St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (6-7-3, 4-4-3 WCHA) maintained its undefeated streak on home ice in 2011-12 with a 6-6 tie against Bemidji State University (5-8-2, 3-6-2 WCHA) on Friday, Dec. 2 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
The tie game pushes SCSU's home record in 2011-12 to 3-0-3 and the Huskies will put that record on the line again on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a 7:07 p.m. game against Bemidji State at the National Hockey Center. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or stuffed animal for the "Teddy Bear Toss," which will take during the first intermission of the game. Fans can toss the teddy bears onto the ice during the intermission, and all the collected teddy bears will then be donated to the local Toys for Tots campaign in St. Cloud. The event is sponsored by KCLD FM, Riddle's Jewelry, The Husky Bookstore, SCSU Athletic, SCSU Department of Campus Involvement and SCSU Residential Life.
In an offensive barrage at the NHC, Bemidji State hit first with a goal at 5:03 of the first period by Aaron McLeod to take a 1-0 lead. The Huskies replied with a goal by freshman Nick Oliver (Roseau) at 11:31 of the first period. Assists on the play were posted by freshman defender Andrew Prochno (Shorewood) and senior forward Jordy Christian (Moorhead). This was Oliver's first goal as a Husky, and he was one of three Huskies tonight who chalked up their first goals of the 2011-12
Junior captain Ben Hanowski (Little Falls) pushed the SCSU lead to 2-1 with a goal at 12:02 of the first with assists from senior forward Travis Novak (Lethbridge, Alberta) and junior forward David Eddy (Woodbury). SCSU gained a 3-1 margin with a goal by junior defender Taylor Johnson (Hugo) at 15:45 of the first. Freshman defender Jarrod Rabey (Rockton, Ill.) posted his fifth assist of the season on the play and the second assist was marked by Novak. BSU responded by removing starting goalie Dan Bakala and replaced him with Andrew Walsh.
This was Johnson's first goal of the year and it marked the third consecutive two-assist game for Novak. BSU ended the first period scoring with a goal by Jordan George at 17:23, which made the score 3-2.
George opened the offense in the 2nd period with a power play marker at 1:25 to tie the game at 3-3. The Beavers then earned a 4-3 lead in the contest with a goal by Brady Wacker at 3:30 of the 2nd period. The Huskies got back on track at 9:16 of the second with power play goal from Hanowski as assists were charted by sophomore defender Nick Jensen (Rogers) and sophomore forward Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.). The goal was Hanowski's team-leading 12th marker of season.
The Huskies pushed their lead to 5-4 with a goal by Novak at 3:55 of the third period as Eddy and Prochno each had assists on the goal. Novak finished his night with one goal and two assists as his season totals now rank at five goals and nine assists. Eddy also moved his season assist total to eight in 2011-12.
SCSU finished its offense at 5:42 when Christian scored on a rebound to make it 6-4 in the third period. Jensen and Prochno provided the assists on the Husky goal. Jensen finished the day with two assists, which moves him into a tie for first place on the team with 10 assists (along with Drew LeBlanc). The play also provided Prochno with his first playmaker as a Husky with three assists on the night and six on the season.
BSU rallied to tie the contest with an unassisted goal by Illo Radoslav at 10:06 of the third period and a goal by McLeod at 13:23, which made it 6-6. In the OT session, BSU outshot the Huskies 5-3 but neither team was able to break the deadlock. On the night, SCSU outshot the Beavers 26-25. On the power play, SCSU was 1-of-3 and BSU was 1-of-2.
In the nets, freshman Ryan Faragher (Fort Frances, Ont.) posted 19 saves to earn the tie. Walsh was the goalie of record for the Beavers with 14 saves to his credit in 49:15 minutes of play. Bakala had six saves and allowed three goals in 15:45 of play for BSU.
Tickets are still available at the NHC for the second game of the series on Saturday, Dec. 3. Game time at the NHC is slated for 7:07 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at the gate. As always, SCSU students with a valid SCSU student ID card are admitted FREE to this game.