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Luck Runs Out, End of SCSU Hockey Season

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03/31/2014 - 11:00 AM

Luck Runs Out, End of SCSU Hockey Season

The Huskies had the luck of the Irish on their side in the opening game of the NCAA West Regional on Saturday night as they defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame 4-3 in overtime. But, in the West Regional Championship game on Sunday SCSU's luck would run dry as they fell to Minnesota 4-0.

On Saturday night the Huskies took on Notre Dame, in a battle of wits and stamina. The Huskies scored the first goal of the game but Notre Dame was able to respond time after time. After regulation time had expired the scoreboard read 3-3 despite the lopsided shots total that favored Notre Dame, 36-12. The difference maker for the Huskies was goaltender Ryan Faragher, who head coach Bob Motzko applauded in the post game press conference "he held us in there and made the big save in overtime on the breakaway." The extra time frame was what the doctor order for SCSU as they pummeled the net and showed more signs of life than they had all game long. Their effort was rewarded when senior captain, Nic Dowd found the back of the net off the stick of David Morley with just over three minutes left in the first overtime. That goal (and victory) advanced the Huskies to the next day of play, one step closer to the Frozen Four. First, the Huskies would have to surpass their big brother, the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday night.

It was a game of the ages as rivals, St. Cloud State and Minnesota faced off in the State of Hockey for the chance to advance as one of the last four teams remaining in Division I college hockey. On Sunday night the Huskies and Gophers battledfor the second time this season.  Freshman Justin Kloos of Minnesota scored in the opening period to get things started, while the Huskies still seemed to be looking for their skates. Play would remain 1-0 after one period. In the second period Minnesota would open things up a little more netting a pair of goals. St. Cloud struggled to maintain puck possession the entire game and the Gophers were able to capitalize on SCSU's downfall for the win. Minnesota would go on to score a power play goal in the third period for a 4-0 victory.

The University of Minnesota advances to the NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia April 10-12. Minnesota will face off with North Dakota. Other schools represented at the Frozen Four include Boston College and Union.

St. Cloud State finishes their inaugural season in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference as the regular season Champions. That title earned them the Penrose Cup with a conference record of 15-6-3. Other conference titles of the team included head coach Bob Motzko as the Herb Brooks Coach of the Year. Nic Dowd was the NCHC Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Defensive-Forward of the Year. Dowd is also a Top 10 Hobey Baker Award finalist, the Top Three finalists will be announced during the Frozen Four. Overall, the Huskies finish the season with a 22-11-5 record, continuing the growing tradition, legacy and history of the program.

As always, keep up to date with everything SCSU hockey (even in the off season) via our Twitter account.

Husky Baseball Battles Golden Bears

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03/31/2014 - 10:30 AM

The St Cloud State baseball team was in action over the weekend playing two double headers with Concordia University of St. Paul Saturday and Sunday. The games were played at Minnetonka High School.

The Huskies swept the twin bill on Saturday with wins of 11-0 and 5-0 on Saaturday. Senior pitchers Kyle Fischer and Corey Fitzgerald earned the wins. In the sweep, head coach Pat Dolan also earned his 500th career win.

On Sunday the Huskies split with the Golden Bears of Concordia taking the first game 4-1 behind the arm of Chris Kubita and dropping the second game 2-1. The Huskies are scheduled to host their first home game against Southwest Minnesota State on Wednesday, April 2 with the doubleheader getting started at 1:30 p.m.

Stayed tuned to KVSC for further weather updates on the contest.

Listen to SCSU Baseball

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03/27/2014 - 4:30 AM

The KVSC Sports Department will provide live coverage of SCSU baseball this weekend. The Huskies are 13-4 overall on the season and 2-1 in the NSIC. Taking two of three games from Winona State last weekend in the conference opener.

The Huskies will take on the Golden Bears of Concordia-St. Paul this weekend at Veterans Field at Minnetonka High School. The teams will play a double-header on Saturday and Sunday. KVSC's Assistant Sports Director, Declan Goff, will provide play-by-play of the weekend's games on the Sports Stream. On Saturday the first pitch will be thrown at 3 p.m. Sunday's games will get underway at 12:30 p.m. Listen live here.

St. Cloud State was ranked #17 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top-30 Coaches Poll last week and is #5 in this week's NCBWA Central Region Poll, while Concordia is 10-2 overall and 2-0 in the Northern Sun and ranked #9 in the latest NCBWA Central Region Poll.

