St. Cloud, Minn. - St. Cloud State University fans experienced the full range of emotions on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
The evening began with the historic retirement of SCSU legend Bret Hedican's #24 number from the program. In a pre-game ceremony filled with standing ovations and tributes to Hedican, St. Cloud State President Dr. Earl H. Potter offically announced that Nov. 6 will be the last time that the #24 will be worn by a Husky player at SCSU. Hedican was joined on-ice by President Potter, former SCSU coach Craig Dahl, SCSU Athletic Director Dr. Morris Kurtz, members of Hedican's family and many of his former teammates from his playing days at SCSU.
Fans then settled in for a classic WCHA showdown between SCSU and Bemidji State, which resulted in a 3-2 overtime victory for the Beavers. The game winner was marked by BSU's Ian Lowe at the :46 of the overtime session with assists from Jordan George and Matt Read.
The evening opened with the Beavers drawing first blood at :44 of the first period on a goal by Emil Billberg with George collecting the lone assist.
The Huskies' replied quickly with a shorthanded goal by freshman defender Nick Jensen (Rogers) at 1:11 of the first, as senior forward Aaron Marvin (Warroad) and junior forward Travis Novak (Lethbridge) gained assists on the play. This was the first SHG of Jensen's college career and it makred his 9th point of the season. Jensen heads into next weekend's game at home versus Nebraska Omaha with a four-game point streak to his credit.
Marvin gave the Huskies' a 2-1 lead at 1:18 of the second period with his fourth goal of the season. Marvin's goal was assisted by junior defender Sam Zabkowicz (Greendale, Wis.) and freshman forward Nic Dowd (Huntsville, Ala.). Marvin also owns a four-game point streak and he has posted goals in the last three games for SCSU. The helpers were the first of the season for both Zabkowicz and Dowd.
In the third period, Lowe tied the game with a power play goal at 16:19 with assists from George and Shea Walters. The goal forced the game into overtime, which BSU went on to win with Lowe's second goal of the night.
The loss drops SCSU's record to 4-5-1, 2-2-0 WCHA, while Bemidji State moves to 1-4-1, 1-4-1 WCHA on the season.
In the contest, both squads notched 21 shots on goal. SCSU was 0-of-8 on the power play in the game, while Bemidji State was 1-of-5. In the nets, SCSU senior Dan Dunn (Oshawa, Ontario) collected 18 saves in the loss and Dan Bakala had 19 saves for the Beavers.
The Huskies will continue their 2010-11 season on Nov. 12-13 with a pair of home dates against Nebraska Omaha at the NHC. Both games will start at 7:07 p.m.
The Nov. 12 game has been designated as a Family 4-Pack game at SCSU. Husky Family 4-Packs are just $50 and the pack includes: 4 - game tickets, 4 - sodas, 4 - popcorns, and a Milio's Sandwiches coupon. The Husky Family Four Pack is presented by Milio's Sandwiches and sctimes.com. The Family 4-Packs need to be purchased in advance (call 1-877-SCSUTIX or 320-308-2137 for details).
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