|November 11, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||02:31||MINNST||Gerard, Charlie (Stepan, Zach , French, Josh)|
|3||08:25||BSU||Billett, Dan (Beauvais, Brett , Sjodahl, Hampus)|
|Shots on Goal||24||24|
MANKATO, Minn. (Verizon Wireless Center) – It took more than 65 minutes and the Beavers’ debut in 3-on-3 play, but the No. 15 Bemidji State University men’s hockey team battled back to force overtime, gain a 1-1 tie and earn an extra point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings Friday at No. 11 Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The Beavers trailed for 45:54, but got a goal from defender Dan Billett at the 8:25 mark of the third that forced overtime and after the teams went five minutes of extra time without a goal, Charlie O’Connor scored during 3-on-3 overtime play to tilt the game in favor of the Beavers.
The Mavericks drew first blood getting a shot Charlie Gerard that trickled under BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer fell on top of, but the officials reviewed the play and determined the puck crossed the goal line at the 2:31 mark of the first period. The goal marked the first time in 11 games of the 2016-17 season that the Beavers had not been the first to score.
Trailing 1-0 to open the second period, the Beavers controlled play for long stretches of the frame. The Beavers finished the period out shooting the Mavericks 8-2, but were unable to find the back of the net setting up a 1-0 deficit to open the third period.
Midway through the third, the Beavers got the break they needed. Billett fired a seeing-eye shot that found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal. Brett Beauvais and Hampus Sjodahl were credited with assists on the play. The helper also stood as Sjodahl’s first point as a Beaver. The goal set up the Beavers’ second overtime match up of the season.
The teams played the 5-on-5-overtime period without a decision. Bitzer withstood a flurry late in the overtime period to preserve the tie and punch BSU’s ticket to 3-on-3 play. O’Connor would finish the game with a goal and earn the Beavers two points in the WCHA standings, while Minnesota State would settle for the tie and a single point.
Bemidji State, now 8-2-1 overall and 8-0-1-1 in WCHA play, looks for its fifth series victory of the season tomorrow when the same team meet to wrap up the WCHA two-game set. Opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. from the Verizon Wireless Center.
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.