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Men’s Hockey Takes One at Mankato, Loses First in Overtime

Nick Ross | Sports and Outdoors Editor | 02/09/2011

The BSU men’s hockey team came back to Bemidji with a series split at Minnesota State Mankato, losing Friday night in overtime 2-1 and winning 4-1 on Saturday.

The Beavers were held into Friday night’s game behind the pads of junior goaltender Dan Bakala.  Bakala had a career high in saves, with 41.

The Mavericks found a way past Bakala midway through the first period, with an odd man rush, making the score to 1-0. The score remained the same for most of the game, as the Beavers struggled defensively, and the Mavericks struggled with Bakala.

The Beavers’ special team units were also on point for the night, as they killed off four penalties, including a five-minute major for checking from behind, which was in the third period.

With 2:25 minutes left in the game, sophomore forward Jordan George lit the lamp for the tenth time this season, to tie the game and force overtime. Senior forward Emil Billberg assisted on the goal.

Like in regulation, the Beavers struggled with finding their offensive flare.  Then midway through the overtime period, Maverick and Bemidji, Minn. native, Channing Boe scored to end the game.

The Beavers were set on redemption the next night, and once again, Bakala shined for the Beavers. Unlike the previous night, Bakala had offensive help.  After finding themselves down by one again after the first period, the Beavers found their offensive stride in the second.

Junior defensemen Brad Hunt found the back of the net for his first goal of the season, scoring on the power play, with assists from senior forward Matt Read and sophomore defenseman Jake Areshenko.

Less than two minutes later, George scored his second goal of the weekend, to give the Beavers their first lead of the weekend.  Once again, Read was on the assist.

The Beavers continued to find goals, as they added one more from George on a power play, early in the third period. Read was on the assist again, and senior forward Ian Lowe also added an assist.

The Beavers went 2-4 on the power play for the night.  They also killed off 6 penalties, marking a 10-10 penalty kill on the weekend.

If 3 goals weren’t enough, Lowe added a goal of his own in the waning minutes of the game, an unassisted goal to make the final score 4-1.

The Beavers have a 10-14-2 record now on the season, and will travel to Houghton, Mich. next weekend to take on WCHA bottom feeder, Michigan Tech.  The Beavers will return home for their second to last home series of the season, on February 18, when they take on the Colorado College Tigers.