|March 01, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||05:39||BSU||Cory Ward (Brance Orban , Danny Mattson)|
|2||05:54||UND||Mark MacMillan (Mitch MacMillan , Jordan Schmaltz)|
|3||02:42||UND||Mitch MacMillan (Mark MacMillan , Andrew MacWilliam)|
|3||14:39||UND||Joe Gleason (Corban Knight , Danny Kristo)|
|3||18:22||UND||Mark MacMillan (Rocco Grimaldi , Andrew MacWilliam)|
|3||19:24||BSU||Radoslav Illo (Cory Ward )|
|Shots on Goal||19||28|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) – University of North Dakota used three third period goals to hand Bemidji State University a 4-2 set back in the opening game of Beavers’ final Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular-season road series of the 2012-13 campaign in front of a sold out crowd at Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday.
BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh (So., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) turned aside 24 shots, while the Beavers blocked 17 shots in front of him, held North Dakota scoreless on the power play and BSU’s defensive play frustrated No. 6 UND all night.
Mark MacMillan led trio of UND players with multiple points, netting two goals, while adding an assist.
Cory Ward (Fr., F, Las Vegas, Nev.) posted the first multi-point night of his career netting the Beavers’ first goal and assisting on Radoslav Illo’s (Jr., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) goal in the waning moments of the game.
Bemidji State falls to 6-18-7 on the season and 5-13-6 in WCHA play and remain tied with Michigan Tech for 10th place in the league standings, while North Dakota improves to 18-9-6 overall with a 12-6-6 mark to slide into second place in the WCHA standings.
The teams ended the first period locked in a scoreless tie. BSU set the tone early aided by the game’s first power play. Through the first 16 minutes of play, the Beavers owned a slight edge in shots on goal, but when Brady Wacker (Sr., D, Jansen, Saskatchewan) was escorted to the box at the 16:27 mark, it sparked the UND offensive attack and North Dakota took an 8-6 edge in shots on goal to the locker room at the conclusion of the first period in spite of BSU blocking nine shots in front Walsh.
UND controlled play in the opening minutes of the second period, but Bemidji State was the first to strike. BSU’s leading assist man Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) got the BSU scoring play started when he skated off the bench on a change to cause a UND turnover. Brance Orban (Sr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta) picked up the loose puck and found Ward entering the Beavers’ zone. Ward skated between the circles and ripped a shot past UND goaltender Clarke Saunders for his sixth goal of the season 5:49 into the second frame.
The BSU lead lasted a total of five seconds. UND won the ensuing face off and with Walsh sliding into his own net, Mark MacMillan lifted a shot over his right shoulder to even the score, 1-1, just 5:54 in.
The teams would skate to the locker room with the score tied 1-1.
Out shooting the Beavers 18-8 after two periods and 10-2 in the second session alone, it took North Dakota just 2:42 and a single shot to break the tie. Mitch MacMillan was credited with the goal from Mark MacMillan and Andrew MacWilliam.
As the third period wound down, BSU applied the heat to Saunders. Jordan George (Sr., F, Madison, Wis.) beat the UND goaltender at the 5:50 mark, but a review showed the puck never crossed the goal line. Less than a minute later, North Dakota extended its lead to 3-1 on a shot by Joe Gleason deflected in front of Walsh.
Mark MacMillan added an empty-net goal to put UND up 4-1 at the 18:22 mark before Illo made good on a backhand from the left boards with 36 seconds to play to bing the score to a final 4-2.
BSU was 0-for-2 on the power play, while its penalty-kill unit held North Dakota scoreless on its only man advantage opportunity of the night.
The Beavers are now 2-25-1 all-time versus North Dakota and 1-17-1 in games played on UND’s home ice.
Bemidji State and North Dakota settle the series tomorrow in a 7:07 p.m. opening face off from Ralph Engelstad 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).