|December 05, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||07:52||BSU||Heller, Jordan (Roo, T.J. , Marinaccio, Phillip)|
|2||12:12||FSU||Gerald Mayhew (Jared VanWormer , Brandon Anselmini)|
|3||14:28||FSU||Corey Mackin (Andrew Dorantes , Zac Tierney)|
|Shots on Goal||31||38|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Ewigleben Ice Arena) – Bemidji State University got out to an early lead in the series finale, but Ferris State University battled back to score a power-play goal in the second and took their first lead of the series with just over five minutes left in the third to salvage a series split, 2-1.
The loss snapped a four-game (3-0-1) unbeaten streak for the Beavers.
Just 7:52 into the game, T.J. Roo found linemate Jordan Heller with a pass and the Bemidji, Minn. native beat the FSU goaltender, Charles Williams glove-high for his first goal of the season. The goal was his first since January 30 of last season, ending a string of 20 games played without a goal. The assist stood as the first point of Roo’s collegiate career.
In a first period that saw a total of seven penalties called, a large majority of the frame featured special teams play. BSU escaped the period holding the Bulldogs scoreless on four power-play chances, including a short 4-on-3 stint late.
The Bulldogs’ power-play unit finally broke through on its fifth power-play chance of the game, when Gerald Mayhew scored with 7:48 left in the second period. The goal marked the end of a string of 15 straight opponent power plays snuffed out by the BSU penalty-kill unit—stretching back five games.
Despite Leo Fitzgerald ringing two shots off the FSU crossbar, the Beavers were unable to find the back of the net and the teams went into the final 20 minutes of play locked in a 1-1 tie.
Ferris State controlled play in the third period, out shooting BSU 17-11, and at the 14:28 mark, Cory Mackin potted an even-strength goal to put the Bulldogs in the lead. Andrew Dorantes and Zac Tierney were credited with assists on the play.
Desperate to tie the game, take a point and the series, BSU pulled goaltender Michael Bitzer with 1:19 to go, but the gamble would not help the Beavers generate any offense before time ran out.
Bitzer stopped 36 of 38 shots faced, including 16 in the third period alone, but was tagged for both FSU goals and took the loss. His record dips to 2-7-2.
The BSU penalty-kill unit finished the night 5-for-6, while the Beavers’ power-play unit came up dry on all three of its man advantage opportunities.
Bemidji State (5-7-3; 4-6-2 WCHA) returns to Sanford Center for the first time since Nov. 20-21, Dec. 11-12 when it hosts Bowling Green State University for a two-game, Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday, with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Saturday.
Beaver Hockey faithful are encouraged to bring winter hats, mittens, gloves and/or other cold weather gear to contribute to at the ticket office as they enter Sanford Center both Friday and Saturday. Fans are also encouraged to bring new, or gently used, stuffed animals Dec. 12. Following BSU’s first goal, those in attendance will have an opportunity to toss their teddy bear donation(s) onto the Sanford Center ice. All items collected will be distributed to residents in the Bemidji area in need this holiday season.
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.