Nick Ross | Sports Editor | 01/19/2011
Following a thrilling 2-2 tie on Friday night, the BSU men’s hockey team looked to remain unbeaten against fellow WCHA newcomer, the Mavericks from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Senior forward Matt Read made this goal a reality, when he found the back of the net just 52 seconds into the overtime period.
The Beavers were backed by another great game by junior goaltender Dan Bakala who turned away 36 Maverick shots on Saturday night, to add to his 30 saves in the previous night.
“The game could’ve been over in that first period,” Head Coach Tom Serratore said to USCHO.com. “But Danny [Bakala] really played well and we were lucky he kept the score down before we finally started to take over.”
The Beavers found themselves down early in the first period, after a power play goal by the Mavericks, just 6 minutes into the game.
Read responded in the second period, when he scored his thirteenth goal of the season, on the power play, tying the game with 10 minutes left in the period. Senior forward Emil Billberg and sophomore forward Jordan George assisted of the goal.
The Beavers kept the pressure on, when junior defenseman Matt Carlson scored his second goal of the season, to put the Beavers up 2-1, just three minutes after the aforementioned goal. Once again, George was on the assist, as was junior forward Shea Walters.
But the Mavericks struck one more time with four minutes left in the game, to send the second consecutive game into overtime.
Read came out for overtime, and ended the game less than a minute into the extra period by picking up a rebound from a slapshot by senior Ian Lowe, and burying it in the net.
“There was a great pass from Emil [Billberg] on the first one,” Read said of his goals. “And on the second one…I was fortunate enough to be in the right spot in the right time and I just buried it in the end.”
The Beavers ended the season with a 3-0-1 record against the Mavericks, who have been one of the top teams in the league this season.
“When you beat Nebraska-Omaha at [their] home, your confidence shoots through the roof,” Read said. “But I thought I was pretty lucky tonight. On both of my goals, my linemates did everything.
“This was a very gratifying win,” Serratore said after the game. “Our guys had a very difficult first period where Omaha really took it to us, and I thought we were very fortunate to get out of there only down 1–0.
The Beavers will return to the WCHA grind, when they take on the Huskies of St. Cloud State at the Sanford Center next weekend.