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Bemidji State hockey coach Tom Serratore said it after the Beavers 3-1 victory Friday night, "good teams find a way to win." The Beavers found yet another way Saturday, winning for the fifth straight time in defeating the University of Alabama-Huntsville 4-2 at The Glas. In this one, the Beavers trailed 2-1 going into the third period and proceeded to play what Serratore termed as "one of the finest periods of Beaver hockey in a long time. That was one fine exhibition." It didn't take long for the Beavers to even the score in the third period.
Three third period goals and strong goaltending from Bemidji State sophomore Matt Dalton propelled the Beavers (8-7-0, 3-2-0 CHA) to a 3-1 win over visiting University of Alabama-Huntsville (2-6-1, 1-3-1 CHA) Friday the The Glas. If that sounds like "deja vu all over again," it should. The game followed nearly the same script as the Beavers 3-0 win over Michigan Tech a week ago. The Beavers took advantage of their opportunities offensively and got strong goaltending.
The 2008-09 season didn't start well for the Bemidji State men's hockey team as the Beavers were 1-6 after the first seven games. Starting with the series finale at Alabama-Huntsville on Nov.
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.
Bemidji State made sure that Michigan Tech's first visit ever to the John Glas Fieldhouse wasn't a pleasant one and defeated the Huskies 3-0 Friday night. BSU sophomore Matt Dalton got the shut out in net for the Beavers, stopping all of Tech's 23 shots on the game. He came up big a handful of times to keep Tech off the board. The Beavers scored once in each of the three periods and won, in a major way, the special teams battle.
After a brutal stretch of games where the Beavers played eight of 10 on the road, the Bemidji State men's hockey team returns home tonight. The Beavers host non-conference foe Michigan Tech (2-9-1, 1-8-1 WCHA) in the two-game series. Today's 7:35 p.m. game at The Glas will mark the first time that Michigan Tech has played at Bemidji State. The Beavers (3-7-0, 2-2 CHA) traveled to Houghton two years ago and were swept by the Huskies. The Beavers are coming off a successful road trip, splitting with preseason College Hockey America favorite Niagara University in upstate New York last weekend.
Two keys to victory are cited by Bemidji State men's hockey coach Tom Serratore before every game -- get the first goal and play with intensity. The Beavers got both at Dwyer Arena in upstate New York Saturday, stopping Niagara University 3-1 to earn a series split. To remain on the college hockey cliché train, Serratore also always says the goal against every College Hockey America team is "to split on the road and sweep at home." For the second consecutive week the Beavers earned the road split and now stand 2-2 in the league. Bemidji State (3-7-0, 2-2 CHA) took Serratore's word to heart
Those darn deer ... That's what the Old Man always used to say when the first part of the deer hunting season didn't go well. Those darn deer ... That's exactly what The Hack was thinking on the drive back to civilization on Tuesday afternoon after four days of deer shack nirvana at Bullmoose Camp. Those darn deer ... The closest The Hack came to taking a deer was on the drive back home. Just before reaching the southwest corner of Upper Red Lake, a massive buck bolted out of the ditch, headed right for the driver side window of The Hack's truck.
A grueling six game non conference schedule and a pair of exhibition games now behind it, the Bemidji State men's hockey team next looks to conference action. The Beavers begin College Hockey America play tonight, kicking off a two-game series against intense rival University of Alabama-Huntsville. Both games are scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. CST from the Von Braun Center. BSU head coach Tom Serratore said he's obviously not happy with the Beaver's 1-5 record. "As a coach you have high expectations," he said.
Bemidji State men's hockey coach Tom Serratore warned the University of Manitoba Bison would be a much improved team Saturday, compared to the Friday opener that the Beavers won 7-0. Serratore was prophetic as the Beavers skated to a hard fought 4-2 victory to sweep the visiting Bison at The Glas. It was a complete turnaround for Manitoba as the visitors played with intensity the entire night. By midway through the second period they had equaled their shot total from the night before. "They were a lot better team tonight," Serratore reported.