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St. Francis Fighting Saint Joey Benik set the State single season scoring record by notching his 63rd goal of the season in a North Suburban Conference game Friday night. His goal came in a 3-0 defeat over the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks on the power play at 11:01 of the second period. He can score in so many ways, and this one was off a patented blast. Tyler Labeaux and TJ Belisle also scored in the victory as Benik's brother Andy picked up his 6th shutout and 19th win of the season in goal.
Benik is a known ice muncher, and has taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded him. He also added and assist upping his totals 63g-35a-98pts. They have one game remaining with the Totino Grace Eagles for his opportunity to reach the 100 point marker. That would make him the 9th player in history to achieve the century mark joining the likes of Aaron Broten (131, 102), Jared Festler (125), Neal Broten (120), Scott Lecy (112), Ben Hanowski (111), Johnny Pohl (111, 107), Dave Spehar (102), and Beau Hanowski (100).
His accomplishment has generated plenty of attention of late, but it has been his steady production that has wowed the scribes at MnHockeyHub and MyFoxHockey.com from early December. Working as a tag-team with sophomore TJ Belisle, Benik an Belisle have captivated the St. Francis community as evidenced by the turnout to watch the record setting feat, not to mention the major newspapers, news organizations and a phone call after the game from Wild star Marian Gaborik.
When approached by an announcer from MyFoxHockey.com in early January, Benik and Belisle appeared to be somewhat surprised by the then attention. Since then, what was known as the “best kept secret” in High School Hockey has picked up some traction and the story has been one to enjoy. The Saints improved to (19-6-0, 7-5-0) and are in 4th place of the North Suburban Conference. The Hawks fell to (5-16-1, 2-9-0) and 7th place in the North Suburban.