Number three St. Cloud State (25-8-1, 15-6-1 NCHC) fell 2-1 against Duluth (13-14-5, 9-10-3 NCHC) in their last home game of the season Saturday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
After a scoreless first period, Duluth’s Dominic Toninato scored the first goal of the game midway into the second period with assists from teammates Alex Iafallo and Neal Pionk.
Later in the period, with just over four minutes remaining, Karson Kuhlman scored for the Bulldogs, giving them a 2-0 lead with assists coming from Willie Raskob and Tony Cameranesi. Kuhlman finished with four points on the weekend for Duluth.
Minutes after the goal by Kuhlman, St. Cloud State forward Patrick Russell found the back of the net for his 16th goal of the season. Assists on the goal came from Mikey Eyssimont and Joey Benik. The goal came with just over two minutes remaining in the second period, giving the Huskies some momentum heading into the third period down 2-1.
Despite killing off a penalty at the beginning of the third period, the Huskies were unable to produce a goal throughout the remainder of the period. After pulling goaltender Charlie Lindgren with just over a minute remaining, the Huskies came up just short.
Lindgren finished with 25 saves on the night, while the Huskies finished with 26 shots on the night.
The Huskies were able to produce a power play goal out of their three attempts, while killing off the only power play of the night for Duluth.
With the loss and a Denver victory, St. Cloud is now tied with Denver for second place in the NCHC behind North Dakota, whom clinched first place and the Pentrose Cup after their weekend sweep over Western Michigan.
The Huskies will finish out the regular reason next week at Colorado College. The two teams split when they met in January at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies will play in the Frozen Faceoff at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul March 18-19 before the first round of the NCAA tournament.