St. Cloud, Minn. - The #20 St. Cloud State University men's hockey team (4-4-1, 2-1-0 WCHA) took full advantage of sophomore forward Ben Hanowski's (Little Falls) inspired play to collect a 6-3 victory over Bemidji State University (0-4-1, 0-4-1 WCHA) in the two team's first meeting as WCHA rivals on Friday, Nov. 5 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
Hanowski posted the first hat trick of his collegiate career to pace the Huskies in the win over BSU. This marked the first time a Husky has scored a hat trick since Ryan Lasch posted three goals on Feb. 6, 2009 at Alaska Anchorage and it was the first Husky hat trick at the NHC since Lasch scored three against Minnesota on Jan. 17, 2009.
Bemidji State opened the game's scoring at 3:11 of the first period with a goal by Matt Read, as Jake Areshenko and Jordan George had assists on the play.
The offensive tide turned at 12:04 of the first period, when SCSU junior Drew LeBlanc (Hermantown) notched his second goal of the season with a power play marker. Freshman defender Nick Jensen (Rogers) and junior forward Jared Festler (Little Falls) both gained assists on the goal.
Hanowski charted his first goal of the night at 15:13 of the first period with assists from senior defender Brett Barta (Moorhead) and freshman forward Cam Reid (Delta, B.C.). Hanowski's goal came on a 4x4 situation with SCSU's Nic Dowd (Huntsville, Alabama) and BSU's Ian Lowe in the box serving penalties.
The second step toward the Hanowski's hat trick came at 6:08 of the second period with a power play goal for the Huskies. Hanowski grabbed a pass from LeBlanc and found the open net past BSU netminder Mathieu Dugas. Barta was credited with the second assist on the play, which pushed his season total to five on the season.
The SCSU game winner was marked at 8:33 of the second period as senior forward Garrett Roe (Vienna, Va.) returned to the scoring sheet with his second goal of the season. LeBlanc and senior forward Tony Mosey (Prior Lake) each had assists on the play. LeBlanc finished the evening with one goal and two assists, which pushed his season totals to a team leading 10 assists and 12 points. In the past two games, LeBlanc has scored one goal and six assists for a total of seven points.
Down 4-1, the Beavers staged a third period comeback with a pair of back-to-back goals. George started the surge at 7:21 when he converted on a power play with assists from Read and Brad Hunt. At 9:28, Bemidji made it 4-3 with an even-strength goal by Ian Lowe. He was assisted on the play by George and Sam Rendle.
The Beaver rally was smashed at 10:54 of the third when senior forward Aaron Marvin (Roseau) scored Husky goal five with assists from senior Brian Volpei (Burbank, Calif.) and junior forward Travis Novak (Lethbridge, Alberta). This was the second consecutive game that Marvin has scored a goal and it moved his season total to three goals on the year.
In the closing minutes of play, Hanowski brought home the hat trick with his third goal of the night at 18:02 of the third period. He rifled the goal into the empty net from the near corner as Roe and junior defender Oliver Lauridsen (Gentofte, Denmark) added the assists.
Hanowski now leads the club with five goals this season, while Roe snapped a three-game scoring drought with his 1g/2a effort against BSU. Roe (2g/6a) and Jensen (1g/7a) rank second in the team stats with eight points apiece this winter.
The victory improves the Huskies' record against BSU to 12-1-0 as an NCAA Division I affiliate.
In the contest, SCSU outshot the Beavers 33-26. Sophomore netminder Mike Lee (Roseau) posted 23 saves in the contest for the Huskies and improved his season record to 3-2-0 in 2010-11. Dugas had 27 saves in the loss for BSU. On the power play, SCSU was 3-of-7 and BSU was 1-of-4.
The two teams will complete the WCHA series at the NHC on Saturday, Nov. 6. Game time at the National Hockey Center is slated for 7:07 p.m. Fans are encourage to arrive early to the game on Nov. 6 for a special pre-game alumni ceremony, which will be part of the SCSU men's hockey alumni day activities.
Of note, the game will also be televised live by Husky Productions on Charter Cable Mainstreet Channel 14 in the St. Cloud area and on the new Comcast Cable connection in the Twin Cities. SCSU fans in the Minneapolis area can watch the game on Comcast Channel 23 and those fans in the St. Paul area can watch it live on Comcast Channel 13.
Fans can also listen to the game live on KCML FM 99.9 (www.lite999.com) or KVSC FM 88.1 (www.kvsc.org).