Huskies hold on for first Classic title
Freshman Dowd earns MVP award while Lee makes 31 saves
St. Cloud State Athletics
ESTERO, Fla. - St. Cloud State earned the Ned Harkness Cup following a 4-3 victory over No. 6 Miami in the championship game of the Florida College Hockey Classic at Germain Arena. It was the first FCHC title for the Huskies in program history.
The Huskies (7-11-2, 3-8-1 WCHA) battled back from a 1-0 deficit after the RedHawks (11-6-3, 8-4-2 CCHA) struck first with a goal by Cameron Schilling at 15:41 of the first period. He was assisted on the play by Carter Camper and Reilly Smith.
The lead was short-lived as junior defender Oliver Lauridsen posted the Huskies' first goal of the evening. Lauridsen recorded his first goal of the season as he scored at 16:05 of the first period with assists from freshman forward Nic Dowd and freshman forward Cam Reid.
At 8:38 of the second period, senior forward Garrett Roe garnered his third goal of the year with a shorthanded effort that was assisted by Reid and senior defender Brett Barta. The point was Roe's 155th of his career while Barta equalled his personal season-high with his eighth assist of the season on the play.
The Huskies extended the lead to 3-1 with Drew LeBlanc's team-leading seventh goal of the year on the power play at 14:38 of the second period. LeBlanc also leads the Huskies with 15 assists and 22 points. LeBlanc was assisted by Dowd and sophomore forward David Eddy.
Dowd posted his first collegiate game-winning goal at :13 of the third period with a power play tally that gave the Huskies a 4-1 lead. LeBlanc had the lone assist on the play, which proved to be critical as Miami stormed back in the third period.
At 10:07 of the third, Pat Connone scored with an assist from Justin Vaive to make it 4-2. At 5:17, Smith made it 4-3 with helpers from Joe Hartman and Cannone.
Miami pulled its goalie late in the game, but SCSU netminder Mike Lee stood tall between the pipes with 31 saves including 15 in the final period. Connor Knapp was the goalie of record for MU with seven saves to his credit.
In a penalty filled contest, the Huskies finished 2 of 7 on the advantage and Miami was 0 of 4. St. Cloud State had 10 penalties for 23 minutes in the game, while Miami had 11 penalties for 25 minutes.
For his efforts, Dowd gained the tournament's Shawn Walsh Award presented to the tournament MVP.