Oct 12, 2013 at 6:56 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn.(KNSI) - The #9 St. Cloud State University men's hockey team opened its 2013-14 season on Friday, Oct. 11 with a 3-2 non-conference win over Bemidji State University at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
The game capped a very special night at St. Cloud State as the Huskies were celebrating the grand "re-opening" of the Brooks Center, which debuted many new features in the building after an extensive renovation projection. Some of the Brooks Center's new highlights include an impressive atrium entrance and ticket lobby, an improved concourse level, new concession areas, the addition of 14 luxury suites and the Husky Den club room along with a complete remodel and expansion of the Huskies' locker rooms and athletic training areas.
In action again Bemidji State, the Huskies gained the upper hand in the first period with a power play marker by sophomore forward Joey Benik at 3:42 of the first period. He was assisted on the play by sophomore Jonny Brodzinski and senior Nic Dowd.
Benik pushed the score to 2-0 at 5:51 of the second period with his second goal of the evening with even strength assists from Brodzinski and sophomore Kalle Kossila.
Bemidji State broke the shutout for the Huskies at 10:43 of the second period with an even strength marker by Markus Gerbrandt. Mark Prapavessis and James Hansen each had assists on the play for BSU. The Beavers knotted the score at 2-2 with a goal by Cory Ward at 14:38 of the second period. Prapavessis posted his second assist of the evening on the play, while Rado Illo had the second assist.
The Huskies notched the game-winner less than two minutes later with another special teams gem. Dowd carded the shorthanded goal with a wrist shot from the right circle that baffled BSU netminder Andrew Walsh. Dowd's goal at 15:59 of the second was assisted by senior forward Cory Thorson, and the goal also proved to be the winning margin for the Huskies.
In the contest, SCSU outshot the Beavers 29-16, and on the power play the Huskies went 1-6 and BSU was 0-2. Benik earned the game's top star, while Dowd was the number two star and Prapavessis was the third star of the contest.
The two teams will return to action at the Brooks Center with a 7:07 p.m. game on Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets are available for the contest and they can be purchased online at www.scsutickets.com or you can buy tickets at the gate on game day.
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