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SJU Plays Host to St. Olaf Wednesday for MIAC Semifinal

Saint John’s hockey hosts seventh-seeded St. Olaf in the MIAC semifinals at 7 pm Wednesday, March 2, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (HBNHC) in St. Louis. Cloud. – Listen Live (WBHR-660 AM) | Live Stats/Live Video

FREE BUS FOR CSB/SJU STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY: Thanks to the SJU Senate, a bus will be available for CSB/SJU students for Wednesday night’s game. The bus departs the SJU Abbey Bell Banner at 6 pm (6:05 pm pickup from Flynntown) and leaves CSB’s HCC at 6:20 pm

TICKET INFO: Admission is $10 for adult and $2 for any student (5 years old and younger are free). There is no senior discount. MIAC passes will be honored, though no other passes will be accepted.

-The ticket booth and entrance to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center one hour before the game’s start.
-Those with MIAC passes need to go to the ticket window to receive a ticket into the game.
– CSB/SJU student gain free admission by showing their ID at the ticket booth to get their free ticket.

SPECTATOR POLICY: Saint John’s University and St. John’s Cloud State University updated the spectator policy for home hockey games in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

-Masks are required at all times. This is an SCSU policy.

-Social distancing is strongly encouraged. The lower bowl will be open on both sides of the ice (seating will be blocked off behind the team benches).

-The concession stand will not be open. No food or drink is allowed to be brought in.

Fans with any COVID-19, cold or flu symptoms are asked to not enter the venue.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (17-7-2, 9-4-1 MIAC) advanced to Tuesday MIAC semifinal thanks to a 5-1 win over Saint Mary’s on Sunday night (Feb. 27) at the HBNHC.

Sophomore forward Josh Maucieri (Crosby, Minn.) put SJU on the scoreboard first with a power-play goal, a drive from the top of the left faceoff circle to the top-right corner of the net, 5:56 into the game.

Sophomore forward Lewis Crosby (Edina, Minn.) put on the jets and scored his MIAC-leading 17th goal of the season on a breakaway 1:44 later.

Freshman forward Matt DeRosa (Alpharetta, Ga.) gave the Johnnies a three-goal cushion when his shot glanced off a Cardinal defenseman and into the net 11:47 into the second period.

SMU took advantage of a defensive-zone turnover by the Johnnies and erased the shutout on a goal from Nathan Solis 5:25 into the third period.

Junior captain Auggie Moore (Edina, Minn.), however, took advantage of a defensive-zone miscue by the Cardinals halfway through the final frame and ended the scoring with an empty-netter at the 16:40 mark (his 14th and 15th goals of the season) .

AUGGIE VS. SMU: Thanks to his three-point effort (2g/1a) Sunday, Moore now has 13 points (6g/7a) in six career games against Saint Mary’s.

GOAL NO. 17: Crosby became the first Johnnie to score 17 goals or more in a season since Matt Erredge ’99 – the program’s all-time leader goals (91) and points (171) – tallied 27 in 27 games during the 1998-99 campaign.

WIN NO. 30: Senior goaltender Mac Berglove (Elk River, Minn.) made 26 saves Sunday to earn his 30th career win (30-15-9 career record, 13-5-2 in 2021-22). The 30 wins tie him with Vince Wheeler ’08 for eighth-most in program history, two behind former teammate Andrew Lindgren ’19 (32-23-9). Berglove is currently fourth in NCAA Division III in GAA (1.87), among those with 1,200 minutes played or more, and fifth in NCAA Division III in save percentage (.933) among goaltenders with at least 500 saves.

POWER PLAY: Although the Johnnies struggled to 6.8 percent (5-for-73) on the power play in the season’s first 16 games, they are now 10-for-40 (25 percent) over the last 10 contests thanks to Sunday’s 1-for-2 showing.

SJU’S MIAC PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Johnnies are making their fourth consecutive MIAC Playoff appearance (not counting the COVID-shortened 2020-21 campaign), fifth in the last six (full) seasons and 23rd overall (established for the 1985-86 season). SJU is 21-21-3 in MIAC Playoff games, including a 13-8-2 record in St. Cloud.

STAT COMPARISONS: SJU ended the conference schedule second in the MIAC in GAA and third in scoring offense.

