|November 16, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||00:43||BSU||Miller, Aaron (Brady, Adam )|
|3||02:09||BSU||Sillinger, Owen (Adams, Alex , Ierullo, Alex)|
|3||10:44||FSU||Jake Willets (Liam MacDougall , Blake Evennou)|
|3||17:01||BSU||Miller, Aaron (Somoza, Ethan , Vold, Tyler)|
|Shots on Goal||22||23|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Ewigleben Ice Arena) -- Aaron Miller and Owen Sillinger each scored twice to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 4-1, Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Ferris State University Saturday in Big Rapids, Mich.
The victory allowed the Beavers to salvage a series split after dropping game one, 2-1, Friday.
The Beavers even their record at 4-4-2 overall, while they sit fourth in the WCHA standings at 2-4-0-0 in league play.
Bemidji State put itself in position to win just moments after winning the opening faceoff. Miller capped a three-on-two rush with a shot that deflected off the goaltender's blocker to Adam Brady stick. The senior's shot was deflected in front by Miller to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead just 43 second into the game. Brady's assist extended his point streak to six games (4g-3a).
BSU clung to a one-goal lead through a second period that saw a total of just five shots on goal. The Beavers started the period on its heels taking three penalties during the first 3:09, but again the penalty-kill unit stood strong keeping the puck out of the back of the net and Bulldogs off the scoreboard. Later, BSU got its own chance on the man advantage but was unable to convert.
Sillinger doubled the BSU lead at the 2:09 mark of the third period. Behind the net, Alex Adam found the sophomore with a centering pass and Sillinger took care of the rest for his third goal of the season.
Ferris State broke up the shutout 50:44 into the contest. Jake Willets finished a rush with a shot before sliding into Zach Driscoll and dislodging the net.
At the 17:01 mark of the final frame, Miller supplied the Beavers with another goal to go up 3-1 and force the Bulldogs into pulling their goaltender to get an extra attacker on the ice. The tactic would allow Sillinger and the Beavers to add another goal with 16 seconds left on the clock.
The Beavers' penalty-kill unit was a perfect 4-for-4 and capped the weekend at 9-for-9 to improve to 27-of-29 on the season and sit sixth in the country at .931. On the flip side, the BSU power-play unit was unable to convert any of its three changes into goals Saturday.
Driscoll earned his fourth win of the season (4-3-1) making 22 saves on 23 shots faced.
Bemidji State returns to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center Nov. 22-23 to host long-time rival University of Alabama-Huntsville. The series is set to get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday with Saturday's series finale scheduled for a 6:07 p.m. opening faceoff.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).