Bemidji is victorious, 5-1, and will face Cornell here tomorrow night. The Beavers put on a show as far as skating was concerned, but the Irish were not going to quit. After a shorty by the Beavers, ND finally got one off a defensive breakdown. After they made the scoreboard, they worked hard to get a shorthanded goal of their own. In other words, they kept taking penalties, but also pressed the power play unit hard, creating opportunities. As poor as the PP was for the Beavers, their PK was awesome, and if they could have stayed on the PK the rest of the game, they should have taken it. As it was, an empty net goal for Bemidji sealed it, and the game ended 5-1.
The Beavers face Cornell tomorrow night in Grand Rapids. I will not be able to make it. Back to East Lansing for me. I did get some decent photos, and hopefully some good audio. We’ll see when I get it posted.
Bemidji State leads after two periods, 3-0. SOG favor Notre Dame 22-15, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. The Bemidji goalie has stood on his head at times, making saves that have turned the momentum around after a ND attack. I think ND is in trouble here.
And I want to add, the chicken dance takes on a different shine when a college pep band is playing it.
Bemidji leads ND 2-0 after the first period. At first, I thought Bemidji would be the whipping boys, but that hasn’t been the case. ND is being out skated, and the Bemidji defense is solid.
They are showing old Frozen Four games on the video board to entertain us. Maine vs UNH. Guite, Conklin, Krog. Just a few of the names being thrown about. 1999 and UMaine wins it in OT.
What will this game bring?
Just when I thought the game was going to overtime, Cornell scored on a flukey rush up the middle, with the puck carrier sweeping the puck back to the trailing forward as he fell, and Cornell did not fail, going five hole to take the lead, 3-2. That’s how it ends.
Next game in one hour.
At the end of the second period it’s Northeastern 2 Cornell 1. It’s a good thing I stopped for food before re game, or I would have missed an amazing finish to the UNH – ND game, which was tied with .3 seconds left in regulation, and won in OT less than a minute into the period. What a game.
The crowd here is a bit disappointing, but I should have expected that, since all Michigan teams are out of the tournament.
There isn’t much time between periods, due to the lack of promotions and stupid audience stunts. The bands are playing throughout, trading riffs back and forth. I haven’t seen this since I attended the Beanpot in 2005.