|January 20, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||06:22||FSU||Lucas Finner (Jason Tackett , Andrew Mayer)|
|1||11:36||BSU||Sjodahl, Hampus (Brady, Adam , Billett, Dan)|
|2||19:25||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Brady, Adam , Combs, Charlie)|
|3||13:07||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Whitecloud, Zach , Combs, Charlie)|
|3||18:38||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Eichstadt, Dillon , Brady, Adam)|
|Shots on Goal||30||20|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Jay Dickman scored twice, Charlie Combs added a goal and two assists and Adam Brady was credited with three assists as the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team earned a 4-1 victory at Ferris State University. The victory Saturday helped the Beavers complete a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep, win their eighth consecutive league game and stretch their WCHA unbeaten streak to 10 conference contests.
With the game tied for nearly 40 minutes and the Bulldogs buzzing for most of the second period, BSU got a tip-in goal from Dickman with 35 seconds left in the frame to grab its first lead and momentum heading into the final period.
In the third, Bemidji State would capitalize on a five-minute major penalty and get an empty-net goal to secure the victory—securing its 10th league win for the fifth consecutive season.
After surrendering a odd goal to Lucan Finner just 6:22 into the game, the Beavers responded at the 11:36 mark with an even-strength goal by Hampus Sjödahl. Brady and Dan Billett each earned assists on the play as Sjödahl scored in his return to the BSU line up after missing four games due to injury.
With the end of the second period in sight, Brady helped put the Beavers ahead 2-1 on a rocket from the top of the left circle. The shot was tipped in front by Dickman and went high glove side. Brady and Combs were credited with assists on the power-play goal at the 19:25 mark.
At the horn, Myles Fitzgerald was whistled for cross-checking, which set the Bulldogs up with their fourth power-play opportunity of the evening. But as it has been so often this season, backed by Bitzer, the Beavers stood tall on the penalty kill. BSU finished the night holding FSU without a goal on six power-play opportunities.
With 8:38 left in the game, Mitch Maloney was called for a major penalty and game misconduct, supplying the Beavers with five minutes of power-play time. BSU would get only one goal, but with just over six minutes to play and a two-goal lead, it was enough. Dickman netted his second of the night and team-leading 13th of the season with help from Zach Whitecloud and Combs.
Combs put the game out of reach at the 18:38 mark, potting a backhand from the opposite end of the ice.
A night after his fifth shutout of the season, Michael Bitzer stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced to improve to 13-6-6 on the year.
Bemidji State, now 13-7-6 overall and 10-4-4-2 in WCHA play, continues its four-game road swing Jan. 26-27 with a trip to Huntsville, Ala. to face the Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday from the Von Braun Center.
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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).