Former Bemidji State hockey player Matt Read makes professional debut with Adirondack Phantoms, Martens earns CHL Defensive honor, controversial call in NCAA Tournament

Matt Read made his professional hockey debut Friday night.

Playing for the Adirondack Phantoms, the former Bemidji State player nearly scored his first professional goal in the Phantoms 2-1 win over the Hershey Bears in Glens Falls, N.Y.

Read appeared to tip in a shot from Cullen Eddy early in the third period for a goal, but the goal summary was later changed and credited to Eddy.

Read, BSU’s senior captain last season, was making his debut after signing a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. The Phantoms are the minor league affiliate of the Flyers and are based in Glens Falls.

Read is wearing No. 10 jersey for the Phantoms. He wore No. 19 for his final three seasons with the Beavers.

He played on scoring line Friday night with second-year player Eric Wellwood and veteran Denis Hamel. Read had three of the 31 Adirondack shots on net and also saw time on the power play.

Read talked about his first game with Glens Falls Post-Courier hockey reporter Tim McManus after the game.

“The whole first period I was pretty nervous. I didn’t want to go out there and screw up and be on for a goal against and it’s my fault. I haven’t been on the ice since last Friday, my last college game so I was pretty rusty in the first period. As the game went on I felt better.”

You can read more of what Read had to say postgame on McManus’ blog here.

Read is expected to finish out the season with the Phantoms before reporting to the Flyers prospect camp this summer.

Read is Bemidji State’s Division I record-holder for goals (65), assists (78), points (143) and games played (147).

Former BSU player Martens is CHL’s Defensive Player of the Year

Wichita Thunder defenseman Andrew Martens has been named the Central Hockey League’s 2011 Most Outstanding Defenseman.

Martens played for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team from 2002-2006.

Martens has skated in 62 of the Thunder’s 63 games this season and is currently tied for second among CHL defensemen with 52 points. Martens is tied for fourth with 14 goals, and ranks ninth in shot percentage at .101. He has 47 points over his last 48 games.

Since November 24th, Martens has not gone more than two consecutive games without a point. The 29-year old Martens has had three point streaks this season of five or more games, including a seven-game streak from January 25th-February 12th.

On February 5 at Fort Wayne, Martens became the first defenseman since the CHL’s merger with the WPHL to score four goals in a game, turning the trick in a span of just 5:17.

Earlier this week, Martens was named to the 2011 All-CHL Team.

Including this year, Martens has now scored at least 30 points in five consecutive seasons.

Martens saw extensive time in the AHL during the 2008-09 season with Manitoba and Toronto.

Controversial Call in overtime of Michigan-UNO

In the NCAA Tournament Friday: Minnesota-Duluth beat Union 2-0, Yale defeated Air Force 2-1 in overtime and Colorado College stunned defending national champ Boston College in a 8-4 victory.

Michigan defeated Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 in overtime with a controversial ending. Michigan’s overtime goal, which was not ruled a goal as play was going on, was scrutinized under video replay for 10 minutes.

Thanks to the Goon’s World blog for uploading the YouTube video. Read his reaction to the goal on his blog here.

Here is a screen grab of the goal from a camera at the other end of the rink provided by the College Hockey News. I cropped the image and enlarged that image for you to see here:

Click the image to enlarge

Here’s the top of the story from the Omaha World-Herald.

ST. LOUIS — UNO’s 2010-11 hockey season, one of the best in program history, didn’t end with a loss as much as it ended with a question mark:

Was the puck completely across the goal line?

Personally, I don’t see how it can be a goal when it was initially waved off by the referee skating behind the net. The video evidence shown on the television replay simply isn’t conclusive in my opinion. But the screen grab looks convincing.

What do you think?