Nick Ross | Sports Writer | 10-21-2011
The Michigan Tech Huskies came to town to take on the BSU Beavers men’s hockey team Friday night for the BSU home opener. The Huskies came into the game with a flawless 4-0-0 record. The Beavers would come out on top in a wild affair, winning 6-5.
The Beavers started the scoring off early in the first period when junior captain Ben Kinne scored his first goal in the Sanford Center. Kinne took a medical red-shirt last season after suffering a stroke during the off-season. It was his second goal of the season.
The Huskies bit back, scoring three unanswered goals in the next ten minutes of hockey, beating starting goaltender Dan Bakala three times in four shots. Head coach Tom Serratore promptly pulled Bakala for freshman goaltender Andrew Walsh. Walsh made his collegiate debut, coming in to what seemed like a mop-up role, but quickly became the goaltender of record when the Beavers scored three unanswered goals of their own.
“It was just kind of a hunch,” Head coach Tom Serratore said on going to Walsh. “He had a good week of practice, he is quick and athletic and a big kid. I just went with it and I thought he played very well.”
“It kind of caught me of guard a bit,” Walsh said. “I didn’t have much time to get prepared or nervous. I just got in there and tried to battle back.”
When asked what went through his mind when coach pointed at him to go in, he responded, “We are down three to one, it is time to battle. It was like a spark was lit, everyone started to get going. They were blocking shots, it was fun.”
The Beavers got two of those three goals from junior forward Jordan George, and the third from junior forward Brance Orban. Orban’s goal was a power play goal after aTech player was sent to the locker room with a five-minute major. George would finish the first period with three points after assisting on Kinne’s goal.
The second period would calm down scoring-wise, but pick up physically. Both teams took the body often and took many penalties. The Beavers got the lone goal of the period, Orban’s second goal of the game and unassisted tally at the midway mark of the game.
The third period would feature a little more scoring with the Beavers getting one and the Huskies closing in with two goals, but Walsh would hold them off, earning his first career win as a Beaver.
The final Beavers goal came off the stick of senior defenseman and assistant captain Brad Hunt. The goal would be Hunt’s 91st point of his career and he is now eighth on the all time defenseman-scoring list.
The Beavers will go for the sweep Saturday evening, with the puck dropping at 7:07 pm.