It was St. Cloud State and Notre Dame in the West Regional’s second matchup as the Huskies and Irish fought for a regional final berth versus Minnesota on Sunday evening. Steven Summerhays got the start in net for Notre Dame while Ryan Faragher got the nod for St. Cloud State.
Shooting was placed at a premium in the early going as Notre Dame’s Steven Fogarty had the only shot on the board in the first two minutes played. Passing was also placed at that same premium as SCSU had a golden chance slip away just over a minute later.
To the first media timeout at the 5:32 mark, shots were only 3-0 in favor of Notre Dame, and SCSU was struggling with the simple stuff inside their offensive zone, like possessing the puck.
SCSU put the first goal on the board at 6:54 as Ryan Papa scored on the Huskies first shot. Kalle Kossila and Johnny Brodzinski assisted Papa on the even strength effort.
Notre Dame tied the game at one at 10:30 as Bryan Rust put an even strength puck in the net. Andy Ryan and TJ Tynan assisted on the effort.
Shots on goal favored Notre Dame 7-2 in the first fourteen minutes of play, and with St. Cloud State’s shot making prowess in the early stages, Bob Motzko and company on the bench weren’t concerned.
The first penalty came at 13:51 as Notre Dame’s Mike Voran went in for slashing. The Husky power play came up empty as the penalty expired.
Brooks Bertsch put the Huskies ahead at 19:25 on an even strength effort which wasn’t denied by a high stick (unlike an earlier effort). Cory Thorson and Joey Benik would assist Bertsch, and at the end of twenty minutes, Notre Dame was outshooting SCSU 9-6.
Shots in the first few minutes of period two had Notre Dame outshooting St. Cloud State 4-0, and Notre Dame was keen on tying the game at two apiece. A penalty was called at 4:10 on SCSU’s Kalle Kossila for tripping, giving Notre Dame their opening power play of the night.
The Irish couldn’t convert but the men from South Bend spent a fair bit of time in the Huskies’ defensive end of the ice. The game still had the “one bounce changes everything” feel to it, as it was just a matter of time.
At 8:18, Notre Dame’s Kevin Lind would tie the game at two on an even strength marker, his third of the season, with assists from Mario Lucia and Peter Schneider.
The second period really morphed into a game of pong for the next seven minutes until SCSU finally had decisive control of the puck in Notre Dame’s zone, yet SCSU only had eight shots on goal. That was because of various mistakes made in the passing game.
At 18:50, Notre Dame’s Kevin Lind would be called for tripping, giving SCSU a power play. The second Husky power play of the night would come with a goal attached. Jonny Brodzinski would get the honor of scoring it, and Kalle Kossila as well as Ethan Prow would assist. After forty minutes, shots on goal favored Notre Dame 27-10.
Through the first forty-five minutes of play, SCSU was thirty percent effective with its shooting (three goals on ten shots). That's deadly compared to a seven percent clip for Notre Dame (two for twenty-eight).
At 9:35, Notre Dame's Thomas DiPauli lit the lamp past a previously superb Ryan Faragher. DiPauli's even strength goal had assistd from Bryan Rust and Eric Johnson.
At 14:39, Notre Dame's Peter Schneider took a hooking penalty that gave St. Cloud State their third power play of the night. The Husky power play would get one shot on goal despite the majority of time in the Notre Dame zone. The game was still tied at three as sixty minutes ticked off the clock.
Minnesota awaited the winner as sixty minutes elapsed with Notre Dame outshooting SCSU 36-12 in the regulation time frame.
Notre Dame's TJ Tynan would be called for a high stick at 10:01 of overtime, giving St. Cloud State its fourth power play. The Huskies were unsuccessful with their man advantage, dropping to 1-4 on the night. St. Cloud State would get a fifth power play at 13:10 when Notre Dame got a bench minor for too many men.
The Husky power play couldn't take advantage in its offensive end, and because of SCSU's Ryan Faragher making a huge save on Sam Herr's shot, the game went on.
At 17:21, St. Cloud State's Nic Dowd scored the game winner. Dowd was assisted by David Morley.
Shots in the game finished 42-28 to Notre Dame, but the Irish went 0-1 on their only power play of the night. SCSU went 1-5.
Minnesota and St. Cloud State would meet in the West Regional final at 6:30pm CT Sunday.