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Bemidji State men's hockey: Scoring spree keeps Bemidji State unbeaten; Gophers are up next

From left, Bemidji State's Matt Carlson, Darcy Findlay, Aaron McLeod, Brad Hunt and Emil Billberg celebrate Findlay's goal in the first period of Saturday night's game against Robert Morris at John Glas Fieldhouse. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State men's hockey team charged through another weekend with its unbeaten record intact.

The Beavers scored the first three goals of the game and went on to sweep Robert Morris with a dominating 6-1 victory at John Glas Fieldhouse Saturday night.

"We are very happy with this win because we put more of 60 minutes together rather than last night where we had just 30 good minutes," Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said. "We were fortunate enough to get the sweep and I'm very proud of the energy level we had in the third period.

The Beavers will put their unbeaten record (7-0-1 overall, 4-0-0 CHA) to the test next weekend against the WCHA's Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Saturday-Sunday series at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

Minnesota moved to 3-4-1 on the season with a 5-2 victory at Wisconsin Saturday night.

Darcy Findlay, Tyler Lehrke, Ian Lowe, Matt Read, Jordan George and Emil Billberg scored goals for the Beavers. Dan Bakala earned his sixth win by making 27 saves.

"I thought our fourth line played really well tonight and they all had a part in the three goals we had in the third period," Serratore said. "It's nice to have that balance and the production was nice tonight."

Denny Urban scored Robert Morris' lone goal in the second period and Colonials goalie Eric Levine finished with 34 saves.

Findlay started the scoring for the Beavers with his first goal of the season at 8:46 of the first period. Brad Hunt's pass from the right side found Findlay's stick the top of the crease and Findlay chipped it in from there.

BSU scored a pair of second-period goals in less than two minutes to take control of the game.

Lehrke made it 2-0 Bemidji State at 6:19 of the period when he shelfed a wrist shot as time expired on a Beaver power play.

Bemidji State went ahead 3-0 on a goal from Lowe at 8:07. At the edge of the net, Lowe poked a rebound past Levine after a physical battle with Urban and Dave Cowan.

Robert Morris scored its first goal of the series on Bakala midway through the second on a disputed goal.

Like Lowe's goal, there was a group of players jabbing at the loose puck at the edge of the net. The puck bounced out to the far side to Urban, who put a shot over Bakala into the net.

But the goal went under review quickly as the referees talked with the goal judge. After a short discussion, Urban was credited with the power-play goal and the game resumed.

Bakala earned the shutout in Bemidji State's 2-0 win over the Colonials Friday night and has given up just three goals in the last four games.

Read squeezed in a one-timer from the left circle 45 seconds into the third period on the power play to put Bemidji State ahead 4-1. George and Billberg netted a pair of even strength goals in the final three minutes of the third period.

Billberg's goal was his first of the season.