March 13, 2005
College Hockey America Championship
Beavers Claim First Bid
Gervais, Climie lift Bemidji State in its third straight CHA title appearance

Bemidji State 3,
Alabama-Huntsville 0
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
No Scoring

Second Period

No Scoring
Third Period
1-BS Jean-Guy Gervais (13) EV
0:28 B. Cook, P. Jonsson
2-BS Brendan Cook (18) PP
5:05 P. Jonsson, R. Sirianni
3-BS Luke Erickson (11) EN
18:41 J. Haider
AH: Scott Munroe (59:27, 29 saves, 2 GA)
BS: Matt Climie (60:00, 19 saves, 0 GA)
Penalties: AH 7/14; BS 9/18
Power Plays: AH 1-9; BS 0-7
Attendance: 1,300

Bemidji State's third straight trip to the CHA championship resulted in the Beavers' first conference title, and their first bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Jean-Guy Gervais snapped a scoreless tie 28 seconds into the third period and Matt Climie posted his second straight shutout, lifting the Beavers to a 3-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.

With the win the Beavers also become the first team to qualify for the 2005 NCAA Tournament, claiming the CHA's automatic bid.

"We have worked very hard all year and faced a lot of adversity," Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said. "Our guys have overcome that. These guys won the league and they won the conference championship and that's a hard thing to duplicate, to win two championships within a week and we accomplished that."

Gervais, centering the first line in place of injured CHA Player of the Year Andrew Murray, beat Scott Munroe after his initial shot missed wide but bounced back to him off the end boards. That touched off a running celebration and a joyous reaction from the pro-Beaver crowd in Grand Rapids, which is about two hours from Bemidji.

That goal was the first to beat Munroe or Climie after two hard-checking, penalty-filled periods of hockey. Munroe was the busier of the two goalies, as Bemidji had eight power play chances through two periods and a 17-9 shot advantage. Beaver Rob Sirianni had a couple of the best opportunities denied by Munroe.

Brendan Cook, who set up Gervais' goal with a nifty pass for his 100th career point, made it 2-0 on the power play.

Climie, a freshman who took over as Bemidji's starting goaltender in the second half of the season, faced his toughest challenges once staked to a 2-0 lead. He stopped all 10 Charger shots in the third period. He's the first goalie ever to post back-to-back shutouts in the CHA Tournament. He has not surrendered a goal since 7:54 of the first period in BSU's 4-1 win at Air Force on March 5, a span of nine periods and 171:06.

"Our defense went the extra mile," Climie said. "They were all working really hard back-checking and we probably had more blocked shots tonight that they had shots so that make my job easier. I have not had to make very many rebound saves in the last four games. Our defensive core is doing an amazing job and in front and that makes my job easier. This has definitely been a team effort."

Luke Erickson finished the scoring while Munroe was pulled for an extra attacker. UAH's loss ends the Chargers' bid for their first NCAA Tournament appearance, and ends their season at 18-10-4.


• Frank Murphy, who spends most of the year officiating in the ECACHL, was the game's referee.

• Alabama-Huntsville missed an opportunity to become the Southern-most team to reach the NCAA Tournament. Colorado College retains that distinction.

• The Beavers are the third regular season champion to win the CHA's tournament title in six years of the league, joining Niagara (2000) and Wayne State (2002).

• The All-Tournament Team consisted of:
F: Ryan Miller, BSU; Brendan Cook, BSU; Brett McConnachie, UAH
D: Peter Jonsson, BSU; Brian Gineo, AFA
G: Scott Munroe, UAH
MVP: G, Matt Climie, BSU

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