BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemidji State University men's hockey team dropped a 4-0 decision to 13th-ranked St. Cloud State University at the Sanford Center Friday night. The Huskies were sparked by a three-goal outburst in the first period when Nic Dowd, Brooks Bertsch, and Ben Hanowski each scored in a 2:22 span.
BSU fell to 5-15-5 with a 4-11-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) record the loss, while first-place St. Cloud State improved to 16-10-1 with a 13-5-1 conference ledger.
Between the pipes, sophomore Ryan Faragher made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season for the Huskies, improving his record to 15-8-1 in the process. Bemidji State was shut out for the fifth time this season and for the third time in its last seven contests.
After a fast-paced start to the game, SCSU jumped on the board midway through the period and didn't look back.
Nic Dowd opened the scoring by picking off an errant Beaver pass in the neutral zone and sliding a shot past BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh (So, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) to make it 1-0.
St. Cloud State scored a similar goal 1:33 later to double its lead whenEthan Prow seized the puck and broke into the BSU zone before dishing the puck to Joe Rehkemp, who made a touch pass to Brooks Bertsch in the left circle.Bertsch fired a shot over Walsh's shoulder to end the sophomore goaltender's night. Walsh made three saves.
The Huskies struck again 49 seconds after senior Mathieu Dugas (G, L'Assomption, Quebec) replace Walsh. Drew LeBlanc maneuvered his way through neutral ice and broke into the BSU zone and laid it off up high to Nick Jensen, who skated it to the corner. From there, Jensen found an open Ben Hanowski in front for a tap-ingoal to make it 3-0.
The opening frame saw St. Cloud State outshoot BSU 14-4 en route to a three-goal lead, but the Beavers settled down from there.
In the middle stanza, Bemidji State kept pace with St. Cloud and had an 8-5 shot edge, but couldn't solve Faragher. It was more of the same in the third period, in which BSU had a 12-10 advantage in shots on goal.
The best chance for the Beavers came when Faragher left his crease to play the puck with 4:40 remaining in the game. Bemidji State freshman Phil Brewer (F, Cambridge, Ontario) picked the goaltender's pocket, but SCSU defenseman Andrew Prochno stopped Brewer's backhand chance on the goal line.
Jonny Brodzinski scored an empty-net goal for the Huskies with 2:29 to play to seal the 4-0 victory. Dugas had stopped the final 22 shots he faced on the game.
St. Cloud State went 0-for-4 on the power play, but stayed out of the box for the entire game and did not afford BSU a single man advantage. Bemidji State has now gone four consecutive games without a power-play goal.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night at 7:07 at the Sanford Center tocomplete the series. Next weekend, the Beavers travel to the University of Wisconsin.