|February 15, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|2||13:35||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Bauman, Kyle , Brady, Adam)|
|3||00:38||UAF||Jandric,Steven (Woods,Justin , Leiter,Colton)|
|3||05:14||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Billett, Dan , Brady, Adam)|
|3||19:49||UAF||Jandric,Steven (Woods,Justin , Leiter,Colton)|
|Shots on Goal||21||25|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team saw the University of Alaska storm back to erase a one-goal lead with 11 seconds left in regulation, but fittingly, Myles Fitzgerald capped "Triplet Night" with a goal in the 3-on-3 overtime to net an extra point in the WCHA standings following a 2-2 tie.
Charlie Combs scored twice to lead all BSU players in scoring, while Adam Brady posted a two-assist night to snap a four-game scoring skid. Michael Bitzer held Alaska off the scoreboard for nearly 41 minutes and finished with 21 saves in the draw.
After a scoreless first period, the Beavers broke through in the 34th minute of play. On their fourth power-play opportunity of the evening, Kyle Bauman found Charlie Combs posted up in front of the crease. Combs buried his 11th goal of the season. Brady was also credited with an assist on the scoring play.
Bemidji State’s lead would last only 38 seconds into the third period before Steven Jandric found the back of the net to tie the game.
At the 5:14 mark, Combs was again in the right place at the right time corralling a Dan Billett rebound off the pad of the Alaska goaltender Anton Martinsson and quickly depositing it into the net for the second two-goal game of his career. Again Brady was credited with an assist on the scoring play.
With time running out it looked like the Beavers would earn a 2-1 victory to open the series, but late pressure by the Nanooks resulted in an extra-attacker goal by Jandric with 11 tics left on the clock, forcing overtime.
The teams played to the end of a five-minute 5-on-5 frame officially ending the game as a tie, but in the 3-on-3-overtime period, Jandric was whistled for a five-minute major for contact to the head. The penalty afforded the Beavers a 4-on-3 advantage for the final 3:42 of the stanza. Two-minutes and 18-seconds later, Fitzgerald would skate the puck between the circles and fire a shot that beat Martinsson to end the game.
Officially a tie, Bemidji State used the Fitzgerald goal to earn a much-needed extra point in the WCHA standings to gain a four-point edge over No. 5 Michigan Tech. With at least a victory tomorrow, the Beavers will clinch the fourth spot in the league standings and earn the right to hos the first round of the WCHA Playoffs, March 2-4, and would host MTU.
BSU, now 15-11-3 overall and 12-8-5-3 in WCHA play, is back in action tomorrow to wrap up this WCHA series with Alaska. Opening face off for the final regular-season home game is set for 7:07 p.m. from Sanford Center. Tickets are still available and begin at $12 for Log Jam General Admission seating.
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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).