Bemidji State Skates to 4-4 Tie Against North Dakota
Senior defenseman Graeme McCormack scores two goals for Beavers

Senior defenseman Graeme McCormack scored two goals for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:09  NDK1-0 EV Johnny Simonson (1)Hayden Shaw/1, Austin Poganski/1
1st 8:34  NDK2-0 EV Bryn Chyzyk (3)Troy Stecher/3
1st 11:36  BMJ1-2 PP Graeme McCormack (1)Justin Baudry/1, Kyle Bauman/1
2nd 4:01  BMJ2-2 PP Kyle Bauman (1)Cory Ward/1, Justin Baudry/2
2nd 7:30  NDK3-2 PP Luke Johnson (1)Tucker Poolman/1, Troy Stecher/4
2nd 15:06  NDK4-2 EV Austin Poganski (2)Coltyn Sanderson/1, Johnny Simonson/2
3rd 1:13  BMJ3-4 PP Graeme McCormack (2)Markus Gerbrandt/1, Cory Ward/2
3rd 14:35  BMJ4-4 EV GT Gerry Fitzgerald (2)Markus Gerbrandt/2, Dillon Eichstadt/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
North Dakota  22004
Bemidji State  11204
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
North Dakota  11127232
Bemidji State  4410220
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
North Dakota (1-0-2)  1/5 6/12 0
Bemidji State (1-0-1)  3/5 6/12 0
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Cam Johnson40:002 33006
Matt Hrynkiw (T, 0-0-1)25:002 008210
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Michael Bitzer (T, 1-0-1)64:374 9107228
Empty Net0:230      

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Graeme McCormack scored twice and the Bemidji State University power-play unit was 3-for-5 as the Beavers battled back from a two-goal third-period deficit to tie top-ranked University of North Dakota, 4-4, Friday at Sanford Center.

Led by McCormack's and the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career, seven different BSU players logged a point in the game. Kyle Bauman added a goal and an assist, Cory Ward, Markus Gerbrandt and Justin Baudry all posted two assists, The first of Baudry's career as a Beaver, Gerry Fitzgerald scored a goal and Dillon Eichstadt posted an assist on the game-typing goal for his first collegiate assist.

BSU's goaltender, Michael Bitzer was under attack all night. The Beavers were outshot 32-20 in the game, including a 12-4 deficit in the second period alone. The sophomore earned the tie stopping 28 of 23 shots in 64:37 of play.

BSU played from behind all night. Johnny Simonson scored just 2:09 into the game North Dakota an early lead and Bryn Chyzyk added a goal to put visiting UND up 2-0 at the 8:34 mark of the first.

McCormack got the Beavers on the board netting his first goal of the season just 14 seconds into BSU's first power-play opportunity and BSU would head to the dressing room trailing 2-1.

BSU again made quick work of its power-play chances in the second period as Bauman scored his first tally of the season just 20 seconds into the Beavers second man advantage, knotting the score 2-2 4:01 into the second period.

North Dakota came charging back as the period wound down, getting goals from Luke Johnson, on the power play, at the 7:30 mark and Austin Poganski with 4:54 left in the frame.

Fitzgerald looked to cut the deficit to one goal on a one-timer as the period ended, but after a review of the goal, it was ruled that time had expired before the puck crossed the goal line. Despite opening the third period trialing 4-2, BSU came opened the period with a spark. McCormack made good on his second power-play goal just 73 seconds in and BSU carried play for large portion of the period, out shooting UND 10-7.

With 14:35 gone in the third, Bemidji, Minn. native, Dillon Eichstadt saved the puck from leaving BSU's zone and Markus Gerbrandt dove to chip it to G. Fitzgerald, who found the back of the net from the slot with the eventual game-tying goal.

The teams traded punches to open the overtime period, but When BSU was called for a too many men on the ice at the 2:24 mark, it boxed the Beavers into a corner. But just as it had all night and all season, BSU's penalty-kill unit stood tall, keeping UND out of the net and giving the Beavers a chance to at least escape with a tie.

Bemidji State won the special teams battle by a landslide. In addition to posting three power-play goals on five changes, the BSU penalty-kill unit was 4-for-5, including the big overtime stand.

The Beavers move to 1-0-1 on the season, while North Dakota dips to 1-0-2.

BSU and UND will wrap up the nonconference, home-and-home series tomorrow with a 7:07 p.m. start at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.