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Beavers reflect on up-and-down series against Michigan Tech (VIDEO)

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BSU senior Justin Baudry (29) looks to pass the puck in a game against Merrimack College at the Sanford Center on Nov. 9. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team hasn’t spent a lot of time at home during the first half of the season, but that’s about to change.

The Beavers returned from playing their final road Western Collegiate Hockey Association series of 2018 last weekend in a topsy-turvy weekend at Michigan Tech.

On Friday, BSU fought back and tied the game late in regulation to force a 3-3 tie before ultimately falling in 3-on-3 overtime with an extra WCHA point on the line.

“I mean it was a flip of a coin,” said head coach Tom Serratore. “It could have went either way. They could have won, we could have won.

“Probably the biggest thing I got out of Friday night’s game is that we scored a goal with about five minutes to go, you’re down 3-2. We dug deep and we found a way to tie it up, and of course they got the extra point in the 3-on-3, but it was a fun hockey game.”

Saturday night’s series finale didn’t go as well for the Beavers.

Trailing 2-0, BSU allowed four goals in a span of 5 minutes, 7 seconds as the Huskies sailed to a 7-2 win.

“We actually played very well in the first period and we’re down 2-0. That’s just hockey,” Serratore said. “Then the second period the wheels fell off…. We kind of got our lunch handed to us that second period. It was just a tough period, and we just were chasing the game.”

“We were really happy with the way we played on Friday, and then disappointed of the way we played on Saturday,” said senior Justin Baudry. “So, if anything, coming out of the weekend, we want to find consistency with our game.”

Michigan Tech took five out of six points in the series. The Huskies now find themselves ranked No. 20 in this week’s poll for the first time since the start of the season.

“Tech earned everything they got on Saturday night,” Serratore said. “We got what we deserved. It was just one of those games where it just kind of spiralled out of control in the second period, and that’s going to happen at times. And I’m not sitting there justifying anything. I was frustrated with it. But you’ve got to move on as well.”

The Beavers will have an opportunity to move on this weekend.

Bemidji State will host Alabama Huntsville in a WCHA series at the Sanford Center, Dec. 7-8, to start a four-game homestand. The Beavers will welcome Alaska Anchorage to town, Dec. 14-15, before beginning the holiday break.

Austin Monteith

Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.

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