Bemidji State Leaves Marquette With Two Victories
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MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Wildcats dropped the regular-season series finale with the Beavers on Saturday, earning one CCHA point in a 3-3 tie before falling in the shootout.
After a scoreless first period, Grant Slukynsky scored two minutes into the middle frame to give the 'Cats the first lead of the game. After Adam Flammang tied the game for the Beavers, Artem Shlaine notched his team-leading ninth goal to regain the lead; but it was short-lived, as Eric Pohlkamp evened the game a minute later, and the four-goal second period ended in a 2-2 tie.
It was the Beavers who struck first in the third, Flammang getting his second of the evening, before Andre Ghantous fired home his seventh goal of the season and 150th career point to send the game to overtime.
Neither team was successful in the 3-on-3, so a shootout was needed to determine who gained the extra CCHA point. Eric Martin was the lone scorer in the shootout, and the Beavers claimed two points on Saturday.
On Friday, the 'Cats dropped the series opener, with the Beavers winning, 4-2.
Kevin Marx Noren and Grant Slukynsky both scored the first two goals of the middle frame to give the 'Cats a one-goal lead, but three straight goals, with two in the second and one in the third, from the Beavers proved too much to overcome for the Green and Gold.
A broken play at center ice sprung the Beavers with a two-on-one opportunity. A back door pass to Vaisanen and he had a wide-open net to shoot, and he made no mistake.
The 'Cats were shorthanded once in the frame, and that was the only infraction called on either side. The 'Cats successfully killed the penalty and skated to the locker room down one goal.
The Wildcats caught the Beavers in a line change, and Marx Noren picked up the puck by the Beaver bench and walked in on a two-on-one. With the defenseman taking the pass away, Marx Noren let a wrister go from the right hash marks and beat Sholl to tie the game.
The 'Cats struck on the power play once again, as a Colella one-timer took a deflection before landing on the stick of Slukynsky at the bottom of the right circle who fired his wrister right away and beat Sholl over the glove hand.
The Beavers tied it up with Martin crashing the net and receiving a pass from the corner to redirect it into the yawning cage.
The Beavers regained the lead with a wicked wrister from Flammang, as he beat Halasz over the blocker hand from the top of the right circle.
The 'Cats were whistled for their sixth infraction of the evening, and the Beavers scored on a one-timer from the left circle to extend the lead to two goals.
The Wildcats were whistled for penalties on six separate occasions for 12 minutes of penalty time. Though successful on the PK (5/6), the Beaver's fourth goal came on the power play with just over six minutes to go in the third period. The 'Cats were outshot 25-30, and were outdueled in the faceoff circle 25-30.
The 'Cats now move to 9-14-5 overall and 7-10-3 in CCHA play with 26 points, and the Beavers move to 11-15-2 overall and 9-7-2 in CCHA play with 32 points.