St. Cloud State’s No. 8 Men’s Hockey completes Minnesota State’s No. 2 sweep

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 8 St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey (6-0-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) continued its strong start to the season with a 4-3 win over No. 2 Minnesota State Mankato (3-3-0, 0-0-0 CCHA) Saturday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota Senior forward Grant Cruikshank (Delafield, Wis.) was once again impressive for the Huskies, scoring two goals including the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left to put the Huskies ahead for good.

The victory took the Huskies to 6-0-0, their best start since 2017-18 and the third-best start of the Division-I era (1987-88), while Minnesota State was swept for the first time since 2018.

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Minnesota State gained momentum with an tying goal at 6:39 of the third period as Sam Morton scored with a nice movement forward of the goal. The game was tightly contested for the next 10 minutes before Cruikshank could score the go-ahead goal. Senior Striker Kyler Kupka (Camrose, Alta.) stole the puck from a Maverick skater behind the net and managed to find a cutting Cruikshank, who got the puck in front of the net and buried it in the back for the goal with 3:26 left . .

Best Huskies

  • Cruikshank scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season and has now scored one goal in five consecutive games.
  • Senior Striker Micah Miller (Grand Rapids, Minn.) recorded its first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist.
  • junior goalkeeper Dominica Bass (Alexandria, Va.) made 33 saves and kept the Huskies in the game with several key saves.

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  • St. Cloud State’s 6-0-0 start to the season is its third best season start in Division I program history (since 1987-88), following only its 2001-02 debut (9-0- 0) and 2017-18 (7-0-0).
  • The Huskies’ penalty killing unit has been superb again, killing five penalties to improve to 95.2 percent (21 of 22) on the season.
  • Cruikshank scored his fifth and six goals of the season and is now tied for the nation’s lead with six goals.
  • The Husky transfer goal was shorthanded, his first of the season and fourth of his career. It was also his first game-winning goal as a Husky and the fourth of his career.
  • Miller scored his 25th career goal with a second period total and recorded his ninth career multi-point game.
  • Senior Striker Chase Brand (Park Rapids, Minn.) scored his first goal of the season and 12th of his career in the second period.
  • senior defender Ondrej Trejbal (Hamry nad Sazavau, Czech Republic) and junior striker Joe Molenaar (Minnetonka, Minn.) recorded assists in the game, their first points of the season.
  • Bass stopped a season-high 33 shots in the game.


From one in-state rival to another, St. Cloud State will play a home-and-home non-conference series with Bemidji State next weekend. The Huskies travel to Bemidji on Friday, October 28 before returning home to Brooks Center for a game on Saturday, October 29.

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