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Beaver men's hockey team tops UMass 4-2 in tourney opener Sunday; will face Dartmouth for championship

The Bemidji State men's hockey dusted off the rust from a three-week break and defeated the University of Massachusetts 4-2 Sunday in the opening round of the Ledyard National Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Beavers, who saw their record improve to 8-7-0 on the year.

The Beavers will next play the host team, Dartmouth, in the championship game at 6 p.m. CST Monday. Dartmouth scored three shorthanded goals and defeated Army 5-4 in overtime Sunday night.

Things did not start out well for Bemidji State as UMass senior forward Cory Quirk scored just 62 seconds into the game. But the Beavers responded with three unanswered goals to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Leading 3-2 entering the final period, the Beavers scored the lone goal of the third to build on the lead and virtually ice the victory.

"I think the game was a little helter-skelter the first two periods," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore. "But I was really proud of the way the boys played in the third. They showed a lot of poise with great clock management and execution."

Following Quirk's quick goal, the Beavers came back with a power-play goal at 4:29 as Brandon Marino connected with assists from Ian Lowe and Cody Bostock. BSU then went ahead for good with just over five minutes remaining in the first as Matt Read scored on a rebound off a shot from Tyler Scofield.

A key to the BSU victory came early in the second as Alex Berry of UMass was whistled for a five-minute major for checking from behind. The Beavers made it 3-1 on the resulting five-minute power play as senior Travis Winter scored from point-blank range off a great pass from behind the net from Lowe.

That turned out to be the game winner for the Beavers.

UMass came back to make it 3-2 at 14:23 of the second as Justin Braun connected past BSU goaltender Matt Dalton. But that was to be it for the night for the Minutemen.

Freshman Ben Kinne iced the game for BSU at 4:29 of the third period. "Shea Walters made a great 40 foot pass to Bostock and Cody just let it go. Kinne was right there at the side of the net and made a great redirect," Serratore reported.

UMass ended the game with 26-18 shot advantage for the game. Holding the two goal lead the Beavers played a defensive game and limited UMass to only six shots down the stretch.

Dalton got the win for the Beavers in net, his sixth in a row. He made 24 saves on the night. UMass' Paul Dainton took the loss, making 14 saves in the losing effort.

BSU 2 1 1 - 4

UMass 1 1 0 - 2

First Period - 1, UMass, Cory Quirk (Justin Braun, Alex Berry), 1:02. 2, BSU, Brandon Marino (Ian Lowe, Cody Bostock), 4:29 (pp). 3, BSU, Matt Read (Tyler Scofield, Matt Francis), 14:43. Penalties - Daniel Hobbs, UMass (tripping), 3:30, Graham McManamin, BSU (tripping), 16:26

Second Period - 4, BSU, Travis Winter (Lowe, Marino), 5:18 (pp). 5, UMass, Braun (Chris Davis, John Wessbecker), 14:23. Penalties - Berry, UMass (checking from behind-5 minute major-game disqualification), 4:20, Braun, UMass (holding), 11:14, Martin Nolet (roughing), 19:11

Third Period - 6, BSU, Ben Kinne (Bostock, Shea Walters), 4:29. Penalties - Bostock, BSU (interference), 1:32, Quirk, UMass (cross-checking), 6:30, Scofield, BSU (10 minute misconduct), 9:38, Matt Francis, BSU (tripping), 11:55

Shots - BSU 6-8-4 18, UMass 10-10-6 26

Saves - BSU-Matt Dalton (26 shots-24 saves), UMass-Paul Dainton (18 shots-14 saves)

Power Play - BSU 2 for 5, UMass 0 for 3

Referees - John Barnard, Tom Cronin, assistant referees - Eric Ernst, Richard Patry