Category archive: Bemidji State Beavers
The only scoring in the final period came on an empty-net goal at 17:52 when Tommy Wingels scored his second of the night (10th of the season) to give the RedHawks a three-goal victory.
The final shot tally for the game was 37-25 in favor of Miami (15-7 in the third period).
The win means a CCHA team will appear in the championship game for the third year in a row. Michigan State beat Boston College in 2007, and Notre Dame lost to BC in the 2008 title game.
The other participant in the title game will come from Hockey East (for the fourth year in a row). No. 3 Vermont (22-11-5) takes on No. 1 Boston University (33-6-4) in tonight's second national semi (ESPN2HD and ESPN360, 8:30 p.m. ET).
He better hope that rule can be broken.
After a scoreless first period, Miami jumped out to a 3-1 lead over the Beavers after 40 minutes of play in the first national semifinal at the Verizon Center.
Miami opened the scoring at 3:56 of the second with a power-play goal from Tommy Wingels, his ninth of the season. The sophomore winger took a pass from Andy Miele and fired a wrister that beat Bemidji goalie Matt Dalton, who appeared to be screened by Gary Steffes.
The RedHawks' second goal came at 8:35 to make it 2-0 when Wingels made a backhand pass behind Bemidji defenseman Cody Bostock from deep across the slot that found an outstretched Alden Hirschfeld, who redirected the puck past a sprawling Dalton.
Bemidji didn't record a shot until the 8:04 mark of the period and was outshot 10-6 in the middle 20 minutes. But the Beavers did get on the board with a power-play goal at 9:45 to trim the Miami lead to 2-1 when Matt Read scored his 15th of the season.
The RedHawks regained their two-goal lead when Bill Loupee cleaned up a rebound on the edge of the crease after a shot from Will Weber at 10:46 to make it 3-1 Miami.
Play was a little sloppy at the beginning but it picked up -- especially the physical nature -- as the period went on. You can see why the Beavers have been a difficult team to play against late in the season. They have a relentless forecheck, and when their game is on, they do a good job of taking away time and space.
Apropos of nothing: This game has quite a United States versus Canada feel to it. Only one Miami player, sophomore left wing Justin Vaive (Toronto), hails from north of the border. Conversely, Bemidji's roster has nearly as many Canadians (10) as Americans (11) dressed this afternoon.
Tyler Scofield -- Matt Read -- Matt Francis
Jamie MacQueen -- Travis Winter -- Tyler Lehrke
Ben Kinne -- Shea Walters -- Ryan Cramer
Brad Hunt -- Cody Bostock
Chris Peluso -- Ryan Adams
Kyle Hardwick -- Tyler Jundt
Justin Vaive -- Trent Vogelhuber -- Bill Loupee
Justin Mercier -- Pat Cannone -- Brian Kaufman
Gary Steffes -- Andy Miele -- Jarod Palmer
Cameron Schilling -- Kevin Roeder
Matt Tomassoni -- Vincent LoVerde
Chris Wideman -- Will Weber