Marquette, Mich. -- The Bemidji State men's hockey team escaped the first night at Northern Michigan with a 3-3 tie Friday at Berry Events Center.
Bemidji State sophomore Ben Kinne scored on a scrum in front of the net with 10.6 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
"Northern Michigan is a good team boy," BSU head coach Serratore said. "There is no question there were times that we were a little flat-footed, but over all I thought it was a great tie...a terrific night. I am very proud of the guys. I thought they played with a lot of heart and a lot of want-to in the third period."
The Beavers never led in the game, but answered every time Northern Michigan scored.
Jamie MacQueen and Jordan George scored the other goals for Bemidji State.
BSU goalie Dan Bakala finished with 22 saves in the game.
The two teams wrap up the weekend series Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
The Beavers came out flat and that led to Billy Smith's goal 1:30 into the game to put the Wildcats up 1-0.
MacQueen evened the score 81 seconds later on an assist from Chris McKelvie. His backhand shot beat Wildcats goalie Brian Stewart.
NMU's Ray Kaunisto scored the only goal at 6:06 of the second period to put the Wildcats up 2-1. It came on the power play on assists from Kyle Follmer and Justin Florek.
The Beavers took advantage of a five-minute power play when Andrew Cherniwchan was given a game misconduct for checking from behind. The penalty carried over into the third period.
George scored his second goal of the season at 3:18 of the third period on assists from Shea Walters and Brad Hunt to bring the score to 2-2.
"I think it would have been mothballs if we would not have scored there," Serratore said. "That can really deflate you if you don't score [on a five-minute major] when you are down 2-1 in the third period on the road."
Midway through the period, Justin Florek gave Northern Michigan a 3-2 lead when he scored an even strength goal on assists from Billy Smith and Mark Olver.
The Beavers out shot NMU 12-5 in the third.
Bakala was pulled in favor of the extra attacker with 1:06 remaining in the game and it paid off when Kinne scored.
Bemidji State was outshot 28-26 in the game.
Friday's game was the first meeting in school history between the two programs.
Bemidji State's record this season moves to 2-0-1 and Northern Michigan is 1-1-1.