Congrats to my brother Jeff and to Bethel Hockey

I am very thankful for the chance I had to play college hockey at Bethel University from 1998-2002.

One of the highlights of my career was defeating St. Thomas in the 2001 play-offs. It was one of the precious few times the Royals had beaten the Tommies. In fact, it was the only time in the last 15 years. I am proud of the fact that my class of players was part of a turning point for the program.

I think that last night's game between the two teams (Bethel won 4-3) is further evidence of the impact my group of players had, and the impact the new group of players is having at Bethel. One really cool fact is that my little brother Jeff is adding a large contribution to what the new wave of Bethel University players are doing.

Here is the game recap (courtesy of St. Thomas)...

December 1, 2006 -- Men's Hockey

Men's Hockey loses 4-3 to Bethel

The Bethel men's hockey team scored four unanswered goals and posted their first regular-season win over St. Thomas in 20 seasons with Friday's 4-3 victory over the host Tommies in Mendota Heights.

Bethel (3-4 overall, 1-0 MIAC) was 1-45 vs. the Tommies since 1987-88, including an 0-38 mark in regular-seaosn play. Five of the last six defeats were by one goal, however, including three overtime losses.

Nate Ryan scored two power-play goals for the Tommies (3-4, 1-2), who built a 2-0 lead with goals in a 51-second span midway through the first period. But the Toms didn't score again until 1:58 remaining in the game.

Dan Bonne and Steve Eastman each had a goal and an assist for the Royals, and senior goalie Dustin Thompson stopped 33 of 36 shots. Jeff Balvin also added an assist (Blog author's insertion). Bethel converted 3-of-5 power-play tries. Bonne's unassisted goal with 7:24 remaining proved to be the game winner as it staked Bethel to a 4-2 lead.

Treye Kettwick had 24 saves for the Tommies. Ryan Hoehn had a goal and Nick Pernula had two assists.

The teams play again Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Fridley's Columbia Arena.

Read the box score here.
My family and I will be at the game tonight if anyone wants to go and hook up!