Walters, Kinne score power play goals in Bemidji State win over Nebraska-Omaha
The Bemidji State men's hockey team broke out of its power play funk when it counted most in Saturday night's 6-4 win over Nebraska-Omaha at the CenturyLink Center.
Shea Walters and Ben Kinne each scored BSU power play goals in a wild third period that saw the teams combine for five goals. Kinne's goal with 11:21 left to play proved to be the game-winning goal.
Jordan George, Brance Orban, Sam Windle and David Boehm also scored for the Beavers, which earned three points in the weekend series with the Mavericks following Friday night's 1-1 tie.
Terry Broadhurst scored twice and goalie Ryan Massa had 21 saves for the Mavericks (12-11-5, 9-7-4 WCHA).
BSU goalie Dan Bakala had 36 saves, 20 in the second period alone and finished with 73 saves in the weekend series.
Bemidji State (13-12-3, 7-10-3 WCHA) improved to 6-1-3 against Nebraska-Omaha since joining the WCHA, and return home to the Sanford Center to face Colorado College next Friday and Saturday night.
George, who had two assists in the victory, opened scoring Saturday with his team-leading 14th goal of the season. He took a pass from Kinne at the top of the circle and put a wrist shot under the crossbar 6:33 into the first period.
UNO's Jaycob Megna tied the score at 1-1 when his slap shot from the blue line deflected at the front of the net and through Bakala seven minutes later.
Drew Fisher fought off two Mavericks on the half wall to set up the next BSU goal with 5:10 remaining in the first period when his bouncing pass found Orban skating across the blue line. Orban tried kicking the puck to his stick, but never gained control and needed a diving swipe to beat Massa for the 2-1 lead.
Jayson Megna appeared to score with 1:04 remaining in the first period, but the goal was disallowed under review when referees determined he beat Bakala by kicking the puck.
Bemidji State forward Radoslav Illo was hurt during the first period with an unknown injury and did not return the rest of the game.
BSU was outshot 21-5 in the second period in large part due to four UNO power plays, which included back-to-back 5-on-3 advantages of 26 and 59 seconds.
After killing the second two-man advantage, Windle scored his first career goal by powering a slap shot off the face-off past Massa for a 3-1 BSU lead with 3:55 left in the period.
UNO capitalized on its final power play of the period when Broadhurst buried a rebound with 20.5 seconds left to cut the BSU lead to 3-2.
Walters put the Beavers up 4-2 early in the third period with a power play goal. Brad Hunt's slap shot from the blue line banked off the post and on to Walters stick, and he put back the rebound to end a drought of 11 straight scoreless BSU power plays dating back to Jan. 14.
The game turned into a shootout with three goals in the span of two minutes, 26 seconds.
Broadhurst scored his second of the night by taking advantage of a carum of the glass behind Bakala for a shorthanded goal with 11:54 remaining. Kinne answered with a move in close to beat Massa's leg for a power play goal 33 seconds later. UNO's White capped the scoring outburst with a short-side wrist shot with 9:27 to play.
Omaha pulled Massa for the extra attacker on a power play with seven minutes remaining and again with just over a minute remaining. The tying goal never came for UNO and Boehm iced the win with an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left.
BSU 2 1 3 - 6
UNO 1 1 2 - 4
First period - 1, BSU George 14 (Kinne, McLeod), 6:33. 2, UNO Jaycob Megna 2 (White, Broadhurst), 13:48. 3, BSU Orban 5 (Fisher, Findlay), 14:50.
Second period - 4, BSU Windle 1 (McLeod), 16:05. 5, UNO Broadhurst 15 (Searfoss, Jayson Megna), 19:39, (pp).
Third period - 6, BSU Walters 9 (Hunt, George), 4:51, (pp). 7, UNO Broadhurst 16 (Young, Aneloski), 8:06, (sh). 8, BSU Kinne 9 (George, Walters), 8:39. 9, UNO White 13 (Broadhurst, Turgeon), 10:33. 10, BSU Boehm 3 (unassisted), 19:45, (en).
Shots on goal - BSU, 9-5-13-27. UNO, 12-21-7-40.
Goalies - BSU, Bakala (40-36). UNO, Massa (27-21).
Power plays - BSU, 2-for-7. UNO, 1-for-7.