Team World edges Team USA in skills competition
Saturday, October 16, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - In the second annual Bemidji State men’s hockey skills competition on Saturday morning, Team World used a shootout goal from Ryan Huddy to shave Team USA 7-6.

Andrew Martens defeated Andrew Murray in the final of the fastest skater event, completing one lap of a shortened rink in 12.56 seconds. Team USA’s squad, consisting of Martens, Nathan Schwartzbauer, Shane Holman, Ryan Miller, and Jake Bluhm also took the fastest team point for the event.

Team World cut the lead to 2-1 by winning the puck control relay race. Huddy, Matt Pope, Blaine Jarvis, and Brendan McIntyre barely held off Team USA’s four, winning the event by just over a tenth of a second.

Team USA’s Luke Erickson and Team World’s Peter Jonsson each hit four targets on six shots in the shot accuracy competition and needed an extra session to settle the individual winner of the event. Erickson then drilled four targets on his first four shots to claim the most accurate shooter title. Bluhm, Erickson, Lou Garritan, Chris Nathe, and Garrett Roth scored a point for Team USA, bringing the score to 4-1.

Erickson uncorked a 91 mile-per-hour slap shot to win the hardest shot competition over Team World’s Jean-Guy Gervais, who clocked a 90 mph blast. Team USA’s squad of Erickson, Dave Deterding, Martens, and John Haider averaged 88 mph to win the team point and extend the lead to 6-1 over Team World.

In what ended up as the turning point of the skills competition, Team World’s Matt Climie stood on his head during the breakaway event. Climie stonewalled Team USA on all six attempts, and Brendan Cook solved Orlando Alamano to score the only goal of the event. Team World was awarded two points for having the most saves and the most goals, cutting the deficit to 6-3 and keeping its hopes alive going into the four-on-four scrimmage.

With Team USA’s lead at three going into the four-point scrimmage, the winner of the final event would be the skills competition champion. The teams did not disappoint, as Team World battled back from two two-goal deficits to bring the scrimmage into overtime after the regulation 25 minutes. Murray and Pope scored two goals within 22 seconds to tie the game at 6-6 with 4:20 left. A two-minute overtime, the bulk of which was spent with Team USA’s Roth in the penalty box, solved nothing, and the teams had to decide the competition with a sudden-death shootout. Seven shooters were denied by the goaltenders before Huddy finally ended the competition with a shot over Alamano’s glove hand. Bluhm sparkled in a losing cause for Team USA, scoring twice on Climie and adding two assists.

BSU opens its 2004-05 season with two non-conference matchups against the Ferris State Bulldogs at home on October 22 and 23. Faceoff will be at 7:35 p.m. on Friday and 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.

Scrimmage Scoring
1. Team World, Brendan McIntyre (1) 1:58
2. Team USA, Jake Bluhm (1) (John Haider) 7:06
3. Team World, Matt Pope (1) 9:02
4. Team USA, John Haider (1) (Jake Bluhm, Andrew Martens) 10:00
5. Team USA, Luke Erickson (1) 12:10
6. Team USA, Shane Holman (1) 12:20
7. Team World, Peter Jonsson (1) 15:01
8. Team World, Myles Kuharski (1) 15:33
9. Team USA, Jake Bluhm (2) (John Haider) 16:46
10. Team USA, Andrew Martens (1) (Jake Bluhm, Luke Erickson) 18:34
11. Team World, Andrew Murray (1) 20:18
12. Team World, Blaine Jarvis (1) (Matt Pope) 20:40
13. Team World, Ryan Huddy (1) - shootout