Alex Berg | Sports Editor |11-19-2012
After nearly a month between home games, the Bemidji State mens hockey team returned to the Sanford Center this weekend and suffered a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses to Michigan Tech.
Friday night, the Beavers surrendered a power play goal in the opening minutes of the game, but rebounded with goals from Aaron Mcleod and Jordan George in the final three minutes of the period to grab a 2-1 lead after one period.
Ben Kinne and Jeff Jubinville added goals in the second period to give BSU, what appeared to be, an insurmountable lead at 4-1 with just one minute remaining in the third period.
Blake Pietela’s goal with .19 seconds left in the period cut the Beaver lead to two goals heading to the final period.
The score remained at 4-2 for the first 12 minutes of the third period until Jujhar Khaira scored a power play goal to close the gap to just one goal.
Five minutes later, Khaira added another power play goal to tie the game and force an overtime period.
Khaira assisted on Alex Petan’s overtime goal to complete the Huskies improbable comeback to earn the 5-4 win.
BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh stopped 25 shots on the night.
Michigan Tech came out on Saturday looking to continue the same offensive pace that it ended Friday night’s game with, as it out-shot Bemidji State 15-4 in the first period, but neither team scored.
The Beavers managed to kill two penalties in the period.
About halfway through the second period, the Huskies appeared to get on the board first, but the apparent goal was waived off because of interference, so the score remained knotted at zero.
Minutes later, the Beavers were on a power play for all of 30 seconds before George was called on a penalty of his own to negate the advantage.
Just seconds into the 4-on-4 action, Steven Seigo scored the game’s first goal to give Michigan Tech a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies controlled the pace throughout the period and took their 1-0 lead to the locker room after two periods of play.
BSU finally started to gain control on the offensive side in second half of the third period. George made up for his previous penalty by scoring the game-tying goal with 5:09 left in regulation.
The goal was George’s second in as many nights and his second of the season.
The Beavers saw five or six scoring chances slip away in the next five minutes and the game headed to overtime.
Just 30 seconds away from a tie, Pietila scored the game-winning goal to send the Beaver faithful home shocked and disappointed for the second consecutive night.
Senior goaltender Mathieu Dugas recorded a career-high 40 saves for BSU.
The Beavers debuted their new alternate jerseys (as seen in picture) in Saturday’s 2-1 loss.
Bemidji State (2-5-1) stays at home next weekend as it will look to snap its four game losing streak against Alaska Anchorage before heading out of town for a two-weekend, four-game road trip at Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth.
Next weekend is Big Hockey Low Prices Weekend at Sanford Center. All single-game tickets are just $12. Stop by the Sanford Center Ford Pickup Window for more details.