|January 19, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||17:08||BSU||Ben Kinne (Sam Windle , Andrew Walsh)|
|2||11:25||BSU||Aaron McLeod (Brance Orban , Brady Wacker)|
|3||03:06||MTU||Blake Pietila (Tanner Kero , Alex Petan)|
|Shots on Goal||33||30|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (MacInnes Student Ice Arena) – Seniors Ben Kinne (Sr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) and Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) supplied the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team with leads, but Michigan Tech battled back twice to force overtime and the teams would settle for a 2-2, overtime tie in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play Saturday at MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich.
The Beavers controlled play early and outshot the Huskies 33-30 in the game, but were unable to convert any of their seven power-play opportunities into goals allowing MTU to slowly regain momentum and earn the tie to claim seven of eight points in the season series.
Kinne got the Beavers on the board capitalizing on a 2-on-0 at the 17:08 mark of the first period. The tally came with McLeod in the penalty box giving the Beavers their first short-handed goal of 2012-13. Sam Windle (So., F, Maple Grove, Minn.) and Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) were credited with assists on the play. The helper stood as the second in the Beavers’ last three games for the goaltender giving him two for his career.
The Beavers skated to the locker room at the end of the first period of play clutching a 1-0 lead after out shooting the Huskies 15-3 aided by a trio of power-play opportunities.
The Huskies came back in the second period to out shoot the Beavers 14-8 and get a goal from Ryan Furne to knot the score 1-1 at the 6:01 mark.
BSU regained the lead, 2-1, just over five minutes later, at the 11:25 mark, when McLeod redirected a backhand attempt off the stick of Brance Orban (Sr., Lethbridge, Alberta) from the goal line extended. The goal not only extended McLeod’s team-leading goal total to nine, it also matched a career-high for the senior.
The Beavers opened the third period gripping a 2-1 lead but just 3:06 into the final session, Blake Pietila reeled the Beavers in with his third goal of the weekend, forcing overtime for the third time in the BSU-MTU 2012-13 season series.
Overtime got interesting for the Beavers. With 55 seconds left, MTU’s Tanner Kero was escorted to the penalty box for tripping supplying the Beavers with a rare overtime power-play opportunity. Fifty seconds later, BSU found itself on a 5-on-3 advantage when Pietila was whistled for slashing. Kinne fired a shot just wide of the net. The horn sounded and the Beavers had to settle for a draw.
With eight overtime games this season, BSU remains winless, now 0-3-5.
Despite finishing the game 0-for-7 on the man advantage, BSU held the Huskies scoreless on two power-play chances and used the short-handed goal to win the special teams battle.
Walsh turned aside 28 of 30 MTU shots and allowed two goals to move his record to 4-8-4 on the season.
The Beavers, now 5-12-5 overall and 4-8-4 in WCHA play, return to Sanford Center Jan. 25-26 to host University of Nebraska-Omaha (13-9-2; 9-5-2 WCHA). The series will get underway Friday at 7:37 p.m. with the series finale slated for 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).