BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team played to a 3-3 tie against the University of Manitoba in an exhibition contest on Sunday night at the Sanford Center. Freshmen Brad Robbins (F, Murrieta, Calif.) and Corey Ward (F, Las Vegas, Nev.) and sophomore Danny Mattson (F, Minneapolis, Minn.) potted goals for the Beavers.
In goal, Mathieu Dugas (Sr., G, L'Assomption, Quebec) and Fabian Sivnert (Fr., G, Holviken, Sweden) split time for BSU. Dugas, who played the first 30:38, stopped all 11 shots he faced, while Sivnert allowed three goals on 14 shots in the game's final 34:22.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead just 3:22 into the exhibition when Robbins took passes from Tyler Tosunian (So., F, Whittier, Calif.) and Jake Areshenko (Sr., D, Prot Coquitlam, British Columbia) and found the back of the net in his collegiate debut.
Holding the one-goal lead to the 10-minute mark of the second period, BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore pulled inserted Sivnert. Seventeen seconds later the Bisons tied the game. Three minutes and 20 seconds later (13:15), Brett Chartier was on the doorstep to put back a Ian Duval shot kicked aside by Sivnert, giving Manitoba a 2-1 advantage.
Trailing by a goal with 20 minutes to play, the Beavers rallied. Ward knotted the score at 2-2 at the 4:43 mark of the period, taking a pass from Radoslav Illo (Jr., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) and recorded his first goal in the green and white.
The Beavers regained the lead, 3-2, 10:32 into the final frame on a goal by Mattson. Newcomer Phil Brewer (Fr., F, Cambridge, Ontario) was credited with an assist on the play.
Before the horn sounded on the third period, the Bisons would come back to force overtime. Jesse Paradis scored the equalizing goal at the 12:27 mark of the period.
Manatoba had quality scoring chances down the stretch, but Sivnert stood tall and kept the Beavers in the game.
The teams would trade blows during the five-minute overtime period, but neither was able to find the back of the net and teams settled for the exhibition tie.
The Beavers were out shot 28-26 in the game despite piling up 11 shots in the third period.
Special teams play was a nonfactor as each team finished 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Beavers play the U.S. Under-18 Team in another exhibition game next Saturday at 7:07 p.m. before hosting Lake Superior State University to kick off the regular season on Oct. 19 and 20.