November 9, 2006
Leave It To The Beavers

By Warren Kozireski

After going winless in their first five regular season games, Bemidji State bounced back in a big way by sweeping in-state rival Minnesota State in Mankato last weekend. The wins marked the third and fourth consecutive wins by the Beavers over the Mavericks.

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Bemidji State forward Travis Winter (8) scored two goals and added two assists in the Beavers' sweep of Minnesota State last weekend.

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Sophomore Travis Winter – who entered the weekend with one goal and five assists in 20 career games – recorded a pair of goals to go with two assists in the series, and senior Garrett Roth netted the overtime winner Friday.

Goaltender Matt Climie made 31 saves on Friday before junior Orlando Alamano made his first career regular season start and made 25 saves, including 11 in the third period, to pick up a 3-2 win.

Aside from Roth’s overtime tally, the backbreaking goal for the Beavers was Shane Holman’s shorthanded goal in the opening minute of the third period with the teams tied 2-2.

In the Saturday tilt, John Vadnais became the first Beaver defenseman to score this season what would prove to be the game winner early in third period. The goal was the first of the freshman’s collegiate career.

Bemidji State is now 6-3 in their last nine meetings with WCHA teams. The Friday win also marked the program’s first win in 22 tries on Olympic-size sheets and their first win at Minnesota State since 1996.


Wayne's (New) World?: The rumor mill has been filled with rumblings of Wayne State’s program being in jeopardy, but the Warriors instead are looking ahead.

“There is no secret,” said Wayne State coach Bill Wilkinson. “We are making efforts trying to join, and would rather be in, the CCHA. This coming year would be ideal, but next year would be okay, too.

“In order to make hockey work here, we need to play teams that our fans recognize. It’s not on the table yet, but we will be putting forward a proposal and we’ll see what happens.

“I think most of the teams in our conference understood from the beginning that this league would be teams in and teams out as schools found a good fit for their programs. I know our looking to make the move will put a crimp on other teams in the conference, but just like with Air Force moving to join Army in Atlantic [Hockey], each team needs to do what’s best for their program.”

Speaking of New Homes ...: In hockey terms, Tuesday's ballot proposal in Bemidji to use the city's half-cent sales tax to pay for an events center passed, but only after the tying score came with the goalie pulled and the game-winner netted in overtime.

Currently, the city uses the sales tax to cover parks and trails improvements, but voters residents its extension by a 44-vote margin. Once the tax serves its current purpose, it'll fund 60 percent of the construction costs for the events center. Bemidji State's men's and women's hockey teams would be the building's primary tenants. Both currently play in the John Glas Fieldhouse, an on-campus facility built in 1967 that seats about 2,500.

“It’s a big day for Beaver hockey,” coach Tom Serratore told the Bemidji Pioneer. “It’s great for the program, community and alumni. There’s still a lot of stairs to climb, but the first step is out of the way.”

An article in Wednesday's Pioneer estimated construction costs between $35-60 million.

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Robert Morris at Bemidji State
The Colonials scored nine goals in a split with Niagara last weekend; the Beavers return to the Glas for their first regular-season home games following a road sweep of Minnesota State.

While You’re There: Got milk? The Eagles Auxiliary Bake Sale takes place Saturday from 9 a.m-3 p.m. at the Eagles Club #351, 1270 Neilson Ave. S.E.

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Trailing 4-1 at Robert Morris, the Niagara line of Ted Cook, Les Reaney, and Sean Bentivoglio took matters into their own hands, combining for three goals and eight points as the Purps rallied for a 7-5 win.
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Robert Morris junior center Joel Gasper was on the ice for four of Niagara’s five even-strength goals in the Purple Eagles come-from-behind victory Saturday.


• By the time their current seven-game road swing concludes Thanksgiving weekend, Wayne State will have played only two of their first 13 games this season on home ice.

• From the Bad News-Worse News Dept.: Robert Morris stands eighth in the nation in penalty minutes per game (25.7), but is 23rd in penalty killing at 84.5 percent.

• Wayne State’s shutout loss to Western Michigan last weekend marked the first time in Warrior history they were shutout in consecutive games.

• Niagara’s Sean Bentivoglio became just the eighth player in school history pass the 100-point mark during his six-assist weekend against Robert Morris.

• Bentivoglio entered the week leading the nation with 13 assists. Meanwhile, Niagara teammate Ted Cook was tied for the top spot in the country with 10 goals.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report.