The #2 St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (10-1-0, 4-0-0 NCHC) won its fifth consecutive game and its 10th game of the season with a 2-0 victory over Bemidji State University (5-3-1, 3-1-0 WCHA) on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
The Huskies will be looking to gain its fifth weekend sweep of the 2018-19 season when they match up against the Beavers again on Satuday, Nov. 17 at the HBNHC. The game is slated to begin at 6:07 p.m. and tickets are available at the gate or by visiting scsutickets.com. Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item to donate to the Eich Mazda Fill the Trunk event, which will collect winter clothing items for the area's needy. Any fan donating a winter clothing item will receive a $5 discount for the game vs. BSU on Nov. 17.
In a classic defensive battle at the HBNHC, the Huskies posted the game winner early when Easton Brodzinski
scored on the power play at 11:46 of the first period. Ryan Poehling
and Blake Lizotte
each had assists fon the play, which was Brodzinski's sixth goal and third game winner of the year. The assist was also Poehling's 10th of the season and it moves him to the top of the SCSU scoring charts with 13 points in 2018-19.
In the closing minutes of play, SCSU iced the contest with an empty net goal by Kevin Fitzgerald
at 18:49 of the third period. Netminder Jeff Smith
provided the solo assist on the play, which was his second assist of the 2018-19 season.
On the topic of Smith, the senior goalie was impressive during the evening with 32 saves on the way to his second shutout of the season. This was also Smith's fourth career shutout and the Huskies' first shutout since a 7-0 win at Boston College on Oct. 27. In the game, BSU outshot the Huskies 32-21. This was just the third time this season tha the Huskies have been outshot and the 21 shots on target were the fewest by SCSU in 2018-19.
On the power play, SCSU was 1-3 and the Huskies were 3-of-3 on the penalty kill. After the results of tonight's game, SCSU leads the nation on the penalty kill at 91.3 percent and the Huskies are now eighth on the power play at 26.1 percent.
The low scoring game should come as no surprise to fans as the Huskies are now ranked number three in the nation with an average of 1.64 goals allowed per game and Bemidji State is ranked #1 in the nation on defense at 1.44 goals allowed per game.