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St. Cloud tops Bemidji St. 4-1

Bemidji State defenseman Brady Wacker (25) celebrates with teammates David Boehm (4), Brance Orban (7) and Jake Areshenko after scoring a goal in the first period Saturday. Jack Hittinger | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – When Brady Wacker’s wicked slapshot beat St. Cloud State’s Ryan Faragher in the waning seconds of the first period Saturday night, it finally gave the 3,634 Bemidji State fans at the Sanford Center something to cheer about.

The Beavers, who were blanked by the WCHA-leading Huskies 4-0 in Friday night’s series opener, were looking for something to snap out of their funk. Wacker’s second goal of the season tied the game at 1-1 with just 47 seconds to go until intermission and gave BSU some momentum going into the dressing room.

But as has happened so many times in the past 10 games, the Beavers (5-16-5, 4-12-4 WCHA) couldn’t sustain that push.

St. Cloud State scored three unanswered goals and defeated the Beavers 4-1, stretching BSU’s winless streak to 10 games.

“What’s happing right now is we’re having trouble scoring goals,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. “And every time you make a mistake it just magnifies when you’re not scoring a lot of goals. And that gets tough. You try and turn it around, but sometimes it’s not easy.”

After Wacker’s goal, the Huskies (17-10-1, 14-5-1 WCHA) regained the lead less than six minutes into the second frame. Jonny Brodzinski scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season – and second of the series – to put SCSU up 2-1.

They added to the lead at the 18:06 mark of the second, following a cross checking penalty on BSU’s Sam Rendle.

The Huskies’ David Morley scored with just three seconds to go on Rendle’s penalty, getting the rebound of a Kalle Kossila shot that had hit a post and slipped behind BSU goaltender Mathieu Dugas.

“We get a puck deep, clear the puck on that power play, then we go into the locker room 2-1 and the whole complexion of the game changes,” Serratore said. “But they ended up getting that power play goal and you’re down two goals going into the third.”

The Huskies once again avoided being penalized in the game – they weren’t called for a single one in the series. The Huskies, who are ranked No. 12/13 in both national polls, are one of the least-penalized teams in the country. Only Mercyhurst has taken fewer penalties than St. Cloud State.

In the third period, the Huskies seemingly put it away when Drew LeBlanc scored 18 seconds in. He stole a puck deep in the BSU zone and beat Dugas unassisted to put the Huskies up 4-1.

“That was a backbreaker,” Serratore said. “To start off the third and have one like that. It was a tough goal to give up.”

The Huskies outshot the Beavers 33-22. Dugas finished the game with 29 saves to take the loss. Faragher made 21 saves.

Kossila beat Dugas at 13:54 to score the first goal of the game, getting a wicked one-timer from Cory Thorson and Nick Jensen.

BSU will look to snap its winless streak next week when it travels to Wisconsin for another WCHA series.

The Badgers struggled to start the season but are now 11-8-6 overall and 8-5-6 in the conference.

St. Cloud State 1 2 1 – 4

Bemidji State 1 0 0 – 1

First Period – 1, SCSU, Kossila (Prochno, Jensen), 13:54; 2, BSU, Wacker (Boehm), 19:13. Penalties – None.

Second Period – 3, SCSU, Brodzinski (Murray, Dowd), 5:45. Penalties – BSU, Rendle (Cross Checking), 16:08.

Third Period – 4, SCSU, LeBlanc (Unassisted), 0:18. Penalties – BSU, Brewer (Contact to the Head), 19:34; BSU, Brewer (Game Misconduct), 19:34.

Shots On Goal – SCSU (9-11-13-33); BSU, (6-8-8-22)

Goalies – SCSU, Faragher (22-21); BSU, Dugas (33-29).

Penalties-Minutes – SCSU, 0-0; BSU, 3-17.

Power Plays – SCSU – 1-for-2; BSU, 0-for-0.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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