November 8, 2007
Goalies Shine in Northern Minnesota

By Warren Kozireski

Niagara’s trip to Bemidji State became a tale of number one goaltenders. Friday, the Purple Eagles' Juliano Pagliero moved up on the national stat charts with a 34-save effort in a 3-2 victory. Saturday it was the Beavers' turn, with senior Matt Climie throwing a 3-0 shutout with 31 saves.

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Matt Climie posted his eighth career shutout for Bemidji State Saturday night.

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For Climie it was the eighth shutout of his career, pulling him within one of the school record held by Jim Scanlon and Blaine Comstock. Climie also ended a 91-game Niagara streak of not being blanked.

It also brought to a screeching halt the Purps' five-game unbeaten streak against the Beavers.

“It was a hard-fought victory, a nice goose-egg and it wasn’t easy, but we’ll take it on the road — we’re looking forward to going on the road,” said Beavers head coach Tom Serratore on the KKBJ postgame show as he looked ahead to this weekend at Alabama-Huntsville.

Pagliero and Climie are both among the top 10 in the country in save percentage and the top 15 in goals-against average.

Niagara freshman Brian Haczyk scored what proved to be the game-winner in game one with a shorthanded effort fed by a great cross-crease pass from Vince Rocco.

Earlier Rocco got the Purple Eagles on the scoreboard with a backhand pass to the stick of sophomore Egor Mironov, who put it top shelf to tie him for the team lead with five goals.

“It was a three-on-two with Haczyk and Rocco and they sucked both defensemen out and Rocco gave me a backhand pass right in the slot — kind of a gift,” said Mironov.

“Friday was a real good road effort in that we played real gritty,” said Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder. “They carried the majority of play and had the home crowd, but I thought that overall we bent but didn’t break. Our fourth line of Taylor Simpson, Armando Scarloto and Trevor Foster went out there and a couple of times got the momentum back for us.

“Special teams have been one of the keys to our start [now 5-2-0]. We’re not clicking on the power play but our penalty killing has been one of the bright spots for our team. We don’t give up a power-play goal and that’s two games in a row our game-winning goal has come shorthanded.”

Bemidji forward Joey Moggach set a career-high, assisting on all three Beavers goals in Saturday's 3-0 win and adding another Friday. His top line with seniors Matt Pope and Blaine Jarvis accounted for nine points in the two games.

“This year I came in better shape and I know the systems a little better," said Moggach on the KKBJ postgame show. “We know our line can be good and it was good to get going. We kept telling each other it was going to come and now that it has, hopefully it will come in bunches now.”


Shore site: The Bemidji rink/events center project looks like it leaped another high hurdle last week with a press conference announcing the location on the south end of Lake Bemidji.

From the Bemidji Pioneer:

Mayor Richard Lehmann announced Wednesday that the city of Bemidji has made an offer to purchase nearly 130 acres of land from ShoreQuest owner John Zacher and neighboring landowners in order to locate the events center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji.

Negotiation are continuing, so the price of the offer is not public, Lehmann said.

Officials stressed that the project would have died had a new location not been chosen.

“If the City Council didn’t make this decision, (the proposal) was stalled,” said Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji.

Lehmann made the announcement during a press conference at City Hall, in which Council Chambers were filled to capacity. Spectators spilled into the hallway.

“The City Council, Bemidji State University, Headwaters Regional Development Commission, area legislators and others have come together and agreed upon a plan to move this project forward,” Lehmann said.

The City Council is considering a $50 million facility. One-half of the funding for the project would come from the city’s half-cent sales tax, if extended by the Legislature. The remaining $25 million would include the $3 million already received from the state and an additional $22 in bonding dollars, if approved by the Legislature. BSU hockey is proposed to be the anchor tenant of the facility.

Methods for raising the additional needed funds are not firm and no further meeting dates or timetable was immediately available.

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Niagara at Robert Morris (Fri.-Sat.)

Picked 1-2 in the preseason poll, Niagara has their second tough conference road weekend in a row at Robert Morris.

While You’re There; See the Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary: Treasures from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Exhibit opening at Sen. John Heinz History Center. All five Lombardi Championship trophies and 19 Hall of Fame Busts will be on display beginning Saturday at 11am.

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Alabama-Huntsville sophomore defenseman Brennan Barker has already doubled his 20-game goal output from last season in the first six games this year. He has a pair of goals.

Bench Minor

The Chargers' first line of Kevin Morrison, Joe Federoff and Matt Sweazey were a collective -4 and were whistled for two minors in a 7-0 loss Friday.


Since opening the season with a 4-3 win against Canisius, Alabama-Huntsville is 0-5 and has been outscored 23-5. The Chargers host Bemidji State this weekend. The Beavers won last season’s series 4-1-1, but the Chargers swept both games on home ice during the 2005-06 campaign.

• The Colonials were 3-1 on home ice against Niagara last season.

• In Bemidji State’s last trip south to NASA-town, Travis Winter and Joey Moggach both had four-point weekends.

• Beaver sophomore forward Tyler Lehrke took a heavy hit from Niagara’s Kyle Rogers in the first game Friday. He did not return and was not in the lineup Saturday with an apparent concussion. Bemidji also played without Tyler Scofield, who is expected to be out another two weeks with a foot injury.

• Chargers forward Brady Cook played the first two games of his collegiate career on the fourth line and picked up his first point — an assist on Saturday.

• Niagara’s Trevor Foster picked up his first collegiate point in his 14th game Friday.

• Bemidji freshman defenseman Dan MacIntyre suffered a broken collarbone Saturday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks minimum.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report. Warren Kozireski can be reached at