|October 27, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||19:33||NMU||Darien Craighead (Denver Pierce , Philip Beaulieu)|
|2||07:28||BSU||Miller, Aaron (Gula, Darby , Dickman, Jay)|
|Shots on Goal||22||28|
MARQUETTE, Mich. (Berry Events Center) – Tied 1-1 and headed for its second overtime contest of the 2018-19, Bemidji State sophomore forward Aaron Miller picked off a pass and beat the Northern Michigan goaltender as time expired. The 2-1 victory allowed the Beavers to split the series with the Wildcats and gave BSU its first win of the WCHA season.
Miller’s second goal gave him the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career and nearly matched his three-goal freshman campaign.
Four the third consecutive game, BSU opponent lit its half of the scoreboard first. Tonight it came in by was of a power-play goal. The Beavers’ penalty-kill unit had gone 11-for-11 to open the season, but when Owen Sillinger was handed a major penalty and game misconduct at the 16:10 mark, it backed the Beavers PK unit into a tough spot. The Beavers played the remainder of the period a man short. BSU and goaltender Zach Driscoll held the Wildcats at bay, but Darien Craighead found the back of the net at the 19:33 mark to put the Wildcats up.
Miller scored his first goal of 2018-19 at the 7:28 mark of the second period with help from Jay Dickman and freshman Darby Gula. The assist was the first of Gula’s collegiate career.
Tied 1-1 late into the second period, Adam Brady was whistled for hooking. At 19:34, Adam Rockwood was given a rare penalty shot, but BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll stood tall and made the save to send the teams to the locker room with the score even and 20 minutes to play despite BSU being out shot 12-4 in the frame.
NMU had several significant chances late.
Northern Michigan got a breakaway with eight minutes to go and the puck rang off the pipe. With just over a minute left in the regulation, NMU again had a great opportunity to take the lead when James Vermeulen led a breakaway and a BSU defender blocked his initial shot, but the puck found its way into the net. After a review, officials waived the goal off due. A NMU payer was in the crease.
The series of events swung momentum in BSU’s favor and Miller capped the night and tilted the game in BSU’s favor.
Making his second start of the season, Driscoll made a BSU career-high 27 saves in his first win in the Green and White. He improved to 1-0-1.
Although the BSU penalty-kill surrendered its fist goal of the season, the Beavers finished the night 3-fo-4, while the Bemidji State power-play unit was 0-for-4.
The Beavers (2-1-1; 1-1-0-0 WCHA) will be back on the road again next weekend (Nov. 2-3) when it travels to Anchorage, Alaska for a two-game WCHA series with the Seawolves. Opening faceoff is set for 10:07 p.m. (CST) Friday and 7:07 p.m. (CST) Saturday.
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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).