BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemdiji State University men's hockey team fell victim to an overtime loss at the hands Michigan Tech University for the second consecutive night in Saturday's series finale at the Sanford Center. BSU goaltender Mathieu Dugas (Sr., L'Assomption, Quebec) made a career-high 40 saves in the loss.
The Huskies came away with the series sweep and improved 4-5-1 against Bemidji State all-time after Bemidji State entered the weekend with a 5-0-1 mark in the teams' previous six meetings.
The first period was a fast and physical one that saw Michigan Tech outshoot the Beavers 15-4. Dugas and MTU netminder Kevin Genoe kept the game scoreless through the first 20 minutes, however.
It looked as if the deadlock was broken at the 9:36 mark of the middle stanza when Michigan Tech's Alex Petan knocked in a goal on the power play, but the score was waived off due to contact with the goaltender.
The Huskies finally pulled ahead with 4:41 left in the second period when Steven Seigo buried his second goal of the weekend and second of the season on a four-on-four chance. David Johnstone set Seigo up in the slot after Tanner Kero worked the puck out from behind the Beaver cage.
BSU came out hungry in the final period of regulation and outshot the Huskies 16-8 in the frame.
With 5:09 to go in regulation, Bemidji State leveled the score when Jordan George (Sr., F, Madison, Wis.) potted his second goal of the weekend. George's tally was his second of the weekend. Fellow seniors David Boehm (F, Naples, Fla.) and Jake Areshenko (D, Coquitlam, B.C.) notched assists on the play.
The 1-1 score held through the end of regulation and almost all the way through the extra session. MTU's Blake Pietila clinched the sweep for his team with 30.2 seconds left in overtime by beating Dugas upstairs with a quick snapshot. Friday Michigan Tech heroes Jujhar Khaira and Alex Petan set up the goal.
Prior to Saturday's contest, Dugas had never made more than 28 saves in a game, a feat he accomplished twice in his career, but not since Oct. 30, 2010 against Minnesota Duluth. He stopped 26 shots in the first two periods. Genoe finished the night with 27 saves for the Huskies.
With the extra-session loss, the Beavers remained winless with five losses in nine overtime decisions at the Sanford Center.
Bemidji State will remain at home next weekend when it hosts the University of Alaska Anchorage at the Sanford Center on Friday and Saturday. The Beavers will travel to Houghton, Mich. for a rematch against Michigan Tech on Jan. 18 and 19, 2013.