No. 15 Minnesota Duluth scores six straight to top Beavers 6-2
Friday, October 28, 2011
No. 15 Minnesota Duluth scores six straight to top Beavers 6-2

DULUTH, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team netted goals on its first two shots of the night, but the defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs responded with six unanswered goals to earn a 6-2 victory over the beavers Friday in the Beavers first trip to AMSOIL Arena.

The early 2-0 deficit served as a wake up call as the Bulldogs as UMD would go on to dominate play, out shooting the Beavers 40 -17 in the game.

The Beavers’ first goal came just 6:21 into the first period when Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) followed Jeff Jubinville (So., F, Edmonton, Alberta) and Aaron McLeod (Jr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) the net and put the puck past UMD goaltender Kenny Reiter for his second goal of the season.  McLeod and Jubinville were credited with assists on the scoring play.

BSU built a two-goal lead 65 seconds later. David Boehm (Jr., F, Naples, Fla.) found Jordan George (Jr., F. Madison, Wis.) behind the Bulldogs’ back line. George carried the puck into the zone and got a shot off.  Reiter got a piece of it, but the puck trickled across the goal line for the junior’s third goal in the last three games. 

But the BSU lead would not last long. 

Out shot 15-5 in the first period, freshman goaltender Andrew Walsh (Dawson Creek, British Columbia), making his second collegiate start, was tested early and often and both UMD goals in the frame came when BSU was unable to corral rebounds.  The first came at 8:21 when Walsh turned away four point-blank Bulldog shots, but Wade Bergman netted a goal form the right post when the Beavers were unable to clear the puck.  The second came at the 13:24 mark of the period when J.T. Brown slipped a rebound past Walsh to tie the game at 2-2.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game at the 8:15 mark of the second period.  After killing a pair of UMD power-plays, in the opening moments of the period, Keegan Flaherty slid the puck between the skates of Walsh to put the Bulldogs up 3-2 and the defending champs would not look back.

Just 77 second later, Chris Casto scored his first collegiate goal to put the Bulldogs up 4-2 heading into the third period.

The Bulldogs took a 5-2 when Brady Lamb converted the Bulldogs’ first power-play goal of the evening at the 7:11 mark of the third.  The goal came with just two second remaining on UMD’s fifth man advantage opportunity of the game, snapping a string of 11 consecutive penalties killed by BSU.

UMD finished the game 1-for-5 on the power-play, while holding the Beavers scoreless on their only two power-play opportunities of the night.

The Bulldogs finally build a four-goal lead, 6-2, at the 11:07 mark of the third when Jack Connolly capped and end-to-end individual effort with a wrist shot that found the back of the net.

Walsh made 34 saves in the game, but allowed six UMD goals and was tagged with the loss.  He falls to 2-1-0 on the season. 

On the other end of the ice Reiter stopped 15 of 17 BSU shots to gain the win.  He improves to 3-2-1 in 2011-12.

The victory gives the Bulldogs a 20-10-1 record in the all-time series, while BSU is 8-5-1 in the last 14 meetings

Bemidji State (3-4-0; 2-3-0 WCHA) will attempt to gain a series split versus Minnesota Duluth (3-3-1; 1-2-0 WCHA) tomorrow.  The series finale is set for a 7:07 p.m. start at AMSOIL Arena.