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Lake Superior Dominates Bemidji in Opening Game of Mariucci Classic

— Lake Superior State came out firing in the opening game of the Mariucci Classic, dominating the Beavers of Bemidji State from the opening whistle en route to finishing off Bemidji, 4-2.

Both teams came out skating with up-tempo end-to-end action on Mariucci Arena’s Olympic-sized sheet of ice. In a game that lasted only two hours, the Lakers opened the scoring at 1:21 with a goal from Yevgeniy Dubravin, assisted by Mike Vigilante and Jason Nightingale. Vigilante caught a nice bounce off the back boards at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and slid the puck through the crease to Dubravin, who easily redirected the puck into the open net past freshmen netminder Grady Hunt, who had overcommitted to Vigilante.

The Beavers came back and knotted the game at one apiece at 5:50 of the first period. Jeff McGill took a shot on net which was pushed aside by senior goaltender Jayme Platt. Miikka Lindholm picked up the rebound, skated behind the net and shot it off Platt’s right shoulder pad for the tie.

One minute, 49 seconds later, Justin Micek took a pass off the faceoff and shot it through a screen through the five-hole to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead.

Lake Superior State dominated the second, outshooting the Beavers 12-1 in the first 10 minutes of play and 13-6 for the period. The Lakers didn’t score, however, until their 13th shot of the period on a quick poke by Aaron Davis, beating Hunt on the stick side at 10:37.

Bemidji State beefed up its defense after that goal and didn’t allow another shot in the period.

The two teams traded power-play goals early in the third period. The Lakers struck first 36 seconds into the period on a goal by Aaron Phillips, beating Hunt low on the glove side taking a nifty pass from Aaron Davis across front of the net.

Bemidji State answered two and a half minutes later on a pretty goal by Daryl Bat, who grabbed a rebound 10 feet to the left of Platt, skated around a defender and deked Platt to cut the Lakers’ lead to 4-2.

But Bemidji State could not capitalize on another power play — after the Lakers were called for too many men on the ice — and were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit.

Saturday night, the Lakers will take on host Minnesota at 7:05 p.m. CT, and the Beavers will play Union at 4:05.

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  • Sdrkdr

    Let’s look at the numbers between Frattin and Miele since Miele is leading the NCAA in scoring.
    Against teams with a RPI of .5000 or greater Frattin has 23 goals, 14 assists for 37 points in 31 games (avg of 1.19/game vs overall avg of 1.38).
    Miele has 12 goals, 19 assists for 31 points in 22 games (avg of 1.41/game vs overall avg of 1.81).
    Miele has a higher average, Frattin has a significant edge in goals and is closer to his season average against better teams.
    The argument that Frattin pads his stats against weaker teams vs. Miele does not hold water.

    If we look at common teams, Frattin and Miele both played Alaska, Maine, Notre Dame, and St. Cloud.
    Frattin 8g, 6a, 14pts in 9 games (1.56/game). Miele 6g, 13a, 19pts in 12 games (1.58/game). Looks pretty equal.

    Overall, Miele has a big edge in assists and Frattin has a big edge in goals. Since goals after all are the measure of success in hockey I
    would say this offsets the fact that Miele leads in pts/game.

    This is not an argument against Miele as I think he is a terrific player and deserving of the the Hobey hat trick.
    I also believe Frattin is equally worthy and has put together a fantastic season and does not deserve the backhanded shot that INCH took at his stats. I expect that from INCH but not from USCHO.

    • Guest

      “The argument that Frattin pads his stats against weaker teams vs. Miele does not hold water.”

      In four games against Michigan Tech, Frattin had 6 goals (18% of his total) and 6 assists (28% of his total).

      Frattin and Miele are both great players, but they both have feasted on the weaker teams in their respective league. Miele has performed better against the tough teams in Miami’s schedule (statistically speaking), but the winner will most likely be decided by each player’s performance in the tournament.

    • Guest

      Just another stat to add to this(according to my calculations):

      Miele: 52.31% of his points were scored against teams NOT under consideration

      Frattin: 31.48% of his points were scored against teams NOT under consideration

      • Guest

        So that just reinforces the point that the award will go to the player who performs better in the playoffs. Frattin may have had more points against TUC’s, but 22% of those points came against one of the worst teams in D1 (according to RPI).

    • Miele>DUIs

      So like this says, Miele does better against top competition than Frattin can even do against the bottom feeders.

  • Anonymous

    Great to see writers looking up past statements in reference to recent events. Thorough, fair, and well put.

  • Mike

    It all boils down to the post season. If Frattin or Miele come up big and lead their team to the Frozen Four, they will have the upper hand. But make no mistake, it is a two horse race.

  • Mr.(Always)Right

    Frattin has done his work playing on a team with a SOS (6) greater than Miami (13). Frattin accomplished his feats on a stronger team. Frattin’s goals total is much more impressive. On the stats sheet, this is pretty much a draw. Ask yourself 1 question. If you were captain of a team with the first pick in a pick-up game and you had to choose a forward (not goaltender or defense) with your first pick, who would you choose – Frattin or Miele?

