St. Cloud St. beats North Dakota 3-1GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — St. Cloud State freshman Jonny Brodzinski scored two goals as the Mavericks beat North Dakota 3-1 on Friday to take over first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — St. Cloud State freshman Jonny Brodzinski scored two goals as the Mavericks beat North Dakota 3-1 on Friday to take over first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Sixteenth-ranked St. Cloud State (15-10-0, 12-5-0) entered the game tied with top-ranked Minnesota for the WCHA lead. The Gophers lost, leaving the Huskies alone in first place.
St. Cloud State took a 2-0 lead on goals by Brodzinski and Ben Hanowski in the first period against listless North Dakota, which managed just three shots on goal in the first period.
"I don't think we had any energy and didn't generate any energy throughout the game," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. "It's always hard when you're trying to get something going and you're starting from a hole."
North Dakota is 1-3-1 in its last five games. Corban Knight's 19-game scoring streak came to an end for North Dakota, which took a season-low 16 shots on goal.
Brodzinski extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games. His second goal at 7:35 of the third period gave the Mavericks a 3-0 lead.
St. Cloud State outshot North Dakota 15-8 in the third period. North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg made 14 of his 30 saves in the last period. He also assisted on North Dakota's only goal.
St. Cloud State goalie Ryan Faragher had an easy night in goal with 15 saves. Rocco Grimaldi scored the only goal for No. 5 North Dakota (13-8-4, 8-5-4).
"We didn't generate any energy right from the start of the game until we got the late power play," Hakstol said. "That was much too little, much too late."
St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc had his 13-game point streak snapped.