BEMIDJI, Minn. - Trailing 1-0 for the bulk of Saturday night's series finale, Bemidji State University got a power-play goal off the stick of Justin Baudry with 2:09 to play. The goal pushed the game to overtime, but just 52 seconds into the extra frame, the University of Alaska slipped the puck through traffic in front of the goal and across the goal line to steal a 2-1 victory and split the series.
Baudry, BSU's leading scorer with 19 points (5g-14a), scored his third goal in the Beavers' last four games and extended his point streak to a career-best four games (3g-1a).
Alaska drew first blood. Despite being outshot 10-7 and taking the first period's only penalty, the Nanooks found the back of the net to grab a 1-0 lead on a third-effort goal from Ryker Leer. The forward capped a 2-on-1 by batting at a pair of rebounds before beating Bemidji State goaltender Zach Driscoll.
Already trailing by a goal, Bemidji State spent nearly 10 minutes of the second period short a man, including a 45-second stretch of 5-on-3 play. As it did all weekend, the BSU penalty-kill unit stood tall keeping the Nanooks out of the back of the net, but the team struggled to generate offense and was outshot 10-5 in the frame.
The Beavers bounced back to control play in the third period. BSU came out of the blocks and put Alaska on its heels buzzing the Nanook goaltender, Anoton Martinsson, with a handful of shot during the opening moments of play. BSU also had the benefit of a pair of power-play opportunities in the third period. Forty-five seconds into its second man advantage chance, Brendan Harris skated the puck around the back of the net and found Baudry at the point for a laser.
Driscoll turned aside 25 of the 27 shots he faced and backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that held the Nanooks to 0-for-3 on the power play. He moves to 5-5-1 on the season.
The Beavers, now 10-10-3 overall and 8-6-1-1 in WCHA play remains home and will host Michigan Technological University for a two-game league series. Friday at 7:07 p.m. the teams will meet on the south shore of Lake Bemidji for an outdoor game to open 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota festivities. Saturday, the teams return inside Sanford Center for a 7:37 p.m. opening face off to wrap up the series.