|November 12, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||02:22||BSU||Soucier, Mike (Heller, Jordan , Muck, Tommy)|
|1||06:13||MINNST||Michaelis, Marc (Scheid, Ian , Tuomie, Parker)|
|4||01:37||BSU||Arentz, Nate (Dickman, Jay )|
|Shots on Goal||26||33|
MANKATO, Minn. (Verizon Wireless Center) – For the second straight night the No. 15 Bemidji State University and No. 11 Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey teams needed more than 60 minutes to decide a winner and for the second time in as many contests, the Beavers came away on top. Tonight, 1:37 into the extra period, Jay Dickman found Nate Arentz for a goal to give BSU a 2-1 victory and a series victory.
The Beavers took three points and the win Saturday following a tie and 3-on-3 overtime victory in the series opener to garner five of six points this weekend, remain unbeaten in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play (9-0-1-1) and 9-2-1 overall.
Just as it had in 10 of 11 games this season, BSU was first to light the lamp Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead on its second shot of the evening. Mike Soucier netted his first goal as a Beaver at the 2:22 mark of the first period. Jordan Heller and Tommy Muck earned assists on the scoring play.
The lead would last only 3:51.
With Brendan Harms in the penalty box for tripping, MSU would need only 42 seconds to equal the score. Parker Tuomie took a shot that was turned aside by the BSU goaltender, Michael Bitzer. Ian Scheid corralled the rebound and fired another shot that bounced off Bitzer before Marc Michaelis buried the power-play goal at the 6:13 mark.
The BSU penalty-kill unit would snuff out the Mavericks’ final two power-play opportunities of the period and the teams would skate into the first intermission locked in a 1-1 game.
BSU and MSU played a scoreless second period, but each had their share of chances, especially late in the frame. With just over a minute to play, Kyle Bauman would finish an end-to-end rush by clanking a shot off the post, which was followed by a shot off the post on the other end with 56 seconds left. Both attempts were reviewed to confirm they didn’t cross the goal line. Moments later, Dillon Eichstadt rung another shot off the cross bar.
The period would end with a flurry of penalties, leaving the Beavers with two minutes on the man advantage to open the third period. The power play was not significant as the Mavericks shut the Beavers down to set up a 1-1 stalemate through 60 minutes and Arentz’s heroics.
Bemidji State, now 9-2-1 overall and 9-0-1-1 in WCHA play, sits atop the league standings and returns to Sanford center for a two-game WCHA series with Northern Michigan University, Nov. 18-19. The opening faceoff for each game is set for 7:07 p.m.
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.