BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The temperature for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team’s game Saturday night was at least about 75 degrees warmer than Friday night’s outdoor game.
Playing inside the comfort of a climate-controlled Sanford Center, the Beavers completed the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep of Michigan Tech with a 3-0 win.
The sweep is Bemidji State’s second of the season, and the first since a road sweep of Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 2-3. The victory is also the Beavers’ first on a Saturday since a Nov. 24 home win against Minnesota State.
BSU (12-11-3, 10-7-1-0 WCHA) is up to 31 points for sixth place in the standings, just one point behind the Huskies (11-13-2, 10-7-1-1 WCHA) and Lake Superior State.
“We want to try to pick up ground in the standings,” said BSU head coach Tom Serratore. “The only way you can do it is by winning games. We stubbed our toe earlier in the year. We don’t want to talk about that. All you can do is hit the reset button.”
Zach Driscoll stopped all 18 shots he faced in the shutout win to improve to 7-6-1 on the season.
The offenses needed some time to thaw out from Friday night’s cold, as the first period ended without a goal. Jay Dickman said he didn’t think playing in such frigid conditions Friday affected the team Saturday.
“I don’t know how much of a factor that is,” he said. “Obviously we went into overtime, but we played later tonight, which is nice getting a little more rest. But I honestly don’t think it was that much of a difference.”
It didn’t take long for Dickman to get the Beavers going.
With the scoreboard still blank past the halfway point in the game, the senior put the Beavers on top with his power-play goal. The lanky senior redirected a Brendan Harris’ shot straight through the five hole of goalie Robbie Beydoun.
Dickman nearly tallied another moments later that would have made it 2-0 but his shot hit a post.
With time winding down in the second period, Adam Brady extended the lead to two goals. The junior fired a shot that deflected off the Beydoun and trickled past him into the back of the net, sending BSU to the locker room up 2-0.
Devin Kero took over in net for Beydoun to begin the third period.
The relief netminder vacated his goal in the closing minutes, and Harris pocketed an empty-net goal to seal the sweep over Hockey Day Minnesota weekend.
“It was a magical weekend,” Serratore said. “Again, hats off to our community, the people of Bemidji, the volunteers, the committee for Hockey Day. It was a special weekend and all over the state of Minnesota people saw all the work that was put in, and they saw what Bemidji is about.”
The Beavers will continue WCHA play with a road series against Lake Superior State next weekend.
Bemidji State 3, Michigan Tech 0
MTU 0 0 0 -- 0
BSU 0 2 1 -- 3
First period -- No scoring.
Second period -- 1, BSU, Dickman (Harris, Combs), 10:59, PP; 2, BSU, Brady (Somoza, Armour), 19:01.
Third period -- 3, BSU, Harris (Somoza, Brady), 18:36, EN.
Goalies (saves-shots) -- BSU, Driscoll (18-18); MTU, Beydoun (19-21), Kero (3-3).