|1st||6:04||BMJ||1-0||EV||Adam Brady (4)||T.J. Roo/3|
|2nd||5:45||ALH||1-1||PP||Josh Kestner (13)||Tyler Poulsen/11, Cam Knight/9|
|2nd||15:57||BMJ||2-1||EV GW||Zach Whitecloud (1)||Jay Dickman/5, Dillon Eichstadt/4|
|3rd||19:36||BMJ||3-1||EV EN||Adam Brady (5)||Charlie Combs/3, Gerry Fitzgerald/13|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alabama Huntsville (6-13-2)||1/1||4/8||0|
|Bemidji State (8-6-5)||0/3||2/4||0|
|Alabama Huntsville Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jordan Uhelski (L, 6-9-2)||58:09||2||15||19||5||39|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (W, 8-5-5)||59:57||1||6||4||8||18|
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Adam Brady scored twice and Zach Whitecloud netted his first goal of the season to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Friday at Sanford Center.
The victory marked the Beavers eighth og the seaosn and extended its unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3).
Brady got the Beaver son the scoreboard just 6:04 after the opening face off when he cleaned up a rebound off a T.J. Roo shot that bounced to the right post. The 1-0 lead would last nearly a period, but at the 4:33 mark of the second period, Jordan Heller was whistled for a slashing penalty, setting UAH up with its first power-play opportunity of the evening and the Chargers would capitalize. At the 5:45 mark, Josh Kestner capped a series of quick passes with his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Tyler Poulsen and Cam Knight were credited with assists on the play.
The Beavers regained the lead late in the period (15:57) on Whitecloud's first goal of 2017-18. Dillon Eichstadt fired the puck through the neutral zone to Jay Dickman who found Whitecloud in the slot. The sophomore defender roofed the goal-ahead goal.
Despite holding a 2-1 lead to open the third period, Bemidji State didn't seal the victory until the final horn sounded. Alabama-Huntsville controlled play for long stretched and after being outshot 36-11 during the opening 40 minutes, posted an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal during the final 20, which included several close calls.
Brady sealed the victory with 24 seconds left on the clock with an empty-net goal. Gerry Fitzgerald was credited with an assist after coming up with the loose puck and Charlie Combs found Brady streaking into the Beavers offensive zone for his third assist of the year.
BSU got beat in special teams play for one of the first times this season. Not only did its power-play unit come up dry on three attempts, but its penalty-kill unit surrendered a goal in its only appearance of the evening.
Michael Bitzer earned his eight victory of the season turning aside 18 of the 19 shots he faced, while the defense blocked eight shots in front of him. He moves to 8-5-5 on the season and has not been beaten since a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green, Dec. 1-a streak spanning six games (3-0-3).
The Beavers, now 8-6-5 overall and 5-4-4-2 in WCHA play, will be back in action again tomorrow when they host Alabama- Huntsville (6-13-2; 5-8-2-1 WCHA) to wrap up the two-game league series. Opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Sanford Center.