|February 08, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||11:55||UW||Nic Kerdiles (Brendan Woods , Frankie Simonelli)|
|2||19:01||UW||Ryan Little (Sean Little , Jefferson Dahl)|
|Shots on Goal||27||40|
MADISON, Wis. (Kohl Center) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team used a 38-save performance from Mathieu Dugas (Sr., L’Assomption, Quebec) and goals from Phil Brewer (Fr., F, Cambridge, Ontario) and Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) to erase two one-goal deficits and salvage a 2-2 tie Friday at University of Wisconsin. The Beavers not only garnered a point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings with the draw, they also ended a four-game losing skid.
Wisconsin was first to light the lamp.
At the 9:59 mark of the first period, BSU defender Sam Windle (So., D, Maple Grove, Minn.) was whistled for holding, supplying the Badgers with their first power-play opportunity of the evening. With four seconds left in the power play, Nic Kerdiles collected a Brendan Woods’ shot off the pads of the BSU goaltender and found the back of the net. Scoring on just 8-of-78 man advantage chances on the season, Wisconsin wasted no time netting a power-play goal in this game.
The Badgers took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission and held an 8-6 edge in shots on goal.
Trailing by a goal midway through the second period, the Beavers caught the break they needed and tied the game. Phil Brewer (Fr., F, Cambridge, Ontario) threw an odd-angle shot toward the net from the right goal line extend. The puck hit Joel Rumpel’s left skate and bounced into the net. After a quick review by the officials, Brewer was credited with his second goal of the season.
Two minutes later, momentum continued to roll in BSU’s favor as Woods and Frankie Simonelli were called for penalties. The infractions not only gave the Beavers’ their first power-play opportunity of the game, it supplied them a two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage. BSU fired four shots on goal during the man advantage, but Rumpel was up to the task and held the Beavers scoreless.
Wisconsin potted a goal in the waning moments of the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the third frame. With just 59 seconds left on the clock, Sean Little netted an even-strength marker to reclaim the lead for the Badgers.
Bemidji State and Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) evened the score, 2-2, with 13:52 to play in the game. Mattson’s third goal of the season came after the Badgers turned the puck over in front of the net.
UW out shot the Beavers 16-7 in the third, but Dugas stood tall and the Beavers forced their ninth overtime game of the season.
The BSU goaltender turned aside all three of the Badgers’ shots in the extra session to keep the Beavers in the game. With just over a minute to play BUS had its best scoring chance of the game. Captain Ben Kinne (Sr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) fired a shot off the pad of Rumpel and Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario), focused on the virtually open net, but had the rebound jump his stick.
The BSU power play was again held scoreless, tonight misfiring on its 5-on-3 opportunity (0-for-2). Wisconsin finished the night 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
Bemidji State was out shot 40-27 on the night. Dugas’ 38 saves came just two shy of his career-high (40) in 64:38 of play. He moves to 1-5-2 on the season.
BSU remains winless in its last 11 games (0-8-3), but gains its first point ever versus Wisconsin and its first at Kohl Center. The Beavers are now 0-5-1 versus the Badgers all-time with a 0-2-1 mark in games played on UW’s home ice.
Bemidji State, now 5-16-6 overall and 4-12-5 in the WCHA, and Wisconsin (11-9-7; 8-6-7 WCHA) will wrap up the season series tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. The Beavers will attempt to gain its first series victory since a three-point weekend versus then No 10- University of Denver Dec. 14-15.