|December 02, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||12:39||BGSU||D'ANDREA, Brett (RAUHAUSER, Alec , McDONALD, Connor)|
|1||18:23||BSU||Brady, Adam (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Whitecloud, Zach)|
|3||07:32||BSU||Eichstadt, Dillon (Bauman, Kyle , Miller, Aaron)|
|3||14:19||BSU||Janco, Ian (Miller, Aaron , Bauman, Kyle)|
|3||19:06||BGSU||CRAGGS, Lukas (FORD, Connor , RAUHAUSER, Alec)|
|Shots on Goal||32||28|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Slater Family Ice Rink) – For the third time this season, Jay Dickman scored to earn the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team a shootout victory. His reach allowed him to slide a backhand past Bowling Green State University goaltender Ryan Bednard and Michael Bitzer stopped an attempt by Stephen Baylis on the other end to secure the shootout victory and an extra point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
Tied 2-2 deep into the third period, Ian Janco scored a seeing-eye shot from the top of the zone to give Bemidji State the lead, but just as it did in the series opener, Bowling Green State University got a goal in the game's final moments to change the completion of the game. An extra-attacker goal pushed the series finale to overtime and set Dickman up for heroics.
In addition to Dickman, Kyle Bauman and Aaron Miller each posted two assists to lead the Beavers, while Adam Brady, Dillon Eichstadt and Ian Janco accounted for BSU’s goal scoring.
BSU and BGSU were locked in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes. Bowling Green drew first blood, getting a goal from Brett D’Andrea at the 12:39 mark, but before time would expire on the first period, Gerry Fitzgerald and Zach Whitecloud found Brady on the power play to even the score.
The Falcons regained the lead, 2-1, netting the only goal of the season period. The lead would last into the third period, but the Beavers would get back-to-back goals from its blueline to pull ahead. Eichstadt scored at the 7:32 mark to tie the game and BSU would take its first lead of the game at the 14:19 mark on a goal by Janco.
BGSU pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker with 90 seconds to play and the gamble would pay off. Lucas Craggs scored at the 19:06 mark to send the game to overtime.
The game remained deadlocked though a five-minute five-on-five period and a five-minute three-on-three frame to force a shootout.
Senior goaltender Bitzer finished with 26 saves and three goals allowed, while backstopping a BSU penalty-kill unit that held BGSU without a goal in three opportunities. His record moves to 5-5-3 on the season.
The Beavers, now 5-6-3 overall and 2-4-2-2 in WCHA play, returns to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center to kick off a six-game homestand with a two-game series versus Northern Michigan University, Dec. 8-9. The Beavers and Wildcats open the series at 7:07 p.m. Friday.
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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).