|March 11, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||00:47||BSU||Ward, Cory (Fitzgerald, Gerry )|
|2||11:53||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (O'Connor, Charlie , McCormack, Graeme)|
|2||14:30||BGSU||Baylis, Stephen (Walker, Sean , Dufour, Kevin)|
|Shots on Goal||24||25|
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (BGSU Ice Arena) – The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team earned a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green State University Friday to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff series.
The Beavers used even-strength, power-play and short-handed goals to post its first postseason victory since the 2010-11 season and its first game every playing at BGSU Ice Arena.
BSU took an early lead in the series, toting a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, when John Parker cashed in on a Falcon turnover and netted his 11th goal of the season at the 6:50 mark of the first.
Bemidji State’s lead swelled to 3-0 by the middle of the second period. BSU netted a power-play goal 47-seconds into the frame, just 11 seconds into a man advantage opportunity, off the stick of Cory Ward. Fellow seniors Graeme McCormack and Markus Gerbrandt were credited with assists on the play. Special teams again came into play at the 11:53 mark of the period when Kyle Bauman picked off a Falcon pass for a short-handed, unassisted goal.
Bowling Green took advantage of a power-play opportunity at the 14:30 mark of the second to cut the BSU lead to 3-1. The Falcons pulled their goaltender late and played the majority of the game’s final three minutes with an extra attacker, but that was all the offense BGSU would manage.
Michael Bitzer surrendered a power-play goal, but turned aside 24 BGSU shots to gain his first collegiate postseason victory and improve to 13-14-5 on the season.
The Beavers, now 17-14-6 overall, looks to sweep the series and punch their ticket to the 2016 WCHA Final Five tomorrow when they again face Bowling Green (20-13-6). The opening faceoff is set for 6:07 p.m. (CT) from the BGSU Ice Arena.
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.