ST. CLOUD, Minn. — No. 3 St. Cloud State scored three times on the power play and took advantage of lax defending by the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team for a 5-1 victory on Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
No. 3: Nick Perbix recorded two assists in the second period.
No. 2: Defenseman Seamus Donohue set up the first two St. Cloud State goals.
No. 1: Jami Krannila scored a goal and added an assist on the Huskies' first two power plays.
The Badgers and the Huskies wrap up the non-conference series at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team plays its first game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center since 2011 on Friday when it opens a non-conference series against No. 3 St. Cloud State (7:30 p.m., Decades TV Channel 27.2, NCHC.tv, 1310 AM).
The Badgers were winless in their last four games here as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, a two-game Huskies sweep in February 2011 and a 7-2 St. Cloud State victory followed by a 3-3 tie in November 2011.
No. 3 is tied for the highest ranking that the Huskies have held when facing the Badgers since the start of the USCHO poll in 1997. Unranked UW got a tie and a victory from that series at the Kohl Center in January 2002.
Liam Malmquist - Tarek Baker - Sam Stange
Roman Ahcan - Brock Caufield - Mathieu De St. Phalle
Zach Urdahl - Owen Lindmark - Jack Gorniak
Caden Brown - Dominick Mersch - Max Johnson / Ryder Donovan
Josh Ess - Jake Martin
Daniel Laatsch - Anthony Kehrer
Jesper Peltonen - Corson Ceulemans
Scratches: F Carson Bantle (injured), F Brayden Morrison, D Tyler Inamoto (injured), D Mike Vorlicky (injured), D Luke LaMaster, D Shay Donovan.
Easton Brodzinski - Nolan Walker - Sam Hentges
Kyler Kupka - Kevin Fitzgerald - Micah Miller
Veeti Miettinen - Jami Krannila - Zach Okabe
Joe Molenaar - Mason Salquist - Chase Brand
Seamus Donohue - Spencer Meier
Jack Peart - Nick Perbix
Brendan Bushy - Ondrej Trejbal
Referees: Timm Walsh and Nick Krebsbach.
Linesmen: Justin Hills and Dana Penkivech.
Badgers by position: Learn more about the 2021-22 Wisconsin men's hockey team
|3||Sam Stange||So.||6-1||208||Eau Claire|
|6||Zach Urdahl||Fr.||6-1||195||Eau Claire|
|8||Max Johnson||5th-Sr.||5-10||200||Lakeville, Minnesota|
|9||Brayden Morrison||Fr.||6-0||170||Calgary, Alberta|
|11||Jack Gorniak||Sr.||5-11||190||West Salem|
|12||Mathieu De St. Phalle||So.||5-9||170||Lake Forest, Illinois|
|13||Roman Ahcan||Sr.||5-9||181||Savage, Minnesota|
|18||Owen Lindmark||Jr.||6-0||195||Naperville, Illinois|
|19||Brock Caufield||Sr.||5-9||181||Stevens Point|
|22||Ryder Donovan||Jr.||6-3||203||Duluth, Minnesota|
|23||Liam Malmquist||Fr.||5-10||165||Edina, Minnesota|
|25||Dominick Mersch||Sr.||6-0||191||Park Ridge, Illinois|
|27||Caden Brown||Fr.||5-11||177||St. Louis|
This is the area where the Badgers have the most to prove. The players who produced most of last season’s scoring production are gone. There are no quick answers to questions on who’ll step up their production.
Veterans Tarek Baker, Roman Ahcan and Brock Caufield are set to start the season as the top line and in power play roles. Keep an eye on the big-bodied trio of Carson Bantle, Dominick Mersch and Ryder Donovan to see if they provide some physicality to create offensive chances.
A handful of options are on the table to join Baker and Owen Lindmark as centers and finding the right mix there — freshmen Liam Malmquist and Caden Brown, sophomore Sam Stange and senior Mersch are getting reps at the position — is important.
Mathieu De St. Phalle should get more of a chance to show his offensive instincts this season after playing more of a defensive role as a freshman, when he posted only two goals and eight points in 31 games.
18 — Times last season a Badgers forward scored two goals or more, most in the nation. Only five, however, were by players returning this season: two by Ahcan and one each by Lindmark, Stange and Donovan.
|4||Corson Ceulemans||Fr.||6-2||196||Beaumont, Alberta|
|5||Tyler Inamoto||5th-Sr.||6-2||202||Barrington, Illinois|
|7||Mike Vorlicky||Jr.||6-1||203||Edina, Minnesota|
|14||Jesper Peltonen||Sr.||5-10||185||Helsinki, Finland|
|17||Jake Martin||Fr.||6-0||193||Eagle River|
|20||Josh Ess||Sr.||5-11||187||Lakeville, Minnesota|
|24||Anthony Kehrer||So.||5-11||210||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|26||Luke LaMaster||So.||6-0||197||Duluth, Minnesota|
|28||Shay Donovan||Jr.||6-3||195||Duluth, Minnesota|
Having Tyler Inamoto and Josh Ess return for a fifth season was the difference between UW needing to replace half of its six-player defensive corps and only one member. And adding first-round NHL draft pick Corson Ceulemans makes the high-end potential at the position that much greater.
Some of the 10 defensemen on the roster don’t project to have a big part in games this season, but the Badgers brought in freshmen Daniel Laatsch and Jake Martin and they should get a chance to play as they develop.
The top pairing of Inamoto and Ceulemans offers an interesting dynamic. In Inamoto, the Badgers have a 22-year-old veteran whose strength is as an at-home defender. Ceulemans’ game leans toward offense, and he’ll be a power play fixture.
Anthony Kehrer put an injury-and-illness-laden start to 2020 behind him to have a quietly impressive first season with UW. Further growth will make his game harder to miss.
431 — Games of NCAA experience among seven players returning from last season’s team. Ess and Inamoto lead the way with 136 and 132, respectively.
|29||Ben Garrity||So.||6-2||193||Rosemount, Minnesota|
|31||Cameron Rowe||So.||6-3||218||Wilmette, Illinois|
|35||Jared Moe||Jr.||6-4||220||New Prague, Minnesota|
Cameron Rowe helped get the Badgers out of the goaltending doldrums with an impressive 2020-21 season, and he’s expected to get the first chance to start this season. Rowe was part of a successful platoon with Robbie Beydoun down the stretch, something that sorely was needed to push UW forward.
Rowe said he played his best when his mental outlook was to have fun with the opportunities. That frame of mind will be important in the sophomore matching or bettering the .933 save percentage from his first college season.
The entrance via transfer of former Minnesota goalie Jared Moe adds some intrigue to the position. Moe, a Winnipeg sixth-round draft pick in 2018, started only 14 games in two seasons with the Gophers.
5 — Shutouts recorded by the Badgers last season, the most since 2012-13. The last with more was 2006-07, when Brian Elliott and Shane Connelly combined for eight.