BEMIDJI, Minn. – Alex Gacek and Blake Coleman each scored two goals to help the No. 12/13 Miami hockey team build a 4-1 lead, but Bemidji State scored three third-period goals to force a 4-4 tie on Friday night.
MU is now 7-6-2 and is winless in its last four contests while BSU is 5-7-3 on the year.
The RedHawks came out gunning early, firing seven of the first eight shots on goal over the opening six minutes. Alex Wideman had a pair of great opportunities from in close that Andrew Walsh stopped.
BSU got a chance to attack thanks to a power play with 13:52 remaining in the first, but the MU penalty kill was stellar for the two-minute stretch. The Red and White did not allow a shot on goal during the sequence to keep the contest scoreless.
With 11 minutes gone by, the RedHawks got on the board. Gacek found a loose puck after Ben Paulides’ shot was blocked by a Beavers’ defenseman. The sophomore forward poked the puck past the defense and through Walsh for his second goal of the year to put MU up 1-0. Sean Kuraly notched the secondary assist on the tally.
Less than a minute later, Miami went to its first power play with 8:11 remaining in the period. MU fired three quality shots, but Walsh stood tall for BSU to keep it a one-shot game.
The Red and White pushed the envelope in a dominant first period where they outshot the Beavers 17-5. MU got some breathing room on the scoreboard when Coleman redirected a nice pass by Max Cook into the net with 1:41 left in the period to send the RedHawks to the locker room with a 2-0 lead at intermission.
MU added another goal less than two minutes into the period when Kuraly intercepted the puck at BSU’s blue line. He chipped the puck to Riley Barber as he moved down the right wing side. Barber's shot was stopped, but Gacek pounced on another rebound and put it in for his second tally of the night to make it 3-0 with 18:10 remaining in the period.
BSU’s Cory Ward got one back for the Beavers when his shot found the top corner at the 4:13 mark. The beavers got an opportunity to move closer when they went onto the power play with 13:00 remaining in the period. Bemidji State got some quality looks that Ryan McKay turned aside, keeping the Red and White ahead by two goals.
Max Cook’s hustle created the RedHawks’ fourth goal at the 12:53 mark. He won a foot race to the puck behind the net and chipped the puck in front of the goal to Coleman, he beat Walsh for his second goal of the night to make it a 4-1 game after two periods of play.
The Beavers came out with a fury in the third period, outshooting the RedHawks 16-6 in the final regulation frame. A 4-on-4 goal by Radoslav Illo at 2:45 pulled BSU back to within two goals.
Miami got an opportunity on the power play to get that goal back after Bemidji State was whistled for too many men on the ice at 5:55. The power play lasted only 12 seconds after the RedHawks were called for a penalty of their own to negate their man advantage. After both penalties expired, Brendan Harms fired a shot through traffic with 11:43 left in the period to make it a one-goal game.
With under a minute left, the Beavers scored with the extra attacker on the ice as Sam Rendle fired a shot that got redirected into the net with 43 seconds remaining, sending the contest to overtime.
The RedHawks opened the overtime period with a power play and created some good chances, but only got one shot on goal during the man advantage. Miami outshot Bemidji State by a 4-3 count in overtime, but neither team could find the back of the net.
Miami finished with a slight (38-36) edge in shots on goal, though Bemidji State outshot MU 31-21 after the first period. Gacek, Coleman, Kuraly and Cook each finished with two points with Gacek’s two-goal outing marking his first-career multi-goal or multi-point game. Special teams were not a factor in the scoring as MU went 0-for-4 and BSU finished 0-for-3 on the power play.
Ryan McKay made his second-straight start and stopped 32 of 36 shots. Andrew Walsh turned away 34 of the RedHawks’ 38 attempts.
The same teams finish out the weekend series on Saturday with opening faceoff at 8:07 p.m. ET.