BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team scored three third period goals to erase a one-goal deficit and hand No. 10 Colorado College a 4-2 loss Friday at Sanford Center. Brance Orban (Jr., Lethbridge, Alberta) scored two goals to lead the Beavers, while Tyler Tosunian's (Fr., Whittier, Calif.) first collegiate goal 9:49 into the final frame put BSU ahead for good.
Bemidji State improves to 14-12-3 overall and 8-10-3 in the WCHA, while Colorado College falls to 15-10-2 on the season and 12-8-1 in league play.
In a period dominated by CC, it was Bemidji State that took a 1-0 lead to the locker room.
Aaron McLeod (Jr., Ottawa, Ontario) got BSU on the scoreboard when he picked up a loose puck in the high slot, skated in from the left face off circle and slid a backhand shot on net that trickled between the pads of the Colorado College goaltender Joe Howe. The goal was unassisted and counted as McLeod's seventh of the season.
With a one-goal lead, the Beavers opened the second period one man short. Brady Wacker (Jr., D, Jansen, Saskatchewan) started the period in the box for a penalty that lingered 53 seconds into the second frame.
The penalty would come back to haunt the Beavers. CC tied the game on a Rylan Schwartz odd-angle, power-play goal from the goalline extend at the 1:02 mark. Brother Jaden Schwartz and Gabe Guentzel were credited with assists on the play.
Special teams play gave Colorado College its first lead of the game at the 13:26 mark. Guentzel was escorted to the penalty box supplying BSU with its first power-play opportunity of the evening, but it was the Tigers' penalty-kill unit that came up with a play to break the tie. Aaron Harstad picked off a BSU pass along the boards and found Tim Hall streaking up the middle of the ice. Hall settled the head-high pass with his hand and snipped a shot of the cross bar in into the goal.
Trailing 2-1 top open the third period, victory seemed to be slipping away from the Beavers.
Entering the series, Bemidji State had been out scored 32-19 in the third, but tonight the team lit the lamp during the final 20 minutes of play to earn its 14th victory of the season.
Orban sparked the BSU comeback evening the score at 2-2, just 1:53 into the third period. Shea Walters (Sr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) started the play corralling a loose puck at the top of BSU's offensive zone. He skated the puck down the slot, but when we was unable to get a shot off and was funneled to the right of the net, he turned and centered the puck to Orban, who located the left corner high stick side.
Tosunian's game-wining one-timer from the top of the right face off circle came at the 10:11 mark. Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) skated around the back of the net before locating the freshman with a pass. Jamie MacQueen (Sr., F, St. Thomas, Ontario) was also credited with an assist on the play after batting the puck out of the air to Hunt.
BSU used an empty-net goal by Orban, is second goal of the night, with 30 seconds to play to solidify the victory, 4-2.
Dan Bakala (Sr., G, Calgary, Alberta) improved to 8-7-2 on the season turning aside 29 CC shots, which included 15 in the first period alone.
Howe, who was in net or the Tigers due to an injury to starter Josh Thorimbert, saw his record dip to 5-6-1 after surrendering three goals despite making 23 stops.
The Beavers finished the game 0-for-1 on the power-play, while CC was 1-for-2 on the man advantage.
Following the victory Bemidji State the all-time series remains in favor of the Tigers 5-3-1, however, BSU has never lost when hosting CC (2-0-1).
Bemidji State (14-12-3; 7-10-3 WCHA) and Colorado College (15-10-2; 12-9-1 WCHA) are back in action tomorrow at Sanford Center to settle the score in the season series. Opening face off of the series finale is slated for a 7:07 p.m.