BSU's North Star College Cup defense falls short to (3) St. Cloud State

January 31, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
St. Cloud State2215
Bemidji State0022
Scoring Summary
101:20SCSUJoey Benik (David Morley , Patrick Newell)
112:57SCSUJoey Benik (Patrick Newell , Ethan Prow)
205:23SCSUPatrick Russell (Mikey Eyssimont , Kalle Kossila)
214:18SCSUKalle Kossila (Patrick Russell , Niklas Nevalainen)
309:04BSUBauman, Kyle (Gerbrandt, Markus )
316:31SCSUMikey Eyssimont
318:31BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (Bauman, Kyle , Harms, Brendan)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
SCSUCharlie Lindgren60:002022
BSUBitzer, Michael34:18408
BSUMimmack, Reid25:240011
Statistical ComparisonSCSUBSU
Shots on Goal2424
Power Plays0-21-1
BSU's North Star College Cup defense falls short to (3) St. Cloud State
Sunday, January 31, 2016
BSU's North Star College Cup defense falls short to (3) St. Cloud State

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team’s attempt to defend its 2015 North Star College Cup title fell short Sunday as the Beavers were defeated, 5-2, by No. 3 St. Cloud State University.

The Huskies scored 80 seconds into the game and didn’t take their foot of the gas as Joey Benik and Patrick Russell each netted a pair of goals and SCSU goaltender Charlie Lindgren turned aside all 24 of BSU’s shots on goal.

Benik gave SCSU a 1-0 lead at the 1:20 mark of the first. BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer turned aside a shot from David Morely, but Benik was on the back door to tap in the rebound for his 16th goal of the season.

The Huskies took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission after Benik scored his second of the game at the 12:57 mark of the first.

The St. Cloud State lead swelled to 4-0 through 40 minutes of play as the Huskies out shot BSU 10-4 in the second period and got a pair of goals from Patrick Russell (5:23 and 14:18).

Russell’s second goal ended Bitzer’s night. He allowed four goals on 12 SCSU shots and 34:18 between the pipes. Reid Mimmack occupied BSU’s crease for the final 25:42, making 12 saves in relief.

Bemidji State’s Kyle Bauman ended Lindgren’s shutout in 9:56 into the third, netting his fifth goal of the season. Markus Gerbrandt was credited with the lone assist on the play to total a team-best four points (2g-2a) on the weekend.

After SCSU’s Mikey Eyssimont added an empty-net goal with 3:29 left in the game to go up 5-1, Phil Marinaccio scored on the power play to settle the score at 5-2.

BSU, now 11-11-5 overall, continues nonconference play after a week free of competition. The Beavers travel to University of Minnesota Duluth for a rare Tuesday matchup with the Bulldogs. The opening faceoff for the game originally scheduled for Oct. 9 is set for 7:07 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.