|March 08, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||2||2||4|
|1||09:19||BSU||Cardelli, Nick (Harris, Brendan , Billett, Dan)|
|2||05:17||LSSU||Diego Cuglietta (Hampus Eriksson )|
|2||18:29||LSSU||Lukas Kaelble (Collin Saccoman , Ashton Calder)|
|3||09:49||LSSU||Anthony Nellis (Ashton Calder , Collin Saccoman)|
|3||10:27||BSU||Johnson, Brad (Sillinger, Owen , Combs, Charlie)|
|Shots on Goal||31||21|
SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. (Taffy Abel Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team dropped game 1 of a best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff series Friday in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. After taking an early lead, the Beavers saw Lake Superior State University rattle off three straight goals to put the game out of reach and earn a lead in the postseason series.
Special teams played a significant roll in the outcome in the game. While BSU failed to post an power-play goal on two chances, Lake Superior State made good on two-of-three man advantage opportunities to break a 1-1 late in the second period and stretch its lead to 3-1 midway though the third.
The Beavers were first on the scoreboard. At the 9:09 mark of the first period, BSU freshman Nick Cardelli scored his ninth goal of the season with help from Brendan Harris and Dan Billett.
BSU rode the lead into the second period, but Diego Cuglietta, the Lakers' leading scorer, slipped a shot past the BSU goaltender, Zach Driscoll, at the 5:17 mark of the second period. The Lakers took their first lead of the game in the final minutes of the period (18:29), getting a power-play goal from Lukas Kaelble.
Midway through the third period, the LSSU lead swelled to 3-1 on a second power-play marker.
The Beavers answered 38 seconds later to cut the Lakers' lead in half, 3-2, and spark a rally, but the Brad Johnson goal was where the rally ended. The Lakers added an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left to put the game out of reach and take a 1-0 lead in the opening-round playoff series.
Driscoll finished the night with 17 saves on 20 shots faced. He moves to 10-10-4 on the season.
With its back against the wall, Bemidji State is in a must-win situation going into game two of the series. The Lakers will again host the Beavers at 6:07 p.m. (CT). If BSU wins and forces a decisive game three in the series, it will take place at 3:07 p.m. (CT) Sunday at Taffy Abel Arena.
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