|February 05, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||06:10||FSU||Coale Norris (Stepan Pokorny , Ben Schultheis)|
|1||14:58||Beavers||Ierullo, Alex (Looft, Kyle )|
|1||17:31||Beavers||Belisle, Brad (Rosen, Elias )|
|2||10:35||FSU||Coale Norris (Stepan Pokorny , Ethan Stewart)|
|Shots on Goal||30||28|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Ewigleben Arena) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits to even the score a 3-3 and push the game to overtime and then the shootout, but Ferris State University earned a 1-0 victory in the exhibition and took the extra point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
While the draw ended BSU’s four-game winning streak, the Beavers remain unbeaten in their last five games as they move to 6-4-3 overall and 1-1-1- in league play.
The Bulldogs came out of the gates to score first. Stepan Pokorny found Coale Norris standing in front if the crease and Norris one-timed his sixth goal of the season past the BSU goaltender, Zach Driscoll, at the 6:10 mark of the first period.
Trailing isn’t something BSU has been used to and the Beavers quickly changed that. The goal by FSU marked the first time BSU had trailed in a game since the 3:26 mark of the second period of BSU’s Jan. 8 game, snapping a 222:44 run without trailing.
At the 14:58 mark, Alex Ierullo fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle and it deflected off a FSU player and up over the shoulder of Logan Stein to tie the game. Less than three minutes later, the Beavers took the lead on a redirect by Brad Belisle. Elias Rosén unleashed a bullet from the point at the 17:31 mark and Belisle got a stick on it to tip in his first collegiate goal.
Opening the second period with a 2-1 advantage, the Beavers saw their lead evaporate during the first 10 minutes of the frame. Lucas Finner tied the score at 2-2 just 1:46 into the period and Norris netted his second of the night at the 10:35 mark to put the Bulldogs up 3-2.
Before the end of the second, Bemidji State came charging back to even the score. Blueliner Darby Gula was credited with the first goal of his junior season with 2:43 left in the period. He picked up a loose puck in the high slot, flung it toward the net and it slid past Stein.
The score remained even through the third period and forced BSU into its forth 3-on-3 overtime period of the season. The Beavers out shot FSU 6-3 during the five-minute extra frame, but were unable to find the back of the net and the game officially ended as a tie.
In their third exhibition shootout of the season, BSU saw FSU apply pressure early scoring on their first attempt. BSU’s Harris, Sillinger, and Ierullo all came up empty and the Bulldogs took the extra point in the WCHA standings.
BSU will be back in Big Rapids, Mich. tomorrow for the second half of this WCHA series with Ferris State. The opening faceoff is set for 6:07 p.m. (CT) from Ewigleben Arena.
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).