|November 11, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||01:13||MINNST||Coatta, Max (Lutz, Reggie , Jaremko, Jake)|
|1||02:11||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Bauman, Kyle , Billett, Dan)|
|1||10:28||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Brady, Adam , Fitzgerald, Gerry)|
|1||11:44||MINNST||Michaelis, Marc (Pawloski, Jason )|
|2||04:00||MINNST||Coatta, Max (Lutz, Reggie , Jaremko, Jake)|
|2||05:27||MINNST||Brickley, Daniel (Duehr, Walker , Suess, C.J.)|
|2||09:19||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Brady, Adam , Bauman, Kyle)|
|2||14:03||BSU||Roo, T.J. (Soucier, Mike )|
|2||14:39||BSU||Miller, Aaron (Somoza, Ethan )|
|2||19:58||MINNST||Knutson, Zeb (Brickley, Daniel , Suess, C.J.)|
|3||03:16||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Muck, Tommy , Bauman, Kyle)|
|3||09:41||MINNST||Coatta, Max (Tuomie, Parker , Hookenson, Edwin)|
|3||10:01||MINNST||Michaelis, Marc (Knutson, Zeb , Suess, C.J.)|
|3||18:31||MINNST||Jaremko, Jake (Michaelis, Marc )|
|Shots on Goal||36||30|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) – Jay Dickman recorded the first hat trick of his collegiate career, but he was matched by Max Coatta and the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team was edged by No. 10/11 Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday, 8-6.
In a game that saw BSU and its opponent combine for 14 goals for the first time since an 11-3 loss to St. Cloud State University, Dec. 15, 2001, two hat tricks, five lead changes and 22 players that recorded at least a point, the Mavericks netted the final two goals of the game to break the tie, earn the win and the series sweep.
In addition to Dickman’s three-point night, Kyle Bauman posted a career-high three assists and Adam Brady recorded the first two-assist night of his BSU career to lead the BSU offense.
The Beavers and Mavericks traded blows during the first 20 minutes of play, setting the tone for a back-and-fourth WCHA affair.
Minnesota State needed just 73 seconds to light the lamp. Max Coatta got MSU on the board on an even-strength goal from Reggie Lutz and Jake Jaremko. But Beavers responded with a tally from Dickman 58 seconds later. At the 9:09 mark MSU’s Jared Spooner was whistled for a five-minute boarding penalty. Dickman struck again 1:18 later to give BSU its first lead of the weekend. Adam Brady and Gerry Fitzgerald were credited with assists on the power-play goal.
The BSU the lead would not last as Friday’s hero Marc Michaelis drew the Mavericks even at the 11:44 mark, netting his second short-handed goal of series and his fourth goal of the weekend.
MSU would kill the remaining 2:24 of power-play time and the teams would open the second period tied 2-2.
The Mavericks used the first six minutes of the second period to pull away. After Coatta scored his second goal of the game at the 4:00 minute mark, Daniel Brickley posted another 1:27 later to put MSU up 4-2. The Mavericks fourth goal served as spark for the Beavers. BSU would get the next three goals to take a 5-4 lead with just over five minutes left in the second. Charlie Combs scored BSU’s second power-play goal of the night to cut the MSU lead in half at the 9:09 mark before BSU took the lead on a pair of goals separated by just 30 seconds. T.J. Roo and Aaron Miller each scored their first goal of 2017-18. But MSU would tie the game with just two seconds left in the period to tie the game and give the teams 20 minutes to decide the game.
Michael Bitzer recorded 28 saves, but allowed a career-high eight goals in the loss. His record moves to 4-4-2.
Bemidji State, now 4-4-2 overall and 2-3-1-1 in WCHA play, will have next weekend free of competition before returning to action Nov. 22 and 24 for a trip to Princeton, N.J. for a non-conference series at Princeton University. The rare Wednesday/Friday series is set for 6:07 p.m. opening face off each night at historic Hobey Baker Rink.
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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 (NSIC).