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Norsemen captain Blake Mesenburg commits to Miami

Former Benilde-St. Margaret's forward is 11th in the NAHL in points.

Blake Mesenburg of the St. Cloud Norsemen has verbally committed to play college hockey for Miami University. Mesenburg, a 19-year-old from Orono, scored two goals in a Game 5 win for the Norsemen over Bismarck to help St. Cloud advance to the NAHL Central Division championship series.
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Blake Mesenburg, who is 11th in the North American Hockey League in points, has verbally committed to play for Miami University.

Mesenburg is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound 19-year-old center from Orono. He played for Shattuck-St. Mary's for two seasons before playing two years of high school hockey for Benilde-St. Margaret's.

This is his second full season playing junior hockey for the Norsemen and he is the team captain. He has 57 points, is tied for 14th in the NAHL in goals (24), tied for fourth in power-play goals (11), leads the league in short-handed goals (5), has 70 penalty minutes and is a plus-14 in 53 games.

Mesenburg has three hat tricks and three game-winning goals this season. He picked the RedHawks, who finished last this season in the NCHC.

"They reward guys who work hard," Mesenburg said of Miami in a news release. "There's no promising you this and promising you that. It's based on how hard you work and that was important to me.


"The education played a big role for me. Miami is known for having a good business school, so that was pretty important."

St. Cloud (35-15-1-2) leads the NAHL's Central Division by 10 points and has secured home ice for the opening round of the playoffs. The Norsemen play North Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday at Municipal Athletic Complex.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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