|January 10, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||16:34||BSU||Solensky, Sam (Jones, Carter , Sjodahl, Hampus)|
|1||19:59||UAH||Josh Latta (Austin Beaulieu , Dayne Finnson)|
|2||19:21||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Muck, Tommy , Sillinger, Owen)|
|3||07:06||UAH||Austin Beaulieu (Max Coyle , Dayne Finnson)|
|3||08:59||UAH||Josh Latta (Bauer Neudecker , Connor James)|
|3||10:17||BSU||Cardelli, Nick (Armour, Ross , Muck, Tommy)|
|3||15:26||BSU||Brady, Adam (Muck, Tommy , Cardelli, Nick)|
|Shots on Goal||40||32|
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Von Braun Center) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team weathered three power-play goals by the University of Alabama-Huntsville and netted two goals during the final 10 minutes of play to battle back to claim its 12th victory of the season, 4-3, at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Senior captain Tommy Muck led a BSU team that had nine different players chip in on the scoresheet with the second three assists game of his career, while Nick Cardelli logged a goal and an assist and Adam Brady collected his second game-winning goal of the season.
The Beavers used the victory to sweep the season series with UAH, stretch its win streak to four games and move to 12-7-3 overall and 12-3-1-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play to remain second in the league standings with 37 points.
Freshman Sam Solensky put the Beavers in front at the 16:34 mark of the first period. For the second straight night newcomer Carter Jones made a crafty pass to get BSU on the scoreboard. Tonight, he found Solensky from behind the net for the first collegiate goal for the native of Michalovce, Slovakia in his fourth game. Hampus Sjödahl was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Chargers came roaring back before the final horn sounded.
With 19 seconds left BSU’s Alex Ierullo was whistled for cross-checking. Playing with a man advantage for the second time of the night, UAH evened the score with a fraction of a second (0.7) on the scoreboard. BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll made a save on Austin Beaulieu shot and despite attempting to cover the puck, Josh Latta poked the puck across the line to even the score, 1-1.
The power-play goal was the first BSU has surrendered in 16 opponent opportunities and the seven games since Dec. 7.
BSU dominated play for the first 12 minutes of the second period and held a 13-4 edge in shots on goal, but had nothing to show for it other than a pair of penalties. However, the Beavers bounced back to give the Chargers a taste of their own medicine. With just 39 seconds left on the clock, Tommy Muck threw the puck towards the goal and Charlie Combs redirected his shot past Mark Sinclair for his seventh goal of the season. Owen Sillinger was also credited with an assist on the play giving him at least a point in four straight games and eight points in BSU’s last six contests.
Just 4:01 into the third period the Beavers gave UAH the break it needed when Alex Adams saw his night come to an early end after being called for contact to the head major penalty. Three minutes into the man advantage, Beaulieu tapped a rebound past Driscoll to push the score to 2-2 and net the Chargers’ second power-play goal of the night. Before the penalty would expire, Alabama-Huntsville took the lead on Latta’s second power-play tally of the night.
As soon as it looked like momentum had fully swung in the Chargers’ favor, Nick Cardelli took a shot from behind the goal and pulled the Beavers back into a tie, 3-3 with 10:17 left in regulation. Ross Armour and Muck were credited with helpers after sparking the game-tying scoring play. Adam Brady helped BSU regain the momentum when he circled the offensive zone and fired a shot that found Sinclaire’s five hole to put BSU back in the lead with 4:34 left in the game. Muck was credited with his third assist of the game on the play.
UAH won the special teams battle going 3-for-6 on the man advantage and holding BSU to 1-for-3 on the power-play. UAH’s three goals in six power-play chance not only stands as the first multi-power-play goal night the Beavers have surrendered since March 8, 2019, it also marked the first time BSU has given up three or more power-play goals in a game since Bowling Green went 4-for-6 March 12, 2016.
The Beavers return to Bemidji, Minn. and the Sanford Center Jan. 17-18 to host Michigan Tech. The two-game series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday with a 6:07 p.m. opening face-off set for Saturday.