Midwest Regional Awards
With the Midwest Regional in the books and St. Cloud State heading to the Frozen Four, it’s time to hand out the hardware.
This wasn’t that hard of a decision. It was a unanimous decision which surprised me. Okay, I’m the only one deciding on this so of course it was going to be unanimous but unlike last year there was no doubt in my head that Joey Benik deserved the MVP. Benik had 4 goals and 1 assist during the regional. He was a plus four for the tournament. Benik was in the right position all tournament long and showed high hockey intelligence. He entered the tournament with 3 goals on the season and leaves the regional with 7 goals on the season. Quinnipiac will have to keep an eye out for him.
All Tournament Team
F: Joey Benik, Freshman, St. Cloud State
F: Cory Thorson, Junior, St. Cloud State
F: Blake Coleman, Sophomore, Miami (OH)
D: Nick Jensen, Junior, St. Cloud State
D: Andrew Prochno, Sophomore, St. Cloud State
G: Ryan Faragher, Sophomore, St. Cloud State
Benik, Thorson and Faragher were no brainers for this team. Benik had 4 goals and 1 assist and was the tournament MVP. Thorson scored 3 goals and had 1 assist during the regional. Faragher was 2-0 and made 37 saves on 39 shots for St. Cloud State. The top defensive pairing of Jensen and Prochno was stellar during the regional. Jensen had one assist and was a plus three during the tournament. Meanwhile, Prochno had 2 assists and was a plus three on the tournament. Coleman had one goal and two assists during the tournament.
F: Brooks Bertsch, Sophomore, St. Cloud State
F: Ben Hanowski, Senior, St. Cloud State
F: Austin Czarnik, Sophomore, Miami (OH)
D: Kevin Gravel, Junior, St. Cloud State
D: Steven Spinell, Senior, Miami (OH)
G: Ryan McKay, Freshman, Miami (OH)
The Honorable Mention team is chalk full of players from St. Cloud State. As you would expect from a team that dominated the Midwest Regional. Bertsch had a great tournament and was instrumental in the final. He had two assists and was a plus three. Bertsch had three assists and was a plus four for the tournament. He was narrowly beat out by Blake Coleman for a spot on the all tournament team. Hanowski had one goal and one assist and was a plus one during the Midwest Regional. Gravel had one assist and was a plus two. Czarnik had two assists and was an even player during the tournament. Spinell had one assist and was a plus one. McKay was 1-1 with a shutout of Minnesota State Mankato. McKay made 38 saves on 41 shots over the course of the two games.
The Midwest Regional was the story of the domination of St. Cloud State. They rolled through the tournament and now will play the number one overall seed, Quinnipiac on April 11 in Pittsburgh. They deservedly gobbled up most of the awards.