The St. Cloud State Huskies were the top ranked team in the 2016 North Star College Cup. The North Star College Cup was created three years ago to keep Minnesota rivalries around after the Gophers left the WCHA to join the newly created Big Ten hockey conference. Since the dismantling of the WCHA (yes, the WCHA still exists but it is a shell of its former self) the Gophers have struggled mightily against Minnesota teams and, with the loss in the consolation game of the 2016 North Star College Cup, are 1-11 in their last twelve games.
Back to the top ranked Huskies, they looked the part, controlling the game in all areas of the ice. The Bemidji State Beavers got off shots but there were very few scoring chances in the game. By the end of the second period the Huskies looked to be playing prevent defense and were up 4-0. The Beavers scored twice in the third period but lost 5-3 on a disciplined, relentless St. Cloud State team.
The North Star College Cup has been in existence for three years now and will changed homes for the third time. The Huskies will take the Cup home this year as the third different winner in as many years. The Gophers took home the inaugural trophy in 2014, the Bemidji Beavers upset the Huskies last year and on January 31, 2016, the Huskies took possession of the red oak North Star College Cup until the teams meet in 2017.