October 14, 20111st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State0101
Colorado College0213
Scoring Summary
200:25CCGabe Guentzel
206:41BSUCain, Mitch (Orban, Brance , Areshenko, Jake)
214:40CCJaden Schwartz (Michael Boivin , Eamonn McDermott)
305:45CCMichael Boivin (Dakota Eveland , William Rapuzzi)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBakala, Dan57:593025
CCJoe Howe60:001025
Statistical ComparisonBSUCC
Shots on Goal2628
Power Plays0-20-4
No. 8 Colorado College drops Bemidji State in WCHA-opener, 3-1
Friday, October 14, 2011
No. 8 Colorado College drops Bemidji State in WCHA-opener, 3-1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (World Arena) -- Bemidji State University newcomer Mitch Cain (Fr., F, Fort Frances, Ontario) netted a goal in his first collegiate game, but that was all the offense the Beavers could muster as No. 8 Colorado College capitalized on a pair of turnovers to spoil BSU’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener, 3-1, Friday at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

After playing 20 minutes without a goal, the teams combined for three goals in the second, CC took a 2-1 advantage into the third period and would not look back adding a third goal early in the third period to put the game out of reach.

The Tigers seemed to multiply the effect of the extra space on its 200-by-100-foot Olympic ice sheet scoring a pair of 4-on-4 goals in the game.

The Beavers and Tigers used a large portion of the first period to feel each other out.  The teams finished the period with eight shots on goal apiece and the score locked at 0-0.

Colorado College came out of the first intermission as the clear aggressors putting four of the first five shots on net. The teams began the period playing 4-on-4 and it took CC just 25 seconds to take the first lead of the game.  Gabe Guentzel capitalized on a BSU turnover netting a goal on a slapshot from the blueline.

The Beavers climbed back into the game, knotting the score at 1-1 at the 6:41 mark.   BSU newcomer Cain was rewarded for persistence after crashing the net and slipping a rebound past CC goaltender Joe Howe.  In his collegiate debut, the goal stands as the first of Cain’s BSU career.  Jake Areshenko (Jr., D, Port Coquitlan, British Columbia) funneled the puck toward the net and Brance Orban (Jr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta), who centered the puck to the slot, were credited with assists on the scoring play.

CC regained the lead, 2-1, eight minutes later (14:40) on its second 4-on-4 goal of the game.  Jaden Schwartz scored his first goal of the season after holding the puck long enough to force BSU goaltender Dan Bakala (Sr., Calgary, Alberta) to commit and buried a shot in the virtually open net.

The Tigers’ lead swelled to 3-1 at the 5:45 mark of the third period.  Defender Michael Boivin beat Bakala with a backhand from the left circle.

With 2:00 minutes left in regulation, BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore pulled BSU’s goaltender in favor of an extra attacker and just moments into play, the tactic resulted in a Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) slap shot ringing off the left post, but that was as close as the Beavers would come.  Although the team held the puck in the zone for all but the final 10 seconds, it was unable to get the puck through traffic to find the back of the net.

Bakala was tested often tonight.  He made 25 saves and helped the BSU penalty-kill unit hold a high-octane offensive CC team scoreless on four power-play opportunities. He falls to 1-2-0 on the season.

Howe earned the win turning away 25 of 26 BSU shots.

In addition to Cain, tonight’s game was one to remember for Danny Mattson (Fr., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) also made his debut in the green and white.

The BSU-CC series is now at 4-2-1 all-time, while CC owns a 4-1-0 advantage versus the Beavers in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bemidji State and Colorado College will complete the WCHA series tomorrow at World Arena.  Opening face off is set for 8:07 p.m. (CST).