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St. Cloud takes down Miami 4-1, advances to Frozen Four

Joey Benik and Cory Thorson each scored twice as St. Cloud defeated Miami 4-1 to advance to the program's first Frozen Four.

St. Cloud coach Bob Motzko
St. Cloud coach Bob Motzko

St. Cloud State advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time in program history after defeating Miami 4-1 in the Midwest Regional Final in Toledo, Ohio.

Joey Benik scored his third and fourth goals of the regional to give St. Cloud a 2-0 lead. The freshman from Andover, Minn. got the Huskies on the board just 5:28 into the opening period. His second of the night came at the 5:36 mark of the second period.

Blake Coleman would cut the lead in half when he scored just under two minutes later. It was the ninth goal of the season for the sophomore from Plano, Texas.

Cory Thorson would add two insurance goals in the third period to cement the 4-1 victory for St. Cloud. The Crystal, Minn. native now has 13 goals on the season. He also picked up an assist on one of Benik's goals.

Benik was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional. St. Cloud will take on the winner of the East Regional Final between Quinnipiac and Union. The Bobcats currently lead 4-0 so Quinnipiac will be the likely opponent.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBnation.