Joey Benik had two goals and an assist to help fourth-seeded St. Cloud State beat top-seeded Notre Dame 5-1 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Notre Dame was hoping to book their ticket to the Frozen Four for the 3rd time in six years with wins on Saturday and Sunday, instead they will spend Easter back in South Bend. The Irish Icers have been a #1 seed three times in NCAA history, failing to make the Frozen Four each of those three times.
Benik, Cory Thorson and Jonny Brodzinski scored on St. Cloud State's first seven shots of the second period to make it 4-0. Ben Hanowski also scored, and Ryan Faragher made 17 saves.
Mike Voran had a short-handed goal in the third period for Notre Dame (25-13-3). The Irish entered the game with a seven-game winning streak after winning the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championship.