MIAC Play returns for SJU Thursday against St. Scholastica
Saint John Hockey returns to the conference with a home-and-away series against St. Scholastica, starting with a 7 p.m. puck drop on Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (HBNHC) in St. Cloud. The two teams wrap up the two-game series with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, Jan. 21 at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.
-Thursday, January 20: Listen Live (WBHR-660 AM) | Live Stats/Live Video
-Friday, January 21: Listen Live (WBHR-660 AM) | Live Statistics | Live video
SPECTATORS POLICY: Saint John’s University and St. Cloud State University have updated the spectator policy for home hockey games at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
-Masks are mandatory at all times. This is both MIAC and SCSU policy.
-Spectators must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others (and 12 feet from student-athletes/coaches/staff).
– Seats will be staggered by section, every other row, for social distancing. The lower bowl will be open to both sides of the ice (seats will be blocked behind the team benches).
-Fans/parents must be seated within their family or group of friends and must remain in their seats for the duration of the event (no moving seats, socializing, etc.).
-The concession stand will not be open. It is forbidden to bring food or drinks.
Fans with COVID-19, cold or flu symptoms are asked not to enter the venue.
If anyone is unable to attend or uncomfortable attending the game in person, SJU encourages fans to watch it online at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/csbsju.
A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (8-5-1, 4-2-0 MIAC) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-2 overtime loss last Friday (Jan. 14) at Wisconsin-Superior. The 3-on-3 overtime changed to a 4-on-3 power play for Superior 1:05 into the extra session and Reed Stark scored the game winner on man advantage 1:26 later.
second striker Nick Michael (Waconia, Minn.) gave SJU (8-5-1, 4-2-0 MIAC), playing its first game since Dec. 11, a 1-0 lead on a breakaway goal with 8:52 to do in the first period. The goal was his seventh of the season.
Dylan Johnson tied the game at 1-1 with his 11th goal of the season, a deflection ahead, 9:44 from the start of the second period and Artur Terchiyev gave the home side the lead with 6:54 to go. player.
second striker Max Borst (Edina, Minn.) tied the game, however, 1:01 later. A shot from the junior striker Jack Johnson (Bemidji, Minn.) was saved by the UWS goaltender, but the loose puck squirted past the slot to Borst, who carried it home for his fourth goal of the season.
senior goalkeeper mac berglove (Elk River, Minn.) had a season-high 47 saves in the loss, his first since Nov. 18.
UWS went 50-30 in shooting and went 1-for-3 on the power play, compared to 0-for-4 for the Johnnies.
POSTPONED MATCHES: The Johnnies have rescheduled three canceled or postponed games in the past two weeks. Both games against Hamline will be non-conference contests.
-Monday, Jan. 24: vs. Northland (Wis.), 7 p.m. (HBNHC at St. Cloud)
-Wednesday, Jan. 26: at Hamline, 3 p.m. (TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center in St. Paul)
-Monday, Feb. 7: vs. Hamline, 7 p.m. (HBNHC at St. Cloud)
STAT COMPARISONS: SJU currently leads the MIAC with a 1.31 average in conference play, while CSS is second in the power play. Both teams are tied for third in offense with 3.0 goals per game in MIAC’s first six games.
t3. SJU, 3.0 gpg. (3.0 overall)
t3. CSS, 3.0 gpg. (2.7 overall)
1. SJU, 1.31 (1.89 total)
7. CSS, 3.50 (3.39 overall)
2. CSS, 16.7%/3 for 18 (17.1%/7 for 41 total)
6. SJU, 8.7%/2 for 23 (7.9%/5 for 63 overall)
5. SJU, 86.7%/13 for 15 (81.8%/36 for 44 overall)
9. CSS, 73.9%/17 for 23 (76.7%/33 for 43 overall)
A LOOK AT THE SAINTS: St. Scholastica (6-5-1, 3-3-0 MIAC) allowed five unanswered goals in a 5-1 loss to Wisconsin-Superior in its last game played Dec. 31. Sophomore forward Arkhip Ledenkov leads the team in points with 11 (6g/5a) and power-play goals, while schoolmate Nathan Adrian boasts eight assists. Freshman forward Nathan Adrian leads the Saints with seven goals. Sophomore goaltender Jack Bostedt is 6-3-1 with a 2.91 GAA and .913 save percentage (295 saves).
LAST WINTER: The two teams split the season streak last February (2021), with the visiting team winning every game.
St. John’s 5, at St. Scholastica 2 (February 3, 2021)
SJU scored four first-period goals en route to the 5-2 win at Duluth. junior striker Henry Enebak (Lakeville, Minn.) scored two power-play goals, Johnson had three assists and the senior goaltender Michael Magnuson (Sunfish Lake, Minn.) made 33 saves in his first college appearance/start for the Johnnies.
SJU got a power play 59 seconds into the game and didn’t wait long to find the scoreboard as Enebak snatched a one-timer from the left faceoff circle 1:04 later.
The Johnnies scored two goals in 20 seconds near the halfway point of the first frame. Jack Kilroy went 2-0 with his first collegiate goal at 8:43 and senior forward (now defenseman) Jerome Newhouse (Shorewood, Minnesota) lit the lamp 20 seconds later.
junior striker Auggie Moore (Edina, Minn.) found the stat sheet with a goal at 12:32 of the first period.
Tyler Hinterser erased the CSS shutout on a breakaway goal with 3:45 left in the first and Jon Hansen cut the deficit to 4-2 with 35 seconds left before intermission.
Enebak cut SJU’s lead to three with his second power play goal of the night at 5:54 of the second period.
Saint Scholastica 3, at Saint John’s 1 (February 10, 2021)
The Johnnies’ mighty offense went cold in a 3-1 non-conference loss to St. Scholastica on Feb. 10 at HBNHC in St. Cloud. SJU, which has scored 17 goals in its previous three games, generated a season-high 45 shots on net (40 at even strength) but only scored one goal.
St. Scholastica led 1-0 after the first period, courtesy of a power-play goal by Carson Rose at 12:13, despite a 15-6 shooting deficit.
The Saints added two more goals, 1:40 apart, midway through the second period before Tanner Dufault ’21 put SJU on the scoreboard with his second goal of the season and 10th of his career, with 5:20 remaining in the frame.
Fresh off a 5-for-5 power-play performance in the Feb. 7 8-2 conference win over Bethel, SJU went 0-for-3 against CSS.
SERIES HISTORY: The Johnnies have led the series with a 17-12-1 record since 1988, despite going 1-4-1 in the last six meetings at HBNHC. The series is even at 8-8-1 this century.