October 5 Central Oklahoma
Beavers Raise Banner, Cruise past Bronchos 5-0
First period flurry propels Minot to sweep of UCO
Minot N.D. –In a game that honoured the 2012-13 National Championship team, the current edition of the Minot State Beavers proved they have every intention of raising another banner this time next year.
After a memorable banner raising ceremony prior to puck drop, the Beavers (6-0, 2-0 ACHA) rode three first period goals and cruised their way to a 5-0 win and a series sweep over the 11th ranked University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos.
The highly anticipated night lived up to its billing, as a packed Maysa Arena crowd witnessed the historic raising of the 2012-13 National Championship banner. The banner was first brought to the ice by a pair of key members from last year’s squad, captain Nigel Dube and assistant captain Garrett Ferguson. They were met in the far corner of the rink by a group of returning members dressed in uniform, and together they brought the banner to a scissor lift at center ice. Graduated members from the championship squad then took to the ice hoisting up the Murdoch Cup and proceeded to help pass the banner off to long-time campus advisor Lisa Eriksmoen, who officially hung the banner from the Maysa Arena rafters.
Once the puck dropped the Beavers showed no rust despite the lengthy ceremony, controlling the pace early and grabbing an lead five minutes into the game. After a flurry of in-tight chances, Josh Rutherford pounced on a loose puck laying outside the net and was able to slip it upstairs for a 1-0 lead.
Will Kinsman then added to the lead two minutes later, roofing a shot above Broncho goaltender Tory Caldwell to double the lead. The Beavers didn’t stop there, and made it 3-0 two minutes after that when Brett Nespor clunked one off the bar and in.>
The second period began with a huge penalty kill, with Mitch Peeke and Bob Pond blocking shots left and right in aid of Wyatt Waselenchuk, who entered the game with three straight shutouts. The period didn’t see a lot of action as both teams tightened up defensively, but was highlighted by an outstanding individual effort by Beaver freshman Jeremy Johnson. He split two Broncho defenders driving to the net and then slipped the puck past Caldwell while being hauled down for a 4-0 lead.
The Beavers played shutdown defence throughout the third period, adding one final tally off the stick of Johnson who banged home a powerplay marker. UCO struggled to generate any sustained offensive pressure all game long, and Waselenchuk secured his fourth straight shut out with a 26 save performance.
The Beavers will travel to Fargo next weekend to take on NDSU, then return home to take on Lindenwood University in an ACHA finals rematch Oct 18th and 19th. Puck drop at the Maysa Arena is 7:30 Friday night and 2:00 Saturday afternoon.
Beaver Buzz: Saturday afternoon featured an Alumni game with over 35 alumni gearing up for the event. All attendees of Alumni Weekend were honoured in a special ceremony during the second intermission…Beaver defenceman Dillon Smith suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second period and will be out indefinitely.