BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The Bemidji State University men's hockey team stumbled out of the gates Saturday versus the University of Alaska Anchorage, an trailed 1-0 after just 2:36 of play, but bounced back to score five consecutive goals and take the WCHA series opener 5-1.
Aaron Miller led the way for the Beavers posting two goals and two assists, while Ross Armour logged a career-high three assists and Justin Baudry collected a goal and two assists, including a helper on Adam Brady's game-winning goal. Baudry, a senior blueliner, now has seven points (1g-6a) in BSU's last three games and has had a hand in seven of the Beavers' last 11 goals.
BSU opened the game a bit on its heels, suffering some lingering effects of a devastating loss in its last outing. Just 2:36 into the first period, Alaska-Anchorage got a goal off the stick of Drake Glover to take an early lead.
The Beavers continued to stumble through the muck for the first 10 minutes of play getting out shot more than 3-to-1, but at the 12:09 mark, with a UAA player in the penalty box Adam Brady struck with his sixth goal of the season to even the score and spark the Beaver attack.
Aided by three power-play opportunities, the Beavers controlled play in the second period outshooting UAA 19-7. While the team didn't convert on the man advantage, they managed to take the lead at the 15:08 mark of the frame. Dillon Eichstadt fired a shot from the point and after Armour and Miller corralled the rebound and funneled it around the back of the net, Eichstadt made good on a second bullet from the point.
BSU opened the third period holding a one-goal lead and had 1:10 seconds of 5-on-3 advantage. It took the team just 44 seconds to light the lamp for a third time, this time Miller was on the back door to pick up a rebound off the end wall and tuck it into a virtually empty net. The sophomore struck again at the 12:51 mark when Armour caused a turnover and found Miller in the slot for his seventh goal of 2018-19. BSU finished the scoring burst less than two minutes later, at the 14:48 mark, when Baudry found the back of the next with a blast for his first goal of the season.
Henry Johnson was solid in net again, turning aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced, while backstopping a penalty-kill unit that was 2-for-2. He improved to 5-3-1 on the season.
The Beavers improve to 8-7-2 overall and 6-4-1-0 in WCHA play. BSU and UAA will wrap up this two-game series and the first half of play tomorrow. Opening faceoff is set for 5:07 p.m. at Sanford Center. Tickets are available and begin at just $12. Visit the Sanford Center Box Office or ticketmaster.com.