Saturday night lines and notes: Bemidji State vs. Bowling Green

Some notes on tonight’s game between Bemidji State and Bowling Green:

Bemidji State will be shooting for its fifth straight win and Bowling Green will be trying to avoid a 10-game winless streak.

BSU senior goalie Dan Bakala will be making his first start after a four-game absence. He has not played since the Beavers lost to Denver 3-2 on Dec. 9 at the Sanford Center. BSU freshman Andrew Walsh has started the last four games. Bakala is 4-6-1 this season with a .916 save percentage and a 2.47 goals against average.

Brance Orban and Sean Rudy have the night off for the Beavers. Taking their places on the forward lines are freshman Danny Mattson at the third line and Tyler Tosunian on the fourth line. Mattson as a goal and assist in seven games played this season. Tosunian has an assist in eight games played this season.

On defense, Kyle Brodie takes Matt Carlson’s place on the third pairing with Sam Windle. Brodie has played in four games this season and is looking for his first point.

Here’s a bit more from last night’s press conference that I didn’t get into the game story. Bemidji State won the game 4-1.

BSU head coach Tom Serratore on Aaron McLeod, who scored a goal in the first minute of the second period:

“Aaron’s our most reliable player.¬† We ask a lot out of Aaron, he’s good away from the puck and good at the puck. He’s good on face-offs and a guy who wears many hats for us.”

Aaron McLeod on the game:

“I thought we were pretty errant with the puck and we have to be better tomorrow night. I thought we were turning over the puck in the defensive zone and the neutral zone. So tomorrow night we have to be better.”

Bowling Green head coach Chris Bergeron:

“We didn’t create enough offense but we just made it too easy for Bemidji to score goals and to their credit, they took advantage of those opportunities and scored. I didn’t think it was just a matter of four or five defensively that ended up in our net, I thought there was four our five plays we could have taken advantage of and we didn’t. That’s a credit to (Andrew) Walsh, the defense of Bemidji and their overall play. We’ve got to take some positives from¬† it. We put a bunch of pucks on net and we didn’t give up a whole bunch of pucks on our net, but the scoreboard says a loss.”

Bemidji State
Forwards
Kinne 9-McLeod 14-George 28
Illo 18-Walters 11-Boehm 4
MacQueen 17-Jubinville 12-Mattson 16
Tosunian 19-Fisher 13-Findlay 6

Defense
Areshenko 8-Wacker 25
Hunt 29-Prapavessis 22
Brodie 26-Windle 15

Goalies
Bakala 33
Walsh 30
Dugas 35

Bowling Green
Forwards
Mohler 24-Wojtala 14-Williamson 12
DeSalvo 11-Carpenter 22-Berkle 13
Fink 26-Rodriguez 10-Sinclair 20
Pletsch 21-Wallace 27-Macintosh 17

Defense
Perrier 15-Peltoma 2
Kucera 3-Hafner 5
Sullivan 4-Shea 28

Goalies
Hammond 1
Zacharias 30

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