|December 08, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||06:54||BSU||Markus Gerbrandt (Brad Robbins , Matt Prapavessis)|
|2||16:29||BSU||Jordan George (Ben Kinne , Matt Prapavessis)|
|3||19:10||UMD||Caleb Herbert (Austin Farley , Andy Welinski)|
|Shots on Goal||19||34|
DULUTH, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) – Matt Prapavessis (So., Oakville, Ontario) pitched in two assists and Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) turned aside 33 University of Minnesota Duluth shots after a six-game absence form the Bemidji State University men’s hockey line up to help the Beavers weather a storm late and snap a three-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. Saturday.
Trailing 2-0 with 2:35 to go, UMD pulled its goaltender to start the mayhem.
Already a man short due to UMD’s extra attacker, Brady Wacker (Sr., D, Jansen, Saskatchewan) took a penalty for elbowing to give the Bulldogs a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 1:41 of play. The Beavers defense held until Caleb Herbert put a rebound past Walsh to cut the deficit to a goal with 50.8 on the clock. However, that was as close as UMD would get as the Beavers escaped with the victory.
Bemidji State improved to 4-8-2 overall with a 3-6-2 mark in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play while UMD dipped to 5-8-3 on the season, 3-6-3 in league play and remain winless (0-6-2) on Saturday’s this season.
The Beavers were sluggish to open the first period, packing in to protect their starting goaltender from a barrage of shots by the Bulldogs and were seldom able to escape the UMD zone.
Minnesota Duluth took the first period edge in shots 13-9, but the teams skated off the ice at the end of the period knotted in a scoreless tie.
The roles reversed in the second period.
Although the shots were an even 8-8 in the frame, the Beavers netted a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes of play.
Freshman Markus Gerbrandt (F, Edmonton, Alberta) got the puck from Matt Prapavessis (So., D, Oakville, Ontario) and Brad Robbins (Fr., F, Murrieta, Calif.), came around the left side of the goal and stuffed a backhand between the pipe and UMD goaltender Aaron Crandall’s pad at the at the 6:54 mark of the period. The assist stood as the first point of Robbins’ BSU career.
The Beavers made good on their second power-play opportunity to the night at the 16:29 mark of the second to build a 2-0 lead. Jordan George (Sr., F, Madison, Wis.) fired a laser from the right faceoff dot and found the back of the net. Ben Kinne (Sr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) and Prapavessis were credited with assists on the play.
UMD and exchanged blows in the third period. The Bulldogs outshot the Beavers 13-2 in the stanza in spite of taking a five-minute major penalty in the opening minute of the frame. However, it wasn’t until the finale minute that the Bulldogs cracked the BSU staunch defense and Walsh for the first, and eventually, the only time.
The Beavers finished the night 1-for-5 on the man advantage, while UMD was 1-for-2.
Bemidji State returns home to Sanford Center for its final series of the 2012 calendar year. The Beavers host perennial power University of Denver with the series opener set for 7:37 p.m. Friday and the finale for 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
Next weekend, the BSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be holding two events to help local residents that may be less fortunate during this Christmas season. Friday, you are invited to bring new or gently used winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to donate upon arrival. Saturday is the group’s annual Teddy Bear Toss. After the Beavers’ first goal, you are invited to throw stuffed animal donations, wrapped in plastic, onto the ice. All items collected will be given to local charitable organizations to be distributed in Bemidji and the surrounding area.
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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).