|1st||13:06||BMJ||1-0||EV||Kyle Bauman (3)||Jay Dickman/1|
|2nd||10:06||FSU||1-1||EV||Corey Mackin (1)||Ryker Killins/2, Taylor Fernandez/1|
|2nd||11:17||BMJ||2-1||EV||Kyle Bauman (4)||Jay Dickman/2, Jordan Heller/2|
|3rd||12:26||FSU||2-2||PP GT||Nate Kallen (1)||Taylor Fernandez/2, Corey Mackin/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ferris State (2-4-1)||1/3||3/6||0|
|Bemidji State (2-1-2)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Ferris State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Darren Smith (T, 2-1-1)||64:52||2||6||12||13||2||33|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (T, 2-1-2)||65:00||2||5||4||6||0||15|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Kyle Bauman had two goals and Jay Dickman sent the Bemidji State University hockey fans home happy as the Beavers tied Ferris State University, 2-2, in the 2017-18 WCHA opener but earned a shootout victory to gain an extra point in the league standings Friday at Sanford Center.
Tied 2-2 over regulation, BSU and FSU played a five-minute 5-on-5, sudden death overtime period with without a score change and officially settling for a tie. The teams then moved into a 3-on-3 exhibition. Again each team came up dry, setting the stage for Dickman. After Bitzer pushed aside the Bulldogs' first shootout attempt, Dickman skated in and reached around Darren Smith sliding the puck between his left pad and the right post.
The shootout win marks the Beavers' second of the season and the second time that Dickman has cast the deciding goal. He also scored a shootout goal at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Oct. 14, breaking a scoreless tie in the shoot out.
The Beavers drew first blood at the 13:06 mark of the first period. After several minutes of back-and-fourth, neutral zone play, Heller chipped the puck away from the Bulldogs near the red line and Dickman tipped a pass to Bauman, who was streaking the other direction. The senior finished the rush with his third goal of the season.
Corey Mackin drew Ferris State even midway (10:06) through the second period, but Heller, Dickman and Bauman connected again on a tic-tac-toe play that put Bauman one-on-one with the Bulldog goaltender and the Apopka, Fla. native buried his second of the game at the 11:17 mark to put BSU back in the lead.
The BSU advantage would last deep into the third period, but when Heller was whistled for elbowing at the 12:21 mark, FSU would respond with a power-play goal five second later--marking the first power-play goal the Beavers have surrendered this season.
Michael Bitzer finished the game with 17 saves, which doesn't include four saves in the 3-on-3 overtime period and a big save on Mackin's shootout attempt. Bitzer is 2-1-2 on the year.
The Beavers and Bulldogs will be back at it again tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. as Bemidji State looks to take the series.
Tickets for the game are still available and begin at just $12 (including tax and fees). Stop by the Sanford Center Box office and join the Beavers and they partner with Sanford Health and the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness for breast cancer.