Saturday Recap - Bemidji State

The University of Minnesota Bulldogs fall to the Bemidji State Beavers 2-1 at home in Duluth.

Frustrated is an understatement.

This game was VERY difficult to watch.  Literally unbearable at moments.  With the exception of most of the first period, the Pups were very, very sloppy.  Slapping and wacking at loose pucks, defensive and neutral zone turnovers, missed passes, bad goaltending and undiciplined play is always going to equal terrible hockey.  Thats what Bulldog hockey fans got tonight.

(Photo: Dave Harwig)

The first period was by far the best period of the game for this team.  Out of the gate the Dogs played very well.  It was literally the team we haven't seen all weekend, or for many weekends at home.  It was nice to see a team that could control the puck and make the plays it took to win games.  Tony Cameranesi found himself in the box on a weak roughing call towards the end of the period and the Dogs finished the period leading in shots 13-9.

Oh boy, the second period.  This was a different team.  Whether they all decided to eat a ton of burgers and fries or switch with Duluth East Junior Varsity team, I'm not quite sure, but this was a completely different team.  Bemidji State was able to put a weak goal past Aaron Crandall to put the Beavers on the board first.  Markus Gerbrandt skated down the side of the ice and wrapped around Crandall, shooting from about 2 feet out that banked off the back of his leg and went in.  Later on in the period, Justin Crandall went off for a very undisciplined tripping call that gave the Beavers a power-play, where Jordan George took a hard shot that beat Crandall, putting the Beavers up 2-0.

I thought that maybe, just maybe the Puppies would get it figured out in the lockerroom between the 2nd and 3rd period but unfortunately, they did not.  Derik Johnson took a checking from behind penalty which ended up being a major that put the Dogs on a 5-minute penalty kill.  Now, the hit, I mean I didn't get a great look at it but I would be willing to argue with the location of the hit.  It didn't look like it was a check directly from behind, but the BSU skater did lay on the ice for 5 minutes, which unfortunately doesn't help Derik's case here.  Anyway, Wacker of BSU took a penalty with under 2 minutes remaining in the game allowing Caleb Herbert to put one by BSU goalie, Andrew Walsh, taking away his shutout, while UMD was up 2 men because Crandall was on the bench.  The rest of the game was played 6 on 5 with Crandall on the bench, where UMD decided to suddenly change their game pace with a surge of aggression.  Wade Bergman ended up hitting the post in the end but time expired before anyone could add a tally.

The Bulldogs are still winless on Saturdays this year.  That is a serious problem.  Being the last home series of the year, Bulldog fans would have loved a sweep as an early Christmas gift, but Santa doesn't deliver early I guess.  Forwards didn't act like they wanted to score, defensive breakdowns were frequent and Aaron Crandall let 2 goals go by that he should have saved at a division one college hockey level.

The Bulldogs take on the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves next weekend up in Alaska.  Some changes are going to need to be made if this team wants to win in Alaska.  The Seawolves and the Beavers have a similar playing style that the Dogs are going to need to be able to stop if they hope to get any points on the road.

Scoring for the Night:
Caleb Herbert  1-0-1
Austin Farley  0-1-1
Andy Welinski  0-1-1

A. Crandall  17/19