|December 03, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||05:56||MTU||Chris Leibinger (Alex Gillies , Mason Blacklock)|
|2||19:51||BSU||O'Connor, Charlie (Bauman, Kyle , Baudry, Justin)|
|3||16:41||MTU||Michael Neville (Reid Sturos , Cliff Watson)|
|Shots on Goal||18||34|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (John MacInnes Student Ice Arena) – Michigan Tech’s Michael Neville found the back of the net with 3:19 left in the third period to break a 1-1 deadlock, tilt the Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest in the Huskies’ favor and end Bemidji State University league unbeaten streak at 13 games, Saturday at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich.
Outshot by MTU 34-18 in the game, BSU battled back from an early one-goal deficit to tie the score in the closing moments of the second period. The teams seemed destined for overtime, but Neville came up with game-winning heroics late and the Huskies split the series with a 2-1 victory.
The Huskies set the tone early, out shooting the Beavers 14-7 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal off the stick of Chris Leibinger. The Huskies’ forward capped the MTU scoring play started after a BSU turnover deep in the zone.
Sparked by power play that carried over from the first period to the second, the Beavers began to regain momentum in the game. With just 8.7 left in the period, Charlie O’Connor netted the equalizer from the doorstep, scoring his second goal of the weekend. Justin Baudry and Kyle Bauman were credited with assists on the play. The helper was the first point of the season for Baudry.
The teams traded blows in the third period, but MTU held a significant edge in shots on goal, 13-3. Despite failing to convert on its power-play chances late, the Michigan Tech flurry finally breached the goal late and the Huskies would hold on for the win.
The Beavers, now 12-5-1 overall and 12-1-1-1 in league play, returns to Sanford Center Dec. 9-10 to host Lake Superior State University. The WCHA series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday with a 7:07 opening face-off also set for 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.