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GameCenter final: SCSU 8, UND 1

The Huskies became the first team to score eight goals on the Fighting Hawks since January 2011.

Easton Brodzinski had a hat trick, Nick Perbix tallied four assists and Jami Krannila scored a lacrosse-style goal as St. Cloud State beat UND 8-1 in the series opener in Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Herald three stars

First star: Easton Brodzinski, 3 goals, 1 assist.

Second star: Nick Perbix, 4 assists.

Third star: Jami Krannila, lacrosee-style goal.

First period

SCSU 1, UND 0 -- Kyler Kupka (Nick Perbix, Kevin Fitzgerald) :18. UND gives one up on the first shift of the game. After getting a puck to the neutral zone, UND gets torched in transition as Perbix gets the puck with tons of space and feeds Kupka, who is alone on top of the goal, makes a deke and scores.

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SCSU 2, UND 0 -- Kevin Fitzgerald 4:56. UND with yet another defensive gaffe that leads to a 2-on-0 in transition for St. Cloud State. Fitzgerald takes the shot and buries it.

SCSU 3, UND 0 -- Easton Brodzinski (Jack Peart, Nick Perbix) 10:59 (pp). St. Cloud State, with the nation's top power play, scores on its first advantage of the game and chases Zach Driscoll by scoring its third goal on five shots. Brodzinski is wide open at the top of the right circle and snipes the corner of the net. Jakob Hellsten comes in for his first college appearance.

Second period

SCSU 3, UND 1 -- Connor Ford (Jackson Kunz, Jake Sanderson) 12:14. Sanderson enters the zone on the left side and makes a drop pass for Kunz, who hammers a shot on net. St. Cloud State goalie David Hrenak kicks the rebound out to the right circle, where Ford puts it away for his second goal of the season.

SCSU 4, UND 1 -- Easton Brodzinski (Veeti Miettinen, Nick Perbix) 14:47. Perbix makes a terrific flip pass across the zone to spring an odd-man rush. Miettinen feeds Brodzinski alone on top of the crease.

SCSU 5, UND 1 -- Zach Okabe (Nick Perbix, Jack Peart) 19:25 (pp). St. Cloud State takes advantage of a major penalty to Chris Jandric for spearing as Perbix feeds Okabe for a backdoor goal. UND wants to challenge for too many on ice, but cannot because it used its timeout earlier in the game.

Third period

SCSU 6, UND 1 -- Jami Krannila (Spencer Meier, Zach Okabe) 1:43. St. Cloud State adds to the lead with a Mike Legg- or Andrei Svechnikov-style goal. Krannila picks up the puck on the blade of his stick behind the net and throws it in past Hellsten.

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SCSU 7, UND 1 -- Easton Brodzinski 3:28. Brodzinski gets a clean breakaway and finishes off the hat trick.

SCSU 8, UND 1 -- Nolan Walker (Jack Peart, Easton Brodzinski) 9:46 (pp). St. Cloud State becomes the first team to put eight goals on UND since January 2011, when Walker is alone on top of the crease to finish off a rebound for a power-play goal.

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UND's lines

Forwards

17 Riese Gaber--21 Connor Ford--28 Judd Caulfield

10 Gavin Hain--8 Jake Schmaltz--19 Mark Senden

9 Brendan Budy--27 Louis Jamernik--18 Matteo Costantini

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29 Jackson Kunz--11 Griffin Ness--13 Carson Albrecht

20 Nick Portz

Defensemen

26 Jake Sanderson--15 Ethan Frisch

25 Tyler Kleven--7 Chris Jandric

4 Cooper Moore--2 Brady Ferner

Goaltenders

33 Zach Driscoll

32 Jakob Hellsten

Scratches on trip: Brent Johnson and Luke Bast

Not on trip: Ashton Calder (upper), Dane Montgomery, Kaleb Johnson

St. Cloud State's lines

Forwards

10 Kyler Kupka--28 Kevin Fitzgerald--15 Micah Miller

29 Veeti Miettinen--20 Nolan Walker--26 Easton Brodzinski

27 Chase Brand--13 Jami Krannila--14 Zach Okabe

16 Mason Salquist--8 Aidan Spellacy--22 Joe Molenaar

17 Thomas Rocco

Defensemen

3 Seamus Donohue--9 Spencer Meier

23 Jack Peart--25 Nick Perbix

5 Ondrej Trebal--21 Josh Luedtke

18 Brendan Bushy

Goaltenders

34 David Hrenak

40 Jaxson Castor

30 Joey Lamoreaux

Out of lineup: Sam Hentges (inj), Luke Jaycox, Brady Ziemer, Jack Johnston, Ryan Rosborough

Pregame notes

UND is getting two players back from injury as anticipated. Forwards Matteo Costantini and Jackson Kunz are in the lineup. Forward Ashton Calder remains out after suffering an arm injury from a slash last Friday. . . St. Cloud native Nick Portz is the extra skater.

Pregame reading

Since age 8, Brendan Budy has battled Type 1 diabetes. He's now sharing his story, hoping to inspire The UND junior forward has excelled in hockey while managing diabetes.

Despite losing top three centers, UND again among college hockey's top faceoff teams Volunteer assistant coach Jason Ulmer is known for his work in the dot with Fighting Hawks centers.

Q&A with UND freshman forward Nick Portz Portz is headed back to his hometown this weekend as the Fighting Hawks take on St. Cloud State.

Friday rundown: In a balanced league, UND and St. Cloud State have frequently risen to the top The Fighting Hawks have won four Penrose Cups, while the Huskies have won three.

UND expecting two players back for St. Cloud State series The Fighting Hawks still won't be at full strength, but they're getting closer as they near the midway point of the season.

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