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College Hockey:
Faragher stops 44 shots en route to St. Cloud’s shutout of North Dakota

— Ryan Faragher knew he was going into a tough environment in a tough way.

The St Cloud State freshman goaltender was tasked with replacing senior Mike Lee, who suffered an injury in practice Monday. His first test as the number one goaltender, and second career game in net for the Huskies, was at a sold-out Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday night against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

So how did Faragher prepare for 11,743 screaming Sioux fans? Heavy metal, of course.

“I listen to heavy metal music, so noise is not a factor when I’m out there,” Faragher said. “It was a fun game.”

North Dakota’s electric offense rocked Faragher with 44 shots, but Faragher turned away every single one as St Cloud State (3-3-1, 1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) rolled to a 4-0 victory over North Dakota (2-4-1, 0-3).

For the second game in a row, the Fighting Sioux found themselves with a huge margin in the shot count, but with no points to show for it in the WCHA standings. North Dakota outshot Wisconsin 42-15 in last Saturday’s 5-4 loss, and followed that up with a 44-23 differential Friday night, but somehow didn’t come out the victor in either game.

It’s the first time UND has begun their WCHA schedule with three losses since an 0-3-1 record to start their 1989-90 campaign.

“We just can’t catch a break right now,” said North Dakota forward Danny Kristo.

UND tested Faragher (1-1-0) early and often, with 15 and 24 shots in the first and second periods, respectively. That seemed to get Faragher on his beat, not off it.

“That definitely helps to get the first couple of shots out of the way,” he said. “I think the way the guys played allowed me to see the puck when I needed to. Bad penalties aside, I think we really outplayed them.”

Jared Festler knocked home his fifth goal of the season at 7:16 of the first to give the Huskies that key early lead.

St Cloud State certainly gave North Dakota big opportunities to even the game. Nick Oliver pounded UND’s Mark MacMillan hard into the boards from behind and was given a five-minute major and a game disqualification at 7:35 — also barring him from Saturday night’s lineup. Ben Hanowski also got the early shower, taking a contact to the head major and game misconduct 1:44 into the second.

But North Dakota squandered both of those opportunities, and despite getting 20 shots just on power plays Friday night — many right down into the crease — they couldn’t get one across the goal line.

“It’s frustrating, especially when you’re given two gifts,” said junior forward Corban Knight. “It’s something we have to capitalize on. We’re getting shots and making stuff happen, but we weren’t able to bury.”

North Dakota amplified the second period shot chart especially, as the team combined for 45 shot attempts, but of those, 14 shots were blocked by the defense, seven missed the net, and the remaining 24 were stopped by Faragher.

The Huskies defense kept holding, and the equalizer never came. Instead, defenseman Andrew Prochno buried a hard shot from the point, and Sam Zabkowicz beat goaltender Aaron Dell (19 saves) for his first career goal to make it a 3-0 game.

St Cloud’s Travis Novak got his fourth goal of the season on a late empty-net goal to round out the scoring.

Friday night was Faragher’s night, but once again North Dakota found themselves overwhelmingly frustrated with losing an otherwise well-played game.

“Everyone’s frustrated, starting with the goalies all the way on out to the coaching staff,” Kristo said. “There was a lot of good tonight. I thought we dominated down low. We can’t get away from the things that are working. You can’t try and cheat through other things. When you’re going through tough times, you just have to stick together and keep going at it.”

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  • HaHaHa

    It’s Friday night and North Dakota can’t score!

    • Phoenixfyre1313

      3 goals on 19 shots spells shabby goaltending too!

  • SUEH8TER

    HA HA HA HA HA   FUNNY, THE SUE ARE BAD, JUST LIKE I HAVE BEEN SAYING.  SHUT OUT BY ST. CLOUD, BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  AT HOME, NO LESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SUEH8TER

    BUT WAIT, THE SUE OUT SHOT ST. CLOUD SO THEY SHOULD WIN FOR THAT.  GOPH’S WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LincolnJim

    Well Boys, here we go again.  The Sue fans don’t have anything to say, not even a “we outshot them.”  They’ll be quiet until they win then they’ll be bullying the boards.  Seven titles.  Strength of schedule.  Shut out at home!!!!!!!!!!!  Not that UNO won by much, but what else to say other than UNO beat Wisconsin, North Dakota ____  well, we all know.  Fair weather No Dak fans and bullies. 

    • Anonymous

      They’re a young team off to a slow start who showed plenty of promise last night. What more would you like, that between the departing seniors and NHL signings we lost more points in the offseason than a number of teams in the WCHA had total?

