|December 29, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||06:04||BSU||Brady, Adam (Roo, T.J. )|
|2||05:45||UAH||Josh Kestner (Tyler Poulsen , Cam Knight)|
|2||15:57||BSU||Whitecloud, Zach (Dickman, Jay , Eichstadt, Dillon)|
|3||19:36||BSU||Brady, Adam (Combs, Charlie , Fitzgerald, Gerry)|
|Shots on Goal||19||42|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Adam Brady scored twice and Zach Whitecloud netted his first goal of the season to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Friday at Sanford Center.
The victory marked the Beavers eighth of the season and extended its unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3).
Brady got the Beavers on the scoreboard just 6:04 after the opening face off when he cleaned up a T.J. Roo rebound off the right post.
The 1-0 lead would last nearly a period, but at the 4:33 mark of the second, Jordan Heller was whistled for a slashing penalty, setting UAH up with its first power-play opportunity of the evening and the Chargers would capitalize. At the 5:45 mark, Josh Kestner capped a series of quick passes with his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Tyler Poulsen and Cam Knight were credited with assists on the play.
The Beavers regained the lead late in the period (15:57) on Whitecloud’s first goal of 2017-18. Dillon Eichstadt fired the puck through the neutral zone to Jay Dickman who found Whitecloud in the slot. The sophomore defender roofed the goal-ahead goal.
Despite holding a 2-1 lead to open the third period, Bemidji State didn’t seal the victory until the final horn sounded. Alabama-Huntsville controlled play for long stretches of the period and after being outshot 36-11 during the opening 40 minutes, posted an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal during the final 20, which included several close calls for BSU.
Brady put the game out of reach with 24 seconds left on the clock, recording an empty-net goal. Gerry Fitzgerald was credited with an assist after coming up with the loose puck and Charlie Combs found Brady streaking into the Beavers offensive zone for his third assist of the year.
BSU got beat in special teams play for one of the first times this season. Not only did its power-play unit come up dry on three attempts, but its penalty-kill crew surrendered a goal in its only appearance of the evening.
Michael Bitzer earned his eight victory of the season turning aside 18 of the 19 shots he faced, while the defense blocked eight shots in front of him. He moves to 8-5-5 on the season and has not been beaten since a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green, Dec. 1—a streak spanning six games (3-0-3).
The Beavers, now 8-6-5 overall and 5-4-4-2 in WCHA play, will be back in action again tomorrow when they host Alabama- Huntsville (6-13-2; 5-8-2-1 WCHA) to wrap up the two-game league series. Opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Sanford Center.
Tickets for the series finale are still available and start at just $12. Stop by the Sanford Center Box Office, beginning two hours prior to puck drop, to reserve your seat.
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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).