This weekend's games are weather permitting. Stay tuned to our Twitter account for any changes.

*UPDATE:* Due to technical problems we will be unable to provide coverage of the Saturday games.

KVSC College Hockey Bracket Challenge

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03/23/2014 - 3:30 AM

As the SCSU Huskies have advanced into NCAA Tournament play it's time the KVSC Sports Crew initiates another challenge. Similar to the Pick to Click challenge, we want to find out who the real "experts" might be. The rules for the challenge are quite simple, make your college hockey bracket picks and submit them!

Here's how:

  1. Visit the College Hockey Pickem webpage
  2. Register (if you don't already have an account)
  3. Join the Group
  • Group Name: KVSCHockey
  • Password: kvsc

Note: Spaces and capital letter do matter!

That's it! Following the National Championship game on April 12, 2014 a winner will be determined and awarded a KVSC Prize Package. Stay tuned!

Huskies Advance to NCAA Hockey Playoffs

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03/23/2014 - 3:00 AM

Huskies Advance to NCAA Hockey Playoffs

The St. Cloud State men's hockey team has been selected as one of the top 16 team across Division I college hockey to play in the National Tournament. For the second consecutive season the Huskies will face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to open up action. St. Cloud State will play in the West Regional in St. Paul, MN along with Minnesota, Notre Dame and Robert Morris. The Huskies square off with Notre Dame on Saturday, March 29. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. at the XCel Energy Center. Should the Huskies defeat the Irish they would advance to the second round of the tournament and play the winner of the Minnesota and Robert Morris game played at 5:30 on Saturday.

St. Cloud State hosted a selection show at Brother's Bar and Grill in downtown for the announcement that came Sunday morning. The team, coaches and fans were all on hand to cheer as the Huskies landed in St. Paul to meet the same team they saw last year in the Regional, Notre Dame. The KVSC Sports Crew was on hand and recorded a special edition on B-Rook and the Commish which can be heard all week long on the KVSC Sports Stream.

Listen to the games from the West Regional on 88.1 FM KVSC and online. The KVSC Sports Department will provide live coverage of the rest of the Huskies games this season. The pregame show will begin a half hour prior to each puck drop. Saturday's coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Huskies look to make a return to the NCAA Frozen Four, a task they accomplished for the first time last season. This year, the Frozen Four will be held in Philadelphia, PA.

Stay up to date with the latest in SCSU hockey news by following us on Twitter.

Reimer named Men's Basketball Coach

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03/23/2014 - 2:00 AM

Reimer named Men's Basketball Coach

A new head basketball coach has been named for the men’s basketball team at SCSU. Matt Reimer, a long time assistant to retiring SCSU coach, Kevin Schlagel, has been named the new head coach. Reimer has been with the SCSU basketball program since 1995, serving as a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach.

A press conference to announce Reimer has coach will take place on Monday (March 24) evening. The public is invited, the event takes place on the West Balcony of Halenbeck Hall at 5 p.m.

Listen to an exclusive interview with KVSC Sports Department member, Daniel Papp, and Matt Reimer here.

Nic Dowd a Hobey Baker Finalist

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03/20/2014 - 5:15 AM

Nic Dowd a Hobey Baker Finalist

SCSU men’s hockey senior co-captain Nic Dowd has been named a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. The award is given out annually to a player who displays character both on and off the ice as well as sportsmanship and scholarly achievements. Last year, Drew LeBlanc became the first person in St. Cloud State history to win the award. Fans can now vote for their favorites among the top ten candidates here.

Dowd and the reast of the team await their fate for NCAA playoffs. The Huskies will find out where and when they play again on Sunday morning (March 23). The selection show takes place at 11am (central time) on ESPNU. Watch the selection show with the Huskies at Brother’s Bar and Grill in downtown St. Cloud on Sunday morning, the event begins at 10:30 a.m. Stay tuned to our twitter account for up to the minute updates.

Interviews for the New SCSU Men's Basketball Coach Take Place

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03/17/2014 - 9:45 AM

The search for a new SCSU men’s basketball coach continues. As long-time head coach of the Huskies, Kevin Schlagel, has retired. The pool is narrowed to three finalists: Matt Reimer, a current SCSU assistant coach, Matt Woodley the current coach at Truman State University in Missouri and Rodell Davis, the director of intercollegiate and intramural athletics at Kennedy-King college in Chicago.

