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Bethel University Nips Golden Eagles 2-1 in Men’s Hockey Opener
October 31, 2008

Contact: Chris Vito - Assistant Sports Information Director - (218)281-8445

(Crookston, Minn.)- Bethel University took a 2-0 lead after two periods and withheld a furious rally by the University of Minnesota, Crookston on their way to a 2-1 non-conference victory tonight at the Crookston Civic Arena. It was the season opener for both teams.


The Royals got on the board first at 3:01 of the first period when Christian Fogerty scored a power play goal. He was assisted by Brad Peterson and Kent Bostrom. Bethel University widened the gap at 17:47 of the second period when Austin Hatch scored an even-strength goal. He was assisted by Bostrom and Peterson. The Golden Eagles got on the board at 5:51 of the third period when Jonathan Frank (Fr, Def, Wallingford, Conn.) scored a power play goal. He was assisted by Nigel Smith (Fr, Fwd, White Rock, B.C.) and Parker Harrison (Fr, Fwd, Waxahachie, Texas). The goal was the only one U of M, Crookston could muster despite outshooting the Royals 40-26.


Aaron Damjanovic had 39 saves for Bethel University. Jacob Shira (Fr, G, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) had 24 saves for the Golden Eagles. The Royals are now 1-0-0 on the season while U of M, Crookston is 0-1-0.


Both teams will return to action on Saturday, November 1. The puck drops at 2 p.m. at the Crookston Civic Arena.


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The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Golden Eagle Hockey is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).