MSU hockey dominates Williston State 11-3

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot State's Robby Moar (45) controls the puck in Williston State's zone during a college hockey game Wednesday at Maysa Arena.

There wasn’t much that didn’t go right for the Minot State Hockey team Wednesday.

The Beavers, the newly rated No. 1 team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, proved worthy of their ranking by trouncing Williston State 11-3 and outshooting the Tetons 58-22 at Maysa Arena.

It was the most goals the Beavers have scored in a single game this season and the most since MSU beat Utah University 12-2 last year.

“Our offense came alive,” MSU coach Wade Regier said. “We had a lot of questions entering the year if we could score goals and we certainly answered them tonight. Offensively I thought we made some great plays and we gave ourselves quite a few second chance opportunities.”

The first period was nothing short of dominant for Minot State, as the Beavers outscored Williston State 5-0 and had a 20-7 shot advantage.

Bryce Lipinski, Sam Briscoe (two) and Lyndon Lipinski (two) had goals for MSU in the period.

“That’s a great start,” Regier said. “Against a team like Williston State, this is almost like their Stanley Cup sometimes. It’s a big rivalry more for them than it is for us. Every time we play them they come out hard against us so we had to make sure we really had a good start.”

In the second period, it was more of the same, as MSU extended its lead to 9-1 and its shot advantage to 40-13.

Austin Kilian, Shain Scheschuk and Dylan Gejdos each got on the board in the period, while Lyndon Lipinski completed a hat trick.

“Lyndon is a smart player who needs to put himself in the right spot to be successful,” Regier said.

“Two of his three goals, he was in the right spot at the right time. He has great hockey sense to anticipate the play and convert on it.”

Making his first collegiate start, Minot native and goalie Brey Effertz shut down Williston State, racking up 19 saves.

“He played great,” Regier said. “I think two out of the three he allowed were our guys in bad position on a penalty kill. Great first start for him, there were a couple breakdowns where he stepped up and made a save at the right time. I was proud of him for putting together a good start in front of his home crowd.”

MSU (5-0) is back in action a 6 p.m. Friday against Jamestown on the road.

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge.