Bemidji State hockey falls to Colorado College 3-1 in WCHA opener

Colorado College right wing Scott Winkler (25) takes a shot against Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala (33) as left defense Brad Hunt (29) pursues during the first period of a college hockey game, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Bemidji State men’s hockey team lost to No. 7 Colorado College 3-1 Friday night at World Arena in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both teams.

Gabe Guentzel, Jaden Schwartz and Michael Boivin scored for the Tigers. Mitch Cain scored BSU’s lone goal in the second period and goalie Dan Bakala finished with 25 saves.

Bemidji State (1-2, 0-1 WCHA) and Colorado College (1-0, 1-0 WCHA) close the weekend series Saturday night in Colorado Springs at 8:07 p.m.

Friday was the season opener for Colorado College and 6,931 fans watched the game as part of the school’s homecoming weekend.

Both teams traded eight shots on goal in a scoreless first period.

Colorado College came out fast in the second period and Guentzel, a defenseman, put the Tigers ahead 1-0 with a slap shot from the blue line 25 seconds in. The goal was scored during four-on-four play.

Cain scored his first collegiate goal on a rebound from between the circles four minutes later. Cain, a native of Fort Frances, replaced injured Darcy Findlay on the fourth line in his first career game at BSU.

Schwartz, a St. Louis Blues draft pick, scored Colorado College’s second four-on-four goal with 5:20 to play in the second period. The WCHA Preseason Player of the Year took a pass down by the net, waited for Bakala to make a move and stepped sideways to fire a wrist shot for the 2-1 lead.

Boivin scored the insurance goal for the Tigers 5:45 into the third period when he beat Bakala with a backhand for the 3-1 lead.

Jeff Jubinville had BSU’s best scoring chance in the third period on a two-on-one opportunity with 10 minutes left, but his one-timer from 15 feet was stopped by Tiger goalie Joe Howe.

The Beavers pulled Bakala in favor of the extra attacker for the final two minutes of the game but were unable to beat Howe, who finished with 25 saves.

Bemidji State dropped to 1-4 in games played against Colorado College at World Arena with the loss.

Scoring Summary

BSU 0 1 0 – 1
CC 0 2 1 – 3
First period – No scoring.
Second period – 1, CC, Guentzel 1 (unassisted), :25. 2, BSU, Cain 1 (Orban, Areshenko), 6:41. 3, CC, J. Schwartz 1 (Boivin, McDermott), 14:40.
Third period – 4, CC, Boivin 1 (Eveland, Rapuzzi), 5:45.
Shots on goal – BSU, 8-9-9-26. CC, 8-8-12-28.
Goalies – BSU, Bakala (28-25). CC, Howe (26-25).
Power Plays – BSU, 0-for-2. CC, 0-for-4.
A – 6,931.

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