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Huskies Topple Pioneers, 5-1

St. Cloud at .500 in Division I Play For The First Time Ever

— The St. Cloud State Huskies defeated the Denver Pioneers, 5-1, to remain undefeated on the season, while Denver remains winless. The Huskies improved their record to 4-0-1, 1-0-0 WCHA, and Denver falls to 0-3-0, 0-1-0 WCHA, on the season.

The Huskies struck first in the game when Joe Motzko scored his third goal of the season at the 5:23 mark of the first period with assists from Mark Hartigan and Ryan Malone.

Denver knotted the score with a power play goal at 16:32 of the first by Greg Keith.

Both teams played even up until the 9:29 mark of the third when Keith Anderson posted his first goal of the young season with an assist from Nate DiCasmirro. The goal was Anderson’s 24th career goal and his fifth career game winner.

St. Cloud iced the game with a goal by Hartigan (third of the season) at 16:56 of the third with an assist from Motzko.

Duvie Westcott, this week’s WCHA defender of the week, charted his second goal of the season at 18:21 with assists on the power play tally from DiCasmirro and Hartigan.

The night was completed with an empty netter by Jon Cullen at 19:38 of the third with another dish credited to DiCasmirro. The goal was St. Cloud’s third shorthanded goal of the season.

The victory moved St. Cloud’s record as a Division I program to 233-233-38 since 1987-88, which marks the first time St. Cloud has been at the .500 level.

St. Cloud and Denver will meet again in the second game of the series on Saturday evening.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QYOBB7GDZSEQ2WMLQXXNFJYD6E JG

    How about some inter-conference play. How would Yale’s record be if they had to play some games against Hockey East opponents?

    • Bob Loblaw

      Indeed. And when I suggested the WCHA spread out their non-conference slate (e.g. North Dakota played two non-conference games against WCHA teams) I got the typical “Why should we play anyone else? Were the best league in the history of time!!!”

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PFFXTL46C5SGXHJCBWIWK7XBUA Drew

        Hey, why bother playing Eastern teams?

        Look how they did against mighty Robert Morris this year?

        (Of course, let’s not mention getting swept by MAINE this year…Or the loss to Yale in the NCAA’s last year…Or the fact that the only ranked Eastern team they beat in the tourney since 2006 is Princeton – you know, the goalie dominated Zane Kalemba Tigers…shhhhhhh.)

        Think they just got the internet out in tumbleweed land…Of course, those of us in the East who WATCH games on satellite or other such modern technology were aware of this shift & the fact that schools such as UND, Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. have been giant FLOPS against East schools – esp. when they have to travel.

        Mention last year’s NCAA’s to any UND troll and you get , “We had to play a lot of games…” “We had to travel…” etc.

        Of course, Yale losing a 3 goal lead to AF at the end of a 5 game trip, in the last 5 min’s of a game, is evidence of it’s “weakness”…

        I’ll take Yale over UND any time, any place, any where, for any amount of $.

        Because they’re better…

  • Guest

    Agreed. Yale is a very, very solid team

  • CC fan

    what about cc? any news if we loose in semi’s vs Nothing Dakota?

    • Bryanhollon

      lost 6-1

      • CC fan

        lol shows your intelligence

    • DU_Fan

      Lost 4-3 but solid for bid.

      • CC fan

        good luck agaisnt UND take home the broadmoor trophy

  • CollegeHockeyRules

    In a best of 3 I would pick ND since that have produced a similar record while playing a significantly tougher schedule. That said in a 1 game series anything can happen. Yale is a good team. They played a very tired ND team last year and snuck by, but they proved that they can play.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PFFXTL46C5SGXHJCBWIWK7XBUA Drew

      Ummmm…no.

      For those of us AT THE GAME, they DOMINATED a very CHIPPY UND team.

      They kept their poise and the ONLY reason UND even SCORED was because they lost their poise in the 3rd period.

      The only thing they lack is experience…which clearly showed against BC – a team that can actually SKATE.

  • Sioux is a girls name

    BC WILL REPEAT

  • BSU Beavers

    Saint Cloud and Minnesota suck. Nothing at all to do with this story…just for the record.

  • TONYS

    YOU’RE AWESOME

  • Jay

    It gets so old and tiresome that certain people cannot stop hating on Yale and the ECAC. Seriously get a life my friend.

  • Guest

    “Seriously get a life my friend” said the guy who took the time out of his own wonderful life to type such a noteworthy and well thought out comment. Hello, pot meet the kettle.

  • Cool Hand

    The NCAA tournament will tell the true story… I can not wait!

  • guest2

    Certain Sioux fans lives are so empty that the success of their team alone can’t soothe them. They need to denigrate other team’s fans anonymously via the internet. Truly pathetic.