|January 06, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||2||1||0||3|
|1||01:13||LSSM||Jake Hand (Hampus Erikkson , Collin Saccoman)|
|1||04:09||LSSM||Jake Hand (Lukas Kaelble , Gage Torrel)|
|1||09:36||BSU||Baudry, Justin (Miller, Aaron , Bauman, Kyle)|
|2||06:26||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Roo, T.J. )|
|2||10:41||BSU||Roo, T.J. (Heller, Jordan , Somoza, Ethan)|
|2||11:54||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Somoza, Ethan )|
|2||12:32||LSSM||Max Humitz (Lukas Kaelble , J.T. Henke)|
|2||14:21||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Brady, Adam)|
|2||19:41||BSU||Whitecloud, Zach (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Dickman, Jay)|
|Shots on Goal||34||18|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) – Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes of play, the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team exploded for five goals in the second period, sparked by a pair of short-handed goals from Kyle Buaman, to complete a Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep at Lake Superior State University, 6-3, extend its unbeaten streak to nine games and its winning streak to six.
The Beavers’ current streak is its longest unbeaten stretch since a 10-game streak from Nov. 11-Dec. 29, 2006 and the last time BSU won six straight games dates back to the 2008-09 campaign (Nov. 22-Dec. 28).
Bauman led the way for the Beavers, posting three points (2g-1a), while 11 BSU players found their way to the scoring column including T.J. Roo (1g-1a), Ethan Somoza (2a) and Gerry Fitzgerald (2a), who each recorded multiple points in the game.
After being shutout Friday, the Lakers wasted no time bouncing back and lighting their half of the scoreboard Saturday. Similar to BSU’s quick strike in the opener, Jake Hand gave LSSU a lead just 73 seconds after the opening face off. Hand would stretch the Lakers’ lead to 2-0 at the 4:09 mark tapping in a pass from Anthony Nellis and Gage Torrel.
Unlike the Lake Superior State, the Beavers pushed back in the first, Saturday. Capitalizing on a power-play opportunity at the 9:36 mark of the first period, Justin Baudry fired a rocket from just inside the blue line that found the back of the net. Aaron Miller and Kyle Bauman were credited with assists as Buadry established new single-season career-highs for goals (4) and points (11).
LSSU escaped from the first, clinging to a 2-1 lead after a BSU puck settled on the goal line but was reviewed and ruled that it did not cross the line.
Bemidji State’s special teams struck again at the 6:26 mark of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. T.J. Roo found Kyle Bauman and the senior rung his seventh goal of the season off the post and the crossbar. The goal sparked a five-goal scoring frenzy for the Beavers. During the next 13:15, the teams would combine for six goals and BSU finished the period holding a 6-3 lead.
Before the 12-minute mark BSU would lead 4-2. At the 10:24 mark, Roo netted a goal of his own with help from Jordan Heller and Ethan Somoza to give BSU its first lead. One-minute and 13-seconds later, Bauman posted his team-leading third short-handed goal of the season, marking the first time since March 7, 2009 that the Beavers have posted multiple short-handed goals in a game.
After a Max Humitz goal on the LSSU power play cut the BSU lead to 4-3 at the 12:32 mark, BSU got goals from Charlie Combs (14:21), to put BSU up 5-3, before Zach Whitecloud capped the wild period and extended his point streak to four games (3g-2a) with his third goal of the season at the 19:41 mark.
The five-goal period marked the first time since Jan. 7, 2016 that the Beavers have netted five goals in a single 20-minute stanza.
The teams played the third period without a single goal as the Beavers coasted to their 11th victory of the season.
Bemidji State finished the night 2-for-6 on the power play while its penalty-kill unit was 6-for-7 with a pair of short-handed goals to its credit.
Michael Bitzer earned his 11th victory of the season making 15 saves, while allowing three goals. He moved to 11-5-5 on the season and has not been beaten since a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green, Dec. 1—a streak spanning eight games (6-0-3).
The Beavers, now 11-6-5 overall and 8-4-4-2 in WCHA play, shift their focus away from WCHA play Jan. 12-13 as it goes head-to-head with the University of North Dakota in a non-conference, home-and-home match up. The Beavers host the series opener at 7:07 p.m. Friday before traveling two hours west to Grand Forks, N.D. for Saturday’s series finale. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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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).