|January 05, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||17:59||BSU||McCrory, Dylan (Dickman, Jay , Billett, Dan)|
|2||08:40||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Bauman, Kyle , Fitzgerald, Myles)|
|3||16:05||BGSU||McLAIN, Mitch (FRIEDMAN, Mark , BAYLIS, Stephen)|
|Shots on Goal||27||28|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Slater Family Ice Arena) – Sophomore Jay Dickman and freshman Dylan McCrory combined to handle the Bemidji State University scoring and lead the No. 17 Beavers to a 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory at Bowling Green State University Thursday.
With a goal and an assist in the game Dickman led a youth scoring burst in Bowling Green, Ohio as four-of-six points and both goals were recorded by BSU’s underclassmen.
The Beavers skated into the first intermission owning a 1-0 lead after Dylan McCrory netted the second goal of his collegiate career with 2:01 left in the frame. Jay Dickman and Dan Billet were credited with assists on the scoring play.
Eight minutes into the second period, the Falcons were whistled for their third penalty of the evening, setting the Beavers up with a power-play opportunity. BSU needed just 32 seconds to convert the chance into a 2-0 lead. Dickman redirected a shot from Kyle Bauman in front of the net for his fifth goal of the season. Myles Fitzgerald also posted an assist on the play.
The BSU lead would last deep into the third period.
Aided by a pair of power-play opportunities, the Falcons out shot the Beavers 12-4 in the frame. At the 16:05 mark, one of those shots found the back of the net. Mitchell McLain ended BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer’s bid for his fifth shutout of the season with a goal. The tally also snapped a streak of 34 consecutive opponent power-play opportunities without a goal allowed, dating back to the first period of BSU’s Nov. 12 contest at Minnesota State.
Trailing 2-1, BGSU pulled its goaltender with 1:25 left in the third for an extra attacker in a desperate attempt to tie the game, but the strategy would fail and the Beavers would escape with the one-goal victory.
Bitzer finished the game with 27 saves for his 15th victory of the season. The junior moves to 15-6-3.
The Beavers (15-7-3; 15-2-2-2 WCHA) complete their current four-game road swing at Slater Family Ice Center with the finale set for a 7:37 p.m. (CT) opening face off tomorrow. The series finale will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network and across Canada on TSN. Local Beaver Hockey fans can tune into Friday night’s game on channel 591 (Midco) or 43 (PBTV).
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.