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BSU men's hockey dominates Bisons in exhibition

Bemidji State's Chris McKelvie (left) swats the puck off the stick of Manitoba's Stephane Lenoski (right) during the first period of Friday's exhibition at John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Halloween night is probably a good time to hold a college hockey exhibition game.

There's something kind of eerie about an exhibition; teams are out on the ice competing like it's a regular game, but it isn't. Since it's an exhibition the game doesn't count as a win or loss and official records are not kept.

Unofficially, the Beavers dominated the University of Manitoba Friday night at The Glas, winning 7-0. BSU freshman goalie Dan Bakala recorded the shut out win in his first collegiate game.

Bakala was rarely tested as the Bison mustered just 14 shots on the night. He did, however, come up big when tested a handful of times.

It was evident early that the exhibition was a mismatch. The Beavers controlled long stretches of the game from the start and ended the first period with an 11-2 shots on goal advantage.

While the Beavers led only 1-0 after the first period the advantage could have been a lot greater. BSU players missed at least a half dozen quality chances to score.

The lone goal came on a nice play from BSU first liners Matt Read and Shea Walters. Read controlled the puck deep and went behind the Manitoba net unchallenged. He hit Walters just off the near side of the crease and Walters buried it.

The scoring pace changed in the second as the Beavers began to connect. BSU scored four times in the period to build a major 5-0 lead.

Read started the scoring on a nice individual effort. He stole the puck, skated in and scored off his own rebound.

Brandon Marino made it 3-0 Beavers as he took a pass from freshman Ben Kinne and buried a wrist shot from the far circle. The Beavers went ahead 4-0, scoring their first of two power play goals on the night. On this one Read hit his linemate Tyler Scofield with a cross ice pass and Scofield scored five hole.

It was 5-0 when Read and Walters teamed up again. The duo got loose on a 2 on 1 break, courtesy of a long pass from freshman defenseman Tyler Jundt. Read held the puck until the last second before pasing to Walters, who was there for the lay up.