September 20 Briercrest
Third Period Goals Lift Beavers over Clippers Waselenchuk wins Goaltending Dual as Beavers win Home Opener
Minot N.D. — After the Briercrest Clippers and Minot State Beavers combined for 21 goals in two games last weekend, the last thing either side probably expected was a goaltender’s dual to break out.
That’s exactly what happened Friday night, as Briercrest goaltender Jameson Shortreed and Minot State senior Wyatt Waselenchuk (Port Moody, BC) matched each other almost all night, turning away chance after chance. In the end it was the Minot squad that finally broke through, scoring two third period goals to down the Clippers 2-0 and improve their early season record to 3-0.
Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time since winning the National Championship last season, Minot jumped out of the gate and spent the first four shifts applying heavy pressure in the Briercrest end. Shortreed held firm with a series of saves, including a quick blocker save off a screened shot from the point.
Briercrest took back the momentum midway through the period, creating multiple turnovers and forcing the Beavers to scramble in their own zone. Waselenchuk stood his ground however, turning away a couple of in-close chances.
Two key saves highlighted the second period. Shortreed stoned a wide-open Beaver shot from the slot before falling on a loose puck with his back. On the very next play, Waselenchuk turned away a breakaway chance from the Clipper’s Jacob Baribeau to keep the game scoreless.
The Beavers finally broke through in the third. Michael Jordan (Jr., Raymore, SK) tallied his second goal of the season by rifling a low snap shot past Shortreed low blocker side. Logan Herauf (Jr., Regina, SK) and Jared McIntosh (Sr., Fairfield, CA) drew assists on the tally.
Minot State pressed for more but Shortreed saved his best save for late in the period, making a scintillating diving toe save to deny Williston State transfer Dwight Lee (Jr,. North Vancouver, BC) his first goal as a Beaver.
The Beavers did eventually get some insurance off the stick of Chasen Dobranski, who roofed a shot while falling down with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Briercrest was unable to generate any sustainable offense in the final minutes, despite having a 4-on-3 man advantage. Waselenchuk wasn’t often forced to be spectacular, but was solid when called upon in earning his third win of the season and first shutout.
The two teams will wrap up their early season series with a rematch tonight at the Maysa Arena. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.
7:15 MSU Kyle Stephens – Hooking
12:33 BC Erik Robitaille – Slashing
4:12 MSU Mitch Peeke – Cross Checking
13:00 MSU Michael Jordan (Logan Herauf, Jared McIntosh)
2:58 MSU Chasen Dobranski(Dwight Lee)
12:55 MSU Josh Rutherford – Roughing
2:55 MSU Bob Pond – Unsportsmanlike
2:55 BC Manuel Schellenberg – Unsportsmanlike
1:04 MSU Logan Herauf – High Sticking
0:13 MSU Brad Olynyk – Unsportsmanlike
0:13 MSU Brad Olynyk – Holding
0:13 BC Dirk De Wael – Unsportsmanlike