David Boehm has been patiently waiting for a goal.
His moment arrived during Bemidji State’s 2-1 win against Bowling Green on Saturday night in front of 3,365 fans at the Sanford Center.
The junior transfer scored his first goal as a Beaver on a breakaway with 1.1 seconds left in the second period and it stood up as the game-winner.
“I was actually pretty nervous because I looked up at the clock and couldn’t tell,” Boehm said. “I didn’t know how many seconds were left. I looked down, and then I looked up, and there was only a second left so I’m glad I was able to get the shot off.”
The last time Boehm scored a goal was on Nov. 13, 2009 when he played for the University of Massachusetts. It was a game-winning overtime goal against New Hampshire.
“That was a while ago,” said Boehm, who did not play for BSU last season due to transfer regulations. “It was great. I didn’t think it was going to be a game-winner but I’m glad it was and it was a relief.”
Jeff Jubinville also scored his first goal of the season and goalie Dan Bakala had 22 saves for the Beavers.
Bemidji State earned the sweep with its fifth straight win improved to 11-9-2 on the season. BSU does not play next weekend and opens the second half of the WCHA schedule Jan. 13-14 at Denver.
Bryce Williamson scored and goalie Andrew Hammond had 26 saves for Bowling Green (6-13-3 overall), which saw its winless streak extend to 10 games.
Like Friday’s 4-1 win against Bowling Green, Bemidji State was outplayed early and outshot by a 10-5 margin in the first period.
Williamson scored on the power play with 6:25 left in the first period to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead that held into the first intermission. The goal ended Bemidji State’s streak of 26 straight successful penalty kills that stretched over five games.
“We came in after the first period and we did not feel good about our first period,” Jubinville said. “We had a good chat and we know what we have to do to win games. We have to outwork the other team. I think right from the first shift of the second period when we were in their zone, we started believing we could outwork them.”
The Beavers broke through the Bowling Green defense with a hard-working style goal with 5:28 left in the second period.
Freshman Danny Mattson knocked Jamie MacQueen’s rebound out of the air and put a shot on Hammond at the side of the net. The puck squeezed through just short of the goal line and Jubinville dove at it to score the goal.
“I didn’t think he was getting it through and it was just sitting behind (the goalie) there, so I just pool-cued it in and it felt good to get one,” Jubinville said.
Boehm put BSU ahead for good on a play that started when Shea Walters blocked a shot in front of Bakala. The puck deflected to Radoslav Illo and he hit Boehm at center ice with the pass.
One of the fastest skaters on the team, Boehm was off to the races and put a wrist shot past Hammond’s glove.
“If you’re going to get a game-winning goal like that, Boehmer’s the guy you want to see get that just because he’s struggled scoring goals,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. “He’s had a lot of scoring chances and he’s turned into a fan favorite. He plays with an abundance of energy and he’s one of those unsung players.”
The goal capped a dominating final half of the second period for the Beavers. BSU outshot the Falcons 14-2 in the second period after the sluggish first period.
Making his first start in five games, Bakala stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period when Bowling Green put the pressure on for the tying goal.
“It was good to see because this team is capable of playing that way and they need to play that way,” Serratore said. “It was frustrating for them, but it was frustrating for the coach and I’m sure it was frustrating for the fans. But we responded well in the second period and I thought the third period we played a good period of hockey.”
BGSU 1 0 0 – 1
BSU 0 2 0 – 2
First period – 1, BGSU Williamson 7 (DeSalvo, Carpenter), 13:35, (pp).
Second period – 2, BSU Jubinville 1 (Mattson, MacQueen), 14:32. 3, BSU Boehm 1 (Illo, Walters), 19:59.
Third period – No scoring.
Shots on goal – BGSU, 10-2-11-23. BSU, 5-14-9-28.
Goalies – BGSU, Hammond (28-26). BSU, Bakala (23-22).
Power plays – BGSU, 1-for-2. BSU, 0-for-0.
A – 3,365.
All photos by Eric Stromgren.