Charlie Lindgren and the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team continued their undefeated season with a 3-0 victory and a sweep over in-state rival Mankato Saturday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Husky goaltender Charlie Lindgren also continued his success in net, stopping all 24 shots faced, including a spectacular sprawling save in the second period on a 2-on-1, giving him his third shutout of the season. Lindgren has yet to give up a goal all season. No St. Cloud State goaltender has ever recorded three consecutive shutouts.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done three in a row,” Lindgren said, after being asked if he recalls having a streak like this.
The game started off much like Friday night’s game, very physical with a lot of board play. Again, it was Huskies sophomore Patrick Russell who proved to be the X-Factor for St. Cloud State, getting involved in all aspects of the game from his physicality to producing points, finishing with a goal and an assist.
Less than five minutes into the opening period, it was Russell who opened up the scoring for the Huskies, notching his second goal of the weekend, along with this season, giving the Huskies a one-goal lead. The puck deflected off Russell’s leg and into the back of the net after crashing the far post for the rebound following a shot from teammate Niklas Nevalainen. Freshman Jon Lizotte was also credited with the secondary assist on the play.
The game would remain 1-0 in the Huskies favor throughout much of the second period until St. Cloud State freshman Robby Jackson lit the lamp for his third goal of the season with 3:01 remaining in the second period.
After catching a breakout pass from Nathan Widman, sophomore Judd Peterson carried the puck wide through the offensive zone until finding Jackson crashing the net, who then whacked at the puck until finding its way past Mankato netminder Cole Huggins to give the Huskies a two-goal lead.
Seconds into the third period, St. Cloud State captain Ethan Prow left the game with an undisclosed injury after taking a hard open-ice hit. Prow did not return to the game. Head coach Bob Motzko said he is not sure how long this injury will keep Prow out for, or if it even will.
The Huskies have now outscored their opponents 16-2 in four games this season. They also have yet to give up a goal on the penalty kill.
Prior to an offensive zone faceoff, the Mavericks pulled goaltender Huggins with 3:55 remaining in the game. Seconds later, after Mankato lost the faceoff, St. Cloud State sophomore Judd Peterson skated the puck down the left side of the ice and backhanded the puck into the net from the blue line after catching a pass from Russell, scoring his third goal of the season.
The Huskies will hope to remain undefeated next weekend as they face Quinnipiac University on the road. Quinnipiac appeared in the frozen four two seasons ago, losing in the national championship game against Yale 4-0.