BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - With its back against the proverbial wall, the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team assembled its best 60-minute effort of the 2012-13 season and has a 5-1 victory over No. 10 University of Denver to show for it. Jeff Jubinville (Jr., F, Edmonton, Alberta) scored two goals to lead the well-rounded effort by the Beavers Saturday in front of 3,268 at Sanford Center.
The Bemidji State penalty-kill was perfect holding a potent DU penalty-kill unit scoreless on five attempts, its power-play finished the night 2-for-4 and the team matched a season-high for goals scored en route to earning a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series victory and securing Head Coach Tom Serratore's 200th victory.
In addition to Jubinville, his linemates Brance Orban (Sr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta) and David Boehm (Sr., F, Naples, Fla.) established season-highs, each with a goal and two assists, Radoslav Illo (Jr., F, Bytrica, Slovakia) added a pair of assists and goaltender Andrew Walsh (So., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) collected 24 saves in the victory.
The Beavers came out of the gates on all cylinders out shooting the Pioneers 11-7 in the first period and were first to light their half of the scoreboard. Jubinville opened a shower of teddy bears with his fourth goal of the season at the 5:20 mark of the frame. Boehm started the scoring play by intercepting a pass near the blue line and feeding Jubinville, who tipped it inside the left post from the top of the crease.
The Beavers stretched their lead to two goals before the end of the period capitalizing on their first power-play opportunity of the evening. Illo fired a shot off the end boards and onto the stick of Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.). Mattson found Orban crashing the net and the senior from Lethbridge, Alberta roofed a shot off the bottom of the crossbar at the 15:19 mark. It was his fourth goal of the season.
A determined BSU team began the second period right where it left off at the conclusion of the first. Mattson opened scoring the period with a power-play goal at the 6:46 mark of the period. Just under seven minutes later, Boehm put the Beavers up 4-0 converting a pass from Orban across the crease to the left post.
Before time would run out on the period, BSU and Jubinville would build a 5-0 lead, but DU would find the back of the net for the only time all game on a goal from Nick Shore with just 11 seconds left in the second.
Leading 5-1 to open the third, BSU was whistled for three third period penalties and out, but the BSU penalty-kill unit stood tall and kept the Du attack at bay to secure the win.
The Pioneers still own an 11-2-1 mark in the all-time series, however, BSU is 2-1-1 when hosting DU and is 2-2-1 in the last five matchups with Denver.
Bemidji State, now 5-8-3; 4-7-3 WCHA, breaks for the holidays and returns to action Dec. 30-31 when it travels to Hanover, N.H. to participate in the Ledyard National Bank Classic. The Beavers' first opponent will be University of Massachusetts at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 30 with its opponent Monday, Dec. 31 either Dartmouth College or University of New Hampshire.