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Men's hockey picks up first win

MANKATO, Minn. - Bemidji State's Garrett Roth picked up his first goal of the season at the most opportune moment, scoring at 2:20 of overtime to lift the Beavers past Minnesota State, 4-3, in a non-conference men's hockey contest Friday.

Roth's marker secured BSU's first road win over Minnesota State in a decade and gave the Beavers their first win of the 2006-07 season.

BSU scored one goal in each period, and rallied from a 2-1 second-period deficit to secure the win. In each of the first two periods, BSU was able to answer Minnesota State goals within less than three minutes and twice equalized the scoreboard.

In the first period, Travis Winter picked up his first goal of the season with an assist from Tyler Scofield at 19:20 of the period. James Gaulrapp had put the Mavericks on the board earlier with his first goal of the year at 18:46.

Mick Berge put the Mavericks on top, 2-1, with his sixth goal of the young season at 12:40 of the second period, but again BSU would respond quickly.

Luke Erickson continued the blazing start to his season, picking up his team-leading fifth goal of the season at 15:13 of the second to balance the scoreboard at two goals apiece. He was assisted by Roth and Winter and ran his scoring streak to five games to open the season.

Shane Holman helped BSU grab its first lead of the contest in the third. With help from Matt Pope, Holman picked up the first short-handed goal of his career to put the Beavers on top, 3-2, 57 seconds into the third.

This time, it was Minnesota State's turn to respond, as Steve Wagner pulled the Mavericks even with his first goal of the campaign at 7:20. The 3-3 draw held through the end of regulation, setting up Roth's overtime heroics which led to the first BSU victory of the season.

Matt Climie was strong in goal, picking up his first win of the season with a 31-save effort. He yielded three goals in 62:20 of work, but turned aside 17 of 18 shots faced in the second period to keep BSU within striking distance. The win evened his season record at 1-1-1.

He out-dueled Dan Tormey, who saved 28 shots in goal in a losing effort for the Mavericks. Tormey started strong, saving 14 of 15 shots faced in the first period, then saved nine of 10 in the second period and five of six in the third, but yielded Roth's goal on the first overtime shot he faced. Tormey fell to 2-5-0 with the loss.

Minnesota State out-shot BSU 34-32 in the contest.

The teams combined for 16 penalties for 32 minutes - nine for 18 against BSU alone - but neither team was able to solve the other's penalty kill. BSU went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, while the Mavericks went scoreless on seven power-play chances. The Beaver penalty kill has now taken care of nine consecutive opponent power-play opportunities and 18 of its last 19 after allowing 14 goals on its first 31 chances this season.

The victory improved BSU to 43-19-3 all-time in its series against Minnesota State, and marked BSU's first win in Mankato since 1996.

Bemidji State (1-3-1, 0-1-1 CHA) and Minnesota State (2-5-0, 1-3-0 WCHA) wrap up their two-game non-conference series tonight in a 7:07 p.m. face off in Mankato, Minn.


E BSU played its second overtime game this season and its second in as many games.

E BSU is 1-0-1 in overtime this year.

E Winter's first-period goal snapped BSU's scoreless streak at Minnesota State at 191:24; BSU had not scored a goal at Minnesota State since 8:16 of the first period on Nov. 2, 2002 - a span of eight periods over three games.

E The win also ended BSU's history of difficulty on Olympic-sized ice sheets, marking its first win in 22 tries (1-19-2).

Beavers Summary

Bemidji State 1 1 1 1 - 4

MSU-Mankato 1 1 1 0 - 3

First Period - 1, MSU, James Gaulrapp 1 (Travis Morin, Steve Wagner), 18:46. 2, BSU, Travis Winter 1 (Tyler Scofield), 19:40. Penalties - Brian Kilburg, MSU (tripping), 3:22; Nick Canzanello, MSU (interference), 5:27; Kurtis Kisio, MSU (hooking), 7:40; Riley Weselowski, BSU (holding), 8:48; Garrett Roth, BSU (hooking), 10:50; Jon Kalinski, MSU (interference), 14:50.

Second Period - 3, MSU, Mick Berge 6 (Jarad Stewart, Gaulrapp), 12:40. 4, BSU, Luke Erickson 5 (Roth, Winter), 15:13. Penalties - Erickson, BSU (roughing), 1:46; Stewart, MSU (slashing), 1:46; Matt Pope, BSU (hooking), 2:09; Kisio, MSU (goaltender interference), 6:05; Cody Bostock, BSU (cross-checking), 9:02; Garrett Roth, BSU (goaltender interference), 13:02; Weselowski, BSU (cross-checking), 19:53.

Third Period - 5, BSU, Shane Holman 1 (Pope), :57 (sh). 6, MSU, Wagner 1 (Travis Morin, Kilburg), 7:42. Penalties - Scofield, BSU (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:19; R.J. Linder, MSU (hooking), 4:19.

Overtime - 7, BSU, Roth 1 (Tyler Lehrke), 2:20. Penalties - none.

Shots on goal - Bemidji State 15-10-6-1 32, MSU-Mankato 6-18-10-0 34. Power play opportunities - Bemidji State 0 of 5. MSU-Mankato 0 of 7. Goalies - Bemidji State, Matt Climie 1-1-1 (34 shots-31 saves), 62:20. MSU-Mankato, Dan Tormey 2-5-0 (32-28), 62:20. A - 3, 081. Referee - Brian Thul. Assistant Referees - Craig Martin, Jared Moen.