Bemidji State men's hockey team stays unbeaten
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Bemidji State remained unbeaten on the season with a decisive 5-0 college men's hockey victory Saturday night over Northern Michigan at the Berry Events Center.
Chris McKelvie had two goals, Tyler Lehrke added a goal and an assist and Matt Read assisted twice as the Beavers moved to 3-0-1 heading into next weekend's College Hockey America conference opener at Alabama-Huntsville.
Goaltender Mathieu Dugas, a freshman from L'Assomption, Quebec, recorded the shutout in his first game for the Beavers. He became the third Bemidji State goalie to earn a shutout in his first collegiate game, joining Jim Scanlon and Matt Climie.
Dugas needed to make only 13 saves as the Beavers dominated play from start to finish.
"It was a great effort," Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore said. "You look back over the course of the last 10 years since we have been Division I and you think about some of the big wins, and this ranks right up there."
It was quite a different story from Friday night's series opener, when Bemidji State's Ben Kinne scored with 10.6 seconds remaining to tie the game. It ended 3-3 with no scoring in overtime.
"This is not an easy place to play," Serratore said. "It's tough to get one point out of Marquette let alone three. Our guys played with just a ton of jam. I'm really proud of the way our guys played."
McKelvie's shorthanded goal off a nice feed from Lehrke 3:19 into the game got the Beavers going.
Lehrke made it 2-0 on assists from Brady Wacker and Chris Peluso at the 11:14 mark of the first period.
Ryan Cramer's goal just 58 seconds after the second-period faceoff made it a 3-0 game.
It stayed that way until midway through the third when Ian Lowe and McKelvie scored the final two goals. McKelvie's was a steller individual effort when he stole the puck and went in alone on Northern Michigan goaltender Brian Stewart.
The Beavers are off to one of their most productive starts in the Division I era, with 18 goals in four games. That leads all Division I teams.
"Our seniors are carrying the mail," Serratore said. "McKelvie has just been outstanding. We need our experienced players to elevate their games. Hopefully we can continue to score by committee."
Sophomore Dan Bakala was in the nets for the Beavers' first three games this season, but Dugas made the most of his first test.
"That was great for Mathieu," Serratore said. "Our goaltending has been great. Danny Bakala has been outstanding and Mathieu was steady back there tonight."