BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Bemidji State University and Michigan Tech battled for nearly 70 minutes before settling the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series finale Saturday. After a 1-1 overtime draw, the Beavers got a goal from senior co-captain Adam Brady 2:34 into 3-on-3 overtime play to earn an extra point in the league standings and win the series taking five-of-six points.
Senior defender Tommy Muck skated in front of a pass near center ice and skated the puck deep into the BSU offensive zone and found Brady trailing the play. Once Brady of the MTU goaltender to commit, be flipped the puck high into a virtually empty net.
The draw extends BSU's unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) while it is the first overtime contest the Beavers have won this season.
Bemidji State found itself trailing 1-0 after a hard-fought first period of play. Each team struggled to find ice and clear opportunities to shoot. In a period that saw just nine shots on goal between the teams, MTU grabbed a 6-3 edge in shots and one found the back of the net.
As time in the period came to an end, the Huskies' Tyler Rockwell flipped a backhand toward the BSU goal and Zach Driscoll pushed it aside for one of his 22 saves in the game, but Alec Broetzman was on the left post to coral the rebound and dump it back into the net.
Already trailing 1-0, BSU opened the second period shot a man, as Ethan Somoza was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty at the 19:15 mark of the first and spent the first 1:45 of the second in the penalty box. Just as it has so many times this season, the BSU penalty-kill unit did its job not only keeping MTU off the scoreboard, but not allowing a single shot on goal during the penalty. The kill sparked the BSU attack as Charlie Combs knotted the score a 1-1 with his eighth goal of the season just 15 seconds after the Huskies' power-play opportunity expired.
The score remained locked a 1-1 for the final 18 minutes of the second period and entire third, setting up the Beavers' fifth overtime contest of the season.
The first overtime period saw MTU take a 3-2 lead in shots on goal, but both teams played a conservative game to push through the 65th minute and secure one point in the standings and advance to 3-on-3 play, where BSU came out on top.
In a game that saw just two penalties called, special teams play was a relative non-factor. The teams each went 0-for-1 in the man advantage.
The Huskies finished allowing just 19 shots to reach Matt Jurusik, while piling up 22 blocked shots in front of him.
The Beavers, now 13-7-4 overall and 13-3-2-1 in WCHA play to sit second in the league standings, travel to Mankato, Minn. Jan. 24-25 to battle the league's top team, No. 3 Minnesota State University. The series is set for a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Friday and a 6:907 p.m. start Saturday from the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.