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Bemidji State’s Brad Robbins (17) chases after Ferris State’s Jason Binkley during the first period of their WCHA game Friday night in Big Rapids, Mich. Binkley scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Ferris State’s 5-4 victory. Martin Slagter | Big Rapids (Mich.) Pioneer

MEN'S HOCKEY: Beavers lose two leads and fall to Ferris State 5-4 in OT

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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said going into this weekend’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Ferris State he was expecting a dogfight.

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That’s exactly what hockey fans got Friday night.

The Beavers and Bulldogs traded leads all night, but in the end Jason Binkley’s overtime goal just 1 minute, 28 seconds, into the extra frame gave Ferris State a 5-4 overtime victory.

The Beavers (3-5-1 overall, 3-2-0 WCHA) had taken a 4-3 lead early in the third period on Cory Ward’s team-leading sixth goal of the season at 6:23.

BSU nearly took a two-goal lead minutes later, when Brendan Harms had the chance to score on an empty Ferris State net after goaltender C.J. Motte was out of position.

Instead, Harms missed and Garrett Thompson and Justin Buzzeo went coast-to-coast for the game-tying goal.

Buzzeo beat BSU goalie Andrew Walsh at the 10:23 mark to make it 4-4.

The teams were scoreless until overtime, when Binkley beat Walsh for a shot that Walsh couldn’t see to secure the game-winner.

Walsh finished the game with 38 saves for BSU while Motte made 22 for Ferris.

The Bulldogs (6-2-0, 3-0-0 WCHA) outshot the Beavers 43-26 but 22 of those FSU shots were in the first period.

Despite the disparity, BSU took the game’s first lead midway through the first when Phil Marinaccio scored his first career goal. Chad McDonald answered a minute later to tie the game and the teams went to the first intermission tied at 1-1.

In the second period, Ferris twice took a lead but twice BSU had an answer.

Andy Huff scored less than four minutes into the period to make it 3-2, but then Markus Gerbrandt scored the first of BSU’s two power play goals at 8:48 to tie it.

Kyle Schempp’s tally made it 4-3 at 15:29 but again BSU answered.

Ruslan Pedan scored on the power play with 22 seconds to go in the middle frame to set up the exciting final 20-plus minutes.

The teams return to action for the series finale at 6:07 p.m. tonight.

Ferris State 5, Bemidji State 4, OT

Bemidji State1    2    1    0 – 4

Ferris State1    2    1    1 – 4

First Period – 1, BSU, Marinaccio (Unassisted), 10:01; 2, FSU, McDonald (Binkley), 11:02. Penalties – BSU, Harms (Slashing), 2:36.

Second Period – 3, FSU, Huff (Lowney, Panetta), 2:46; 4, BSU, Gerbrandt (McCormack), 8:48, PP; 5, FSU, Schempp (Mayhew, Schmidt), 15:29, PP; 6, BSU, Pedan (McCormack), PP, 19:38. Penalties – FSU, Dorer (Cross-Checking), 8:43; BSU, Rendle (Elbowing), 9:42; FSU, Mayhew (Hooking), 11:51; BSU, Cain (Interference), 14:31; FSU, Adams (Tripping), 18:59.

Third Period – 7, BSU, Ward (unassisted), 6:25; 8, FSU, Buzzeo (Thompson), 10:23. Penalties – FSU, Panetta (Interference), 14:25.

Overtime – 9, FSU, Binkley (Czarnowczan), 1:28. Penalties – None.

Shots on goal: BSU — 6-12-8-0—26; FSU — 22-10-8-3—43. Goaltenders (shots-saves): BSU — Walsh (43-38 FSU — Motte (26-22). Penalties-Minutes: BSU — 3-6; FSU — 4-8. Power Play goals, opportunities: BSU — 2-for-5; FSU — 1-for-3.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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