BEMIDJI, Minn. (Hockey Day Minnesota Rink) -- Dillon Eichstadt scored a power-play goal with 1:55 left in overtime to give Bemidji State a 4-3 victory over Michigan Tech Friday to kick off Hockey Day Minnesota 2019.
Growing up just blocks from the temporary Hockey Day Minnesota Rink, Eichstadt learned to play hockey within a snowballs throw at the Nymore Park outdoor rink, so it was only fitting that the hometown boy were file the game-winning goal in front of fans, friends, family and neighbors.
With just moments left in penalty to Collin Swoyer, BSU's Ross Armour found Eichstadt on the point and the senior unleashed a shot that would find its way through traffic and past the Michigan Tech goaltender, Robbie Beydoun. The goal sent the 4,201 hearty Minnesotans who braved the sub-zero temperatures home satisfied.
The triumph allowed Bemidji State evens its record to 11-11-3 overall while it moved to 9-7-1-0 in WCHA play.
Three times the Beavers battled back fomr one goal down to tie the game, finally pushing to overtime and setting up Eichstadt's heroics.
Michigan Tech drew first blood, lighting its half of the scoreboard 2:35 after the opening face off. As both teams were feeling out the ice conditions, acclimating to arctic temps and adjusting to the lighting, the Huskies Brian Halonen fired a short-angle shot on BSU's Zach Driscoll and it skipped off the post and in.
Thirty seconds later the Beavers evened the score when Ethan Somoza, a native of California playing in his first outdoor game, got a backhand on the puck from a scrum in front of the net and collected his fourth goal of the year. Armour and Adam Brady set up the goal pushing the puck around the back of the net and into the scrum in front from the back wall.
BSU will push for its second sweep of the season tomorrow when it moves indoors to Sanford Center to host Michigan Tech. The opening faceoff is slated for 7:37 p.m.
Tickets for the game are still available and begin at $12. Visit the Sanford Center Box Office to reserve your seat.