Series Preview: St. Cloud vs. Minnesota

The Gophers and Huskies meet for the second time this season. The season series is tied at one game apiece and both squads are looking to gain momentum heading into the last leg of the year.

No. 3 Minnesota (17-9-1, 13-5-0) vs. St. Cloud State (10-12-4, 7-8-3)
Minneapolis, Minn. - Mariucci Arena, St. Cloud, Minn. - National Hockey Center
Friday and Saturday, 7:07 p.m.

PREGAME NOTES

Storyline: The Huskies, like the Gophers, have had mixed results of late. St. Cloud has split their last four series against top competition, North Dakota, Colorado College, Denver and Western Michigan. With a home-and-home series this weekend, it will be difficult for either team to sweep both games. The Huskies will look to add to Minnesota'S Friday night woes by stealing the first game at Mariucci.

Season to Date: Although they currently hold a losing record overall, the Huskies have only been swept once all season, their first road games of the year against Northern Michigan. Since then, St. Cloud has knocked off a number of quality teams including two wins against North Dakota, a 7-2 win over Wisconsin and a 5-1 victory over Denver

Coaching Preview: Bob Motzko is in his seventh season leading the Huskies and has amassed a 120-92-29 overall record. His accolades include back-to-back WCHA Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2007. He has also led the Huskies to the NCAA tournement in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Last Meeting: The Gophers and Huskies met back in November, splitting the series. St. Cloud played well at home on Friday, earning a 4-3 victory. The Gophers bounced back at Mariucci the following night, pummeling the Huskies by a score of 5-0.

Series History: Minnesota is dominating the all-time series by a tally of 50-27-12.

Hanowski Dominating: Minnesota native Ben Hanowski has been one of the top players in the WCHA this season. The former Little Falls star has totaled a team-high 12 goals to go with 15 assists.

Fantastic Freshman: Former Minnetonka (Minn.) defensemen Andrew Prochno is a former teammate of current Gopher Justin Holl. So far, Prochno is outshining Holl on the season. He is currently on a four-game point streak and was named WCHA Freshman of the Week on Jan. 24. Prochno leads the team with 16 assists and is second in points with 20.

Background:
Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Enrollment: 15,536
Conference: WCHA
Mascot: Husky
Coach: Bob Motzko (7th Season)


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