January 10, 20141st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State2125
Lake Superior State1012
Scoring Summary
103:50LSSUZach Sternberg (Alex Globke , Stephen Perfetto)
107:44BSUPrapavessis, Matt (Ward, Cory )
118:50BSUHarms, Brendan (Pedan, Ruslan , Prapavessis, Matt)
214:45BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (Arentz, Nate , Kinne, Bob)
307:31BSUHarms, Brendan (Gerbrandt, Markus , Ward, Cory)
309:59LSSUStephen Perfetto (Alex Globke , Colin Campbell)
315:14BSUGerbrandt, Markus (Ward, Cory )
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUWilkins, Jesse59:562041
BSUTEAM0:04000
LSSUKevin Murdock51:173035
LSSUKevin Kapalka8:39104
LSSUTEAM0:04010
Statistical ComparisonBSULSSU
Shots on Goal4443
Power Plays3-50-2
Penalties-Minutes2-45-10
Bemidji State snaps streak with 5-2 victory at Lake Superior State
Friday, January 10, 2014
Bemidji State snaps streak with 5-2 victory at Lake Superior State

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) – The Bemidji State University men's hockey team connected on its first three power-play opportunities Friday at Taffy Abel Arena and cruised to a 5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Lake Superior State University.

Led by career-high efforts from Cory Ward (F, So., Las Vegas, Nev.), Jesse Wilkins (G, Fr., Calgary, Alberta) and Brendan Harms (F, Fr., Steinbach, Manitoba) the Beavers shook an eight-game winless streak (0-4-4), posting their first victory since defeating the same Lakers team, 2-1, Nov. 23 on an overtime goal off the stick of Ward.

Not unlike many games of late, the Beavers fell behind early, allowing the Lakers light their side of the scoreboard just 3:50 after the opening face off. However, BSU bounced right back evening the score before the first period would come to an end.

Just a week after going 0-for-9 on the power play versus Northern Michigan University, Bemidji State connected on 3-of-5 chances Friday using special teams play to propel it to victory.

The first two power-play goals came in the first period.

Bemidji State got its first power-play opportunity of the evening at the 7:20 mark when Mitchell Nardi was whistled for interference. Ward won the ensuing offensive zone faceoff to Matt Prapavessis. The junior from Oakville, Ontario skated up the blueline and unleashed a laser from the point. The shot counted as the blueliner’s fourth goal of the season and erased a 0-for-18 stretch on the power-pay, marking the Beavers’ first goal on the man advantage since Dec. 13.

The Beavers took a 2-1 lead at the 18:50 mark, just 16 seconds into their second man advantage opportunity of the evening. Harms was in the right place at the right time and stuffed a rebound past the Lakers’ goaltender. Ruslan Pedan (D, Fr., Moscow, Russia) and Prapavessis were credited with assists on the tally.

Midway through the period, LSSU goaltender Kevin Kapalka was injured making a play on a Radoslav Illo (F, Sr., Bystrica, Slovakia) attempt. The event would end his night after 8:39 and four saves. Senior Kevin Murdock was call on to replace the injured netminder and totaled nine saves in the final 11:21 of the period allowing the Lakers to escape trailing just 2-1.

Owning a 2-1 lead to open the second period, the Beavers would stretch their lead to two goals, netting the only goal of the frame. Phillip Marinaccio (F, Fr., Nobleton, Ontario) netted what would stand as the first game-wining goal of his career, pouncing on puck that Murdock could not corral after kicking aide a backhand from Nate Arentz (F, Fr., Lakeville, Minn.). Linemate Bob Kinne (F, Fr., St. Paul, Minn.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

With is power-play unit back on the ice in the opening minutes of the third period, BSU would post its third man-advantage goal of the night, with just one second remaining on its third opportunity of the game. Harms buried his second goal at the 7:32 mark, logging the first multi-goal effort of his young career. Ward and Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) earned assists on the scoring play.

After seeing Stephan Perfetto cut the LSSU deficit in half, 4-2, midway through the third period (9:59), Gerbrandt scooped up a neutral zone faceoff victory off the stick of Ward and slide it in an open net with 4:46 to play to ice the game for BSU. The assist would stand as the third of the game for Ward and mark a career-high for assist and points in a game.

BSU’s special teams play stood tall Friday. The Beavers’ finished the night 3-of-5 on the man advantage, while its power-play unit, backed by Wilkins, kept the Lake Superior State power play off the board (0-for-2).

Wilkins posted a career-best 41 saves in the game to earn his first collegiate victory. He improves to 1-1-3 on the season.

The Beavers, now 6-11-6 overall and 6-7-4 in WCHA play, look to look to gain their first series victory since a Nov. 15-16 two-game set versus University of Alaska-Anchorage. The Beavers and lakers open series finale at 6:07 p.m. (CST).

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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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