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Scheduled Game: @St. Cloud State

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MEN’S HOCKEY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014
PRESEASON
ST. CLOUD STATE (8) TRINITY WESTERN (0)
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MEN’S HOCKEY FALLS TO NCAA DIVISION I ST. CLOUD STATE

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota – Despite a 54-save effort from goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland), the Trinity Western men’s hockey team dropped an 8-0 decision to the No. 6/7 St. Cloud State Huskies Saturday in an exhibition game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The home side, playing in front of 3,657 in its home-opener, was the better team from the outset and outshot the Spartans 62-17 en route to a convincing win.

The Spartans (2-4), who were playing an NCAA Division I opponent for the first time in program history, only trailed 1-0 after the first period, but three SCSU goals in the second and four more in the third salted away the win for the Huskies.

All eight of the SCSU goals were scored at even strength as the Spartans had the only power play of the game.

“They delivered as promised and they were who we thought they were,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf. “When you’re up against one of the top teams in the NCAA and on Olympic ice, there’s just no way to really prepare for it. So we have to find silver linings.

“Obviously Silas stood on his head and this built his confidence knowing that he can play with one of the best teams in the collegiate world. And some of our young guys got some minutes against some top talent that they might not have otherwise. We can’t take this as a negative and we have to build on this and try to learn from what they do that makes them this good. We lick our wounds, leave the negatives in the locker room and build towards tomorrow.”

The Spartans will travel Mankato, Minn. to play NCAA Division I No. 13 Minnesota State Sunday at 3 p.m. PT.

The Huskies opened the scoring at 8:30 of the first period with a goal by Joe Rehkamp.  Assists on the play were provided by defensive teammates Ethan Prow and Andrew Prochno.

The goal proved to be the game winner for the Huskies as the goalie trio of Charlie Lindgren, Rasmus Reijola and Joe Phillippi combined for the shutout.  On the night, the trio combined for 17 saves as Lindgren had seven, Reijola had five and Phillippi had five.

In the second period, rookie forward Patrick Russell made it 2-0 with his marker at 6:53.  Blake Winiecki and David Morley added helpers on the goal by Russell.  Rehkamp added his second goal of the evening at 12:37 of the second period to make it 3-0.  Mika Ilvonen and Garrett Milan each had assists on the play.  To complete the second period scoring, junior Jimmy Murray scored at 13:10 with assists from Kalle Kossila and Niklas Nevalainen.

The Huskies continued to roll in the third period with an early goal 21 seconds into the frame by senior Brooks Bertsch.  Rehkamp and Daly each charted assists on the goal that made the score 5-0.  SCSU pushed the score to 6-0 with a goal by Joey Benik at 14:51 of the third with assists from Morley and Russell.  

The goals kept rolling in as Daniel Tedesco made it 7-0 with his goal at 17:13 with assists from Judd Peterson and Nevalanien.  The scoring was completed at 17:55 of the third with a goal by Garrett Milan, which was assisted by Kalle Kossila and Ben Storm.

Game Notes: The Spartans blocked 18 shots compared to SCSU’s three.

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