HOUGHTON, Mich. — St. Cloud State got back in the win column with a 7-0 win at Michigan Tech on Saturday. The win improves SCSU’s record to 3-6-1, 2-5-1 WCHA while Michigan Tech falls to 2-9-1, 1-4-1 WCHA.
“Last night we fell a little short (in a 3-2 OT loss at MTU), and tonight we wanted to send a message,” SCSU’s Casey Borer said.
St. Cloud charged out to a fast lead in the first period with a power-play goal by Justin Fletcher at 2:08. Assists were credited on the play by Billy Hengen and Brock Hooton.
SCSU padded its first period lead with a goal by Andrew Gordon at 7:41 of the first with assists from Joe Jensen and Matt Stephenson. Junior captain Borer scored his first career goal at 17:03 to complete the first-period scoring. Jensen and Fletcher both charted assists on Borer’s goal. SCSU dominated play in the first period outshooting the MTU squad 13-2.
In the second period, Hengen continued his solid weekend with a rebound goal at 5:25. Assists on the play were posted by Matt Stephenson and Gordon. SCSU added a fifth goal in the second period as Jensen scored on the power play at 15:35. The lone assist was credited to Hooton.
SCSU notched goal number six at 18:29 of the second as Konrad Reeder rolled one past Michigan Tech goalie Michael-Lee Teslak. The goal was Reeder’s first of the 2005-06 season. John Swanson gained the assist on the play. After two periods, SCSU held a 23-6 shot advantage over Michigan Tech.
In the third period, St. Cloud struck again to make it 7-0 at 2:02 on the power play with a well-crafted goal by sophomore Matt Hartman. Fletcher and goaltender Bobby Goepfert notched assists on the play. The assist for Goepfert was his first as a Husky.
“I was happy for the guys,” SCSU coach Bob Motzko said. “Our guys really played within their systems throughout the night.”
SCSU finished the game with 34 shots on goal and held Michigan Tech to just 14 shots in the game. On the power play, SCSU was 4-of-10 and MTU was 0-of-8. It was SCSU’s first shutout and highest goal total since a 10-0 win over Yale on Oct. 30, 2004.
Next weekend, St. Cloud will host North Dakota on Nov. 18-19 at the National Hockey Center. Meanwhile, Michigan Tech will travel to face No. 1 Colorado College.