Lucchini's Three Points Send Michigan Tech Past Bemidji State, 5-3
Junior forward Jake Lucchini posts two goals and assist for Huskies

Junior forward Jake Lucchini scored two goals and assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:20  MTU1-0 EV Gavin Gould (13)Joel L'Esperance/11, Mitch Meek/6
1st 10:51  BMJ1-1 EV Hampus Sjödahl (3)Brendan Harris/7
1st 17:41  BMJ2-1 PP Justin Baudry (8)Kyle Bauman/21, Aaron Miller/11
2nd 3:18  BMJ3-1 PP Brendan Harris (4)Aaron Miller/12, Justin Baudry/10
2nd 16:43  MTU2-3 PP Jake Lucchini (14)Mitch Reinke/19, Mark Auk/20
3rd 13:19  MTU3-3 PP Jake Lucchini (15)Mark Auk/21, Mitch Reinke/20
3rd 18:30  MTU4-3 EV GW Seamus Donohue (3)Dylan Steman/10
3rd 19:44  MTU5-3 EV EN Jake Jackson (10)Jake Lucchini/17, Joel L'Esperance/12
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Michigan Tech  1135
Bemidji State  2103
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Michigan Tech  6121432
Bemidji State  1310225
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (18-15-5)  2/7 2/4 0
Bemidji State (16-13-8)  2/2 8/38 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Devin Kero (W, 7-5-1)59:583 119222
Empty Net0:020     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 16-12-8)59:304 5111127
Empty Net0:301     

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemidji State University Men's Hockey team used a pair of power-play goals to open the third period with a 3-2 lead, but the Beavers put their penalty-kill unit on the ice for 12:06 seconds in the final period alone and despite holding Michigan Tech off for more than 11 minutes, the Huskies would wear the BSU down and convert to tie the game with just under seven minutes to play. With momentum, MTU got a backbreaking face-off goal with 90 seconds to play and rode it to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three WCHA Playoff quarterfinal series.

Thanks to a pair of majors and total of eight penalties, one of the least penalized teams in the nations this season, the Beavers were assessed 38 minutes of penalty time. Even one of the best penalty-kill units in the country can only hold its opponent off for so long and at the 13:19 mark of the third, the BSU penalty-kill unit showed its mortality.

Despite snuffing out five of the Huskies' man-advantage chances, BSU allowed a pair of power-play goals to night 2-for-7.

The loss soured an efficient power-play performance for BSU. The Beavers made good on their only to man-advantage opportunities of the game to build a one-goal lead with 20 minutes to play.

BSU skated out of a wild first period, holding a 2-1 lead.

After Gavin Gould put Michigan Tech up at the 7:20 mark, BSU's Hampus Sjödahl and Brendan Harris teamed up to knot the game at the 10:51 mark. Harris won an offensive zone faceoff to Sjödahl, who fired a puck through traffic and found the back of the net. BSU then grabbed its first lead of the game on its initial power-play opportunity of the night. With just 19 seconds left on the man advantage, Justin Baudry took a tip-pass from Kyle Bauman and fired a shot from the top of the slot. The goal, at the 17:41 mark, stood as his eighth of the season, while the assist put Bauman, a senior, over 30 points for the first time in his career.

The Beavers kept their power-play unit rolling and stretched their lead to 3-1 just 3:18 into the second period. BSU point man Baudry again started the play with a shot. Aaron Miller picked up the rebound on the left post and slid the puck across the crease where Brendan Harris tapped his fourth goal of the season past the MTU goaltender, Devin Kero.

Jake Lucchini helped the Huskies answer at the 16:43 mark, pulling MTU within a goal, 3-2.

Before the period would end, Baudry was whistled for a major penalty and game misconduct setting MTU up with 4:30 of power-play time to open the third period. While it didn't contribute directly to MTU's game-wining goal, it set the tone for a period that saw specially teams play monopolize time and eventually wear the Beavers down.

Lucchini tied the game at the 13:19 mark before Dylan Steman won a face off back to Seamus Donohue for the game-winner with 1:30 to play.

The Huskies would add a Jake Jackson empty-net goal with 16 seconds left to seal the victory.

BSU senior goaltender Michael Bitzer finished the night stopping 27 of the 31 shots he faced, including 12 stops backstopping the BSU penalty-kill. He moves to 16-12-8 on the season.

BSU now 16-13-8 overall, looks to extend the quarterfinal series sweep tomorrow when it will again host the No. 5 seeded Michigan Tech in game two of this best-of-three series at Sanford Center. The opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m.

Tickets for the second game of the playoff series are available and begin at just $12. The Sanford Center Box Office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday.