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Beavers Complete Sweep; Walsh Shines in Net

Nick Ross | Sports Writer | 10-22-2011
The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team used another come-from-behind victory to seal their first sweep of the season Saturday evening against Michigan Technological University.  The Beavers used two power play goals to their advantage, going on to defeat the Huskies 3-1. 

“Points are always tough to get in the WCHA, and we want to be a difficult team at home.  We are off to a good start and it feels pretty good,”  head coach Tom Serratore said after the sweep.  “When you split at home you are giving away points to the other team.”

The Huskies would come out hard to start the game, peppering 12 shots on starting goaltender Andrew Walsh.  Walsh would stop all but one, by Alex MacLeod, sending the Beavers down 1-0 during the first intermission.  The Beavers would successfully kill both penalties called on them in the period.

“We got on the guys because they weren’t moving our feet at all,”  Senior captain Ben Kinne said of the first period.  “When you move your feet you draw penalties and our power play is clicking right now.  When we get those chances is one way to win a game.”

The Beavers would do just that and take advantage of two MTU penalties in the second period, getting two power play goals and taking the lead.  The first of the two goals would come from senior forward, Shea Walters.  Walters sent what seemed to be a cross pass, but it was deflected off of MTU goaltender Kevin Genoe and into the net.

The Beavers would get their second goal from Kinne.  Kinne would get a pass from Brance Orban for a breakaway and beat Genoe five-hole for the goal.  It was Kinne’s second goal of the weekend and third of the season.

“I knew I had to [beat the defender] and Brance made a good pass,”  Kinne said of his goal.  “It was a nice overall play and it was good to get the goal.”  He finished the day with a goal and an assist.

The Beavers would add more in the third period when senior Drew Fisher scored with 7:43 remaining in the game.  Fisher carried the puck from the high slot and beat what appeared to be a screened goaltender.  It was Fisher’s second goal of the season.

Walsh was phenomenal in his first career start as a Beaver in the net.  After coming in to relieve Dan Bakala last night, Walsh was given the shot to start today and did not disappoint.  He stopped 31 of 32 shots, as the Beavers were doubled in shots by the Huskies, 32-16.

“[Walsh] was given an opportunity right now, and he has played well this weekend,”  Serratore said.  “Bottom line is you want someone that has a hot hand, and he has a hot hand right now.  It’s competition and it’s a challenge to all three goaltenders.”

Hurting the Huskies

It was a rough weekend to be a Husky in Bemidji.  The men’s hockey team picked up a sweep against the Michigan Tech Huskies, and the women’s hockey team swept the St. Cloud State Huskies.  The women won by scores of 8-1 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. Junior forward Sadie Lundquist had seven points on the weekend with four goals and three assists, and senior defender Montana Vichorek had two goals and five assists for seven points as well.