Beavers fall to Nebraska-Omaha 5-1
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Beavers fall to Nebraska-Omaha 5-1

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Terry Broadhurst scored twice and Jayson Megna added a pair of assists to lift the University of Nebraska-Omaha over the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Saturday at Sanford Center.

Owning a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, the Mavericks netted three goals during the final 20 minutes to pull away handing BSU its first setback at home this season and ending the Beavers’ seven-game unbeaten streak in the series (5-0-2) dating back to Feb. 27, 2009.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Darcy Findlay (Sr., F, Bristol, Quebec) accounted for the Beavers’ only goal of the night at the 5:24 mark of the second period tying the game 1-1.  Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) unleashed a shot from the point that was deflected in front by Findlay. Matt Prapavessis (Fr., D, Oakville, Ontario) was also credited with assists on the goal.

Broadhurst gave UNO the lead for good at the 8:02 mark of the second.

The Mavericks took a 3-1 lead 3:06 into the third when Broadhurst netted UNO’s only power-play of the evening with help from Alex Hudson and Jayson Megna.  Nebraska-Omaha would finish the game 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

With just under five minutes to play, BSU head coach Tom Serratore rolled the dice and pulled goaltender Dan Bakala (Sr., Calgary, Alberta) for an extra attacker.  The gamble would backfire as Josh Archibald would record an empty-net goal to put UNO up 4-1 with 4:12 to play.

Brent Gwidt added the Mavericks’ final goal of the game at the 16:44 mark of the third period settling the score at 5-1.

Nebraska-Omaha dominated play during the final two periods out shooting the Beavers 33-12 and finished the night with a 41-21 edge in shots on goal.

Bakala turned aside 36 shots and allowed four goals in the loss.  He falls to 2-4-1 on the season.

UNO’s John Falkner made nine of his 20 saves in the first period and backstopped a penalty-kill unit that held the Beavers scoreless on four power-play opportunities, marking the second consecutive night the Beavers have come up without a goal on the man advantage (0-for-6).  Falkner improved to 4-3-0 overall.

Bemidji State (4-7-1; 2-5-1 WCHA) will face the University of North Dakota (3-6-1; 1-5-0 WCHA) next weekend in a rare Saturday/Sunday series.  The two-game WCHA set will begin with a 7:07 p.m. face off Saturday and will conclude with a 5:07 p.m. start Sunday.