Scoring Office
3. SJU, 3.14 gpg. (3.46 overall)
7. STO, 2.43 gpg. (2.73 overall)

2. SJU, 1.97 (2.13 overall)
6. STO, 2.96 (3.29 overall)

Power Play
6. STO, 12.5 percent/7-for-56 (17.0 percent/17-for-100 overall)
9. SJU, 8.2 percent/5-for-61 (13.2 percent/15-for-114 overall)

Penalty Kill
5. SJU, 83.7 percent/36-for-43 (83.5 percent/71-for-85 overall)
6. STO, 83.3 percent/45-for-54 (85.4 percent/82-for-92 overall)

A LOOK AT THE OLES: st. Olaf (9-14-3, 5-8-1 MIAC) scored the game-winning goal with 1:01 remaining in the game to upset second-seeded Concordia last Saturday afternoon (Feb. 26) in Moorhead. Freshman forward Sean Walsh forced a turnover in the Cobbers’ zone and centered the puck to junior forward Ashton Altmann, who it back to Walsh for the game-winner. Freshman forward Tyler Cooper leads the team in goals (12), power-play goals (5) and points (20), while Walsh is close behind with 11 goals and 18 points. Sophomore goaltender Lukas Haugen made 29 saves Saturday to improve to 6-5 on the year. He has a 2.89 GAA and a .904 save percentage (283 saves) this season.

BACK IN FERUARY: The Johnnies swept the Oles – running their win streak to seven games in the series – with a pair of two-goal wins earlier in February.

Saint John’s 4, at St. John’s Olaf 2 (Feb. 11)
SJU broke a 2-2 tie with two unanswered goals in the game’s final six minutes for the 4-2 win. DeRosa scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, his third tally of the season and first since Nov. 12, 47 seconds after Tyler Cooper tied it at 2-2 on the power-play for St. Olaf with 6:31 remaining. Junior forward Dan Wieber (St. Joseph, Minn.) sealed the victory for SJU with an empty-net goal, his second tally of the season and 10th of his career, with 1:02 left.

Freshman forward Jackson Sabo (Rosemount, Minn.) opened the scoring with his third goal of the season (and sixth point) 4:15 into the game, his eighth as a Johnnie. The Oles, however, tied the game on a goal from Sean Walsh, his 10th of the season, during a 5-on-3 power-play with 8:35 left in the first period. Moore gave the lead back to SJU with his 11th goal of the season, on an assist that served as freshman forward Spencer Rudrud’s (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 20th point of the season (5g/15a), with 38 seconds left in the opening frame.

SJU killed off 59 seconds of another 5-on-3 in the second period. The Johnnies amassed 12 shots on net – as well as three off the pipe – but went 0-for-7 on the power play, to the Oles’ 2-for-6 performance. Berglove made 19 saves to move his record to 11-4-2 on the year.

at Saint John’s 3, St. Olaf 1 (Feb. 12)
The Oles gained a quick 1-0 lead on a goal from Walsh on the game’s first shot 55 seconds into the contest, but SJU scored the next three goals. Senior forward Braden Altena (St. Cloud, Minn.) tied the game at 1-1 with a one-timer on the doorstep from freshman forward Cody Carlson (Buffalo, Minn.), his second goal of the season, 42 seconds later.

Sabo made it 2-1 with his fourth goal of the season, a rebound off a shot on goal from Carlson, with 4:23 left in the second period. Crosby sealed the win with an empty-net goal, his MIAC-leading 16th tally of the season, with 15 seconds remaining.

Senior goaltender Michael Magnuson (Sunfish Lake, Minn.) made 25 saves to improve to 4-2 on the year and earn his fifth collegiate win.

SJU out-shot STO by a 39-26 margin, including a 27-13 advantage in the first two periods. Both teams were 0-for-5 on the power play.

SERIES HISTORY: SJU is 53-27-4 against St. Olaf since the 1984-85 season, including a 14-4-1 record in the last 19 meetings overall and a 20-8-3 mark in the last 31 games on the Johnnies’ home ice.

The Johnnies are 2-1 against the Oles in the MIAC, in which all three were played in the MIAC semifinals at the HBNHC, in three consecutive seasons (2004-06):

-March 4, 2004: W, 5-0 (MIAC Semifinals)
-March 3, 2005: W, 2-1 (OT, MIAC Semifinals)
-March 2, 2006: L, 2-3 (MIAC Semifinals)


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