Beavers earn tie at top ranked Bulldogs; Whitecloud scores in 3-on-3

December 16, 20161st2nd3rdOTFinal
Bemidji State10001
Minnesota Duluth00101
Scoring Summary
115:30BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (Harms, Brendan , Dickman, Jay)
306:23UMDParker Mackay (Adam Johnson , Hunter Miska)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBitzer, Michael65:001035
UMDHunter Miska63:531020
Statistical ComparisonBSUUMD
Shots on Goal2136
Power Plays1-30-5
Beavers earn tie at top ranked Bulldogs; Whitecloud scores in 3-on-3
Friday, December 16, 2016
Beavers earn tie at top ranked Bulldogs; Whitecloud scores in 3-on-3

DULUTH, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) -- Michael Bitzer turned aside a season-high 35 shots and Phillip Marinaccio supplied the offense as the No. 15 Bemidji State University men's hockey team went on the road to earn a 1-1 tie at top-ranked University of Minnesota Duluth Friday. Freshman Zach Whitecloud scored in the first minute of 3-on-3 play to earn bragging rights heading into the non-conference series finale.

The Beavers went toe-to-toe with the No. 1 Bulldogs during the first period. Marinaccio put the Beavers on top at the 15:30 mark of the first period, netting his seventh goal of the season during BSU's third power play of the night. Brendan Harms and Jay Dickman were credited with assists on the play.

After a scoreless second period that saw the Beavers snuff out three UMD power-play opportunities, the Bulldogs would scratch their way back into the game at the 6:23 mark of the third. Parker Mackay was credited with the goal after it was deflected out of a scrum in front of the net and past Bitzer.

The Beavers' junior goaltender backstopped a BSU penalty-kill that held the top-ranked Bulldogs scoreless on five man advantage opportunities.

Tied at the end of regulation, the teams played a scoreless five-minute overtime period split the game, force a 3-on-3 exhibition and set up Whitecloud's heroics. In a NCHC or WCHA game an extra point in the standings would be up for grabs in the 3-on-3 play or ensuing shoot out, but in non-conference play the extra play stands as an exhibition.

Officially in the books as a tie, the Beavers are now unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Bulldogs (4-0-1) and move to 3-12-2 versus the nation's No. 1 team since making the jump to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000 season.

The Beavers (13-5-3) and Bulldogs (11-3-3) will attempt to settle the series tomorrow when they travel to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center for a 7:07 p.m. opening face off.

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.