Beavers sweep Colorado College with 4-1 win
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Beavers sweep Colorado College with 4-1 win

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Jordan George (Jr., F, Madison, Wis.) and Aaron McLeod (Jr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) each netted two points and Dan Bakala (Sr., G, Calgary, Alberta) turned aside 23 shots as the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team defeated No. 10 Colorado College 4-1 to complete a WCHA series sweep at Sanford Center Saturday.

Fueled by a dominant second period, Bemidji State erased a one-goal deficit, gained the lead and would not look back posting its third consecutive victory, while collecting its second league sweep of 2011-12.

Opening the second period trailing the visiting Tigers 1-0, the Beavers out shot CC 18-3 in the frame, scoring two goals.  Shea Walters’ (Sr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) eventual game-winner came on the power-play at the 11:22 mark and stood as the only special teams goal of the game.  BSU finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage while holding the potent Tiger’s power-play scoreless on two opportunities.

The Tigers scored first and took a 1-0 lead into the lock room at the first intermission getting a goal from Andrew Hamburg with just 48 seconds left in the period.  

CC peppered Bakala with 13 shots in the first. The BSU goaltender turned 12 aside, but with less than one minute left in the period, the Tigers got shots from Jaden Schwartz and Gabe Guentzel, both resulted in rebounds with Hamburg collecting a rebound and potted his first goal of the season.

The Beavers responded by leveling the score just 28 seconds into the second period. Jordan George (Jr., F, Madison, Wis.) took a pass from the corner of the stick of Shea Walters (Sr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) and settled the puck in the slot before potting his team-leading 15th tally of the season.

Ignited by the goal, the Beavers dominated the period and would take their first lead of the game at the 11:22 mark.  

The Tigers’ Tim Hall was escorted to the penalty-box for tripping at the 10:19 mark supplying the Beavers with their second man advantage opportunity of the evening.  BSU needed just 63 seconds to capitalize. A Ben Kinne (Jr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) shot was deflected in front of the net and settled behind the CC goaltender Joe Howe on the left post.  Walters was in the right place at the right time and poked the puck into the goal to light the lamp for the 10th time this season.

Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) was also credited with an assist on the scoring play extending his assist streak to four games while he tied Chris Morque (1990-94) for second on BSU’s all-time defensemen scoring list with 107 points (23g-84a).

The Beavers started the third period very much it opened the second, this time extending its lead to 3-1 just 21 second in on McLeod’s eighth  goal of the season. Kinne found McLeod streaking down the slot with a centering pass and McLeod tapped the puck past Howe.

Danny Mattson (Fr., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) was credited with a hard work goal 11:36 into the third to settle the score at 4-1.

Bakala improved to 9-7-2 backstopping the Beavers to their 15th win of the season.

Howe saw his record dip to 5-7-1 after surrendering all four BSU goals while posting 26 stops.

Including the victory Bemidji State cut the Tigers’ lead in the all-time series to 5-4-1 and maintained an unblemished record when hosting CC at Sanford Center (3-0-1).

Bemidji State (15-12-3; 9-10-3 WCHA) returns to the road next week (Feb. 17-18), making a trip south to Minneapolis, Minn. to face No. 1 University of Minnesota (19-12-1; 15-8-0 WCHA).  The series will be played at Mariucci Arena with both games slated for a 7:07 p.m. opening face off.