Four months after opening the series with a 3-2 victory, Markus Gerbrandt scored his team-leading third game-winning goal of the season to help a short-handed the Bemidji State University men's hockey team complete the nonconference series sweep over the University of Minnesota Duluth with a 2-1 victory at AMSOIL Arena.
The BSU penalty-kill unit got extended time in the game as the Beavers were whistled five times for 21 minutes in penalties and played for nearly 50 minutes without defender Ruslan Pedan, who was tagged for a major penalty and game misconduct during the first period. After allowing its first goal in six games and 20 opponent power-play chances, the unit stood tall late holding the Bulldogs scoreless on their final three opportunities, which included 1:33 of 5-on-3 play late in the first period.
The Beavers and Bulldogs finished the first 20 minutes of play locked in a 1-1 tie. Brett Beauvais opened the scoring for BSU, netting his first goal of the season on a pass from Gerry Fitzgerald just 1:47 into the game. Minnesota Duluth would even the score at the 10:23 mark on a goal form Adam Johnson just 31 seconds into the Bulldogs’ first power-play of the game.
The Beavers used a pair of power-play changes in the second period to start to gain control of momentum. Despite the Bulldogs applying significant pressure in the final moments of the period, the Beavers out shot UMD 12-9 in the period.
BSU and UMD opened the final 20 minutes of play locked in a 1-1 tie. The score remained tied until the 10 minute mark of the frame when Gerbrandt took a pass from Kyle Bauman and gave BSU all the offense it would need potting his sixth goal of the season.
Michael Bitzer stopped 25-of-26 shots in 60 minutes between the pipes to improve to 8-11-4 on the season.
BSU, now 11-11-5 overall, jumps back into WCHA play for the first time since Jan. 22-23 when it travels to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. for a two-game league series versus Lake Superior State University. The series will get underway at 6:07 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s series finale is set for a 6:07 p.m. start from Taffy Abel Arena.
John Klingberg scored 2:39 into overtime to lift the Stars past the slumping Wild, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center. Alex Goligoski tallied in the first period, while Jason Demers and Patrick Eaves lit the lamp in the second for Dallas, which has won four of five. Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves in the victory. Erik Haula, Justin Fontaine and Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild, who have lost six straight and 11 of their last 12 overall. Darcy Kuemper permitted all four goals on 30 shots in the setback.
Toronto can head into the All-Star break with 15 wins in 16 games Wednesday night. The Raptors (35-16) have won three straight after Monday's 103-89 victory in Detroit. For Minnesota (16-37), Monday's 116-102 home loss to New Orleans ended a two-game winning streak, and it has its opponent scoring average at 110.5 over the last four. Karl-Anthony Towns has otherwise been a bright spot with eight straight double-doubles while averaging 21.8 points on 60.0 percent shooting with 12.5 rebounds.
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