    • Hockeyfan

      Miele. He does it all

    • Anonymous

      Going to be an honest Sioux fan… haven’t seen Miele play much this year and couldn’t make the call. Also who is on the team we are playing? Frattin has the advantage against a more physical team hands down… as for a small and quick team im not so sure.

    • Confusedfan

      Mike Connolly.

    • Jdorf40

      I live in Detroit and watch a lot of CCHA hockey. Miele is the real deal. That last sentence in your post is a heck of a question. I think it all depends on what it is you specifically want in a player. I personally think that the 2 best players who have played at UND in the past 15 years were Zach Parise and Jonathan Toews. I think they were both better than Miele or Frattin and neither one of them won a Hobey. It’d be awesome to see Frattin win a Hobey (because I’m a die hard Sioux fan), and I really admire him for getting his “poo in a pile” as they say…but I’m a lot more concerned about the Sioux living up to the expectations in the tourney. Even this weekend at the Final Five doesn’t really matter to me at this point. Unless of course Yale loses. I think Frattin is an absolute beast. I don’t know anyone in college hockey with a better shot than he has. He busts his butt up and down both ends of the ice and will put the hurts on people that want to play a physical game. But I’m sure if you asked him or Miele, they’d both gladly sacrifice a Hobey for a ring.

      • FRATTIN 4 HOBEY

        the guy who said that the best sioux players in the past 15 years are Parise and Toews is not a die hard sioux fan the best players are Ryan Duncan Jeff Panzer Jason Blake Zach Parise maybe but no not Toews. Parise only played for 2 years and Toews a year and a half. Your living off what they have done in the NHL not as sioux players. YOU SIR ARE AN IDOIT

    • MJ

      Thats not the question. Being a good college player doesn’t always translate to being a good pro. Just look at the Heisman winners. The award is about being the best college player. Miele is 5’8″ (in the guide). He was not drafted. He is very small for the pros. Frattin on the other hand is the protypical build.

  • warrior

    AMEN!

    Good Article Elliot!

  • Bruins265nhl

    polacek had the least help and every one targeting him when rpi played teams.

  • Confusedfan

    Frattin isn’t even the best player in his league…

    • Blackheart

      Well he was voted player of the year for the WCHA…I’m sure that doesn’t stand up to your opinion though.

      • Confusedfan

        Nope…it doesn’t.

        • GoBeavs

          At least you live up to your moniker.

  • Sara

    ConfusedFan – Mike Connolly isn’t even the best player on his team. Well, at least it’s debateable whether he is the best player on his team or not.

    • Confusedfan

      Watch him play every game, then come back on here and have an intelligent conversation about it.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve seen him play since he was a freshman… great talent, but if you took him off of what I believe is the best line in college hockey he would not fair nearly as well. Their chemistry is absolutely beautiful. Frattin is a workhorse and out skates and overpowers his opponents and has a snipe…. he wins hands down.

  • Brett

    Agree – thanks for the article, Elliot.

    The INCH article seems to be almost a retaliation to any UND fans who pointed out that Frattin’s scoring came against overall tougher competition. Not surprising, but disappointing still. Interesting to compare the top 5 in each conference, but let’s face it – conferences are not equal. I can’t speak for Andy Miele but there’s a reason Frattin was chosen convincingly as WCHA Player of the Year. Simply put, he was the player (not line) that nearly every team in the conference feared and focused on shutting down each weekend. I can’t recall how many times opposing coaches commented on him being a ‘man among boys’ out there, and for good reason. Given that, and his speed and physical dominance (and the fact that he wasn’t sitting around collecting garbage goals all year) will hopefully be taken into consideration…

    • Jdorf40

      Maybe we should ask Kevin Wehrs who he fears most…

  • FightinSue

    Perhaps the Hobey voters will not be fooled this year and will give it to Cam Atkinson after looking like dopes in 2008 (Gerbe), 2010 (Atkinson), and even a little in 2006 (Collins).

    • B.D.

      Who are they again?

  • Scout7561

    Frattin hands down. Played a tougher schedule than Miele. He could have left to make a lot of money but showed the character to come back without a scholorship, work hard and become the #1 player in the toughest conference.

  • http://twitter.com/pucknut9 Brad Schaack

    Frattin is one hell of a 2 way player and very physical. Not sure about Miele but Frattin does it all.

  • Billymbrew

    Frattin doesn’t have the Character… period.

  • FRATTIN 4 HOBEY

    the guy who said that the best sioux players in the past 15 years are Parise and Toews is not a die hard sioux fan the best players are Ryan Duncan Jeff Panzer Jason Blake Zach Parise yes but no not Toews. Parise only played for 2 years and Toews a year and a half. YOU SIR ARE AN IDOIT