September 21 Briercrest
Beavers Wrap Up Pre-Season with Sweep of Briercrest College.
Waselenchuk stops 29 shots for second consecutive shutout.
Minot, N.D. — Looking to secure a pre-season sweep of their Canadian rivals from Caronport, SK, the Minot State Beavers rode a balanced offensive attack and solid team defence to a 4-0 victory over the Briercrest Clippers Saturday night.
Senior goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk (Port Moody, B.C.) once again stood tall when called upon, stopping all 29 shots that came his way for his second consecutive shutout. Briercrest struggled to establish any sustained pressure against an improving Beaver team defence, despite receiving over ten powerplay opportunities.
Big open ice hits from Bob Pond (So., Penticton, B.C.) and Dwight Lee (Jr,. North Vancouver, B.C.) highlighted a scoreless opening frame, one that was spent largely in the Clipper’s zone. Despite not capitalizing on an early powerplay opportunity two minutes into the game, Minot State gained momentum and controlled the majority of the first period. The line of Michael Jordan (Jr., Raymore, SK), Logan Herauf (Jr, Regina, SK) and Jared McIntosh (Fairfield, CA) gave the Beavers a trio of quality chances throughout the period, forcing Clipper goaltender Christian Mueller to make a series of quick pad stops. Jeremy Johnson (Fr., Yorkton, SK) also had a beautiful rush off the left hand side, only to be turned away by Mueller.
Herauf finally broke through midway through the second period, banking one in from a funny angle to give the Beavers a 1-0 advantage. The Beavers added to the lead exactly a minute later as sophomore Bob Pond (Penticton, B.C.) ripped one past Mueller for his first of the season. McIntosh closed out the period with a tally of his own, putting one home from the slot for a 3-0 Minot State lead.
A choppy, penalty filled third period was highlighted by a jaw-dropping goal from Will Kinsman (Sr., Winnipeg, MB). Kinsman took a pass from Alex Landry (Fr, Gatineau, QC), then made a datsyukian toe-drag around a Clipper defender to enter the slot before roofing a shot past a dazzled Mueller to put the game out of reach. Minot State finished the evening recording 52 shots on net. Jordan picked up two assists on the evening, while Brad Olynk (Jr., Winnipeg, MB) also picked up an assist on the McIntosh marker.
The Beavers will have next weekend off to enjoy Minot State’s homecoming festivities, then return home for a huge weekend series with the 14th ranked Central Oklahoma Bronchos October 4th and 5th. Minot State will be holding its annual Alumni Weekend, and will celebrate their 2012-13 National Championship with the official banner raising ceremony before Saturday night’s game. Puck drop both nights is 7:30 p.m.
Jamin Heller Marketing Intern Minot State Hockey