UND vs Bemidji State Highlights 10/16/15
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — Graeme McCormack scored twice and the Bemidji State University power-play unit was 3-for-5 as the Beavers battled back from a two-goal third-period deficit to tie top-ranked University of North Dakota, 4-4, Friday in front of a sold out crowd at Sanford Center.
Led by the first multi-goal game of McCormack’s collegiate career, seven different BSU players logged a point in the game. Kyle Bauman added a goal and an assist, Cory Ward, Markus Gerbrandt and Justin Baudry all posted two assists, the first of Baudry’s career as a Beaver, Gerry Fitzgerald scored a goal and Dillon Eichstadt posted an assist on the game-typing goal for his first collegiate assist.
BSU’s goaltender, Michael Bitzer was under attack all night. The Beavers were outshot 32-20 in the game, including a 12-4 deficit in the second period alone. But the sophomore earned the tie stopping 28 of 32 shots in 64:37 of play.
BSU played from behind all night. Johnny Simonson scored just 2:09 into the game to give North Dakota an early lead and Bryn Chyzyk added a goal to put the visitors up 2-0 at the 8:34 mark of the first.
McCormack got the Beavers on the board netting his first goal of the season just 14 seconds into BSU’s first power-play opportunity and the teams would head to the dressing room with UND clinging to a 2-1 lead.
BSU again made quick work of its power-play chances in the second period as Bauman scored his first tally of the season just 20 seconds into the Beavers’ second man advantage, knotting the score 2-2 just 4:01 into the second period.
North Dakota came charging back as the period wound down, getting goals from Luke Johnson, on the power play at the 7:30 mark, and Austin Poganski with 4:54 left in the frame.
G. Fitzgerald looked to cut the deficit to one goal on a one-timer as the period ended, but after a review, it was ruled that time had expired before the puck crossed the goal line.
Despite opening the third period trialing 4-2, BSU came opened the period with a spark. McCormack made good on his second power-play goal just 73 seconds in and BSU carried play for large portion of the period, out shooting UND 10-7.
With 14:35 gone in the third, Bemidji, Minn. native, Dillon Eichstadt saved the puck from leaving BSU’s zone and Markus Gerbrandt dove to chip it to G. Fitzgerald, who found the back of the net from the slot with the eventual game-tying goal.
The teams traded punches to open the overtime period, but BSU was boxed into a corner when it was called for a too many men on the ice at the 2:24 mark. However, just as it had all season to this point, BSU’s penalty-kill unit stood tall, keeping UND out of the net and giving the Beavers a chance to at least escape with a tie.
Bemidji State won the special teams battle by a landslide. In addition to posting three power-play goals on five chances, the BSU penalty-kill unit was 4-for-5, including the big overtime stand.
The Beavers move to 1-0-1 on the season, while North Dakota dips to 1-0-2.
BSU and UND will wrap up the nonconference, home-and-home series tomorrow with a 7:07 p.m. start at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
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.