|December 31, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|#7 St. Cloud State||1||2||1||4|
|1||08:55||SCS||Hentges, Sam (Walker, Nolan , Brodzinski, Easton)|
|2||01:36||SCS||Hentges, Sam (Brodzinski, Easton , Meier, Spencer)|
|2||07:11||SCS||Meier, Spencer (Donohue, Seamus , Okabe, Zach)|
|3||15:32||SCS||Salquist, Mason (Brand, Chase , Molenaar, Joe)|
|Shots on Goal||40||31|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – St. Cloud State University's Sam Hentges scored twice and goaltender David Hrenak turned aside 30-of-31 shots by the Bemidji State University men's hockey team as the seventh-ranked Huskies earned a 4-1 victory over the Beavers on New Years Eve.
The Beavers fell to 10-9-0 with the loss in non-conference action while the Huskies improved to 11-6-0.
Senior Alex Ierullo scored a short-handed goal for the second consecutive game for the Beavers' lone tally in the game while freshman Mattias Sholl stopped 36 shots in a losing effort.
Hentges opened the scoring 8:55 into the first period with his second goal of the season to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. He later added his second goal of the game just 1:36 into the second frame.
Bemidji State ended St. Cloud State’s scoring streak shortly after its second goal when Ierullo blocked a shot from the point while the Huskies were on a power play and broke free from the defense to score his ninth goal of the season and second consecutive game with a short-handed goal. However, St. Cloud State answered while on the same power play when Spencer Meier scored his second goal of the season.
St. Cloud State would add to its lead with 4:28 left in the third period to make it 4-1 and seal the New Years Eve victory.
Sholl turned aside 36-of-40 shots, one shy of a career mark of 37 against Minnesota State University, Mankato, as the Beavers were out-shot in tie game, 40-31.
Sholl falls to 5-4-0 on the season while St. Cloud State’s David Hrenak improved to 10-5-0 after he stopped 30-of-31 shots.
As the nation’s top power play, St. Cloud State converted on its lone power-play chance of the game while the Beavers went 0-for-1 with the man-advantage.
Bemidji State will travel to St. Cloud, Minn., tomorrow night as the two teams close out their non-conference series at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at 6:07 p.m.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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 (NSIC).