St. Thomas picked up a goal with 1:20 remaining, sending what would have been a three-point triumph for the Beavers into overtime. Neither team scored in the additional frame, and Bemidji State won the shootout 2-1 to clinch two of a possible three points in the CCHA standings.
It was a cathartic feeling when Bemidji State sealed off St. Thomas down the stretch on Friday at the Sanford Center, holding off the Tommies 6-4 despite losing two different leads – one of which was by two goals.
Trailing 3-0 entering the third period, Bemidji State showed signs of life after Kaden Pickering’s shorthanded goal, scoring twice in just over a minute. But three goals was too much for the Beavers to make up.
"The most important thing is how the athletes are doing in their experience," Sarah Bobrowski said. "Obviously hockey is important, but the experience and how they're doing out in life too is really important to us."
The first period went as well as the Bemidji State men’s hockey team could have hoped – the Beavers led 2-0, killed a five-minute major penalty and successfully challenged North Dakota’s eventually disallowed goal. But the Fighting Hawks stormed back in the second period.
Facing No. 4 Quinnipiac at the Nutmeg Classic in Hamden, Conn., the Beavers fell down just 17 seconds into the game on Maya Labad’s goal. The Bobcats steadily built the lead from there, scoring twice in the second and third periods.