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TOLEDO, Ohio — Saint Cloud State doesn’t have to dream about the season’s final weekend anymore.
Linemates Joey Benik and Cory Thorson each scored twice and the Huskies earned their first Frozen Four berth with a 4-1 win over Miami (Ohio) in the Midwest Regional title game Sunday.
Saint Cloud State (25-15-1), the No. 4 seed in the region, will be in Pittsburgh April 11 to face Quinnipiac in a national semifinal. UMass-Lowell and Yale will meet in the other game.
‘‘Saint Cloud State has been close,’’ said coach Bob Motzko, a 1987 graduate. ‘‘This is a very special time for our program.’’
Benik, who had a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Notre Dame, sent a slap shot past Miami goalie Ryan McKay five minutes in to give Saint Cloud State a lead it never lost. He added another when he flicked in a rebound of Brooks Bertsch’s shot early in the second.
Second-seeded Miami (25-12-5) cut the lead in half on Blake Coleman’s power-play goal, but the Huskies answered when Thorson scored. He added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Ryan Faragher had 20 saves for Saint Cloud State. McKay finished with 18. Bertsch, the right wing on Thorson and Benik’s line, had two assists.