BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team trailed No. 18 Colorado College on four different occasions Friday, but used its season-high scoring output to earn a 5-5 overtime tie with the Tigers. The Beavers ninth overtime game of 2010-11 came in the front half of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series at Sanford Center.
Senior Ian Lowe (F, Bradwardine, Manitoba), who recorded a goal and two assists, led a contingent of nine BSU players that contributed scoring. Jordan George (So., F, Madison, Wis.) added the game-tying goal and was one of three BSU players with two points and Jeff Jubinville (Fr., F, Edmonton, Alberta) recorded his first collegiate lamplighter in stalemate.
"It was a crazy game to be a part of. It was fun for the fans and it was fun for our guys," Said BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore. "I was really proud. We came back four times in the game and I think that showed a lot of character and a lot of guts on our part."
The Tiger's first visit to Bemidji, Minn. opened with a flurry. After just 10 minutes of play, the game was tied 2-2.
CC opened a 1-0 lead 2:29 in on a Tyler Johnson goal.
The Beavers mounted their first comeback 90 seconds later when Sam Rendle (Fr., D, Grand Rapids, Minn.) intercepted a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone and found Jamie MacQueen (Jr., F, St. Thomas, Ontario) streaking into the zone. The junior fired a shot from the right face off circle and tied the game, 1-1.
Bemidji State got its first power-play opportunity of the game at the 8:07 mark, but the Tigers spoiled the man advantage turning a BSU turnover into a 2-on-1 opportunity and Tim Hall would pot CC's second goal of the game 24 seconds later. Before the penalty expired, BSU again evened the score when Lowe got a shot on net that the Tiger goaltender, Joe Howe, could not handle and Matt Read (Sr., F, Ilderton, Ontario) buried the rebound for his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
Hall scored his second goal of the evening at the 14:59 mark to send the Tigers to the locker room after 20 minutes owning a 3-2 lead.
After combining for five goals during the first 15 minutes of play, BSU and CC would play the first 15 minutes of the second without a goal. But Nick Dineen would change that at 15:02 mark of the period, making good on the only power-play opportunity of the second. The goal put Colorado College up two goals, 4-2.
The resilient Beavers bounced back with a pair of goals during the final three minutes of the second period to tie the game 4-4.
Jubinville cut the deficit to a goal when Brad Hunt (Jr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) found him in the slot with a pass from behind the goal. Ninety-four seconds later, Read started a scoring play by digging the puck out of the corner and finding George with a pass behind the net. After shaking a defender with a nifty display of stick work, George found Lowe in the high slot and the senior banked a one-timer over the glove of Howe and off the right post for his 11th goal of 2010-11.
After missing 15 games due to injury, CC's Jaden Schwartz pushed the Tigers back into the lead in the opening moments of the third period (1:09) deflecting a shot past BSU's Dan Bakala (Jr., G, Calgary, Alberta).
Down a goal, 5-4, with time ticking away, the Beavers climbed on the back of their leading scorer for one final comeback. George, who finished the game with 31 points (14-17=31), potted his 14th goal of the season with 2:55 left in the game. Lowe and Hunt were each credited with their second assist of the game on the play.
Each team was held scoreless during the remainder of regulation and for the entire five-minute overtime period. The teams settled for the tie and each garnered a point the WCHA standings.
Bakala turned away 16 shots for BSU, while allowing five goals in 65 minutes between the pipes. With the tie, he extended his unbeaten streak to four games, while his record moved to 10-9-3 on the season.
Howe and Josh Thorimbert combined for 22 stops in the game. In relief of Howe, Thorimbert played the final 25 minutes and made seven stops. He moved to 4-2-1 after conceding the game-tying goal.
Including tonight's deadlock, Colorado College is now unbeaten in its last three meetings with BSU and holds a 3-1-1 advantage in the all-time series.
Bemidji State, now 11-14-4 overall and 7-12-4 in league play, and Colorado College, 17-14-2 overall with a 11-11-1 mark in the WCHA, wrap up the WCHA two-game set Saturday. The series finale is set for a 7:07 p.m. opening face-off.