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Bemidji State men's hockey team ties Western Michigan to start season's second half

If any kind of tie is like kissing your sister, what's driving 14 hours on a bus to play to a 0-0 overtime tie like?

Well, according to Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore, it's like one heck of a college hockey game.

Bemidji State returned to action Saturday after a three break, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich. and coming away with a 0-0 tie against Western Michigan.

For the fun of it, the two teams then engaged in a shootout with the Broncos winning 2-1. Still, the game officially went into the books as a tie.

It would be easy to assume by looking at the box score that this type of game would be a yawner. No so, according to Serratore.

"It was a great college hockey game with a lot of action -- a fun game to coach and to play. Both teams had numerous scoring chances - we could have won the game many times and we could have lost it many times," Serratore said.

Western Michigan ended with a 31-29 shot advantage in the closely contested game. "There was a great pace to the game," Serratore said, "and it was very entertaining. Obviously you want to win but it was probably, in a game like this, a situation where neither team deserved to lose. "

Neither team was able to take advantage of their power play opportunities - Western Michigan ending 0 for 4 and BSU 0 for 3.

BSU killed off a pair of Broncos power plays in first and second periods.

The Beavers had the lone power play early in the third period, but were unable to convert.

"We really only had two power plays with the third being only 20 seconds or so," Serratore said. "I thought we were pretty productive on our two chances."

Bemidji's State's record moved to 13-4-2 overall with the tie.

Western Michigan is now 6-9-4.

The two teams conclude the series in a 3:35 p.m. start Sunday.

The Beavers are then off next weekend and will travel to Niagara on Jan. 15-16. The next home game is Jan. 22 against Minnesota-Duluth.

BSU 0 0 0 0 - 0

WMU 0 0 0 0 - 0

First Period - no scoring. Penalties - Brady Wacker, BSU (hooking), 2:35, Dan MacIntyre, BSU (high sticking), 10:06, Chris Clackson, WMU (elbowing), 18:07

Second Period - no scoring. Penalties - Jordan George, BSU (high sticking), :22, George, BSU (cross checking), 12:20, Max Campbell, WMU (interference), 12:53

Third Period - no scoring. Penalties - Jordan Collins, WMU (tripping), 4:42

Overtime - no scoring. Penalties - none

Shots - BSU 11-10-5-3 29, WMU 8-12-8-3 31

Saves - BSU-Dan Bakala (31 shots-31 saves), WMU-Riley Gill (29 shots-29 saves)

Power Play - BSU 0 for 3, WMU 0 for 4

Referees - Matt Shegos, Brent Gawlik, assistant referees - Chris Davis, Justin Perone

A -- 1679