, the women's team will play host to the University of St. Thomas for a WCHA game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The men's team will play host to the Gophers at 5 p.m. Saturday and the team will reveal its Frozen Four banner from last season in a pregame ceremony.

The men's teams will wear retro uniforms for the game from the 1985-86 season. Incidentally, that was the last season that Gophers coach Bob Motzko played for the Huskies.

The other sports events on the schedule this week for St. Cloud State include the volleyball team playing the University of Mary (6 p.m. Friday, Halenbeck Hall) and Minot State (3 p.m. Saturday, Halenbeck Hall) and men's soccer playing Purdue University-Northwest (7 p.m. Friday, Husky Stadium) and Davenport University (noon Sunday, Husky Stadium).

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, St. Cloud State will be "Tending for a Cause" at Beaver Island Brewing Company with representatives from the university selling beer with money going to the St. Cloud State University Huskies Fund.

On Saturday, there will also be a Homecoming 5K Walk/Run that begins at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Hall and there will be an open house beginning at 1 p.m. at Halenbeck Hall where people can see the latest renovations to the facility.

From 3-5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Huskies Fan Fest with inflatables, beer tent, ax throwing, corn hole and food trucks on Herb Brooks Way that is open to the public.

After the men's hockey game, Coyote Wild will have a postgame concert on Herb Brooks Way that is also open to the public.

"I think the biggest thing, overall from a university perspective, is we've tried to make it so that there is something for everyone," St. Cloud State athletic director Heather Weems said. "There are some people who are disappointed that football doesn't exist any longer (on our campus). But if you think about hockey as the flagship sport here, being able to celebrate and create energy at homecoming with alumni relations — hockey makes sense for our campus and our community.

"We really just want people to stop by. It's really that last fall outdoor event. We want to continue to build this as a time for people to come back."

List of SCSU Homecoming events

Month of October

  • Alumni Art Exhibit, "The Future...A World Without '-ism's'", Paramount Theatre Gallery (Oct. 4-31)

Wednesday, Oct. 13

  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Campus Homecoming Kick-Off Event, Atwood Memorial Center Main Hallway, Main Lounge, Ballroom and Glacier Room
  • 3 p.m.: School of Health & Human Services Keynote Lecture Featuring Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, "Helping Parents & Children When the World Feels Like a Scary Place", Ringsmuth Auditorium
  • 5 p.m.: “Tending for a Cause”, Beaver Island Brewing Company
  • 7 p.m.: College of Education and Learning Design Dessert Fest (invite only), Atwood Memorial Center, Cascade Room

Thursday, Oct. 14

  • 6 p.m.: Homecoming Bonfire, St. Cloud State University, Holes Hall Lawn
  • 7 p.m.: St. Cloud State Homecoming Concert, Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall

Friday, Oct. 15

  • 4 p.m.: Downtown Art Crawl, Downtown St. Cloud
  • 4:30 p.m.: SCSU Alumni Association Awards Reception and Ceremony, Atwood Memorial Center, Cascade Room
  • 6 p.m.: Alumni Art Exhibit Reception, Paramount Theatre Gallery
  • 6 p.m.: Volleyball vs. University of Mary, Halenbeck Hall
  • 6:30 p.m.: Athletics/MSS Social, Husky Stadium Terrace
  • 6:30 p.m.: Germany Study Abroad Alumni Reunion, Olde Brick House
  • 6:30 p.m.: Recent SCSU Grad Reception, Green Mill
  • 6:30 p.m.: Former SCSU Alumni Board Reception, Red Carpet Martini Lounge
  • 7 p.m.: Men’s Soccer vs. Purdue University-Northwest, Husky Stadium

Saturday, Oct. 16

  • 7 a.m.: President’s Virtual Town Hall for International Alumni (Link will be sent to those who register)
  • 9 a.m.: “Live from Alnwick”, Atwood Memorial Center, Cascade Room
  • 10 a.m.: Homecoming 5k Run/Walk, Starts at Lawrence Hall
  • 10:30 a.m.: Notable Alumni Recognition and Reception, Administrative Services Building Lobby
  • 11 a.m.: Greek Life 70th Anniversary, Atwood Memorial Center, Voyageurs Room
  • 1 p.m.: Open House for former Division II student-athletes, Halenbeck Hall, Torrey Commons
  • 1 p.m.: CAAS/ASA Alumni Luncheon, Atwood Memorial Center, Theatre Lounge
  • 1 p.m.: Women’s Hockey vs. University of St. Thomas, Herb Brooks National Hockey Center
  • 2 p.m.: SCSU Alumni Board/Dog Pound Social, Athletics Complex
  • 2 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Minot State, Halenbeck Hall
  • 3 p.m.: Huskies Fan Fest, Herb Brooks Way
  • 5:07 p.m.: Men’s Hockey vs. University of Minnesota, Herb Brooks National Hockey Center
  • Postgame Concert featuring Coyote Wild, Herb Brooks Way

St. Cloud State goalie David Hrenak (34) stops a shot by Minnesota State forward Nathan Smith (8) in the third period Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Events Center in Mankato.  Jason Wachter / The Rink Live
St. Cloud State goalie David Hrenak (34) stops a shot by Minnesota State forward Nathan Smith (8) in the third period Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Events Center in Mankato. Jason Wachter / The Rink Live


Hrenak earns NCHC honor

David Hrenak, a senior from Považská Bystrica, Slovakia, was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week. Hrenak, a Los Angeles Kings draft pick, stopped 50 of 52 shots to help the Huskies gain a nonconference series split with the Mavericks. For the season, Hrenak is 3-1 with a 0.84 goals-against average and .961 save percentage.

Other players honored by the NCHC were Western Michigan graduate student Ethen Frank (Forward of the Week), North Dakota sophomore Jake Sanderson (Defenseman of the Week) and Denver forward Massimo Rizzo and North Dakota forward Jake Schmaltz were named Co-Rookie of the Week.