BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Just two games removed from a seven-game, 0-for-19 stretch on the power-play, the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team converted 4-of-6 man advantageopportunities Friday to down Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) foe University of Minnesota Duluth 4-2 at Sanford Center.
The Beavers used their first four-goal power-play effort since Jan. 31, 2009, and held the Bulldogs scoreless on four man advantage opportunities to gain their first victory in two months and snap a winless streak at 12 games (0-9-3).
Brance Orban (Sr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta) led the BSU attack posting the fifth multi-goal game of his career with two, which included the game-winner, while sophomore defender Matt Prapavessis (Oakville, Ontario) added a pair of assists.
In a game that saw Minnesota Duluth out shoot BSU 40-27, the Bulldogs netted the game's first goal, capping an odd man rush with a goal just 5:39 after the opening faceoff. Drew Olson dug the puck out from behind the UMD net and hit Cody Danberg to lead the rush.Danberg left the puck in the slot for Andy Welinski, who was trailing on the play, and the freshman neatly tucked his third goal of the season in the upper right corner of the net.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Despite getting out shot 19-9 in the second, BSU used a pair of special teams goals to push the game into the final period with the score locked 2-2.
The Beavers converted a UMD penalty into a power-play goal at the 4:15 mark of the period, just 44 seconds into their first chance on the man advantage.
Positioned at the top of the crease, Ben Kinne (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) redirected a Cory Ward (Fr., F, Las Vegas, Nev.) shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past the Bulldog goaltender to knot the game at 1-1.
UMD regained a one-goal lead just under three minutes later when Cal Decowski, who was on the right post, shoved a Dan DeLisle rebound past Andrew Walsh (G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) to put UMD up 2-1 at the 7:13 mark.
At the 16:06 mark and in the midst of the Beavers' second power-play chance of the night, Radoslav Illo (Jr., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) unleashed a bullet from the point that found its way though traffic into the back of the net.
Tied 2-2 to open thethird period, the Beavers assembled one of their most well-rounded periods of hockey this season as the special team units rolled up their sleeves and finished the win, 4-2.
BSU not only killed 6:31 of penalty time during the final session, the Beavers also took advantage of 2-of-3 power-play chances they had and fired 10 shots on goal.
Orban supplied the Beavers their first lead since a Jan. 26 game versus University of Nebraska-Omaha, netting his eight goal of the season on the power play at the 2:51 mark. When Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) won a battle behind the Bulldogs' goal, he found Orban on the left post and the senior found daylight between the UMD goaltender and the post.
BSU was then faced with the task of killing of three penalties, which included 19 seconds of 5-on-3 time, but Walsh and the Beavers stood tall and road the momentum into another goal eight minutes later. Orban completed a tic-tac-toe passing play with a one-timer from the right post to account for his second goal of the night at the 12:51 mark of the third.
With 2:19 left, the Bulldogs pulled their goaltender Alex Fons, but the Bulldogs were unable tocrack the BSU defense and BSU collected the two-goal win.
Walsh turned aside 38 shots and improved to 5-10-4 on the season with the win. Fons was tagged with the loss in his first collegiate start, allowing all four BSU goals and posting 23 saves.
The Beavers is now 12-22-1 all-time versus Minnesota Duluth, however, in the last 18 meetings between the teams, BSU holds a 10-7-1 advantage.
The Beavers improve to 6-17-6 overall and 5-13-5 in WCHA play and remain just one point behind Michigan Tech or 10th place in the league standings.
Bemidji State, whichearned its first Friday win of the season, looks for its inaugural series sweep of 2012-13 tomorrow when it hosts Minnesota Duluth for a 7:07 p.m. series finale.