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Men’s Hockey Swept in Duluth

Nick Ross | Sports Writer | 11-01-2011
Just one week after sweeping the undefeated Michigan Tech Huskies, the BSU men’s hockey team was swept by the hands of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.  The Beavers lost by scores of 6-2 on Friday and 1-0 on Saturday.

The Beavers would continue to ride freshman goaltender Andrew Walsh, after a superb weekend in net a week ago.  Walsh would run into a tough offensive force on Friday night, getting peppered with 40 shots in the loss.

The Beavers took an early lead in the game, scoring their two goals in the first eight minutes of the game.  The first goal came off the stick of senior defenseman, and captain, Brad Hunt and the second was from junior forward Jordan George.  Hunt is continuing to near the 100-point mark, playing in every game since stepping on campus.

The Bulldogs would respond with six straight goals, sending the Beavers away with a 6-2 beating.

The Beavers would send senior goaltender Dan Bakala out against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.  Bakala would stop all but one Bulldog attempt, finishing the night with 27 saves. The goal would come off of the stick of Jack Connolly and would be all the Bulldogs would need to get the win.  Bulldog goaltender Kenny Reiter stopped 23 Beaver shots to keep the scoreboard clean.

The Beavers beat the Bulldogs last year in the WCHA Final Five at the Excel Energy Center, the last loss the Bulldogs had before their National Championship run.  The Bulldogs got their revenge with the sweep in Duluth, the first meeting of the two teams at the new Amsoil Arena.

The Beavers will now travel to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to take on Lake Superior State.  It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2004, in a series that the Lakers lead 17-13-9 over the Beavers in 39 total meetings.  The Beavers will return home the following weekend for a Saturday and Sunday series against North Dakota.