Alaska vs Bemidji State Highlights 11/14/15
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team scored three third period power-play goals and goaltender Reid Mimmack made 20 saves to power the Beavers to their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory of the season, 6-3, over University of Alaska Saturday at Sanford Center.
Tied 2-2 to open the final period, the Beavers offense exploded for four goals to solidify its first win since the season-opener, Oct. 10, and snap a string of seven games (0-5-2) without a win.
The victory was also the first of Mimmack’s career. A junior with three prior appearances and one previous start on his resume, his last action came in relief, March 7, 2014.
Seniors Marcus Gerbrandt (1g-1a) and Cory Ward (2a) each posted two points to lead the Beavers’ scoring effort, while 13 different BSU players found their way to the scoring column.
The Beavers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, netting two quick first period goals for the second straight night. Jay Dickman got the scoring started for BSU, converting a turnover on the Nanooks’ blueline into a goal at the 2:17 mark. He skated in and slipped the puck five hole on Davis Jones for his first collegiate goal. Brendan Harms posted his second goal and fourth point (2g-2a) of the series at the 11:21 flicking the puck top shelf. Dan Billett and Ruslan Redan each got credit for their first assists of the season on the play.
Alaska chipped away at the BSU lead in the second period. With Cory Ward in the penalty box for hooking, Tayler Munson netted a power-play goal at the 2:51 mark with help form Zach Frye and Jack Weiss. Before time ran out in the period, Marcus Basara tied the game, 2-2, flipping the puck over the shoulder of BSU goaltender Reid Mimmack to complete a rush. The goal came at the 19:36 mark of the period.
Tied 2-2 to open the third period, BSU found its self in a position that has become far too familiar. For the fifth time in six games, the Beavers were locked in a tie to open the final period of play. In the previous four, BSU has seen the game slip away. Tonight was different. Nate Arentz sparked the BSU offense with an even-strength goal 2:46 into the period. Just 1:32 later (4:18), Gerbrandt and the Beavers converted their first power-play goal of the evening to take a 4-2 lead. Leo Fitzgerald posted his second goal of the weekend to give BSU a three-goal cushion at the 12:51 mark and Kyle Bauman completed scoring for the Beavers netting his second goal of the season at the 16:18 mark of the third frame.
BSU finished the night 3-of-6 on the man advantage, while its penalty-kill unit stopped two of UA’s three power-play chances.
Mimmack finished the night stopping 20 of 23 Alaska shots. He improves to 1-0-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in his career.
Bemidji State (4-5-0; 0-4-1 WCHA) returns to action Nov. 20-21 when it hosts Lake Superior State University for a two-game WCHA series at Sanford Center. Play will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff for Saturday’s series finale.
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.