SCSU gets verbal commitment from 16-year-old; Faragher receives WCHA honor; Benik returns to the ice

St. Cloud State recruit Brendan Harris

The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team has received a verbal commitment from Brendan Harris, a 16-year-old forward who is playing for the California Titans 16AAA midget team that plays in the North American Prospects Hockey League. Harris was born in New York, but grew up in Las Vegas. In 22 games with the Titans (16-5-2) this season, he has 12 goals, 31 assists and eight penalty minutes. Harris’ junior rights are owned by the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League.

Harris is a 5-foot-7, 140-pound center and said he was also being recruited by Bemidji State and Minnesota State-Mankato. He visited the St. Cloud State campus about a month ago.

“I really love the campus and the team has a lot going for them with being a top contender in the NCAA and all the reconstructing with the arena is really amazing to me,” Harris said.

He describes himself as having “competitiveness and the ability to see the ice. I’m more of a playmaker.”

Harris’ coach with the Titans is former St. Cloud State player Peter Torsson (1997-2000). Torsson said that New Hampshire also showed interest in Harris.

“He’s an incredible competitor, meticulous in what he does out there and makes things that are very difficult to do look very easy,” Torsson said. “He’s very shifty, makes good decisions.

“He’s a driving engine on our team right now. He sets the pace out there for us, brings out the best of other players. He runs our power play.”


St. Cloud State goalie Ryan Faragher has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. Faragher stoppted 59 of 62 shots and gave up one even strength goal in a series split last

SCSU sophomore goalie Ryan Faragher

weekend at Minnesota-Duluth.

A sophomore from Fort Frances, Ontario, is third in the WCHA (all games) in save percentage (.927) and fourth in goals-against average (2.14).

Minnesota State-Mankato sophomore forward Matt Leitner was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and MSU-Mankato freshman goalie Stephon Williams was named WCHA Rookie of the Week.  


Forward Joey Benik began skating on his own Monday, his first time on the ice since breaking his leg the first official practice of the season. Huskies coach Bob Motzko said that the first

St. Cloud State freshman wing Joey Benik

series that might be a possibility for Benik to play in is Dec. 14-15 against Colorado College at the National Hockey and Event Center.




Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at or on Facebook at I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at
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