All three candidates will interview this week on campus, the public is invited to attend an open forum Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for each candidate respectively. The forum will be held at 4 p.m. in the Husky Den at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

SCSU Swept by Miami

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03/17/2014 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State’s men’s hockey team, the top ranked seed in the NCHC playoffs hosted the bottom team, Miami University in first round playoff action at the Brooks Center in a best two of three matchup. The winner of the series would advance to the conference tournament, the Frozen Faceoff, at the Target Center March 21-22.

It was a ping-pong game of back and fourth goals in the first game of the series on Friday night that saw the Huskies trailing with less than a minute to play. Senior captain, Kevin Gravel scored to tie the game with one tenth of a second remaining, sending the game to overtime. In the extra frame it was Miami University who scored first for the win, the final score was 5-4.

Saturday’s game was a bit more defensive until the Huskies got on the board twice in the second. Despite a two-goal SCSU lead, the game was far from over. The Redhawks would four goals in the third period for the win, the game winner coming with just two point six seconds left on the clock. Triggering elation for the Redhawks and heartbreak for the Huskies. Miami will advance to the conference tournament and the Huskies are left to wait until the NCAA selection show to determine where and when they will play in national playoffs. The selection show is Sunday, March 23, 2014. Stay tuned for the latest news via our Twitter page.

Huskies Show Well at Tuscon Invitational

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03/17/2014 - 10:35 AM

The #10 Husky baseball team wrapped up play in the Tuscon Invitational on Saturday, taking on Jamestown and cruising to a 16-6 victory. The Huskies played a total of six games while visiting the desert for the invitational, winning five of the six. The team is now back in Minnesota and slated to play a pair of double headers this upcoming weekend, March 22-23, in Winona.

UPDATE: This weekend's scheduled games with Winina State have been moved to Westside High School in Omaha, NE and will be played March 22-23. The Huskies will play a double-header with the Warriors that begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Then again at noon on Sunday for a double-header.

Husky centerfielder, Eric Loxtercamp has been named the NSIC Player of the Week. Through four games at the Tucson Invitational Loxtercamp was 14-for-22 with a .636 average against Bemidji State, Minot State and Jamestown. Loxtercamp is also the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Central Region player of the week.

Husky Swim & Dive at Nationals

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03/17/2014 - 10:15 AM

The St. Cloud State men’s and women’s swim and dive teams have been named Scholar All-America teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The Huskies competed in the NCAA DII Championships over the last week. Swimmer, Alex Bryson finished with the 4th fastest time in the country, setting a new record and taking 7th in the 500 free. Divers Tyler Magalis and Aaron Rooney placed 4th and 7th in one-meter board.

All-American Husky Wrestlers

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03/17/2014 - 10:00 AM

SCSU’s wrestling team completed their 2013-2014 season at the NCAA Division II National championships in Cleveland, Ohio. As a team the Huskies finished in the sixth nationally and had four all-American athletes; Jay Hildreth, Clint Poster, Gabe Fogarty and Austin Goergen.

Listen to SCSU Baseball Action Live from Arizona

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03/10/2014 - 9:30 AM

Listen to SCSU Baseball Action Live from Arizona

Two members of the Husky baseball team have been named as Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Players of the Week. The Huskies are coming off a four game road sweep at Missouri S & T. Zach Hoffmann has been named Player of the Week having nine hits, two runs, two doubles and one walk. Chris Kubitz is the NSIC Pitcher of the Week, pitching seven inning and throwing eight strikeouts.

Hoffman, Kubitz and the rest of the Husky baseball team will travel to Tucson, Arizona for Spring Break to play six games against a variety of opponents. KVSC will provide live coverage of all the games, listen live with KVSC Assistant Sports Director, Declan Goff, click here. Coverage will begin five to ten minutes prior to the first pitch of each game. All times listed below are central time.

Listen to the following games:

Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. SCSU vs California State University, San Bernardio--SCSU wins 10-6

Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. SCSU vs Northern State University--SCSU falls 8-5

Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. SCSU vs Bemidji State University

Wednesday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m. vs Minot State University

Friday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. vs Minot State University

Saturday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. vs Jamestown College (N.D.)

We're excited to provide this little bit of spring action via this webstream. Click here to listen.

