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BSU men's hockey team sweeps Michigan Tech, wins third straight

Bemidji State's Matt Read (19) drives Michigan Tech's Deron Cousens into the boards during the third period of Saturday night's game at John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

A pair of goals by senior forward Tyler Scofield and another strong goaltending performance by sophomore Matt Dalton propelled the Bemidji State men's hockey team to a 2-1 win over Michigan Tech Saturday at The Glas.

The win gave the Beavers a series sweep over the Western Collegiate Hockey Association team who made its first ever visit to BSU. Bemidji State won the opener 3-0.

"It was a good, gutty win and a nice sweep against a team that's difficult to play against," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "We had a lot more jump tonight and that was good to see."

Saturday's contest had an eerily similar start to Friday's game with BSU scoring the first goal and then holding off a Tech 5 on 3 advantage for over a minute to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room.

One main difference was that the Beavers scored the first goal on the power play - a welcome sight for the Beavers who had been struggling to score on the man advantage this season.

On the scoring play Brad Hunt fed the puck to Matt Read who carried it into the Tech zone along the far boards. The sophomore forward found Scofield, who was cutting through the slot, in front. Scofield deftly tipped the pass past MTU goaltender Josh Robinson at 5:53.

The Beavers were then called for a pair of penalties with about six minutes remaining, giving Tech a 5 on 3 advantage for 1:16. For the second consecutive night the Beavers successfully killed the penalties.

The second period belonged to Michigan Tech, well, the first 19:37 of it, anyway.

The Huskies finally broke into the scoring column for the first time in the series, as Jordan Baker cleaned up after a scramble in front with the Huskies on the power play at 9:14.

It was the first goal for Tech in the series after going over 90 minutes without scoring. It was also the first Tech power play in the series after 13 chances.

The Huskies continued to carry the play the rest of the period as the Beavers struggled to get into any kind of flow on offense.

It took the goalie Dalton to get the offense going.

Dalton hit Ian Lowe near the red line with a pass. That generated a BSU 2 on 1 with Scofield joining the rush on the far side. Lowe advanced the puck and waited for just the right moment, feeding Scofield who buried the puck with just 23 seconds remaining in the period.

"Their defender and goalie actually played it well," Scofield said. "Lowe made the pass at just the right time and the perfect angle. The puck went through the crease to me when I was just about at the (end line)."

After the play Dalton skated out to nearly the blue line, making sure the ref knew he made an assist on the play. "Fortunately the puck was pretty flat on the pass," said Dalton. "I wanted that assist - it's fun to joke around with the guys about those kinds of things."

There was no scoring in the third period, but not for lack of chances. The Beavers had a pair of great opportunities in the first three minutes but couldn't connect.

Brandon Marino had a wide open net in front of him as a rebound off a shot from Matt Francis came out to the senior forward just 45 seconds onto the period. The shot went over the net.

Read also had a great opportunity, getting free for a breakaway at the 2:20 mark. His shot as well went high.

Tech put on the pressure late in the third period and pulled Robinson for an extra attacker with just under two minutes left. The Huskies kept the puck in the BSU zone nearly the entire time, but didn't come up with any Grade A scoring chances.

Michigan Tech ended with a 27-16 shot advantage as Dalton once again played a huge role in the BSU victory. "Dalton has been a key component for us," Serratore reported. "He's been our rock the last three weeks."

Tech played Saturday with a lot of desperation, Serratore continued, playing very hard to get a win. "It's tough when you're constantly facing one on one battles the whole night." he said. "We responded with a good win, bottom line."


E Dalton's assist was the first by a BSU goalie since Layne Sedevie had one against Wayne State on Jan. 14, 2006