|March 07, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||04:50||BSU||Harms, Brendan (Gerbrandt, Markus , Ward, Cory)|
|1||06:50||BGSU||Murphy, Ben (Mercier, Pierre-Luc , Kucera, Connor)|
|1||11:08||BGSU||Cooper, Mark (Williamson, Bryce , Murphy, Ben)|
|2||02:38||BSU||Parker, John (Hansen, James , Marinaccio, Phillip)|
|2||03:50||BGSU||Dufour, Kevin (Walker, Sean , Sullivan, Mike)|
|2||08:34||BGSU||Walker, Sean (Sullivan, Mike , Dufour, Kevin)|
|2||10:40||BGSU||Carpenter, Ryan (Mercier, Pierre-Luc , Sullivan, Mike)|
|2||17:32||BSU||Gerbrandt, Markus (Ward, Cory , Harms, Brendan)|
|Shots on Goal||19||27|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Ice Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team dropped a 5-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest to Bowling Green State University Friday at the BGSU Ice Arena. The loss dropped the Beavers into a tie for eighth place in the league standings with just one game to play.
Bemidji State took an early 1-0 lead in the game on a goal by Brendan Harms (Fr., F, Steinbach, Manitoba) at the 4:50 mark of the first and John Parker (So., F, Green Brook, N.J.) tied the game at 2-2 early in the second period (2:38), but Bowling Green would score three times during a 6:50 span late in the second period to put the game out of reach.
Cory Ward (So., G, Las Vegas, Nev.) finished the night with two assists, while Markus Gerbrandt (So., F, Edmonton, Alberta) posted a goal and an assist to lead the Beavers offensively.
Defensively, it was a rough night for goaltender Jesse Wilkins (Fr., Calgary, Alberta), who allowed five goals on 13 shots in 30:40 of action and fell to 3-6-3 on the season. He was replaced by Reid Mimmack (So., G, Brainerd, Minn.) in the second period. Mimmack stopped all 14 shots he faced, but the Beavers were unable to recover.
The setback to the Falcons takes the Beavers' postseason fate out of their own hands to some extent. If BSU and Lake Superior State University, which is also currently tied for eighth place, have the same results tomorrow, BSU will win the tiebreak based on a 3-1-0 head-to-head record versus the Lakers this season and will claim the eighth seed. However, if University of Alaska-Anchorage and/or Northern Michigan University finished tied with BSU and LSSU, the tie-breaker would skip to the second set of criteria, league wins, and BSU would finished ninth and would be on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Obviously, if BSU wins and LSSU loses, the Beavers are in and could finish as high as seventh if NMU also loses at University of Alabama-Huntsville. Conversely, if LSSU wins and BSU loses, the Beavers are out.
Bemidji State, now 10-18-7 overall and 10-13-4 in WCHA play, looks to wrap up the regular season with a victory and to better its chance to earn a spot in the WCHA playoffs. The Beavers will battle the Falcons again tomorrow at 6:07 p.m. CT at BGSU Ice 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).