BEMIDJI, Minn. - Charlie Combs netted his first collegiate hat trick and Henry Johnson made 15 stops for his second shutout to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 4-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory Friday.
The Beavers dominated play during the first 20 minutes of action, taking an 18-2 edge in shots on goal.
Alex Ierullo got BSU on the board at the 7:09 mark of the first when he redirected a blast from Dillon Eichstadt. Connor Brown-Maloski was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Beavers took a one-goal lead into the intermission.
Aided by a pair of power-play opportunities, the Chargers held their own in the second. Johnson single-handedly preserved the Beavers lead making a key save to open the period and backstopping the BSU penalty-kill through a 63-second five-on-three advantage for UAH. BSU still held a slight advantage in shots, 14-12, but would make good on their second power-play opportunity of the evening to take a 2-0 lead into the locker rooms at the conclusion of the second period. Combs lit the lamp for his fifth goal of the season, and third power-play tally, at the 15:29 mark with help from Jay Dickman and Justin Baudry.
BSU may have saved its best for last. The Beavers exploded out of the gates as Combs posted goal number two on a nice feed from Eichstadt just 59 seconds in. Less than five minutes later (5:57) Adam Brady fed Combs in the slot and the sophomore buried the shot for his third goal of the evening, drawing a flurry of hats onto the ice.
Combs power-play goal, his second of the game, helped BSU win the special teams battle and post its first game with multiple goals on the man advantage this season. BSU's power-play gang finished 2-for-4, while its penalty-kill unit was a perfect 2-for-2.
After three straight starts without a win (0-2-1), Johnson posted a clean sheet for his team-best fourth victory of the season. The shutout marked his second of the season and first since a 2-0 win at University of Alaska-Anchorage.
The Beavers improved to 7-6-2 overall and 5-3-1-0 in WCHA play. BSU will attempt to earn its second WCHA sweep of the season tomorrow when they again host the Chargers. Opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Sanford Center.