|February 11, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||15:29||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Baudry, Justin , Fitzgerald, Leo)|
|1||18:02||BSU||Fitzgerald, Gerry (Harms, Brendan , Whitecloud, Zach)|
|2||03:11||UAH||Tyler Poulsen (Brennan Saulnier , Cam Knight)|
|3||12:37||UAH||Matt Salhany (Regan Soquila )|
|3||18:36||UAH||Hans Gorowsky (Matt Salhany )|
|Shots on Goal||30||25|
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Von Braun Center) – Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes of play, the University of Alabama-Huntsville men’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals to earn a 5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over the Bemidji State University Saturday afternoon.
Bemidji State scored two power-play goals early, but from that point, the Beavers’ 5-on-5 play went flat and the Chargers took control.
Alabama-Huntsville was the first to light the lamp. After a BSU turnover at neutral ice, Brennan Saulier scored his second goal of the weekend to give the Chargers a 1-0 lead just 6:13 after the opening face-off.
One-minute, 42-seconds later, the Beavers capitalized on their first power-play opportunity of the afternoon when Kyle Bauman took passes from Justin Baudry and Leo Fitzgerald before scoring his team-leading a career-high 12th goal of the season.
BSU would take a 2-1 lead into the second period. Gerry Fitzgerald scored a power-play goal at the the 18:02 mark of the first. G. Fitzgerald’s team-best sixth power-play goal of the season was assisted by Brendan Harms and Zach Whitecloud.
Aided by a handful of power-play opportunities, momentum swung back to the Chargers in the second period.
Tyler Poulsen scored back-to-back goals, separated by just over seven minutes. The first came at the 3:11 mark moments after a UAH power-play opportunity expired. He also gave UAH a 3-2 lead with an even-strength goal at the 9:17 mark of the second period.
Midway through the third period, Matt Salhany stretched UAH’s edge to two goals with help from Regan Soquila.
Down, 4-2, BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore pulled Michael Bitzer for an extra attacker with 3:45 to go in the game. In addition, BSU got its fifth power-play opportunity at the 16:50 mark setting up two minutes of 6-on-4 play. But the advantage would not work in BSU’s favor. At the 18:36 mark, Hans Gorowsky scored a short-handed, empty-net goal to land the score at 5-2.
In total, the Beavers were 2-for-5 on the power play while its penalty-kill unit was a perfect 4-for-4.
Bitzer finished the game with 20 saves on 24 shots faced. He moves to 19-11-3 on the season.
The Beavers (19-11-3; 19-4-2-2 WCHA) have a weekend free from competition, Feb. 17-18, before returning to Sanford Center to host Minnesota State University, Mankato, Feb. 24-25. The opening face-off for each game is set for 7:07 p.m. Fans in attendance for the series opener will have the opportunity to view and take photos with the newly-acquired MacNaughton Cup prior to the game and join the BSU players for a post-game autograph session.
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.