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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published October 17 2010

Men's hockey: Sioux get sweep, UND’s Frattin, Genoway each score goal, assist

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team wasn’t the nicest guest in Bemidji State’s new house this weekend.

Just like Friday night, the Sioux handed the Beavers a 5-2 loss in front of 4,373 on Saturday, finishing off a two-game sweep on the opening weekend of the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

Defenseman Chay Genoway, looking like the player that earned first-team all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors two years ago, scored a goal and added a highlight assist.

Freshman Derek Rodwell netted a first in his college career – a goal that turned the tide in favor of the Sioux in the second period – and Matt Frattin continued to be dominant, scoring for the 15th time in 17 games going back to last season.

It all added up to the first sweep of a WCHA opener in Dave Hakstol’s seven-year tenure as head coach.

“Really good four points,” said Hakstol, whose team improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 in WCHA play. “(Saturday) was exactly what we thought it would be. It was smash-mouth hockey. They came hard, especially in the first period. I thought we recovered.

“We had several veterans who had big plays. I thought a lot of our veterans stepped up after a sluggish and tough first period. They really took control of our team and made some plays at the right time.”

Genoway was one of those veterans. He scored UND’s first goal of the game – and his first since going down with a concussion last November – at 8 minutes, 43 seconds of the opening frame. Genoway grabbed a feed from Jake Marto, walked in from the point and ripped a slap shot past Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala (21 saves).

He also set up the game-winner late in the second period. Genoway skated the puck in the zone, dangled around a Beavers defenseman, pulled Bakala to the middle of the net and dished the puck to Evan Trupp, who one-timed it in the open side of the net.

“Chay’s just an amazing leader out there,” Rodwell said. “He takes the team on his shoulders sometimes and he did it with that goal and other little plays throughout the game.”

Rodwell, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound physical player from Alberta, had a big impact on the game as well. The Beavers (0-2) grabbed the lead on power-play goals by Jordan George and Matt Read. The sold-out crowd started getting into the game and the Beavers were pressuring Sioux goalie Aaron Dell (20 saves).

But freshman Brock Nelson won an offensive-zone faceoff, Mario Lamoureux put a shot on net and Rodwell was there to pick up the rebound, turn quickly, and jam it in the net.

“Just a good play by Nelson, winning the faceoff clean and Mario left me with a tap-in,” Rodwell said. “A lot of hard work by my linemates set that up for me. I just saw an empty net and capitalized.”

Rodwell said he saw the puck slip past Bakala.

“The smile went on my face right away,” he said.

Dell started for the second straight Saturday night and earned his third career win. This one wasn’t as easy as his other wins.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, UND, Genoway (Marto, Knight), 8:43. 2, B, George (Lowe, Hunt), 13:11 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 3, B, Read (Hunt), 5:46 (pp). 4, UND, Rodwell (Lamoureux, Nelson), 14:28. 5, UND, Trupp (Geonway, Frattin), 15:43.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, UND, Frattin (Malone), 18:31. 7, UND, Hextall, 19:19.

SAVES: UND, Dell, 8-9-3-20. Bemidji, Bakala, 5-9-6-20.

Brad E. Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.