Grand Forks, ND – In hockey they say that it’s hard to end another team’s season, especially if you are playing an up-tempo team the like BSU Beavers. The Beavers put up a good fight and didn’t give up until the final horn.
The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux has
come full circle since November 20, 2011 when the Fighting Sioux had
just lost a lack-luster game to the Bemidji State Beavers 1-0 in
Bemidji. That was the first loss for the Fighting Sioux to the Beavers
in over 41 years.
After the loss to the Beavers the Fighting Sioux had a lack-luster record of 4-7-1 and they sat in 11th place of the WCHA standings.
Since that game the Fighting Sioux have gone an eye-popping 17-5-2.
With the win tonight, the Fighting Sioux improve to 18-5-2 after an exciting 4-3 win against the Beavers tonight.
this season’s Fighting Sioux hockey team, nothing has come easy. This
game was no different as the Fighting Sioux survived a late third period
surge that saw the Beavers score two goals in 19 seconds, and they
were able to hold on to eliminate the Bemidji State Beavers 4-3.
With the win tonight, the Fighting Sioux will advance to the Final Five for a league leading 10th
time and will play their first game on Thursday (game time to be
determined). Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol is excited to be
moving on to the Final Five.
“It’s such a
great weekend to go there and be a part of it” Hakstol said. “Our guys
have worked; it’s a nice reward for a lot of the work our guys have put
in this weekend and even the way this game tonight went, it’s kind of
indicative of our year.”
“We really can’t do things in an easy
way. We find a way to get it down and I think that’s the best
compliment I can pay our guys. They find a way to win. It’s a nice
reward to head to Saint Paul.”
Tonight, three Fighting Sioux
seniors played their final game of their hockey career at Ralph
Engelstad Arena. For Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, North Dakota), Brad
Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta), and Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minnesota),
it’s the end of a four year hockey career.
Fighting Sioux Captain, Mario Lamoreux, reflected on his last game at Ralph Engelstad.
“It’s sad…kind of took a last little look before I skated off the ice and tried to soak it all in,” Lamoureux said.
been a great four years and a lot of good memories can’t be more
appreciative of the fans and all the people that support this program.
It’s absolutely first class in every way and it makes me extremely
proud to be able to be part of this program and represent everything
about it and it’s a good way to go out.”
Hakstol had this to say on his senior class’ last game at Ralph Engelstad. Arena.
“I wish it would have been a little less exciting than it was”, Hakstol said.
great night. Brad Eidsness answered the bell again. He has done it,
he did it last Saturday, on senior’s night…he answered the call again
tonight. He was great for his teammates. Mario and Ben were a huge
part of this win tonight, and not just what you saw on the ice.
day of preparation starts really after last night’s game and obviously
it gets into full swing when you get to the rink in the morning. I
thought our leaders did a good job of having our team ready to play
“The last three minutes was a little bit sloppy and a
little bit ugly for about a 20 second span. You know what, we locked it
down after that and we didn’t give up anything and did a great job with
a one goal lead.”
With the win tonight, the Fighting Sioux improve to 22-12-3.
the loss tonight, the Bemidji State Beavers fall to 17-18-3. The loss
also eliminates the Bemidji State Beavers from NCAA post season play.
Beaver Coach Tom Serratore had this to say about his team’s season.
thought it was a great season. Everyone gauges their season
differently, but I mean, this is a tough league, we know it’s a tough
league. We had 17 wins. We were over five hundred in the regular
season. We had more points than we had last year. Those are the things
we have look at right there. Again, we made progress and we were hard
to play against. Again, I thought it was a great season. Obviously we
didn’t want it to end this way. We wanted to advance to the WCHA Final
Five, but it didn’t happen. But, that didn’t take anything away from the
season we had.”