MEN’S HOCKEY: Bemidji State rattles Bowling Green in 3-2 win
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team came out with a head of steam Thursday night, Jan. 3, and rolled to a 3-2 road victory over Bowling Green.
The Falcons, ranked No. 8 in the PairWise rankings entering the contest, tallied a goal in the closing minutes with the extra attacker, but the Beavers held on for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory.
The loss snapped Bowling Green’s seven-game unbeaten streak, the third-longest in the country. The Falcons had gone 6-0-1 since a Nov. 16 loss to Lake Superior State.
Aaron Miller recorded a goal and an assist for his second straight multi-point game and his fifth of the season.
The sophomore scored immediately off a faceoff to get BSU on the board at 12:01 of the opening frame.
With less a minute to go in the period, Justin Baudry scored as he fell to his knees to hand the Beavers a 2-0 lead with his 4-on-4 goal entering the first intermission.
Bemidji State outshot BGSU by a 22-7 margin through the opening 20 minutes as the Falcons appeared sluggish in their first regular-season contest since Dec. 15.
Lukas Craggs finally put the home team on the scoreboard 2 minutes, 54 seconds into the second period.
However, Nick Cardelli quickly restored the Beavers’ two-goal lead moments later. The freshman was behind the goal line in the corner when his centering pass deflected off the skate of goalie Ryan Bednard and into the back of the net.
BSU took the 3-1 lead into the final period.
The score held there until BGSU pulled Bednard for the extra attacker in the final minutes, paving the way for Tim Theocharidis’ goal with 1:28 to play.
Zach Driscoll stood strong in net as the Falcons scrambled to find a game-tying goal that wouldn’t come. The sophomore saved 22 of 24 shots in his first start since Dec. 8 as he improved to 4-4-1 on the season.
Bednard posted 36 saves on 39 shots in the loss, falling to 11-3-2 for the year.
The win let the Beavers reach .500 again as they improved to 9-9-3 overall and 7-5-1-0 in WCHA play.
Meanwhile, Bowling Green slipped to 13-4-3 on the season and 8-3-2-2 in the conference. The loss prevented the Falcons, who are one point behind Minnesota State for first place, from moving to the top of the league standings.
The teams will square off again at 6:37 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, in the series finale at the Slater Family Ice Arena.