December 6, 2006
Resurgent Bemidji State On A Roll

By Warren Kozireski

Bemidji State has now earned at least a win or tie in seven of its last eight games and at least one point in its last four conference tilts with 1-0 and 4-2 victories at Wayne State this past weekend. It was the Beavers first 1-0 victory since 1980. The sweep vaulted the Beavers ahead of Robert Morris into second place in CHA two points behind Niagara.

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Junior goaltender Matt Climie has two shutouts for the resurgent Bemidji State Beavers.

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Junior goaltender Matt Climie made 21 saves to pick up his second shutout of the season and seventh of career in the 1-0 victory. He added 29 saves in the 4-2 win to complete the weekend sweep and is now 20th in the nation in GAA.

Luke Erickson scored a pair of goals in the 4-2 victory to pass now-Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Andrew Murray for the all-time scoring mark at Bemidji State in the Division I era. He is now 7th on the CHA all-time list.

Matt Pope had both game-winning goals with the only tally of the Friday game early in the third period and garnered one of two Beaver shorthanded goals Saturday. Freshman defenseman Chris Peluso had a three point weekend — his first collegiate points.


Short-handed: Alabama-Huntsville allowed five power play goals on the weekend but rallied for a 3-2 win to earn a split with Princeton after a 4-2 loss Friday. Freshman defenseman Brennan Barker picked up his first collegiate goal.

It appears that junior goaltender Marc Narduzzi, who started the first three games of the regular season, has regained the top spot as he started both contests and made 40 saves in the win.

The Chargers play host to Robert Morris this weekend with the Colonials trying to break a season-long four game winless streak.

Defensive gaffes: Niagara got a fourth line goal in the second period to pull even with nationally-ranked UMass 1-1 on the road before defensive turnovers resulted in five consecutive even strength goals in a 6-2 loss. Cliff Ketchen scored his first goal of the season and first since his freshman year midway through the second. The Minutemen retook the lead with four seconds left in the second period and scored three more in the first 6:37 of the third.

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This series could determine whether the Colonials are going to make the jump into the upper tier of CHA and/or if the Chargers will begin to look to the future.

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Bemidji State goaltender Matt Climie made 21 saves to register his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career, bringing him to within two of the school record.
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Niagara’s defense was a collective -10 as UMass scored five unanswered even strength goals to break a 1-1 tie.


• The Beavers are now 7-1-0 on the road against the Warriors since February 2005.

• Derek Bachynski’s power play marker in the third period broke a streak of 57 consecutive failed man-advantage chances by Wayne State against Bemidji dating back two years. The Warriors are just 8-for-123 on the power play against Bemidji since the start of the 2001-02 season.

• UAH junior defenseman Mike Salekin picked up one goal and two assists over the weekend and has already set a career season high in helpers.

• Niagara is 9-2-2 against Wayne State since 2003. The teams meet at Niagara this weekend.

• Niagara is without the services of senior goaltender Allen Barton and junior defenseman Scott Langdon—both out with broken fingers.

• Wayne State is missing senior defenseman Dan Iliakis and sophomore forward Jon Grabarek with shoulder injuries.

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