Ward Goal Lifts Bemidji State Into 1-1 Tie With Alabama Huntsville
Senior forward Cory Ward scores game-tying goal for Beavers

Senior forward Cory Ward scores game-tying goal for Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 17:39  ALH1-0 PP Madison Dunn (3)Jetlan Houcher/5, Tyler Poulsen/3
3rd 7:34  BMJ1-1 EV GT Cory Ward (8)Brendan Harms/16, Phillip Marinaccio/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Alabama Huntsville  01001
Bemidji State  00101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Alabama Huntsville  5105222
Bemidji State  11914337
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alabama Huntsville (6-19-6)  1/4 5/10 0
Bemidji State (14-13-6)  0/3 6/12 0
Alabama Huntsville Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Matt Larose (T, 4-6-4)65:001 11913336
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Michael Bitzer (T, 10-13-5)64:571 595221
Empty Net0:030      

BEMDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Cory Ward scored his eighth goal of the year to force overtime and Michael Bitzer turned aside 21 shots, including a penalty shot with 1:49 left in extra time, to help the Bemidji State men's hockey team to a 1-1 tie to open a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series with the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

The Beavers struggled to settle into the game and used momentum gained from Ward's third-period goal to finish strong and survive overtime to gain a point in the league standings.

The teams opened a second period littered with penalties locked in a scoreless tie, despite BSU taking an 11-5 edge in shots on goal during the first 20 minutes of play. In all, six penalties were called in the second and 16 minutes were served making it tough for either team to settle into a rhythm. But with Kyle Bauman in the box for interference, UAH got a goal off the stick of Madison Dunn to break the deadlock and capitalize on the Chargers' only power-play goal of the night (1-for-4).

Trailing, 1-0, the Beavers opened the third on mission and out played the Chargers for the bulk of the frame. BSU took a 14-5 edge in shots on goal in the period and one of those found the back of the net to send the game to overtime.

Phillip Marinaccio started the Beavers' scoring play muscling the puck out from behind the net and onto the stick of Brendan Harms in the slot. Harms passed to Ward standing on the back post for a tap in.

Overtime was wild. Not only did Bemidji State take a penalty just 48-seconds in, the Chargers were awarded a penalty shot with 1:49 to play. In both cases, Bitzer and BSU weathered both storm and the Beavers escaped with the tie.

Bitzer finished with 21 saves on 22 shots faced and backstopped a penalty-kill unit that was 3-for-4 on the night. He moves to 10-13-4 on the season.

The Beavers (14-13-6; 9-11-5 WCHA) wrap up the home portion of their 2015-16 season at 7:07 p.m. tomorrow when they again host the Chargers (6-19-6; 4-15-6 WCHA).

Bemidji State will also celebrate its senior class prior to the game as Markus Gerbrandt, Graeme McCormack, John Parker and Cory Ward will skate in the final home game of their Beaver Hockey careers.