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SCSU's Nick Perbix named Co-National Player of the Month

Senior from Elk River shares the honor with Michigan's Matty Beniers. Beniers and Perbix are both with Team USA for the Olympics

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St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Perbix (25) reacts as he skates to forward Veeti Miettinen (29) to celebrate Miettinen's goal on Denver in the third period Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at Baxter Arena in the NCHC Pod in Omaha. Tyler Schank / Forum News Service

Add another honor for St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Perbix.

Perbix, a senior from Elk River, Minn. has been named Hockey Commissioners of America (HCA) Men's Co-National Player of the Month for January. He shares the honor with Michigan sophomore forward Matty Beniers.

Perbix, a Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick, had two goals and 12 points in five January games.

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Perbix, an All-NCHC Second Team pick last season, tied an NCHC record with six points (one goal, five assists) in an 11-1 win over Miami on Jan. 21. He tied SCSU's Division I record for most assists in a game (five, Brandon Sampair, vs. Minnesota, March 18, 200) and most points in a game (six, Jeff Saterdalen, vs. Alaska, 1989-90; Tony Gruba, vs. MSU-Mankato, Feb. 13, 1993). Five of Perbix's assists on the month came on the power play, which the Huskies lead the NCAA in efficiency at 37.8%.

Perbix ranks third nationally among defensemen in assists with 20 and is ninth in points with 23 in 22 games. His 20 assists are a career-best and his 23 points tie his career-best mark for a season.

Perbix, St. Cloud State forward Sam Hentges and Huskies head coach Brett Larson are all with Team USA that is competing in the Beijing Olympics.

Beniers, a Seattle Kraken draft pick, had nine goals and five assists in eight games for the Wolverines in January. He is second in the nation in points (36) in 28 games played and is also with the Olympic team.

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The Huskies (6-5-1 NCHC, 14-7-1 overall) are No. 5 in the PairWise Rankings. St. Cloud State plays No. 3 Denver (10-3-0, 18-5-1) at 8 p.m. Friday (CBS Sports Network) at Magness Arena.

Senior defenseman talks about key elements to this season's Huskies, summarizes each of the team's defensemen, his rivalry with his brother, Jack, being named to the Olympic team and pheasant hunting
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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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