BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center)-- Trailing Bowling Green State University 2-0 midway through the second period, the Bemidji State University men's hockey team mustered a rally getting goals from Owen Sillinger and Justin Baudry to force overtime and a tie, but the Falcons found a way to score in the 3-on-3 overtime period to steal the extra point in the WCHA standings and leave Sanford Center with five of six points from the series.
Sillinger and Baudry each finished the night with two points (1g-1a) to lead the Beavers in scoring, while Zach Driscoll turned aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced to earn the tie in 65:00 in net.
Locked in a scoreless tie after 20 minutes of play, Bowling Green was the first to light the lamp. Just 1:13 into the second period of play, Lukas Craggs won a puck battle in the Falcons' defensive zone and found John Schilling behind the BSU defense. Schilling won a footrace to the crease and slid his sixth goal of the season between the pads of Driscoll. At the 11:35 mark, the Falcons again found the back of the net. Brandon Kruse capped a rush by slipping a pass across the crease to Max Johnson on the right post, who batted it past Driscoll.
At the 12:50 mark the Beavers caught a break. BGSU was whistled for an infraction in the crease and the Beavers were rewarded a penalty shot. Although Charlie Combs failed to convert, the play turned the tide for the Beavers. Fifty-one seconds later, Baudry collected a rebound off is how shot and found Sillinger in the slot. The freshman scored his 10th goal of the season.
The Beavers opened the third period trailing by a goal, but the deficit only lasted 43 seconds. Sillinger won an offensive zone face off back to Baudry on the point and the senior unleashed a rocket for his eighth goal of the season and his team-best 28th point of the season.
Bowling Green carried play in the first overtime period, but Driscoll stood tall stopping all four shot he faced to earn the tie and first the 3-on-3 exhibition period.
The Falcons pushed the pace again in the second overtime and found the back of the net with 1:07 left in the frame.
Bemidji State, now 15-13-6 overall and 13-9-4-2 in WCHA play, is in fifth place in the WCHA standings, two points behind Lake Superior State University for fourth with two regular-season games to go. The Beavers hit the road to wrap up the regular season traveling to Mankato, Minn. for a two-game series versus the WCHA regular-season champion Mavericks of Minnesota State, Mankato. The series is scheduled for an opening face off from the Verizon Wireless Center Friday, while Saturday's match up will also get underway at 7:07 p.m.