|December 07, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||15:30||BSU||Cain, Mitch (Brewer, Phil )|
|2||04:10||MTU||Brad Stebner (Alex Petan , CJ Eick)|
|3||05:54||BSU||Mattson, Danny (Harms, Brendan , Pedan, Ruslan)|
|Shots on Goal||20||41|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (MacInnes Student Ice Arena) – Bemidji State University freshman Jesse Wilkins (G, Calgary, Alberta) made 39 saves and backstopped a penalty-kill unit that held Michigan Technological University scoreless on six power-play opportunities as the Beavers and Huskies skated to a 2-2 draw to split the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in Houghton, Mich. Saturday.
The tie marked the second consecutive night and the fifth time in the last six meetings between BSU and MTU that the teams have played overtime. The tightly-contested series that got it start in 2007 remains tied at 5-5-4.
Five BSU players logged a point in the game, with Mitch Cain (F, Jr., Fort Frances, Ontario) and Danny Mattson (F, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) accounting for the Beavers’ goals.
Michigan Tech wasted little time jumping out to a lead. Tanner Karo put MTU up 1-0 on an unassisted goal at the 6:14 mark.
Following the trend of the season, the Beavers bounced back to reel their opponent in before the end of the first period. BSU tied the game, 1-1, when Phil Brewer (F, So., Cambridge, Ontario) took advantage of a turnover by the Huskies. He found Cain streaking up the ice and the centerman flipped a backhand over the shoulder of the Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley.
The Beavers’ penalty-kill unit was tested early as BSU was tagged for four penalties in the first period. Despite being out shot 15-7, the Beavers skated out of the first tied with the Huskies, 1-1.
A goal by Brad Stebner early in the second period (4:10), would give the Huskies a one-goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
Down 2-1 to open the third, the Beavers found their backs against the wall late in the game and again rallied to even the score. The equalizer came off the stick of Mattson, his third of the season, at the 5:54 mark of the frame. Freshmen Brendan Harms (Fr., Steinbach, Manitoba) and Ruslan Pedan (D, Moscow, Russia) were credited with assists on the play.
Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, the Beavers saw their game extended to overtime for the fifth time in their last seven outings and the sixth time this season.
BSU was out shot 6-2 in the extra frame, but just as he was from the opening face off, Wilkins stood tall, made all six saves and allowed the Beavers to salvage the tie and WCHA series split. The BSU goaltender is now 0-0-2 on the season with a 1.85 goal against average and a .949 save percentage.
MTU finished the game with a 41-20 advantage in shots on goal.
The Beavers (5-8-5; 5-4-3 WCHA) return to Sanford Center Dec. 13-14 to wrap up the calendar year by hosting University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The two-game WCHA series will begin at 7:37 p.m. Friday, with the series finale opening face off set for 7:07 p.m.
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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).