|March 09, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||1||2||3|
|2||09:29||LSSU||Max Humitz (Jacob Nordqvist , Anthony Nellis)|
|2||12:01||BSU||Baudry, Justin (Somoza, Ethan , Ierullo, Alex)|
|3||06:30||LSSU||Hampus Eriksson (Jacob Nordqvist , Diego Cuglietta)|
|3||19:22||LSSU||Collin Saccoman (Diego Cuglietta )|
|Shots on Goal||40||34|
SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. (Taffy Abel Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team battled to the final horn but in the end, came up short dropping a WCHA Playoff game, 3-1, at Lake Superior State University. The loss gave the Lakers a 2-0 win in the best-of-three series and a pass to the semifinal round series where thy will face off against the 2018-19 regular-season champion Minnesota State University, Mankato for the right to advance to the WCHA championship game and the an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Bemidji State’s 2018-19 season comes to an end at 15-17-6 overall.
Diego Cuglietta and Jacob Nordqvist each pitched in two assists and goaltender Nick Kossoff turned aside 39 of the 40 shots he faced to power the Lakers to the victory.
Bemidji State was led by its captain, Justin Baudry, who after leading the Beavers in scoring with a career-high 31 points (9g-22a), fittingly netted the Beavers’ only goal. Goaltender Zach Driscoll posted 31 saves in the season finale to finish his first season in a BSU sweater with a 10-11-4 record.
For the second consecutive night, the team that won the special teams battle won the game. Lake Superior State posted a power-play goal on three chances while BSU came up dry on its only power-play chance of the evening.
The teams played the first period without a goal. The Beavers held an 11-9 edge in shots on goal.
The scoreless tie extended into the 29th minute of play. Max Humitz gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead at the 9:29 mark of the second period. Nordqvist found Humitz with a centering pass. The puck deflected off the forward’s skate and past Driscoll. After a short review, the goal was allowed.
The Lake Superior State lead was short-lived. BSU’s Baudry evened the score with his ninth goal of the game at the 12:01 mark of the second. His ninth goal of the season came with help from Ethan Somoza and Alex Ierullo.
With just 20 minutes to play and their backs against the wall, the Beavers caught the first break of the contest when LSSU’s Brayden Gelsinger was whistled for tripping just 1:39 into the third period. Bemidji State managed three shots on goal during the power-play opportunity, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Momentum quickly sung back in favor of the Lakers. At the 5:33 mark, Somoza was called for hooking. The penalty supplied LSSU with its first power play of the evening and it took advantage. Fifty-seven seconds later, Hampus Eriksson scored a power-play goal to put the Lakers in front 2-1 with 13:30 to play.
With 2:20 to go on the game and the Beavers trailing 2-1, BSU pulled Driscoll for an extra attack to give the offense an advantage. The move sparked a flurry of action in front of the LSSU net, which included three saves and a trio of blocked shots, forced the Lakers to take a timeout to relieve pressure. LSSU’s Cuglietta won the ensuing faceoff. Collin Saccoman fired the puck toward the empty net to give the Lakers a 3-1 edge with 38 seconds left.
For more information on the Bemidji State athletics programs, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/BSUBeavers) or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Multimedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.