BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Slater Family Ice Arena) – Bowling Green State University netted four unanswered goals to battle back from a first period deficit, defeat No. 17 Bemidji State University, 4-2, and split the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
The Beavers jumped out to a two-goal lead during the first 16 minutes of play, getting goals from Kyle Bauman and T.J. Roo, just 4-minutes, 49-seconds apart.
Bauman got the Beavers on the board at the 10:41 mark of the period. After a BGSU turnover on the red line, Jordan Heller fed Bauman at the top of the lot and the Apopka, Fla. native finished the rush by beating the Falcons’ goaltender for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
The Beavers got their first power-play opportunity of the evening at the 13:44 mark and just 14 seconds before the advantage expired, Roo took a pass off the end wall and slipped the puck just inside the left post for his second goal of the season. Justin Baudry and Zach Whitecloud were credited with assists on the play.
The Beavers set themselves up to take a 2-0 lead into the second period, but just 51 seconds before the end of the first, Bowling Green’s Lukas Craggs would cut the BSU lead in half, beating Michael Bitzer, five hole.
The Falcons momentum carried into the second period, knotting the score, 2-2, with 5:05 in. BSU proceeded to give BGSU back-to-back power-play opportunities. The Falcons would capitalize six seconds into its second opportunity to take its first lead of the series, 3-2. Mark Friedman was credited with the goal.
The Falcons clung to the lead through the third period, adding an empty-net goal with 15 seconds to play to bring the score to 4-2.
With its four-game, 10-day road trip in the rear view mirror, Bemidji State (15-8-3; 15-3-2-2 WCHA) will take next weekend off and return to action Jan. 20-21 when it returns to Sanford Center to host Ferris State University for a two-game WCHA series.
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.