For the third weekend in a row, the University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team entered its Saturday night Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest with a chance at a series sweep. But, for the third straight weekend, the Bulldogs had their party postponed.
UMD fell behind 2-0 by the end of the second period and couldn't dig its way out of the hole, eventually succumbing to Bemidji State University, 2-1, before 6,490 late-arriving spectators at AMSOIL Arena.
Sophomore Caleb Herbert batted home a loose puck at the edge of the crease with 50 seconds to play for his third goal in his last four games to give the Bulldogs a chance to knot it late.
But UMD's best efforts to tie the game, including a seeing eye shot from defenseman Wade Bergman that rang off the post with just seconds remaining, were thwarted before the final horn blew.
A solid start by the Bulldogs was derailed early in the second period when BSU's Markus Gerbrandt scored the game's first goal on a wrap-around effort to the right of UMD goaltender Aaron Crandall.
Then, about 10 minutes later, the Beavers built their lead to 2-0 when senior Jordan George wired a wrist shot through traffic and over Crandall's blocker for a power-play tally.
Freshmen Austin Farley and Andy Welinski were credited with the assists on Herbert's goal, and Crandall finished with 17 saves.
UMD (3-6-3 WCHA, 5-8-3 overall) will travel to Alaska to take on the University of Alaska-Anchorage in its final conference series before the Christmas break.