|January 23, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|3||03:57||FSU||Andrew Mayer (Jacob Hetz )|
|3||14:12||BSU||O'Connor, Charlie (Ward, Cory , Harms, Brendan)|
|Shots on Goal||30||36|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) – Locked in a scoreless tie for 43-minutes and 57-seconds, Ferris State University and Bemidji State University each scored during the final period and settled for a 1-1 draw in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series finale Saturday at Sanford Center.
The Bulldogs took the first game of the series 3-2 in overtime and held on for a tie Saturday to depart Bemidji, Minn. with three-of-four points and a firm grasp on fourth place in the standings.
Ferris State opened the scoring on a turnover deep in BSU's zone in the opening moments of the third period. Andrew Mayer picked up the puck in the slot and beat Michael Bitzer for his third goal of the season at the 3:57 mark to break the deadlock.
The Beavers evened the score at the 14:12 mark, getting rewarded for significant offensive pressure. Brendan Harms picked off a Bulldog pass just inside the blue line to keep the puck inside the BSU's offensive zone. Cory Ward fired a shot from the back door and the puck bounced off Charlie O'Connor's leg and ended up in the net with O'Connor. After an extended review of the play, the goal stood.
Before time would expire, Brett Beavais brought the crowd to its feet with a slap shot from the point, which looked for a moment to have gone in, but an official review quickly showed the puck was outside the net throughout, setting up the second overtime game of the weekend and the fifth in the last nine meetings between the teams.
The teams exchanged blows in the extra frame with FSU holding a 2-1 edge in shots during the final five minutes, but neither team would breach the goal.
Bitzer finished the night with 29 saves on 30 shots faced and pushed his record to 6-10-4 with the draw.
BSU, now 10-10-4 overall and 7-9-3 in league play, takes a break from WCHA play next weekend to compete in the North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers begin defense of their 2015 title versus the University of Minnesota in the second semi-final game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s third place and championship games will begin and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
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.