December 07, 20121st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State0112
Minnesota Duluth1034
Scoring Summary
115:01UMDJake Hendrickson (Tim Smith , Cody Danberg)
204:25BSUCory Ward (Danny Mattson , Brance Orban)
301:21UMDJake Hendrickson (Keegan Flaherty , Wade Bergman)
302:42UMDJoe Basaraba (Mike Seidel )
317:01BSUBrance Orban (Danny Mattson , Jeff Jubinville)
319:11UMDKeegan Flaherty
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUMathieu Dugas59:143018
BSUTEAM0:46010
UMDMatt McNeely60:002021
Statistical ComparisonBSUUMD
Shots on Goal2322
Power Plays0-10-3
Penalties-Minutes3-61-2
Bulldogs drop Beavers 4-2
Friday, December 7, 2012
Bulldogs drop Beavers 4-2
Photo: Brett Groehler, Minnesota Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) – Tied 1-1 after two periods of play, University of Minnesota Duluth potted two goals in the opening three minutes of the second period and rode the advantage to a 4-2 victory over Bemidji State University Friday at AMSOIL Arena.

BSU senior Brance Orban (F, Lethbridge Alberta) recorded a goal and an assist, which included a goal to cut the deficit to 3-2 late in the game, while Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) added two assists in the BSU loss.

The Beavers dip to 3-8-2 on the season with a 2-6-2 mark in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play and Minnesota Duluth improves to 5-7-3 overall with a 3-5-3 record in league play.

Minnesota Duluth took a lead at the 15:01 mark of the first period. After BSU goaltender Mathieu Dugas (L’Assomtion, Quebec) deflected a shot to the end boards and, Hendrickson collected the puck behind the net and bounced it off the back of Dugas’ skate and across the goal line.

Trailing 1-0 and outshot 12-5 in the second period, BSU netted the only goal of the frame. At the 4:25 mark, senior Brance Orban (F, Lethbridge, Alberta) fired a shot off the end boards that bounced right onto the stick of Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) who fed BSU freshman Cory Ward (F, Las Vegas, Nev.). Ward buried his fourth goal of the season into a virtually empty net.

Minnesota Duluth opened the third period on a mission.  The Bulldogs got a pair of goals in the opening 164 seconds of the frame to jump out to a 3-1 lead and despite a BSU rally, UMD potted an empty net goal with 49 seconds to play to secure the victory.

Hendrickson opened the period with his second goal of the night just 1:21 in. One minute and 21 seconds later (2:42), Joe Basaraba corralled a puck off the stick of Matt Prapavessis (So., D, Oakville, Ontario) from behind the net and beat Dugas to the left post.

With time running out and desperation building, Jeff Jubinville (Jr., Edmonton, Alberta) ignited a BSU rally when he created a turnover in the Bulldog zone and delivered the puck up the ice to Mattson. Mattson took a shot from the top of the right circle that the UMD goaltender Matt McNeely deflected to the stick of Orban and the senior buried his third marker of the season to make the score 3-2 with 2:59 left in regulation.

BSU pulled its goaltender with 1:35 to play, but couldn’t keep the puck out of UMD’s zone and following several close calls and blocked shots in front of the empty BSU net, Keegan Flaherty tilted the game in favor of the Bulldogs for good, 4-2.

Special teams play was a nonfactor in the game.  BSU was scoreless on its only power-play opportunity of the evening, while the Beavers' penalty-kill unit rebounded from surrendering three power-play goals in its last outing to hold UMD scoreless on three chances.

Dugas made 18 saves and allowed three UMD goals in 59:14 of action.  He falls to 1-4-1 on the season. McNeely improves to 3-4-1 following a 21-save victory.

The Beavers (3-7-2; 2-6-2) and Bulldogs (4-7-3; 2-5-3) settle the series tomorrow night.  Opening face off in the two-game series finale is set for 7:07 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena.

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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).

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