Andrew Cumming’s goal with less than a minute remaining in overtime sank Bemidji boys hockey to a second 3-2 overtime loss to St. Cloud this season on Tuesday evening at the Bemidji Community Arena.
The Lumberjacks had tallied the opening goal after just 2:49 of play thanks to Wylee Gladen, who scored off feeds from linemates Wyatt Mattfield and Colton Pickett to stake the home team to a 1-0 lead.
Bemidji’s lead stood up until exactly 10 minutes into the second period, when Cumming ensured that a heavy spell of St. Cloud pressure during the second led to a tying goal.
Despite losing the lead, Bemidji’s response out of intermission to begin the third was a positive one, rewarded with a second goal from Gladen at 2:16 of the period on the power play after St. Cloud had been threatening at the other end of the ice.
The lead stood up deep into regulation, but St. Cloud found yet another equalizer with just 48 seconds to play. Moments after Grant Declusin sprawled to make a big block defensively, August Falloon corralled the loose puck and wrapped around the net to score past Tanner Rebischke and send the game to overtime.
Last-minute heroics were again on the cards for St. Cloud in overtime–though unlike the previous matchup, they did not need the final five seconds of play to get a game-winner. Cumming let fly on a quick shot in transition to beat Rebischke and secure another overtime win for St. Cloud over the Lumberjacks.
Rebischke finished with 36 stops overall in net, as Bemidji was outshot 39-24 in the game.
The Lumberjacks (4-10) stay in Section 8AA play on Thursday with a trip to Brainerd for a 7:15pm game. Pregame will be at 7 on KBUN-FM 104.5 and online at kbunsportsradio.com’s “Listen Live” link.