|November 15, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||17:54||FSU||Coale Norris (Nate Kallen , Joe Rutkowski)|
|2||02:21||BSU||Brady, Adam (Rosen, Elias )|
|3||14:10||FSU||Coale Norris (Nate Kallen , Joe Rutkowski)|
|Shots on Goal||27||22|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Ewigleben Ice Arena) -- Coale Norris scored twice to lead Ferris State University past Bemidji State University, 2-1 Friday, and give the Bulldogs their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory of the season.
The FSU victory snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) in the series for the Beavers and marked the first time the Bulldogs had defeated BSU at Big Rapids since Dec. 5, 2015.
Despite being outshot 8-3 during the first 20 minutes of play, FSU skated into the break toting a 1-0 lead.
At the 17:54 mark Joe Ruthkowski took a shot from the top of the left circle and Norris deflected the puck over the right shoulder of the BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll.
The lead was short-lived. Just 1:24 into the second frame, FSU's Blake Evennou was whistled for hooking and it only took the Beavers 57 seconds to take advantage of the power-play opportunity. Freshman defender Elias Rosén made a nifty pass to senior Adam Brady and the Beavers' leading goal scorer converted a backhand into his sixth goal of the season to tie the game.
Bemidji State gave the Bulldogs a pair of power-play chances of their own in the final 10 minutes of the second and two more in the third period, but the BSU penalty-kill unit continued its stingy ways going a perfect 5-for-5 on the night to keep the game in check. However, Norris was in the right place at the right time again at the 14:10 mark of the third and struck to put the Bulldogs back in front. A Nate Kellen shot was blocked by the Beavers in front of the net but the puck dribbled right up the slot and onto the stick of Norris, who put away his second goal of the night.
Zach Driscoll finished the game with 20 saves. His record levels out at 3-3-1 on the season.
The Beavers, now 3-4-2 overall and 3-2-0-0 in WCHA play will attempt to take game two from the Bulldogs (3-7-0; 1-4-0-0 WCHA) tomorrow and salvage a series split. The puck will drop at 5:07 p.m. (CT).
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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).