|January 12, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||00:18||UND||Austin Poganski (Rhett Gardner , Shane Gersich)|
|1||08:49||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Fitzgerald, Myles , Dickman, Jay)|
|2||11:30||UND||Nick Jones (Matt Kiersted , Jordan Kawaguchi)|
|2||14:26||UND||Austin Poganski (Nick Jones , Shane Gersich)|
|3||01:33||UND||Nick Jones (Gabe Bast , Hayden Shaw)|
|Shots on Goal||31||29|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- After battling to a 1-1 draw in the first period, the University of North Dakota dominated play in the second netting a pair of goals and out shooting Bemidji State University, 14-7, and stretching its lead to 3-1 en route to a 5-1 victory Friday at Sanford Center in the front half of a non-conference home-and-home series.
The loss was the first the Beavers have surrendered since Dec. 1, snapping a six-game winning streak and a nine-game unbeaten streak.
In front of a sold out crowd of 4,483, the Fighting Hawks jumped out to a lead right just moments after the puck dropped. Rhett Gardner won the center ice tap back into the UND defensive zone, Christian Wolanin dug it out of the corner and hit Gardner on the wall, who found Austin Poganski between the circles for a one-timer past BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer just 18 seconds into the game.
It took over eight minutes, but BSU answered with a goal from Kyle Bauman at the 8:49 mark. The captain was crashing the net and Myles Fitzgerald made a nifty pass from behind the net to set the senior up for his ninth goal of the season.
North Dakota regained the lead in the second period, a frame during which they controlled play for long stretched and outshot the Beavers 14-7.
Nick Jones put UND up 2-1 at the 11:30 mark of the period when he was on the doorstep to take a pass from Matt Kierstad form the slot. Jordan Kawaguchi was also credited with an assist on the play. Before the end of the period, Poganski would post his second goal of the game to send the Fighting Hawks to the locker room owning a two-goal lead.
North Dakota opened the third period with 1:48 of power-play time and took full advantage of it. As the man advantage was winding down, Gabe Bast found Jones for his second goal of the night. North Dakota would extend its lead to 5-1 with an empty-net goal from Trevor Olson.
Making 26 saves in the game, Michael Bitzer allowed four goals and was tagged with the loss. He moves to 11-6-5 on the season and surrendered his first loss since a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green, Dec. 1—a streak spanning eight games (6-0-3).
The Beavers, now 11-7-5 overall will now make the trip west to Grand Forks, N.D. to complete this non-conference home-and-home series with North Dakota. 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).