HANOVER, N.H. - The Bemidji State University men's hockey team dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Monday afternoon in the consolation game at the Ledyard National Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. against second-ranked University of New Hampshire. The loss dropped BSU to 5-10-3 on the season and 0-3-3 in games that require the extra session.
The meeting was the first between the Beavers and the Wildcats and the loss gives Bemidji State a 2-5-0 all-time mark against Hockey East opponents and a 1-3-0 non-conference ledger on the season.
Just like it did Sunday, BSU jumped out to a quick first-period lead. Just 2:12 into regulation, Brad Robbins (Fr., F, Murrieta, Calif.) seized the puck behind the UNH net and found fellow freshman Markus Gerbrandt (Fr., F, Edmonton, Alberta) just outside the UNH crease. Gerbrandt quickly went upstairs of New Hampshire goaltender Casey DeSmith to put the Beavers in front 1-0.
After killing of a UNH power play during which Wildcat forward John Henrion rang the post early in the period, BSU was unable to deny a second New Hampshire man advantage later in the stanza. Grayson Downing, UNH's second-leading scorer, slid a puck past Bemidji State netmider Andrew Walsh (So., Dawson Creek, B.C.) to knot the score with 4:35 to play in the first.
The Wildcats carried an 11-4 shot advantage into the second and finally broke through for their first lead since a 5-2 win against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Dec. 1.
At the 8:36 mark, Wildcat forward Matt Willows controlled the puck at the side of the Beaver cage and dished a pass to Jay Camper for the only goal of the second period.
Trailing to begin the third, BSU came out strong and posted a game-high nine shots in the final frame. After bringing the Beavers within one goal in the final minutes of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the University of Massachusetts, senior Jordan George (F, Madison, Wis.) came through again by leveling the score with 10:55 to play in regulation, stuffing home a third-chance rebound after Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ont.), Brance Orban (Sr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta), and Matt Prapavessis (So., D, Oakville, Ontario) completed a nice passing play to enter the Wildcat zone.
The 2-2 score held until overtime, when New Hampshire defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk collected a Willows feed from a Camper faceoff win and whistled a shot through traffic and in to give UNH the 3-2 victory 2:08 into the extra session.
BSU killed off three of four New Hampshire power plays and came up short on its lone man advantage opportunity in the second period.
The Beavers return home for their final non-conference action of the 2012-13 regular season when they host 10th-ranked Western Michigan University next weekend. BSU will then finish the season with 14 consecutive Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) games.