Trick shots, crowd-pleasing stunts, dancing, and entertainment. The Harlem Globetrotters’ return trip to SCSU’s Halenbeck Hall on Friday was filled with fun for people of all ages.
The Globetrotters, facing off against the World All-Stars, took to the court in style. With their signature whistle theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, the team riled up the crowd with their dancing, having the crowd rise to their feet.
The Globetrotters’ emcee said that this game was going to be different. Each quarter would have a new rule put into place. For the first three quarters of the game, the rules would be different. At the start of the fourth quarter, the audience would have the chance to pick their favorite game-changer rule.
The Augustana Vikings came into St. Cloud as the No. 13-ranked team in Division II, as well as having a prolific offense, as they scored 5.3 runs a game, which included a 9-2 win on Friday afternoon in Duluth. Augustana (29-8, 14-4 NSIC) also came into Saturday’s games with a fantastic 2.34 ERA.
“They’ve been top 15 in the country all year,” SCSU coach Paula U’ren said. “We’re definitely the underdog here. I think there’s usually more pressure on the other team. They’re expected to come out and sweep us. If we can split with them it would be big.”
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind to say the least for Nic Dowd, the now former captain of the SCSU men’s hockey team.
“It was the most emotional ride that I’ve ever been on; I know my teammate Kevin Gravel can probably attest to that. You go from winning on Saturday night (against Notre Dame in the NCAA West Region semifinal), which was probably one of the high points of my career, and you lose Sunday (to Minnesota) and it ends your career (at SCSU),” Dowd said of his final chapter in a Husky sweater. Dowd scored the game-winner in overtime to defeat Notre Dame.
The Huskies played host in an early-week battle under the confines of the Husky Dome Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader against the Golden Eagles of MSU-Crookston.
A powerful display of hitting, pitching, and fielding led to a dominant Huskies victory in game one, 9-0. While not much changed in game two, hard hit balls couldn’t find ways to fall, and timely hitting by the Golden Eagles helped them grab game two, 4-3.
The SCSU men’s hockey team will have a new starting face protecting the stringent nylon between the pipes come next season.
In an unexpected move, Ryan Faragher will forgo his senior season after signing a one-year pro deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
Faragher was 20-9-4 with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in 2013-14. He helped SCSU win back-to-back conference titles and reach two straight NCAA regional championship games, a feat that has made him somewhat of a household name. It is a feat that SCSU hasn’t ever achieved, and Faragher was instrumental in his leadership and play.
Mike Yeo’s job has been in question at times throughout this season.
Those who are calling for Yeo’s head whenever the Minnesota Wild hit a skid in the 82-game road that is the NHL season need to realize that for the most part, this team is quite young, and with youth comes growing pains.
The Wild are fortunate to be leading the Western Conference’s Wild-Card race by five points as of the writing of this column.
Plagued by uncertainty at the goaltender position, along with injuries to cornerstone players Mikko Koive and Zach Parise throughout the year, Yeo and his coaching staff should be patted on the back rather than criticized.
If the SCSU men’s hockey team’s goal was to trek to the top of Mount Everest, they’re less than 100-feet of reaching the peak.
This marks the second straight season that SCSU has claimed its conference title and played in a NCAA regional championship game. The wave has risen since 1987, when SCSU officially became a Division I school in hockey, and had no conference titles or NCAA wins through 2009.
“The guys the past couple of years have really brought this program up to five stars,” junior defenseman Andrew Prochno said. “If we don’t go to at least the NCAA tournament next year and the years after, it’ll probably be considered a failure compared to what guys have done in the past.
In a plethora of gold and maroon, the Minnesota Golden Gophers punched their ticket to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia for the 21st time in school history, trouncing SCSU 4-0 and ending its season on a tragic note in front of 8,893 fans.
The Gophers will take on once-heated old WCHA rival University of North Dakota in what will be a good old fashioned grimy and gritty hockey game to play for the NCAA Division I Hockey Championship.
Having played like madmen in the overtime victory against Notre Dame the previous night, SCSU came out just as flat as they did the previous night.