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.”
FARAGHER EARNS WCHA HONOR
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
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.
BENIK IS BACK ON THE ICE
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
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.