|February 06, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||09:21||MTU||Riley Sweeney (Dylan Steman )|
|2||03:29||BSU||Ward, Cory (O'Connor, Charlie , Prapavessis, Matt)|
|3||11:24||MTU||Dylan Steman (David Johnstone )|
|3||19:00||MTU||Tanner Kero (Brent Baltus , Chris Leibinger)|
|Shots on Goal||26||26|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (John MacInnes Student Ice Arena) – Dylan Steman posted a goal and an assist to lead the No. 5 Michigan Tech Huskies to a 3-1 victory over Bemidji State University to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Friday at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich.
After clawing back to tie the score 1-1 midway through the second period, the Beavers saw the Huskies score twice in the final nine minutes of the game to steal the victory and halt BSU’s four-game unbeaten streak.
The Huskies struck 9:21 into the first period, getting a short-handed goal off the stick of Riley Sweeney. The shortie, was the eighth the Beavers have allowed this season – marking a BSU record for short-handed goals allowed since the program was elevated to the NCAA Division I level in 1999-2000.
Bemidji State out shot the Huskies 10-8 in the first period and would go on to hold a 23-18 edge in shots on goal by the end of 40 minutes. One of those shots, off the stick of Cory Ward, would find the back of the net to send the Beavers into the final 20 minutes of play tied 1-1. Charlie O’Conner and Matt Prapavessis were credited with assists on the play.
Michigan Tech controlled play in the third period, out shooting BSU 8-3. At the 11:29 mark, Steman slid the puck past the BSU goaltender, Michael Bitzer, to put MTU in the lead, 2-1.
Trailing by a goal with just over a minute to play, BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore, pulled Bitzer in an effort to take advantage of an extra attacker, but just six second into the advantage, MTU’s Tanner Kero scored an empty-net goal to put the game out of reach.
Bitzer finished the night with 23 saves and two goals allowed in 58:52 of time between the pipes. The freshman’s record levels at 8-8-2 on the season. His counterpart, Jamie Phillips, surrender one BSU goal in 60 minutes of action to improve to 20-6-1 on the season.
The Beavers (10-13-4; 6-9-4 WCHA) will attempt to salvage a series split tomorrow when they meet the Huskies (21-7-1; 16-4-1 WCHA) at 4:07 p.m. CST.
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).