BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- A David Boehm (Jr., F, Naples, Fla.) breakaway goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in the second period proved to be the game-winning goal as the Bemidji State University men's hockey team prevailed 2-1 over Bowling Green State University. The Beavers improve to 11-9-2 with the win. The Falcons drop to 6-13-3 on the year.
After a poorly-played first period during which BSU was out shot 10-5, the Beavers trailed BGSU 1-0, but would recovered with a typical high-tempo second period which saw the Beavers bury a pair of goals to earn the win and secure the nonconference series sweep.
Bowling Green took advantage of its first power-play opportunity of the evening to grab an early one-goal lead. With Jake Areshenko (Jr., D, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) in the penalty box serving two minutes for checking from behind, Ryan Carpenter picked the puck of the boards and found Dan DeSaivo rushing the net for a shot. BSU goaltender Dan Bakala (Sr., G, Calgary, Alberta) kicked the shot to the side, but Bryce Williamson corralled the rebound on the left post an potted his seventh goal of the season at the 13:35 mark.
The power-play goal was the first the BSU penalty-kill unit had allowed since Dec. 2-- a streak spanning 26 opponent man advantage opportunities and seven games.
Trailing 1-0, the Beavers turned the tables in the second period using sustained offensive pressure to out shoot BGSU 14-2 in the frame.
Jeff Jubinville (So., Edmonton, Alberta) got the Beavers on the board at the 14:32 mark of the period tipping his first goal of the season past the Falcons' Andrew Hammond. Jamie MacQueen (Sr., F, St. Thomas, Ontario) started the play with a centering pass from the far boards to Danny Mattson (Fr., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) in the slot. Mattson skated around the crease and attempted to stuff the puck between the post and Hammond's skate. Jubinville crashed the net and found the puck sitting on the goal line.
BSU got a boost to end the period when Shea Walters (Sr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) blocked a shot in front of Bakala to Radoslav Illo (Bystrica, Slovakia) in the right face off circle. Illo found David Boehm (Jr., Naples, Fla.) with a burst of speed through the neutral zone to beat the BGSU back line and found the back of the net before time inthe period would expire for first goal of his Bemidji State career.
The goal would stand as the game winner as Bakala and the BSU defense shut down the Falcons' attack during the third period.
Bakala, who made his first appearance since Dec. 9, turned aside 22 Bowling Green shots for his fifth victory of the season. He improves to 5-6-1 in 2011-12.
Out shot 28-23, the Bowling Green's Hammond made 26 saves, but was tagged with the loss after allowing both BSU goals. He falls to 6-12-3 on the year.
The victory gave the Beavers their second consecutive sweep and third of the season.
Beavers now claims a 2-0-0 edge in the all-time series, while holding BGSU without a win in its last 10 outings (0-8-2).
BSU improves to 6-2-0 in nonconference play this season.
Bemidji State (11-9-2) now breaks for a week before it jumps back into Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play. The Beavers tote a five-game winning streak to the Rocky Mountains to face the University of Denver. The teams open the two-game set with an 8:37 p.m. (CST) face off Friday Jan. 13 with an 8:07 p.m. (CST) series finale set for Saturday.