College Hockey:
Huskies Hang On For Series Sweep Of Seawolves

Larson Figures In Three SCSU Goals; Talafous Paces UAA Attack

— Saturday night at the National Hockey Center, Alaska-Anchorage rallied with two third-period goals, but it wasn’t enough to offset a solid St. Cloud attack as the Huskies collected a 4-3 WCHA victory over the Seawolves.

SCSU opened the game’s scoring at 3:45 in the first period on Jon Cullen’s seventh goal of the season, with assists from Keith Anderson and Jeff Finger. Cullen has now scored at least one point in each of the last eight games.

Senior forward Ritchie Larson added the Huskies’ second goal at 9:40 of the first with assists from Tyler Arnason and Brandon Sampair, but UAA notched its first goal at 13:56 of the second when Pete Talafous scored with an assist from Jesse Unklesbay.

Larson responded with his third goal of the season at 6:40 of the second on dishes from Sampair and Arnason. Then, on the power play, SCSU sophomore Joe Motzko scored the eventual game-winner at 15:30 of the second with assists from Larson and Ryan Malone.

UAA made things interesting in the third with a goal by Joe Garvin at the 6:53 mark on the power play and another goal by Talafous at 10:05, but St. Cloud hung on for the sweep.

UAA outshot the Huskies 27-23 in the game. SCSU’s Jake Moreland gained 24 saves, while Chris King posted 19 for UAA.

The win moves St. Cloud to 13-4-1 overall and 8-4-0 in the WCHA; UAA falls to 5-10-1, 3-8-1 WCHA.

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  • Sbarnes

    Definitely outplayed Michigan, I’m a hugeee Wolverine Fan, and even I can admit we got massively outplayed in that game. Our defense is the only reason we have come this far. Doing it without our top defensemen Burlon, is unbelievable. We are also without one of our top forwards, so i’m stunned we’ve made it this far. I hope we have one more in us! This win means nothing now, Saturday means everything

  • Engram_james

    when did national commentary on sporting events become one sided?. i can understand local broadcasters being biased they are home town cover people. listening to Barry Melrose , was like eating a bowl full of scotch bonnet peppers. both willturn your stomach. go college hockey!!!

  • jdpund13

    are you serious? mich goalie played on his damn head, i’ll give props to him, but the rest of the team dumped and chased the entire time, even the commentators were bashin them for it. The sioux outshot them 40-19, outplayed them the entire time, just didn’t out score them.
    The sioux put on a hell of a year, just couldn’t find the net tonight.

  • Curmudgeon

    Offense looks pretty. Defense wins championships.

  • After Further Review

    The commentators can bash all they want… who won the game? by the way, I was there, so I don’t know, but I assume Melrose was commentating? He bashes everybody he doesn’t like, there is no “neutral” announcing with Barry.

  • Whc

    allowing 19 shots is defense, allowing 40 shots and getting a shutout is luck.

  • IPLG

    @Whc: Actually, it’s called implementing a strategy and playing as a team. Michigan knows it can’t play a wide open offensive game with UND and expect to win; they’re simply outmatched and outgunned. Instead, they decided to clamp down on defense after getting that first goal. They used their speed and quickness to take away passing lanes; they sacrificed their bodies to block at least 16 shots; they aggressively cleared away rebounds and were extremely physical in preventing UND from crowding the net or screening their goalie. Of course, one of the drawbacks of this high risk/reward strategy is that most of the action takes place in your own zone, which males it pretty hard to generate scoring chances aside from the occasional breakaway. Hence, the SOG disparity.
    Michigan was able to defeat a more talented group of players by effectively implementing the above strategy and working as a TEAM behind the outstanding play in goal of Hunwick. Luck? I think not.

  • Umichfan

    it’s called frustration and desperation on ND towards the end of the game and just shooting and not getting off good shots. Even idiot Melrose who hates Michigan mentioned that.

  • Joe

    ha a team who scores and then sits back almost always loses in the end if you really watch hockey. Michigan got lucky with an incredible performance from the tender. Don’t tell me Hunwick making 5-6 game changing saves was part of Michigan’s strategy. The Sioux were a stronger team but hey its hockey, that happens. Same thing happened to Michigan two years ago when they out shot Air Force like 50-14 or something and lost. I suppose this is karma coming back to repay them.

  • Whc

    Good points, however, there is a lot of luck involved in a 1-0 game when the shots are so uneven. Hunwick pulled off a great game…the team did a great job bottling up the middle…he and the team deserved to win. Congrats to Michigan!!

  • Umichfan

    Yes, the fool Melrose was commentating and he was horrible. He was so against Michigan it was ridiculous. He should be banned from commentating period!

  • Whc

    Melrose was awful. I particularly liked his comment in the UMD/Notre Dame game that went something like this: “When you take a low angle shot like that it’s either gonna hit the goalie, go wide or go in.” Now that’s enlightening commentary!

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