|January 18, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||06:27||UND||Connor Gaarder (Stephane Pattyn , Troy Stecher)|
|1||07:22||UND||Andrew Panzarella (Mark MacMillan , Jordan Schmaltz)|
|2||01:13||UND||Derek Rodwell (Paul LaDue )|
|2||06:58||UND||Michael Parks (Mark MacMillan , Nick Mattson)|
|2||13:09||BSU||Gerbrandt, Markus (Pedan, Ruslan , Prapavessis, Matt)|
|Shots on Goal||17||33|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) – The University of North Dakota posted back-to-back goals just 55 seconds apart early in the first period and the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team could recover, falling 4-2 in its final nonconference contest of the 2013-14 season Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Cory Ward (F, So., Las Vegas, Nev.) logged his team-leading 14th goal of the season and Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) added a power-play goal late, but offensive opportunities were few and far between as the Beavers were out shot 33-17 in the game.
The game concluded the nonconference portion of BSU's schedule. Now 0-5-3 outside league play in 2013-14, the Beavers overall mark sits at 7-12-7.
North Dakota opened the game with a flurry, netting a pair of goals in the first 7:22 of play. Connor Gaarder got the UND scoring started at the 6:27 mark of the first period redirecting a pass from Stephane Pattyn at the top of the crease. Andrew Panzarella followed at the 7:22 mark ripping his first collegiate goal past BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh (Jr., Dawson Creek, British Columbia).
Trailing 2-0, Ward and the Beavers would not back down. The Beavers’ top scorer scored at the 12:37 mark. On a tremendous individual effort, Ward picked off a UND pass in the neutral zone, dropped it on the ice and fired a laser from the left face-off circle top shelf.
Despite being outshot 15-4 in the first, BSU headed to the locker room for the first intermission trialing just 2-1.
Aided by three power-play opportunities in the second period, the Beavers outshot UND 10-9, however North Dakota extended its lead to 4-2.
Derek Rodwell sniped a shot from the left face-off circle to put UND up 3-1 just 1:13 into the second frame. Michael Parks followed suit netting a 4-on-4, wrap around goal at the 6:58 mark to stretch the host’s advantage to 4-1.
The Beavers again clawed their way back into the game with just less than seven minutes to play in the second (13:09). With Pattyn in the penalty box for hooking, Gerbrandt found the puck sitting at the top of the crease and slithered though a scrum to tap in his 12th goal of the season. Ruslan Pedan (D, Fr., Moscow, Russia) and Matt Prapavessis (D, Jr., Oakville, Ontario) were each credited with assists on the scoring play.
The teams combined for just 12 shots in the third period as play came to a halt with North Dakota taking the game and the series win, 4-2.
Walsh finished the night with 29 saves in 58:15 between the pipes. The junior falls to 5-10-4 on the season.
Bemidji State (7-12-7) remains on the road, but returns to Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Jan. 24-25. The Beavers travel to Fairbanks, Alaska for a two-game set with the Nanooks. Opening face of is set for 10:07 p.m. (CST) each night.
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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).