A power play goal by freshman Brett Hextall just 31 seconds into overtime gave the University of North Dakota a 4-3 win over Bemidji State Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Hextall took a shot from the low slot that appeared to deflect off someone or something into the net past BSU goaltender Orlando Alamano. It was a tough loss for the Beavers who fought back from a 3-2 deficit in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime. "I don't now what to say right now ... it's a devastating loss," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore.
The history of close and exciting games between North Dakota and the Bemidji State men's hockey teams continued Friday at The Glas as UND held on late to post a 4-3 win. The game came down to the final seconds. Trailing by one with 1:16 left the Beavers pulled goalie Matt Dalton for an extra attacker and generated two quality chances. The last came in the waning moments as a Beaver shot went off the post in the final seconds. The play occurred so fast nobody knew exactly what happened.
For a major rivalry, the Bemidji State-North Dakota men's hockey rivalry has been more than a little one-sided. Since the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 6, 1970 UND has built a 15-1-1 advantage, including a perfect 4-0 record at The Glas. The Beavers will try to change that trend this weekend in a home-and-home series with the Fighting Sioux beginning today at The Glas at 7:35 p.m. The two teams play at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks tomorrow at 7:35 p.m.
The six game winning streak is over as the Bemidji State men's hockey team fell to host Dartmouth 4-2 in the final of the Ledyard National Bank Classic Monday in Hanover, N.H. The Beavers fell behind 2-0 near the mid-way point of the game and were unable to recover.
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.
After a 22-day break the Bemidji State men's hockey team returns to action today, playing in the Dartmouth Ledyard National Bank Classic in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Beavers take on the University of Massachusetts in the tournament's opening round game at 3 p.m. (CST). Bemidji State will then play either host Dartmouth or Army Monday afternoon, based on the results of today's games. The last action for BSU was a sweep of Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 5-6. The team practiced for about 10 days after the sweep, then went their separate ways.
Let's see, what sports cliché would best describe the Bemidji High girls hockey team's 9-0 win over Hibbing Tuesday: Christmas came two days early? When it rains it pours? How about a classic coach's comment, "we like to score in bunches." Whatever phrase is ultimately used, in the end words don't do the Jacks second period blitzkrieg of visiting Hibbing justice. The Jacks put a nine spot on that Bluejackets in that school record setting period - that's right, nine goals in a single period.
Playing their fifth game in eight nights, a game weary Bemidji High boys hockey dug deep and found a way to win Friday at Nymore Arena. The Jacks defeated Fergus Falls 4-2 behind two goals from sophomore Max Hazelton and a solid night in net from Brett Dokken. The senior goaltender recorded 29 saves in notching the win. "I don't want to take anything away from Fergus Falls," said BHS head coach Wade Chiodo, "but all the games we've been playing lately have taken a toll.
Riding the rock solid performance of senior goaltender Kaia Sele the Bemidji High girls hockey team defeated its second quality opponent in less than a week, dropping state ranked Crookston 3-1 Tuesday at The Glas. Sele turned back 23 of 24 Crookston shots on the night as the Jacks improved to 7-1 on the year. "It could be said the score was Kaia Sele 3, Crookston 1," said Bemidji High assistant coach Keith Huerd. "(Sele) played very well.
Bemidji High assistant girls hockey coach Keith Hurd had a premonition after the second period of the Jacks game against state ranked Grand Rapids-Greenway Thursday. Trailing 1-0 with a period to play Hurd said he told the team and coaches in the locker room, "We aren't done yet. We're going to win this one 2-1." Call Hurd a partisan coach who was just trying to psyche up his team.