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Mavericks Finally Solve Beavers

Nick Ross | Sports Writer | 11-13-2011

The BSU men’s hockey team had the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks number last season.  The Beavers won five of six games, tying the other game in the 2010-11 season, including a sweep of a best of three series in the WCHA playoffs first round.  The Beavers will  hold no such record against the Mavericks this season after tying and losing in the series at the Sanford Center this past weekend. 

The Mavericks picked up a 5-1 victory on Saturday after the 3-3 tie on Friday night.

The Beavers were down to their last minute of play on Friday night, before a goal by junior forward Jordan George to tie the game with 58 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

BSU would also get goals from senior captain Ben Kinne and junior defenseman Brady Wacker in the tie.  Kinne’s goal would come with the Beavers down 1-0 towards the end of the first period.  Wacker’s goal would come in the first minute of the second period, to  give the Beavers their only lead of the weekend at 2-1.

Wacker would get stopped by the UNO goaltender on a shot just before he scored, but a failed clearing attempt would find its way to Wacker’s stick, and he would bury the second attempt.  It was the first goal of the season for Wacker and second of his career.

The Beavers would allow two unanswered goals before George would tie it up late.  The two teams would get a few chances in the overtime period, but wouldn’t be able to solve the goaltenders.

The Mavericks would score first in game two as well, when a slap shot from the point found its way to the back of the net.

The Beavers would tie it up five minutes into the second period, with Darcy Findlay’s first goal of the season.  Findlay’s goal came from being in the right place at the right time.  Senior defenseman Brad Hunt took a slap shot from the point through traffic.  The puck would deflect off Findlay’s shin pad and past the UNO goaltender for the goal.

The assist was Hunt’s third on the weekend and puts him at 95 career assists, just three behind Matt Read for the Division-I era lead.

That would be the only goal the Beavers could muster up on the game, and UNO would run away with it, scoring four unanswered goals, including three in the third period.  One of those goals would be on an empty net.

Freshman defenseman Matt Prapravessis would get credited with an assist in both nights, and George had a goal and an assist in Friday’s game for the Beavers.

Senior goaltender Dan Bakala got the start both nights in net, facing almost 80 shots in the two games.  Bakala is now 2-4-1 on the season.

The Beavers will be back at the Sanford Center next weekend, when they take on the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in a rare Saturday and Sunday series.  Faceoff on Saturday is at 7:07 pm and Sunday is at 5:07 pm.