      Rocco Grimaldi made his proper debut and looks as good as advertised, Kristo is near the top nationally in goals scored, and Parks has been a nice surprise. Dell and Eids have been a bit shaky, but then when isn’t this team shaky in the first half? They’ll make adjustments, come out swinging in a month or so, and historically speaking you’ll be eating your words come January.

      Are all Omaha fans so ignorant or is this lack of class strictly a LincolnJim thing?

  • SUEH8TER

    HEY FAN MAN, LOOKS LIKE THE HUSKIES “BROUGHT THE PAIN” TO ADOLPH ENGLESTAND ARENA LAST NIGHT.  DID KRISTO AND GRIMALDI NOT PLAY LAST NIGHT??  I DO NOT SEE THEM ON THE SCORE SHEET.  OH, WAIT, I DON’T SEE ANYONE ON THE SCORE SHEET FOR THAT MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Too much time on your hands

      wow…..maybe you need to get a life. We all know you are a gopher fan….get over it. Get out of your parents basement and get a life.

      • SUEH8TER

        HA HA, QUIT YOUR CRYING, BABY.  I AM HAVING A LOT OF FUN AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR POOR HOCKEY TEAM!!!!!!!!!

        • Too much time on your hands

          I never said I was a Sioux fan. I was just commenting on how you have nothing better to do with your life than try and find out what the Sioux are doing. get a life.

          • SUEH8TER

            CRY BABY!!!!!!!!!

          • Too much time on your hands

            like I said before, I dont know where you are getting that I am even a Sioux fan. I never said I was. Maybe Im a badger fan or fan of denver. What ever it may be, you are just a retard in the fact that you think you know absolutely everything about everything. Again, you are an idiot. Maybe you would make gopher fans look better if you just kept your mouth shut. You are making the rest of them look like morons because everyone lumps them in with you. And please get some grammatical sense. You dont need the T in your name. The T is accomplished with the 8. idiot……

          • SUEH8TER

            YOU HAVE TO BE A SUE FAN, YOU ARE A BIG BABY JUST LIKE ALL THE REST OF THEM WHEN YOUR TEAM IS NOT WINNING. IDIOT, MORON, IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Too much time on your hands

            you must not know how to read, because I have not posted a single thing that said anything about the sioux and st. cloud game or about any game for that matter. Get some facts straight before you go out and bash everyone. Are all gopher fans like you? Im guessing not, you just make the rest of them look bad. And what is with the all capital letters? Do you need to look big and tough by doing that?

  • HuskyHockey

    North Dakota was practically on the power play all game going 0-7 on the PP. That includes two five minute majors and a 5-3 for two minutes. With all that help they still couldn’t put the puck in the net!

  • Noise

    Fans from every school unite in the misery of the Sue and their ignorant fans. I went to UND and I can speak for the idiocy of many fans. They have plenty of knowledgable fans but you can’t hear them over the noise of the idiots.

    • Nwjeffries

      100% true. UND fans are for the most part very loud and not very hockey smart…… Which makes sense since hockey is not that big up there outside of the sue…..most people do not grow up playing. They only have good fans because they are a good team and it is the only thing they have up there as far as sports.
      For a bunch of hockey fans that do not know much about hockey they are sure obnoxious.

      • Anonymous

        100% ignorant noise. Nearly every school, from elementary on, in Grand Forks hosts an outdoor rink, while the city itself has several indoor facilities. Hockey is a part of the culture, and a huge number of kids hit the ice every year.  The school and the city have much to be proud of, they’ve produced successful college players, NHL’ers, and Olympians, that’s where the fans come from.

        How do I know that they’re a successful program? Because apart from the titles, facilities, nationally recognized alumni, and legion of fans, they bring people like you out of the woodwork spewing ignorant BS every week.  Keep it coming.

        • Too much time on your hands

          You couldn’t have hit it more on the head! Nice job

        • Fan Man

          Great Comment! 

  • SCSU Euro

    Nice article, but Mike Lee is a junior not a senior, and its not Zabkowicz’s first career goal, its his 4th.  He scored 3 all three years ago his freshman year. 

  • Starsiv35

    Any one who was at the game can agree that St. Clouds goalie had the game of his life.  Even as a Sioux fan I can honestly say that he was fun to watch.  Between the Sioux’s lack of scoring and shabby goaltending this could be a long, cold winter up in Grand Forks

  • BigBob

    Where you at Jdork and stitches (sutures) ? Gonna be a long year.