|February 13, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||0||3||3|
|3||13:00||LSSU||J.T. Henke (Gage Torrel , Anthony Nellis)|
|3||19:42||LSSU||Gage Torrel (Mitch Hults )|
|Shots on Goal||30||24|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) -- Locked in a scoreless tie for 53 minutes, Lake Superior State University took advantage of a power-play opportunity to break the tie and would add two empty-net goals late to earn a 3-0 victory and a series split in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Beavers held a 21-12 advantage in shots on goal through 40 minutes of play, which included a decisive 13-5 edge during the first period, but was unable to light the lamp.
The Beavers penalty-kill unit, which had allowed just 11 goals in 113 chances (.904), stopped the Lakers' first four opportunities, but when Charlie O'Connor was hauled into the penalty-box for slashing at the 11:06 mark, LSSU's J.T. Henke found the back with just six seconds to go in the man advantage.
With a one-goal edge, the Lakers forced BSU to pull its goaltender and press. LSSU would get empty-net goals Aiden Wright (19:09) and Gage Torrel (19:40) to seal the win.
In goal, Michael Bitzer made 21 saves in 58:34 between the pipes, but was tagged with the loss after allowing the Lakers' first goal. He is 9-12-4 this season.
The Beavers, now 13-12-5 overall and 8-10-4 in WCHA play, return to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center Feb. 19-20 to host Michigan Tech. The series is set to get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday, while the series finale is set for a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Saturday.
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.