|October 26, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||02:43||UNO||Josh Archibald (Dominic Zombo )|
|2||01:51||UNO||Matt White (Nick Seeler , Brock Montpetit)|
|2||09:03||BSU||Radoslav Illo (Sam Windle , Aaron McLeod)|
|2||09:37||UNO||Johnnie Searfoss (Josh Archibald , Dominic Zombo)|
|2||14:21||BSU||Aaron McLeod (Ben Kinne )|
|2||17:23||BSU||Markus Gerbrandt (Jordan George )|
|Shots on Goal||25||42|
OMAHA, Neb. (CenturyLink Center Omaha) – The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team battled back from two two-goal deficits to gain a 3-3 tie on the road at University of Nebraska-Omaha Friday at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Out shot 42-25 in the game, sophomore goaltender and reigning Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Week Andrew Walsh (Dawson Creek, British Columbia) stopped a career-high 39 shots to backstop the Beavers to the stalemate and a point in the opening game of the WCHA season.
Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) posted a goal and an assist to lead the Beavers’ comeback, while Markus Gerbrandt’s (Fr., F, Edmonton, Alberta) first collegiate marker stood as the game-tying goal.
UNO drew first blood just 2:43 after the opening faceoff. Josh Archibald earned a faceoff victory and skated between the circles and lifted a shot just over the shoulder of Walsh.
The Mavericks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after out shooting the Beavers 13-8.
The second period saw four goals scored and 31 shots on net with UNO out shooting BSU 18-13.
Nebraska-Omaha built a 2-0 lead 1:51 into the period when Matt White netted his third goal of the season.
Bemidji State got on the board 9:03 into second. Sophomore defender Sam Windle (Maple Grove, Minn.) found Radoslav Illo (Jr., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) and Illo collected his team-leading second goal of the season. But the Mavericks would answer just 34 seconds later. Johnnie Searfoss was credited with his second of the season with Archibald and Dominic Zombie on the assists.
The Beavers again cut the lead to one goal, 3-2, at the 14:21 mark when McLeod collected a rebound when Ben Kinne (Sr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) rung a shot off the pipe and buried it for his first goal of the season.
Before time ran out on the second period, BSU would get its third goal of the frame. Senior forward Jordan George (Madison, Wis.) took advantage of a UNO errant pass and found Gerbrandt on the back door. The rookie converted for his first goal as a Beaver. The equalizer came at the 17:23 mark of the period and sent the teams to the locker rooms at the end of 40 minutes of play tied 3-3.
BSU was out shot 9-2 in the final period.
Despite a power-play opportunity midway through the five-minute overtime period, the Beavers were unable to find the back of the net and would settle for the 3-3 tie.
Bemidji State finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play and is now 0-for-11 on the man advantage this season.
The BSU penalty-kill unit, backed by Walsh, was flawless. The Beavers snuffed out all three of UNO’s power-play opportunities.
The Beavers move to 1-1-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in WCHA play, while UNO moves to 2-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 in league play. BSU is now unbeaten the last six times (4-0-2) it has taken the ice versus Mavericks at CenturyLink Center, which includes a two-game sweep of the Mavericks in the first round of the 2011 WCHA Playoffs.
Bemidji State will attempt to gain WCHA series win tomorrow versus the Mavericks. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
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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).