BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Sam Warning posted two goals and an assist to lead the No. 3/5 University of Minnesota to a 5-1 victory to post a nonconference series sweep over the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team.
Jeff Jubinville (F, Sr., Edmonton, Alberta) gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead just 2:37 into the first period. Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) fed the senior on the far post for a tap in for his first goal of the season. Danny Mattson (F. Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) was also credited with an assists on the play.
The Golden Gophers would answer to tie the score before the period would come to an end. With 2:55 on the clock, Warning took a slap shot form the left faceoff circle that deflected off a BDU defender's stick and fluttered over the shoulder of goaltender Andrew Walsh (Jr., Dawson Creek, British Columbia).
Tied 1-1 at the end of the frame, Minnesota held a slight edge ion shots on goal, 10-7.
Midway the second period BSU saw Minnesota take its first lead on another tough bounce.
Minnesota's Justin Kloos took a shot from the top of the slot. Walsh made the initial stick save to the back wall, but the puck careened back to the stick of Taylor Cammarata in front o the net for the tap in.
Warning collected his second goal f the game at the 13:38 mark of the period to put UM up 3-1.
BSU would not recover.
Up 3-1 to start the third period, Minnesota would get goals from Mike Riley and Kloos to close out the game, 5-1.
Special teams play was a non-factor in the game. BSU penalty-kill unit held Minnesota scoreless on all five of its power-play opportunities, the Beavers' power-play went 0-for-4.
Andrew Walsh turned aside 26 shots and allowed five goals on the night. His record dips to 0-3-1 after the loss.
The Beavers, now 0-3-1, hit the road Oct. 25-26 to open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. BSU travels to Huntsville, Ala. to face WCHA newcomer and long-time rival University of Alabama-Huntsville in a 7:07 p.m. opener Friday. The teams wrap up the series from Von Braun Center at 7:07 p.m. Saturday.