BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Rookie goaltender Andrew Walsh (Fr., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) turned away 31 Michigan Technological University shots, while captain Ben Kinne (Jr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) recorded a goal an assist to lead the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory Saturday at Sanford Center. The win allows the Beavers to complete the series sweep of the Huskies.
The Beavers found themselves down 1-0 after a sluggish first period, but bounced back in the second to net a pair of goals and used a solid defensive effort to even its record at 3-3-0 on the season and 2-2-0 in league play.
The Huskies’ persistent play in the first led to an early 1-0 lead. Alex McLeod forced a rebound under the pads of Walsh at the 7:56 mark and finished the period with a 12-5 lead in shots on goal.
Whistled for five penalties in the second period, Michigan Tech found itself short a man for 6:10 and an energized Beavers’ line up made the Huskies pay. BSU posted a pair of power-play markers in four opportunities and skated out of the second with a 2-1 advantage.
Just 33 seconds into Bemidji State’s second man advantage opportunity of the evening (9:41), Shea Walters (Sr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) took a pass from Kinne to knot the score at 1-1 with the third goal of his senior campaign.
The Beavers gained a 2-1 lead at the 18:54 mark on Kinne’s third marker of the season. Radoslav Illo (So., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) collected the puck on the neutral zone changed directions and found Brance Orban (Jr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta) on the blueline. Orban shifted the puck to Kinne streaking down the slot and the junior converted the one-on-one opportunity on the power-play.
Bemidji State would add another goal at the 12:26 mark of the third period on Drew Fisher’s (Sr., F, International Falls, Minn.) second marker of the season and Walsh would take care of the rest.
Despite being out shot 32-16 in the game, BSU pulled out the victory.
Walsh recorded 31 saves and allowed just one goal collecting a win in his first collegiate start. He improves to 2-0-0 on the season.
BSU finished the game 2-for-7 on the power-play, while its penalty-kill unit was flawless killing all four of the Huskies man advantage opportunities.
The win extends the Beavers’ unbeaten streak versus the Huskies to six games (5-0-1) as BSU improved to 5-2-1 in the all-time BSU/MTU series.
BSU is a perfect 4-0-0 versus Michigan Tech in games played in Bemidji, Minn.
Bemidji State (3-3-0; 2-2-0 WCHA) is back on the road next weekend as it travels east to Duluth, Minn. and AMSOIL Arena to battle the defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth (2-3-1; 0-2-2 WCHA). The series is set to begin 7:07 p.m. Friday.