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Bemidji State men's hockey: BSU lands four on All-CHA team

Bemidji State men's hockey players Dan Bakala, Brad Hunt, Ian Lowe and Matt Read were named to the 2010 College Hockey America All-League Teams on Wednesday.

League coaches voted Bakala, Hunt and Read to the first team while Lowe was selected Second-Team All-CHA.

The quartet of BSU All-CHA selections matched Robert Morris University's four student-athletes for tops in the league and marked the ninth consecutive season that BSU has placed multiple student-athletes on the all-conference teams.

Bakala finished the regular-season as one of just three goaltenders in the country with 19 or more wins in net, matching Matt Dalton's school Division I-era record for goaltending victories in a season. With an 12-3-1 mark in CHA play, Bakala led the league in goals against average (2.02), save percentage (.929), wins (12) and winning percentage (.781).

A First Team All-CHA selection for the second consecutive season, Hunt finished the regular-season third on the team in scoring with seven goals and 31 points. His 24 assists lead the team in setting a new BSU Division I era record. Hunt's 31 points stands as the third-best single-season total by a defensemen since 1999

Read, a two-time First Team All-CHA selection, paced the Beavers in scoring for the third consecutive season with 19 goals and 40 points. With at least 40 points in each of the last two seasons, Read became the first BSU player since Bernie Adlys (1993-96) to post back-to-back 40-point seasons. His 12 goals in conference play led the league.

Bakala, Hunt and Read were joined on the first team by Robert Morris University forward Nathan Longpre and defenseman Denny Urban and Chris Moran, a forward for Niagara University.

Lowe, a junior, finished the regular-season fourth among his teammates in scoring. He finished the season with 19 goals and 29 points. His 29-point performance in 2009-10 surpasses the scoring output of his first two collegiate seasons combined (4-16--20).

Joining the Lowe on the second team were: Niagara's Ryan Olidis and Tyler Gotto, Chris Kushneriuk and Dave Cowan of Robert Morris and Ala.-Huntsville goaltender Cameron Talbot.

The NCAA announced that BSU senior forward Chris McKelvie has been selected as one of 32 male and female student-athletes to participate in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge.

From a field of nominated seniors from across the country, the skills challenge selection committee kept McKelvie among the final the rosters of 16 males and 16 females, marking the second consecutive season in which a BSU student-athlete has been among the skills challenge field.

The skills challenge will take place at Ford Field on April 9 as part of the national championship weekend. Events included in the challenge will be: the puck control relay, hardest shot, fastest skater, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.

The evening will also include the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the Hockey Humanitarian Award and the announcement of the American Hockey Coaches' Association All-America teams.

Not only will McKelvie represent BSU, he will also be the CHA's only representative.