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The St. Cloud State men's hockey team is currently the best college squad in Minnesota

It's not the Gophers.
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The State of Hockey better take notice of the best college hockey program within its borders.

It's not the Gophers, Bulldogs, Mavericks or Beavers – it's the St. Cloud State University Huskies. SCSU is undefeated on the season at 5-0, and sitting at No. 2 in the nation according to the latest USCHO.com poll.

The Huskies are coming off a sweep of Boston College and have a bye this weekend. However they will open play in the rugged NCHC conference in November, where they'll face off against No. 10 Duluth and No. 1 Denver.

St. Cloud missed the NCAA tournament last year for the first time in five years, but look poised to return.

In their five games this season, St. Cloud is firing on nearly every cylinder. Take a look at these stats. 

  • 4.6 goals per game
  • 29 percent conversion on power plays
  • 2 goals allowed per game
  • Save percentage of .933
  • Faceoff win percentage of 56 percent.

The team boasts four NHL draft picks, including first-rounder and Lakeville native Ryan Poehling. 

Meanwhile, here's where the other teams in the state of hockey check in.

  • No. 7 – University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-3-0
  • No. 10 – Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, 2-2-2
  • No. 12 – Minnesota State Mankato, 3-2-0
  • Unranked – Bemdiji State, 2-1-1

St. Cloud and Duluth play in the same conference, where Mankato and Bemidji play in the WCHA. The Gophers are in the Big Ten, and although the conference features some juggernauts, the U of M has had trouble beating in-state teams, winning just four of their last 21 contests against schools in Minnesota. 

The Gophers already fell to Duluth in overtime this season and are schedule to play SCSU in a home-and-home series in January.

If you're a fan of college hockey, you should consider making the drive to St. Cloud – which is just about an hour up interstate 94 from the Twin Cities – to watch this year's team.

SCSU's home games are broadcast on Fox Sports North and FSN+ occasionally too, including both games against Duluth on Nov. 3-4.

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