BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Slater Family Ice Arena) – Aaron Miller scored and added an assist, while Zach Driscoll turned aside 22 of the 24 shots he faced to lead the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 3-2 victory over No. 8 Bowling Green State University Thursday.
The Beavers used a dominant first period to jump out to an early two-goal lead and would hold on in the game’s final minutes to even its record at 9-9-3 overall and improve to 7-5-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
Bemidji State dominated play during the first 20 minutes of the game outshooting Bowling Green 22-7 and earning a 2-0 lead.
Aaron Miller got the Beavers on the scoreboard at the 12:01 mark of the first period. Despite the large shot differential and the aid of a pair of power-play opportunities in the first, BSU was not able to net their second goal until the 19:16 mark when Justin Baudry logged his third goal of the season on a tremendous individual effort, with help from Dillon Eichstadt and Miller.
The two-goal lead didn’t last long. Just 2:54 into the second period, BGSU’s Lukas Craggs found the back of the net, beating BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll. But just two minutes later, Jay Dickman found Nick Cardelli for his fifth goal of the season. The goal would turn out to be the first game-winning goal of the freshman's career.
Bemidji State took a 3-1 lead into the third period. BGSU outshot BSU 11-6 in the frame and would pull its goaltender Ryan Bednard with just under three minutes to play in an attempt to generate offense with an extra attacker. The tactic paid off. Tim Theochardis scored his fourth goal of the season with 1:28 let in regulation, but the BSU defense would stand tall and hold the Falcons off during the final moments to preserve the victory.
Driscoll, who made his first start since Dec. 8, Dricoll moves to 3-3-1 on the season, picking up his first win since Nov. 24. Driscoll made 22 stops and allowed two goal in 60:00 in net.
The Beavers improve to 9-9-3 overall and 7-5-1-0 in WCHA play. Bemidji State will wrap up their current four-game road swing tomorrow against Bowling Green. The puck is set to drop again at 6:37 p.m. from Slater Family Ice Arena.
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