Finding a Way to Win
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Beavers move to 4-0 on the season by sweeping the Clippers.
Minot, N.D. — The Minot State Beavers completed their four game series against the Briercrest College Clippers last weekend. The two-week series tested the Beavers, but Minot was able to skate away with the sweep. Junior captain Michael Jordan put the series into perspective after MSU barely crept by with a 2-0 victory in the third game of the series:
“It wasn’t our best game, but we found a way to win, and it builds a lot of character for us.”
Their season opener in Briercrest showed the offensive capabilities in the depth chart of the roster. Fourteen players tallied points in the Beaver’s 9-4 victory, lead by freshmen Tanner Mitchell and Jeremy Johnson who each had two goals.
“I think we have a lot of depth,” said junior transfer Chasen Dobranski. “I think we have the ability to roll all four lines, which will allow us to kill other teams. [Competition among players] is a good problem to have for a coach.”
The third period outburst in the Beaver’s second game in Briercrest is what propelled them to victory. Trailing after the first period, Minot crept one goal ahead in the second period and were able to generate five goals in the third to put game out of reach for the Clippers. Sophomore Brett Nespor lead the third period efforts with back to back goals after freshman Sean Delwo tallied his second goal of the night just 29 seconds into the period. The final score of the game was 6-2 in MSU’s favor.
The home opener last Friday night at the Maysa Arena proved to be a battle for the Beavers, but they trekked through adversity and found a way to win. The first two periods remained scoreless at the Maysa. It wasn’t until junior captain Michael Jordan rifled a low shot cross net that got past Briercrest’s goaltender Jameson Shortreed that the Beavers took the 1-0 lead. Junior Williston State transfer Dobranski hit the top shelf net while falling to put the Beavers up 2-0, which is where the score remained to end the game. Fellow Williston State transfer Dwight Lee was credited with the assist.
“I owe a lot of credit to my line-mate Dwight Lee,” said Dobranski. “He’s assisted all of my goals so far. Without him, I’m not putting the puck in the back of the net.”
The shutout was held by senior goaltender and former ACHA Player of the Year Wyatt Waselenchuk who protected the net during several breakaway chances for the Clippers.
“We got a couple lucky bounces at the end,” said Jordan. “We’re pretty happy with the win, but we know we have a lot more to give.”
Saturday night’s game at the Maysa looked to be another low scoring battle between the goalies.
“We didn’t play very well in the first period,” said head coach Wade Regier, “and we made a few mistakes in the way we handled our systems and transitions.”
However, the Beavers broke out with just under six minutes left in the second period to put three up on the board going into the third period.
“In the second period, the boys were determined,” said Regier, “and they outworked them in a lot of offensive-zoned transitions, and they were rewarded.”
Sophomore Will Kinsman tallied his second point of the game by adding the fourth and final goal of the game for the Beavers. Waselenchuk held the shutout for the second night in a row.
“Even though we had back to back shutouts,” said Regier, “Wyatt had to make some huge saves for us because we had some breakdowns.”
Waselenchuk finished the series with a combined 128 saves, allowing six goals only in the first two games.
“[Looking forward,] we need to tighten things up on our D-zone,” said Regier. “Offensively, we know we can score goals, but defensively we just need to make sure we are in the right position. We also need to work on our special teams.”
The Beavers are back in action in two weeks when the 14th ranked University of Central Oaklahoma comes to the Maysa Arena. The Beavers ended UCO’s season last year, so there is perhaps some animosity heading into this series.
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