Beavers get back on track with 6-2 win
It was time ...
It was time ...
The Bemidji State men's hockey team broke out of a mid-season funk with a convincing 6-2 win over visiting Wayne State at The Glas Saturday.
It was a perfect way to end a streak that saw the Beavers averaging less than two goals a game over their last nine. Six different players scored for the Beavers on a night when BSU dominated all phases.
Goalie Layne Sedevie surrendered a pair of virtually meaningless third period goals after the Beavers had built a 4-0 lead. The power play clicked for three goals on seven chances while the BSU penalty kill held Wayne State off the board on seven chances.
"We played well tonight," said BSU coach Tom Serratore. "The kids competed hard and played smart. We had good balanced scoring and the goals came in bunches. It should be a good confidence builder for the team."
The Beavers came out with guns blazing, taking a 2-0 first period lead.
BSU held a dramatic 15-6 shot on goal advantage and dominated Wayne State throughout.
The Beavers got a power play goal to open things up, connecting just 22 seconds after Wayne State's Jason Baclig was called for holding. Matt Pope, his back to the net, gathered in a rebound off a shot from Tyler Scofield. Pope wheeled around a WSU defender and blew a low shot passed a screened Wayne State goalie Matt Kelly.
Luke Erickson ended a personal goal scoring drought when he was on the spot for a rebound off a shot from Pope. Erickson made no mistake on this one and jammed it home with just over two minutes remaining in the period.
Erickson also had a shot ring off the post near the mid-way point in the period. Wayne State had one quality chance, right after BSU's first goal, and got the puck past Beaver goalie Layne Sedevie. But a BSU defender was there to sweep the puck away before it crossed the line.
It was starting to look like déj? vu all over again as the Beavers took a 3-0 in the second. Only this, as opposed the Friday, BSU kept Wayne State off the board for the whole period.
The lone goal was a beauty. Miller picked up a rebound off his own shot, carried around the net and connected on a perfect wraparound almost three minutes into the period. There weren't a lot of quality chances for either team in the period with Wayne State holding an 8-5 shot advantage.
The Beavers took advantage of a quick Wayne State penalty to start the third period to build a 4-0 lead. Rob Sirianni tipped a shot from Matt Allen past WSU goalie Matt Kelly at the 1:07 mark. WSU came back with a short handed goal six minutes in by John May to close within 4-1. But the Beavers added two more over the next four minutes to build a four goal lead.
Jean-Guy Gervais was the recipient of a nice bounce off the glass behind the net. Nathan Schwartzbauer ripped a high shot into the zone that caromed off the glass in front to Gervais who gathered it in and scored.
Matt Allen then joined the scoring spree as he tipped a shot off a fine play from freshman Brandon Marino. Marino faked a shot at the blue line and zipped a low blast that Allen converted as he was going strong to the net. That goal chased Kelly who was replaced by Will Hooper in the WSU net.
Wayne State added a goal with about seven minutes to go to make the final 6-2.
While the win was nice and undoubtedly a confidence booster the goal now is to maintain the effort and play with consistency over the tough second half schedule. "We'll be saying this every game from year on in,"
Serratore reported, "but every game is going to be our biggest game of the year. When you take care of business yourself you don't have to do as much scoreboard watching. Everyone one is playing for points and positioning at this point of the season."
Sedevie got the win in a fine effort for the Beavers, stopping 23 of 25 shots. Kelly took the loss, surrendering six goals on 26 shots in just over 51 minutes of play.
The win upped the Beaver's record to 11-8-3 and 6-3-1 in the CHA. Wayne State fell to 4-13-3, 1-5-2.
The Beavers return to action Friday, hosting Air Force in what will be the last trip to The Glas for the Falcons as members of the CHA.