SCSU wins Inugural Penrose Cup

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03/10/2014 - 8:00 AM

SCSU wins Inugural Penrose Cup

The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team swept their final regular season series against Colorado College over the weekend and have earned some hardware for the trophy case. SCSU got help from around the league as well as Western Michigan defeated North Dakota. Leaving it in the Huskies hands to claim the inaugural Penrose Cup all to themselves Saturday night. The Huskies earned the Penrose Cup as a reward for the regular season championship. It's the Huskies first time winning back-to-back league titles, SCSU won the MacNaughton Cup after finishing first in the WCHA last season. The first NCHC season closes out with the Huskies on top the charts with 48 points, the University of North Dakota finished in second play with 45 points.

The Huskies defeated the Tigers 7-4 on Friday night scoring three goals in both the second and third period. However, despite the number of goals it wasn't a snoozer of a game. Colorado College and St. Cloud State kept things interesting until late. The Tigers struck first in the game, scoring just two minutes in but not even two minutes later Joey Benik made it 1-1 with a SCSU goal. The second period would feature three SCSU goals to make it a 4-1 game. The Huskies had two goals from Jonny Brodzinski and another by Kevin Gravel before the Tigers made things exciting by scoring a trio of goals. Joey Benik netted a power play goal just before the end of the period to give the Huskies a narrow 5-4 lead. In the third period of play the Huskies meant business scoring two more times from the hands of Jimmy Murray and Jonny Brodzinski. Goaltender Ryan Faragher clung tight in net and the Huskies won 7-4. Sophomore, Jonny Brodzinski scored three goals in the game, earning his first career hat trick.

On Saturday night the Huskies showed the Tigers that they had something to prove (and something on the line) vying for the league title. SCSU picked up where they left off as Kalle Kossila notched a goal just under four minutes into play. Jimmy Murray would add his second goal of the weekend before the first period would come to a close. In the middle frame, Nic Dowd and Jonny Brodzinski added to the tally each scoring a goal making it 4-0 after two periods of play. This is about the same time of the evening that North Dakota had fallen to Western Michigan, thus, leaving the Huskies to decide their own fate for the NCHC title. Heading into the night SCSU and UND were tied in first place, so St. Cloud needed just one point to break the tie and have the title to themselves. The Huskies successful complete the task allowing one Tiger goal in the third and skating to a 4-1 victory. Following the game the Huskies were presented with the Penrose Cup in the locker room.

#1 SCSU will host #8 Miami University in the first round of NCHC playoffs this upcoming weekend at the Brooks Center, it's a best of three series. The winner of the series will advance to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff March 21-22 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Listen to the games on 88.1 FM KVSC and online here. Friday's coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. and the puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Saturday (and Sunday, if needed) coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a 7:07 p.m. game start. 

The Huskies remain at #4 in the USCHO poll this week. News and notes about the team can be found all week long on our Twitter page.

SCSU Splits with UND

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03/03/2014 - 9:30 AM

SCSU Splits with UND

The men’s hockey team welcomed the University of North Dakota over the weekend. Heading into the weekend of play both teams shared the top spot in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference so series implications were at an all-time high as both teams race for the regular season championship. Each teams had their share of a victory with North Dakota taking a 5-2 win on Friday before the Huskies rebounded on Saturday night, senior night, with a 3-1 win.

The Huskies started off on the right foot Friday night with a power play goal by Joey Benik early in the first period. However, it was all downhill front there as North Dakota took the reigns in the second period, scoring five goals. St. Cloud State had just three shots on goal in the second period. After forty minutes of play the scoreboard favored UND 5-1. The Huskies tried to battle back in the third period tallying 14 shots on goal and scoring once thanks to senior, Kevin Gravel. The Huskies wouldn't have enough for a comeback and fell 5-2. North Dakota then sat in the top spot of the NCHC all alone.

Saturday night was senior night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey center, saluting the four seniors on the 2013-2014 team: Kevin Gravel, Nic Dowd, Cory Thorson and Brandon Burrell. Listen to our farewell to the seniors here. North Dakota was first on the scoreboard with a short-handed goal. Less than a minute late Joey Benik tied things up with a goal just as power play time expired. The Huskies never looked back after tying things up and did they best to send UND packing. Senior, Cory Thorson gave the Huskies a lead near the end of the second period. His goal proved to be the game winner as SCSU defeated UND 3-1. Kevin Gravel, another senior on the team, added the empty net goal with nine seconds remaining.

After the split both teams still share the number one conference spot. This upcoming weekend is the final regular season series of the year and will determine who the inaugural NCHC Champion will be. The Huskies will close out the regular season in Colorado Spring, Co. Follow our Twitter account for game updates this weekend and news and notes about the team. The Huskies are currently ranked forth in PairWise and in the USCHO poll.

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