BSU men's hockey team pushes St. Cloud State to limit in 5-3 loss
The Bemidji State men's hockey team came within one period of recording on impressive sweep, falling 5-3 to the St. Cloud State Huskies Saturday night at The Glas.
Three power play goals in the second period were the difference for the Huskies, who ended the night 3 for 8 with the man advantage. The Beavers ended 2 for 5.
"We played five of six pretty good periods this weekend," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "We had a lot of energy in the first period and played with a lot of character. In the second, we got fatigued, killing those penalties. I thought we killed pretty well, but just didn't challenge on a couple shots at the end of the shifts."
For the second straight night the Beavers took care of one of Serratore's continually mentioned "keys to the game," scoring the first goal.
Beaver senior defender Cody Bostock, known to possess a cannon from the blue line, proved it with 2:42 remaining in the first with the Beavers on the power play. Freshman defender Brad Hunt saved the puck at the blue line and got it over to Bostock who was stationed at the top of the far circle. He unleashed a laser that caught the cross bar and deflected into the goal past SCSU goaltender Jace Wesloski for a 1-0 Beaver lead.
BSU's high energy level from Friday night carried over into the first as the Beavers held a 15-7 shot advantage in the opening period. That was only five shots less than the Beavers had the entire game Friday.
The Beavers were called for five penalties in the second period, St. Cloud two. Several of the Beaver penalties were called in succession, causing St. Cloud 4 on 3 and 5 on 3 situations. The situation turned the tide for St. Cloud.
The Huskies tied the game on a 4 on 3 power play as Garrett Roe scored from between the circles at 8:33. The next power play goal came about eight minutes later as a puck deflected off a Beaver defender into the net.
The Huskies added an even strength goal from Aaron Marvin and yet another power play goal later, this one from Jared Festler, to take a 4-1 lead.
Fortunately, the BSU fans stuck with their team and the Beavers dug deep, making a game of it in the third - despite the questionable penalty calling in the second period.
The tide turned in the third. With the Beavers on the power play, Hunt took his turn with a blast from the blue line. The BSU freshman defender took a pass in the high slot and buried a slap shot past Weslosky in the upper right corner of the net at 13:54.
Suddenly, it was a two goal game. The Beavers were reenergized and then took control of the game's flow.
Less than two minutes later the Beavers scored again to make it 4-3. Sophomore Matt Read made a strong move to the net with a St. Cloud defender all over him. Read cut to the front of the net and got off a shot that Weslosky saved. BSU senior Tyler Scofield was on the spot and buried the rebound.
It was a one goal game with just over four minutes remaining.
The Beavers took a time out with 1:42 remaining, then promptly pulled goalie Orlando Alamano. BSU was able to put on some pressure down the stretch, but St. Cloud's Mitch Ryan put it away with an empty netter with nine seconds left.
"We regrouped in the third period and made it a game," Serratore reported. "We got that second goal and started to roll four lines. We had the chance at the end and that's all you can ask after being down by thee goals. It would have been nice to have two wins, but before the season I would have taken a split against these guys."
SCSU head coach Bob Motzko left The Glas with a solid respect for the Beavers. "They are physical; it's their game plan to run you out of the building," he said. "They hit us, but didn't break us. It was a tough series."