Men’s hockey Live Blog: Minnesota vs. No. 7 Bemidji State

by Max Sanders

FINAL-What had been a close game turned into a blowout, quickly in the third period. Bemidji State added three goals before Minnesota knew what hit them, and with the win Bemidji State improves to 8-1-1, while the Gophers fall to 4-5-1. 11:24 3rd-If nothing else, Minnesota is solving its early season power play woes. Jake Hansen tipped in a shot from Kevin Wehrs to give Hansen his first goal of the season.BEMIDJI STATE 6, GOPHERS 2. 13:06 3rd-Ian Lowe is called for hooking, giving the Gophers a man-advantage. 16:52 3rd-I don’t know what happened in between periods, but Bemijdi State came out on fire. Aaron McLeod shot a backhander from just outside the right side of the net that went right through the legs of Patterson. The goal prompts a switch in goal, as Patterson is benched in favor of Kangas. BEMIDJ STATE 6, GOPHERS 1. 18:08 3rd-The game is quickly starting to get out of hand. Bemidji State’s Jamie MacQueen had a breakaway opportunity and the backhanded shot got past Patterson for the second goal in 14 seconds. BEMIDJI STATE 5, GOPHERS 1. 18:22 3rd-Just over a minute into the third, Bemidji adds to its lead. Brad Hunt fired a shot high from just inside the blue line that went high and past Patterson for the goal. BEMIDJI STATE 4, GOPHERS 1. 2nd Intermission Re-Cap: Goals: Bemidji State 1, (MacQueen); Minnesota 1, (Schroeder) Shots on Goal: Bemidji State 7; Minnesota 9 Penalties: Bemidji State 2; Minnesota 3 00:00.3 2nd-As the period was about to close Minnesota’s Jordan Schroeder was called for cross checking. 1:53 2nd-With 43 seconds remaining on the Bemidji power play, they will have a player of their own sent to the box. Chris Peluso was called for hooking. 3:49 2nd-On the Bemdji power play Tony Lucia stole the puck and was all alone for a breakaway. Lucia fired high, and the puck hit the top post and bounced out. The referee ruled no goal. Following that shot Bemidji State’s Jamie MacQueen took a pass from Brady Wacker in the right face-off and fired a shot that went just inside the right pipe for the power play goal. BEMIDJI STATE 3, GOPHERS 1. 6:10 2nd-Following a hard hit on the boards, Minnesota’s Zach Budish has been ejected from the game for checking from behind. Serving the five-minute major penalty will be the Jake Hansen. Budish received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit. 9:20 2nd-The Minnesota surge continues. A loose puck in front of the net has all ten players on ice crashing the net, causing the referee’s whistle to blow, stopping play. The Gophers have kept play in Bemidji’s zone for most of the second period. 10:41 2nd-The Gophers continue to have a stellar weekend on all ends of special teams. Taking a pass from Aaron Ness, Jordan Schroeder fired a one-timer from just outside the right face-off for his second goal of the weekend, and second of the season. The power play goal is the Gophers fifth of the season, with three coming in this weekends series. BEMIDJI STATE 2, GOPHERS 1. 11:51 2nd-Minnesota will be on its this power play of the night, as Bemidji’s Jamie MacQueen is called for tripping. 13:27 2nd-Play has slowed down in the second period. Bemidji killed a rather uneventful power play, and after the man-advantage had ended the teams alternated offensive shifts. Patterson made a couple nice kick saves and on the other end Dugas has not had to make a save this period thus far, as all Gophers shots are getting deflected before they can reach the net. NOTE: It turns out Kent Patterson would receive playing time after all. The sophomore has replaced Kangas in net for the start of the second period. 1st Intermission Re-Cap: Goals: Bemidji State 2, (Walters, Read); Gophers 0 Shots on Goal: Bemidji State 4; Gophers 10 Penalties: Bemidji State 2; Minnesota 1 Instant Analysis: Bemidji State proved its not how many shots you take, it’s the quality of shots taken. The Beavers only attempted four shots all period, but capitalized on errant passing by Minnesota to take a two-goal lead. Following a sloppy David Fischer pass, Shea Walters intercepted the pass and beat Kangas for the first goal of the night. Matt Read skated down the ice unchecked and fired a shot through a crowded field to give the Beavers their current two-goal lead. Minnesota will need to sharpen its passing in the second period if it hopes to cut into the Bemidji lead. 00:00 1st-The first period comes to a close with the Beavers staked to a two-goal lead. However, Minnesota will be on the power play once the second period begins, as Bemidji’s Chris McKelvie was called for interference. 00:49.7 1st-Bemidji State’s Matt Read extends the lead to two on his eighth goal of the season. Read skated untouched down center ice and fired a shot that sneaked past Kangas. Action was heavy in front of the net, shielding Kangas’ line of sight as the shot came in. BEMIDJI STATE 2, GOPHERS 0. 4:13 1st-The Gophers power play ends, and for the second time tonight the short-handed team had the best opportunity to score. Tony Lucia made a sloppy pass that was stolen, but Bemidji opted to dump the puck in the Minnesota zone to get a line change rather than attempt a shot on goal. 6:24 1st-Minnesota will be on its first power play of the night, as Bemidji’s Jamie MacQueen was called for boarding. 7:41 1st-Minnesota has now killed 24 straight penalties. The best chance during the man-advantage was actually for the Gophers. Taylor Matson used his speed to chase down the puck and skate past a defender. At the net his backhander hit another defenseman’s stick and bounced away. 10:10 1st-Bemidji State will be on the first power play of the night, as Minnesota’s Kevin Wehrs was called for checking from behind.

11:58 1st-For the second night in a row, Bemidji State strikes first. Minnesota’s David Fischer made an errant pass that was intercepted by Shea Walters, who fired a shot past the left leg of Kangas and into the back of the net. BEMIDJI STATE 1, GOPHERS 0.

On a rare Sunday night game, the Gophers will try and seek their second sweep of the season, with the first against Alaska Anchorage also coming at Mariucci arena.