The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team played in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff tournament this past weekend and won the conference championship at the Target Center in Minneapolis Saturday night.
The team played Denver on Friday in the NCHC Semifinals, beating the Pioneers 4-2 to advance to the championship game against Minnesota-Duluth. Joey Benik, David Morley, Mikey Eyssimont, and Jimmy Schuldt each scored a goal.
In Saturday’s game the Huskies were down 1-0 after the first period. SCSU’s Eyssimont scored twice in the second period to give St. Cloud the lead, and Patrick Russell scored to give SCSU an insurance goal in the third period. The final score of the game was 3-1; SCSU earning its first NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship title. According to Husky Athletics, “The victory marked SCSU’s first post-season conference tournament championship since the Huskies won the WCHA Broadmoor Trophy in 2001. The victory also helped the Huskies equal a team record for most wins in a season with 31. SCSU also hit the 31 win plateau during the 2000-01 season.”
SCSU’s Eyssimont was named to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament team and was also named the NCHC Frozen Faceoff MVP. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Ethan Prow and Charlie Lindgren.
It was announced Sunday on the NCAA selection show that SCSU will play in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center in the NCAA Division I West Regional against Ferris State University.
Maddie MacFarlane is a senior at St. Cloud State. She is majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Photojournalism and a minor in Graphic Design. In addition to the University Chronicle, MacFarlane works for the SCSU Athletics department as a photographer and is the Creative Services intern at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.