Bulldog hockey team falls to Beavers

BIG RAPIDS — Whether it be with a man up or man down, Bemidji State made the most of its opportunities on Saturday

The Beavers scored two power-play goals, one shorthanded and one with the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call, in a 6-1 WCHA win over Ferris State on Saturday.

Bemidji State (14-12-4, 12-8-2-0) and Ferris (7-21-2, 4-16-2-0) tied 3-3 on Friday.

“It wasn’t overly positive,” Ferris coach Bob Daniels said. “We came out of the first period down 2-0, but I felt we played a decent period.”

The Beavers took a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Owen Sillinger and Justin Baudry, on the 5-on-3 power play.

Baudry scored his second goal of the game early in the second and less than a minute later, Jay Dickman recorded the Beavers’ second 5-on-3 power play goal.

“If I could divorce myself from the special teams, I thought 5-on-5 we played well,” Daniels said.

A split second after the fourth goal, starting Ferris goalie Justin Kapelmaster immediately skated to the Bulldog bench and was replaced by Roni Salmenkangas for the rest of the game.

“I’ve never seen that before,” Daniels said of Kapelmaster’s quick action. “I didn’t take the time to discuss it with him.”

Trailing 4-0, Ferris received a five-minute power-play chance but Bemidji countered with a shorthanded goal by Sillinger, his second of the game.

Ferris’ Nate Kallen scored his sixth of the season at 13:37 of the third assisted by Dominic Lutz and Jasen Fensler.

Ferris had a 5-on-3 power play chance in the third but couldn’t convert.

“It’s maybe like a Clint Eastwood movie, with the good, the bad and the ugly,” Daniels said. “I saw some good, I saw some bad and I saw some ugly, too. It’s probably the best way to paraphrase that.”

The Beavers had a 27-25 edge in shots. Kapelmaster had 11 saves in 23:19 of action while Salmenkangas had 10 in 36:41 of play.

“I don’t think it was a (long night) for Roni,” Daniels said. “He went in there for at least half a game and gave up two goals. I thought it was for Kapelmaster. I thought he was fighting the puck and it was a long night.”

The Bulldogs, trying to earn a WCHA playoff spot, have six games remaining. They will play on Friday and Saturday at Alaska-Anchorage.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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