|October 27, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||11:05||BSU||Ben Kinne (Cory Ward , Jordan George)|
|2||01:37||BSU||David Boehm (Jeff Jubinville , Brance Orban)|
|2||06:17||UNO||James Polk (Zahn Raubenheimer , Andrej Sustr)|
|2||13:07||UNO||Josh Archibald (Brian O'Rourke , Brock Montpetit)|
|2||18:21||BSU||David Boehm (Brady Wacker , Brance Orban)|
|Shots on Goal||19||27|
OMAHA, Neb. (CenturyLink Center Omaha) – David Boehm (Sr., F, Naples, Fla.) posted the first multi-goal effort of his career and Brance Orban (Sr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta) added a pair of assists as the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team grabbed a 3-2 victory over University of Nebraska-Omaha and completed a three-point road weekend in Omaha, Neb.
The win stands as the 1,000 in program history for Bemidji State and moves the Beavers into elite company. Only 17 other men’s ice hockey program has eclipsed the 1,000-win plateau. Since its inceptions in 1947, Bemidji State has accumulated an all-time record of 1,000-505-95 (.655) in 1,600 games.
The victory also extends the Beavers’ string of success at CenturyLink Center Omaha. BSU has been a thorn in the side of the Mavericks over the last three seasons and is now unbeaten in its last eight appearances in Omaha (6-0-2), which includes a two-game sweep to eliminate UNO from the 2011 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Playoffs.
The Beavers got on the board first, taking advantage of their first power-play opportunity of the game. Ben Kinne (Sr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) was the beneficiary of a slick play by rookie Cory Ward (Fr., F, Las Vegas, Nev.). Jordan George (Sr., F, Madison, Wis.) was also credited with an assist on Kinne’s first lamplighter of the season.
The goal put an end to the Beavers’ power-play goal drought. Prior to tonight’s game, BSU was 0-for-11 on the man advantage marking the longest streak to open a season without a goal on the man advantage since the 2007-08 season when the Beavers opened the season 0-for-15 before netting a power-play goal.
The Mavericks took a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period despite trailing the Beavers 1-0.
Boehm helped build the Beavers’ lead to 2-0 with goal just 1:37 into the second frame. Jeff Jubinville (Jr., F, Edmonton, Alberta) and Orban earned assists on the scoring play. But it would take the Mavericks less than five minutes to answer as James Polk scored a 4-on-4 goal (6:17).
UNO’s Josh Archibald tied the game at 2-2 13:07 into the second period with his second goal of the weekend and third of the season, but the Beavers were not done. Boehm potted his second goal of the game with 1:39 left in the period to give the Beavers a 3-2 edge heading into the third period. Orban took a pass from Brady Wacker (Sr., D, Jansen, Saskatchewan) and Boehm was there to collect the puck between the circles and slide the puck past the UNO goaltender.
Boehm’s two-goal night marks the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career. Now with five goals during his career, two came less than 17 minutes a part tonight.
The Mavericks out shot the Beavers 14-7 in the second period and took a 20-13 advantage in shots into the final 20 minutes of play.
Nebraska-Omaha head coach Dean Blaise opted for a goaltender change to open the third period relieving Anthony Stolarz with John Falkner after 40 minutes, three goals allowed and 10 saves. Falkner did the job for UNO turning aside all six of the Beavers’ shots on goal in 19:02 between the pipes, but on the other end of the ice, BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh (So., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) to eliminate all scoring during the final period.
With 15:33 to play in the game, BSU defender Matt Prapavessis (So., Oakville, Ontario) was whistled for a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind. The major set the trailing Mavericks up with a golden opportunity to knot the score, but 2:47 into the penalty, UNO’s Ryan Walters was booked for hooking equalizing play for all but 13 seconds of the major penalty, but the BSU penalty kill unit would answer the call snuffing out the penalty.
The final period was littered with penalties as the teams combined for eight penalties during the final 20 minutes of play.
With 58 seconds left in the game, Blaise pulled Falkner for an extra attacker, but it was BSU that seemed to get the best scoring chances glancing two shots of the outside of the goal.
The BSU penalty-kill unit, backed by Walsh, was flawless. The Beavers snuffed out all eight of UNO’s power-play opportunities, allowing just two shots on goal, and wrapped up the weekend a perfect 11-for-11.
Bemidji State finished the night 1-for-6 on the power play.
The Beavers move to 2-1-1 on the season and are unblemished in WCHA play, 1-0-1, while UNO moves to 2-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play.
The Beavers now have a week free of competition before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. Nov. 9-10. BSU opens its WCHA series with Colorado College (3-3-0; 0-0-0WCHA) at 8:37 p.m. (CST) Nov. 9 with the series finale set for 8:07 p.m. Nov. 10.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).