Lowe's overtime goal gives Beavers first WCHA win
ST. CLOUD -The Bemidji State men's hockey team found out what it's like to be on the other side of an overtime game this season Saturday night in St. Cloud.
Ian Lowe's slap shot 46 seconds into overtime beat St. Cloud State goalie Dan Dunn and lifted the Beavers to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Huskies at the National Hockey Center.
"I was just so proud of the resiliency of our guys tonight," Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said. "There's no question that this was the biggest regular-season win in the history of our program and we got a big monkey off our back. Winning a game like this - the way we won it was special."
Lowe's game-winning goal gave Bemidji State its first win as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and also gave the BSU its first win of the season (1-4-1 overall, 1-4-1 WCHA). Bemidji State returns home next weekend to face Alaska-Anchorage. Game times are 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.
Bemidji State scored 44 seconds into the game on a goal from Emil Billberg, but fell behind 2-1 on a short-handed goal from Nick Jensen 27 seconds later and a goal from Aaron Marvin early in the second period.
Bemidji State killed a five-on-three power play late in the third period and rallied to tie the game at 2-2 on the power play on Lowe's first goal of the night with 3:41 remaining in the third period.
Bemidji State's penalty kill, which gave up three power-play goals to the No. 20 ranked Huskies in Friday's 6-3 loss, was perfect Saturday. The Beavers were 8-for-8 killing penalties.
Saturday would have been a bad night to show up late to the game.
Bemidji State opened scoring when Billberg capitalized on a fortunate bounce. Jordan George's shot deflected off a St. Cloud State stick in front of the net, then redirected on to Billberg's stick to the left of Dunn and he didn't miss. The goal came 44 seconds into the game.
St. Cloud State's Chris Hepp was called on a tripping penalty seconds before Billberg's goal. Jensen put the Huskies on the board at 1:11 with a shorthanded goal.
Marvin gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead when his slap shot from the top of the right circle beat Bakala's glove on a screen 1:18 into the period.
After that, Bakala was stellar in net. He made a sensational glove save on Ben Hanowski five minutes into the third period to keep the game within reach.
BSU tied the game on Lowe's power play goal with 3:41 to go in the third period. Positioned at the edge of the net, George waited for Dunn to get out of position and fed the pass to Lowe the top of the crease for the open-net shot.
That forced overtime, Bemidji's third in the last four games. Bemidji lost and tied in overtime games with Minnesota-Duluth last weekend at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.
George earned his biggest assist of the night in overtime when pushed a soft pass across to Lowe at the blue line. Lowe didn't miss with the shot from the top of the left face-off circle.
"It was a little behind me so I had to muscle it through there because I didn't get that much on it," Lowe said. "Tom said that's a big win, a really big win in the history of Bemidji in league play. And I think that's really big for us to realize we can play with these guys."
BSU 1 0 1 1 - 3
SCSU 1 1 0 0 - 2
First period - 1. BSU, Billberg 2 (George), :44. 2. SCSU, Jensen 2 (Marvin, Novak), 1:11, sh.
Second period - 3. SCSU, Marvin 4 (Zabkowicz, Dowd), 1:18.
Third period - 4. BSU, Lowe 2 (George, Walters), 16:19, (pp).
Overtime - 5. BSU, Lowe 3 (George, Read), 0:46.
Shots on goal - BSU, 7-8-5-1-21. SCSU 7-5-9-0-21
Goalies - BSU, Bakala (21-19). SCSU, Dunn (21-18)
Power Play- BSU, 1-for-5. SCSU, 0-for-8.