HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Von Braun Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team got two goals from Matt Read (Sr., F, Ilderton, Ontario) for the second straight game and freshman Kyle Brodie (D, Northglenn, Colo.) netted his first collegiate goal as the Beavers saw their current winning streak grow to three Friday with a 3-1 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville at Von Braun Arena.
Trailing for more than 30 minutes and tied into the final five minutes of the game, the Beavers had their hands full from the opening face off to the final horn, but with just over four minutes to go, Brodie's weak side goal that made the difference for the Beavers and allowed the team to improve to 8-10-1 on the season.
Despite leading the Chargers 9-4 in shots on goal in the first period, the Beavers trailed UAH 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Joey Koudys scored his third goal of the season at the 6:30 mark directly off a face-off win by Jamie Easton, who was credited with the assist. But the as time expired on the frame, Easton was whistled for an elbowing penalty giving the Beavers a one-man advantage as the second period got underway. But the Beavers were unable to capitalize on their first power-play opportunity of the evening.
Bemidji State opened the second period on a flurry of unanswered shots and with 8:36 left, Read broke the seal on the gaol and evened the score at 1-1 with a low, glove-side shot from the face-off circle. Jordan George (So., F, Madison, Wis.) and Brad Hunt (Jr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia), who lead the team with 12 assists a piece, contributed to the scoring with assists on the play.
BSU continued to control play to open the third, but when the Beavers would come up dry on a pair of power-play opportunities, it looked as though it would not be their night. However, a Chargers' turnover picked up by Shea Walters (Jr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) would spark a play in the Beavers' offensive end that reversed BSU's fortune. Aaron McLeod (So., F, Ottawa, Ontario) and Radoslav Illo (Fr., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) found Brodie, who was playing in just his second game of the season, on the weak side for the game-changing goal at the 15:20 mark.
Although they owned a 2-1 lead, things got interesting for the Beavers down the stretch.
With just 1:20 left on the clock, senior forward Emil Billberg (Stockholm, Sweden) put UAH on the power play for the remainder of the game when he was sent to the penalty box for holding, but Read would come through with the Beavers' first short-handed goal of the season to ice the game, 3-1, at the 19:35 mark.
BSU goaltender Dan Bakala (Jr., G, Calgary, Alberta) improved to 7-6-0 on the season allowing just one goal, while turning aside 16 UAH shots in 59:44 of action. In addition, the goaltender was credited with his second assist of the season on Read's goal late. Bakala has now won his last three starts and is 6-2-0 with a 1.26 goals against average and a .952 save percentage since Nov. 27.
Unbeaten by the Chargers in 13 games (12-0-1), the win gives the Beavers a 36-27-4 advantage in the all-time series.
Bemidji State, now 8-10-1 overall, and Ala.-Huntsville (2-19-2) will wrap up the series tomorrow with a rare 3:05 p.m. start from the Von Braun Center. The game will also serve as the Beavers' final non-conference contest of the 2010-11 campaign.