|March 02, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||03:23||BSU||Phil Brewer (Markus Gerbrandt , Mitch Cain)|
|2||04:10||UND||Mitch MacMillan (Connor Gaarder , Joe Gleason)|
|2||12:27||BSU||Danny Mattson (Sam Rendle , Cory Ward)|
|3||08:37||UND||Jordan Schmaltz (Carter Rowney , Rocco Grimaldi)|
|Shots on Goal||18||30|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team and No. 6 University of North Dakota went toe-to-toe for 65 minutes in front of the second largest crowd in Ralph Engelstad Arena history (12,117) Saturday and were unable to settle the score, splitting two points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings after skating to a 2-2 tie.
Bemidji State held a one-goal lead on two occasions in the game, but the saw UND even the score on its first power-play goal of the weekend with 8:37 to play in regulation.
BSU was out chanced 80-37 in the game, but blocked 28 shots and got a 28-save performance from sophomore goaltender Andrew Walsh (Dawson Creek, British Columbia) to escape the evening with a draw in its 11th overtime contest of the season.
North Dakota dominated play to open the first period attempting 30 shots, but was off target on 12, which included several quality scoring changes, and the Beavers’ pesky defensive-minded play accounted for 13 blocks.
BSU used opportunities generated by solid defensive effort into the game’s first lead. Mitch Cain (Fr., F, Fort Frances, Ontario) got the scoring play started digging the puck out of the corner and feeding Markus Gerbrandt (Fr., F, Edmonton, Alberta) on the right post. Gerbrandt threaded a backhand pass to Phil Brewer (Fr., F, Caimbridge, Ontario), crashing the net, and Brewer lifted his third goal of the season past the UND goaltender Zane Gothberg at the 3:23 mark of the first period.
Before time ran out on the frame, BSU caught another break. With Gothberg out of position, Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) was chasing a loose puck just outside the crease and was hauled down by Corban Knight setting the Beavers up with their first power play of the evening—one that would spill over 1:48 into the second period.
Bemidji State opened the second period on the power play, but failed to post a goal. North Dakota would in turn, net the next goal. Mitch MacMillan sniped a shot from the top of the left faceoff dot at the 4:10 mark of the period to tie the game, 1-1.
The Beavers took a 2-1 lead into the locker room at the end of two periods of play thanks to a goal from Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.). Sam Rendle (So., D, Grand Rapids, Minn.) wound up for a shot from between the circles and Mattson was in front of the net to redirect the shot past Gothberg for his fourth goal of the season. In addition, Cory Ward (Fr., F, Las Vegas, Nev.) was credited with an assist on the play, his third point of the weekend.
Leading 2-1 to open the third, BSU was saddled with the task of killing two power-play opportunities during the first 10 minutes of the frame. After successfully holding UND at bay during the first, Jordan Schmaltz fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle during the second that beat the BSU goaltender with 11:23 to play. The goal, assisted by Carter Rowney and Rocco Grimaldi, tied the game 2-2.
Each team would get its chances during the final minutes of regulation. UND had a would-be go-ahead goal scored by Knight waved off with 7:07 left for high sticking. With 30 seconds to play, BSU’s captain Ben Kinne (Sr., F., St. Paul, Minn.) got behind UND’s defense for a breakaway to claim the win, but Gothberg stood tall collecting one of his 16 saves on the night to force overtime.
BSU carried play during the extra session, but was unable to find the back of the net and remains without a win in 11 overtime games this season (0-3-8).
BSU was 0-for-1 on the power play, while its penalty-kill unit held North Dakota scoreless on tow of its three man advantage opportunities.
The Beavers are now 2-25-2 all-time versus North Dakota and 1-17-2 in games played on UND’s home ice.
Bemidji State, 6-18-7 overall and 5-14-6 in WCHA play returns to Sanford Center to host University of Minnesota in the final series of the 2012-13 regular season. The two-game set will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday with the season finale and senior night slated for a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff.
Bemidji State’s 2012-13 senior class is made up of Jake Areshenko, David Boehm, Matt Carlson, Mathieu Dugas, Jordan George, Ben Kinne, Aaron McLeod, Brance Orban, Brady Wacker. It is comprised of four CHA All-Rookie Team members, A CHA Rookie of the Year pick, 18 WCHA Scholar Athlete awards, 16 WCHA All-Academic awards, a College Hockey America regular season championship (2009-10) and an NCAA Tournament appearance (2010). This class was also part of the transition from the College Hockey America to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the last game at John S. Glas Fieldhouse and the first game at Sanford Center.
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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).