|November 09, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||09:51||FSU||Gerald Mayhew (Ryan Lowney , Garrett Thompson)|
|1||13:57||FSU||Zach Dorer (Cory Kane , Andy Huff)|
|1||14:44||FSU||Scott Czarnowczan (Jason Binkley , Dom Panetta)|
|1||19:03||FSU||Scott Czarnowczan (Jason Binkley , Chad McDonald)|
|2||01:26||BSU||Gerbrandt, Markus (Mattson, Danny , Pedan, Ruslan)|
|2||08:28||BSU||Robbins, Brad (McCormack, Graeme )|
|2||14:04||FSU||Andy Huff (Gerald Mayhew , Cory Kane)|
|Shots on Goal||23||30|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena) – Trailing Ferris State University 4-0 at the conclusion of the first period, the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team battled back to score three goals in the first 12 minutes of the second, but the Bulldogs would add an insurance goal in the closing minutes of the period, take the game 5-3 and complete the series sweep.
Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) posted his second multi-point effort of the weekend to lead the Beavers offensively. The sophomore netted two goals to go with an assist. He finished the series with five points (3g-2a).
Ferris State opened the game with a flurry, outshooting BSU 18-2 and putting the Beavers in a 4-0 hole during the first 20 minutes of play.
Gerald Mayhew started the FSU scoring run at the 9:51 mark of the first period. Zach Dorer would stretch the Bulldogs’ lead to 2-0 at the 13:57 mark and Scott Czarnowsczan found the back of the net 47 seconds later (14:44). Czarnowsczan would add his second goal of the night and put the Bulldogs up 4-0 with just 57 seconds to play in the first.
The Beavers’ second-period comeback got a spark from the their power-play unit. On the man advantage to open the frame, Gerbrandt netted his sixth goal of the season with 34 seconds left on the power-play chance. Danny Mattson (F, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) and Ruslan Pedan (D, Fr., Moscow, Russia) were credited with assists on the play.
Bemidji State would get another power-play tally at the 8:26 mark of the stick of Brad Robbins (F, So., Murrieta, Calif.). The sophomore found the back of the net for the first time in his collegiate career with help from Graeme McCormack (D, So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) to cut the FSU lead in half, 4-2.
Gerbrandt would strike again, netting his team-leading seventh lamplighter of the season at the 11:16 mark of the second, on an unassisted scoring play.
Ferris State’s Andy Huff closed the door on the BSU rally, recording an even-strength goal at the 14:04 mark of the period. The goal would give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead at the second intermission and despite BSU out shooting the hosts 10-3 during the final 20 minutes of play, the Beavers were unable to find the back of the net and dropped the two-goal Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest.
The Beavers’ special teams play was significant to the comeback. In addition to going 2-for-6 on the man advantage, the BSU penalty-kill unit held FSU scoreless on six power-play opportunities.
Andrew Walsh (G, Jr., Dawson Creek, British Columbia), who was lifted after allowing four goals during the first period, was tagged with the loss and finished the evening with 14 saves. His record dips to 3-6-1 on the season. Reid Mimmack (G, So., Brainerd, Minn.) allowed just one goal in his collegiate debut. The Brainerd, Minn. native piled up 11 saves in 39:02 minutes of relief play.
Bemidji State, now 3-6-1 on the season and 3-3-0 in WCHA play, looks to correct a three-game league losing skid Nov. 15-16 when it hosts University of Alaska-Anchorage for a special Military Appreciation weekend at Sanford Center. All current and past members of the Armed Forces who purchase a ticket to the series at the Sanford Center Box Office, can show a military ID to receive a ticket of the equal value for free. The series is set to begin at 7:37 p.m. Friday, with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Saturday.
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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).