|March 04, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||17:25||NMU||Shane Sooth (Gerard Hanson , Dominik Shine)|
|2||01:04||NMU||Gerard Hanson (Demico Hannoun , Dominik Shine)|
|2||01:32||BSU||Arentz, Nate (Harms, Brendan )|
|2||12:57||NMU||Dominik Shine (Gerard Hanson , Shane Sooth)|
|3||13:37||BSU||Billett, Dan (Muck, Tommy , Fitzgerald, Gerry)|
|3||18:27||NMU||Dominik Shine (Gerard Hanson , Rylan Yaremko)|
|Shots on Goal||21||48|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Dominik Shine posted two goals and two assists to lead Northern Michigan University to a 4-2 victory over Bemidji State University, Saturday, tying the best-of-three series and forcing a decisive game three in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs quarterfinal match up.
Bemidji State’s penalty-kill was tested in the second period, forced to kill an extended 5-on-3 and a five-minute major. In both cases, NMU took advantage and tilted the game in its favor.
Northern Michiagn finished the night 2-for-5 on the power-play.
Northern Michigan scored its first goal of the weekend to take a 1-0 lead at the 17:25 mark of the first period. Shane Sooth beat BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer with a backhand after Gerard Hanson passed the puck out of a scrum from behind the net.
In a second period dominated by special teams play, the Wildcats took advantage of a pair of power-play opportunities to stretch its lead to 3-1. With Kyle Bauman in the box for a penalty carried over from the first period and Tommy Muck escorted to the box just moments into the second, Demico Hannoun potted a rebound off an initial shot from Shine for a 5-on-3 power-play goal just 64 seconds into the frame. Twenty-eight seconds later and still down a man; BSU’s Brendan Harms picked off a pass in the neutral zone and found Nate Arentz streaking up the ice. Arentz netted his team-leading second short-handed goal of the season, but the spark would be short-lived. At the 10:57 mark, Mike Soucier was whistled for a major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind. The infraction would set NMU up with a five-minute power play and the Wildcats would cash in just over two minutes in. Shine was credited with the goal.
The Beavers pushed back in the third, out shooting NMU 17-8. Dan Billett scored on a slap shot from the point at the 13:37 mark to reel the Wildcats to within a goal, 3-2. Just moments later, BSU caught a break and got its fifth power-play opportunity of the night, but was unable to convert. BSU pulled its goaltender with 1:45 to go, but the Beavers were unable to keep the puck in their zone and Shine netted his second goal of the night to seal the victory at the 18:27 mark.
The Beavers (21-14-3) and Wildcats (13-21-4) will play game three of this best-of-three series at 5:07 p.m. tomorrow with a trip to the WCHA Tournament semifinal round on the line. If BSU advances, it will host Bowling Green at Sanford Center, March 10-12.
Tickets for game three begin at $9 for youth and $18 for adults and will be on sale at the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
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.