Sophomore forward Aaron McLeod picks up game-tying goal for Beavers

Aaron McLeod scored the game-tying goal for the Beavers

HOUGHTON, Mich. - Patrick McCadden and Milos Gordic each scored for the Michigan Tech hockey team as it skated to a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State in front of a crowd of 2,572 in the first game of Winter Carnival Friday (Feb. 11). The Beavers, who are competing in their first year in the WCHA, finished with a slim 34-29 advantage in shots.

"I thought our kids did a terrific job of making sure that we were focused in the third period in a tight game," said head coach Jamie Russell. "We had great chances to win."

The Beavers would strike first in the first period with a goal by Ian Lowe. Jordan George sent a pass to Lowe on an odd-man rush for Lowe's 10th goal of the season at 16:24.

McCadden evened the score with a great individual effort at 8:42 of the second period. BSU goalie Dan Bakala was caught out of the net after a poor defensive clear that landed right on the stick of McCadden for his second goal of the season.

Gordic then gave the Huskies its first lead of the game with his team-leading 13th goal of the season at 7:13 of the third period. Jacob Johnstone intercepted a pass behind the net before sending a pass in front to Gordic.

The Tech lead would be short lived as the Beavers scored their second goal of the game three minutes later. Aaron McLeod fired a high wrist shot past Tech goalie Kevin Genoe for his third goal of the season at 10:16.

Tech nearly came away with the win in overtime, but Bakala stopped a hard shot by Tyler Gubb with under one minute remaining.

Genoe finished with 32 saves for the Huskies, while his counterpart Bakala made 27 for the Beavers.

Tech finished 0-5 on the man-advantage while holding Bemidji 0-3.

The two teams will continue the battle for the Winter Carnival crown Saturday (Feb. 12).