BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Junior forward Jordan George (Madison, Wis.) scored with 58 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team would escape with a 3-3 tie versus the University of Nebraska-Omaha Friday at Sanford Center.
Opening the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series with a tie, the Beavers' move to 4-6-1 overall and 2-4-1 in league play, while extending its unbeaten streak versus the Mavericks to seven games (5-0-2)--dating back to Feb. 27, 2009.
Widely out played for long stretches all night, the Beavers were out shot 43-25, which included a 15-6 deficit during the first 20 minutes of play alone.
UNO took the Sanford Center crowd out of the game early. Josh Archibald scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Mavericks up 1-0 just 7:48 after the opening face off.
The Beavers began to crawl back into the game with an even-strength goal from Ben Kinne (Jr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) at the 15:51 mark. George and Brad Hunt (Sr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) were credited with assists on the play, sending the teams into the first intermission tied 1-1.
The Beavers took their first and only lead of the game just 45 seconds into the second period. Brady Wacker (Jr., D, Jansen, Saskatchewan) deposited his first goal of the season, and second of his career, on a shot through traffic from the point after picking off an attempt to clear the puck by the Mavericks.
UNO again tied the game, 2-2, at the 7:58 mark of the third period on Terry Broadhurst's team-leading ninth goal of the season, collecting a Matt White shot attempt off the back wall and found the back of the net from the right post.
Jayson Megna gave the Mavericks a 3-2 lead to finish the second period lighting the lamp on a deflection in front of the net with just two seconds left in the stanza.
BSU would trail Nebraska-Omaha for the first 19 minutes of the final frame, but when Hunt played the puck around the back of the net to Matt Prapavessis (Fr., D, Oakville, Ontario) who found George streaking with a tape-to-tape, 100-foot pass that led to the junior's team-leading sixth goal of the season.
George and Hunt led the Beavers with two points apiece. George finished with a goal and an assist, while Hunt posted a pair of helpers.
Dan Bakala (Sr., G, Calgary, Alberta) turned aside a season-high 40 sots to backstop the Beavers to the tie. He moves to 2-3-1 on the season.
BSU came up dry on its two power-play opportunities (0-2), while the Beaver penalty-kill continues to play well snuffing out four of the Mavericks' five man advantage opportunities.
Bemidji State continues to cling to the slimmest advantage in the all-time series (6-5-2), while it remains unbeaten on its home ice in 2011-12 (2-0-1).
Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha (5-5-1; 4-2-1 WCHA) wrap up the WCHA series tomorrow. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m.