|December 28, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||13:33||BSU||Armour, Ross (Zmolek, Will )|
|1||16:49||MINN||Reedy, Scott (Nanne, Tyler , Sorenson, Jonny)|
|2||14:39||MINN||Wait, Garrett (Meyers, Ben , McManus, Brannon)|
|3||18:43||MINN||Reedy, Scott (Zuhlsdorf, Ryan , Wait, Garrett)|
|3||19:55||MINN||Walker, Sammy (Johnson, Ryan )|
|Shots on Goal||30||18|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (3M Arena at Mariucci) – Tied 2-2 with time running out in the second semifinal game of the Mariucci Classic, University of Minnesota forward Blake McLaughlin found the back of the net to give the Golden Gophers their first lead of the game. Minnesota piled on a pair of empty-net goals in the final 1:17 before the final horn to push the Gophers past Bemidji State University, 5-2.
Led by goals from Ross Armour and Owen Sillinger, the Beavers outshot Minnesota 30-18 and controlled play for more than 40 minutes, but a power-play chance halfway through the third period, sparked the Gopher attack and a change in momentum down the stretch.
The Golden Gophers advance to the 2019 Mariucci Classic title game versus St. Cloud State University at 7 p.m. tomorrow, while the Beavers will face Minnesota State University, Mankato for third place. The nonconference match up between Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes, is set for a 4 p.m. puck drop from 3M Arena at Mariucci.
The Beavers skated to the locker room at conclusion of the first period locked in a 1-1 tie.
Bemidji State was first to find the back of the net when Ross Armour won an offensive zone face off to Will Zmolek. The rookie defender fired a shot on goal that the Minnesota goaltender, Jack Lafontaine, kicked back onto the stick of Armour in the slot and the sophomore potted his third goal the season at the 13:33 mark.
The Golden Gophers answered at the 16:49 mark. Scott Reedy tipped a Tyler Nanne shot from the top of the right face-off circle and past Zach Driscoll.
BSU took its second lead of the evening with a man in the penalty box early in the second period. Owen Sillinger forced a turnover and beat the Minnesota defense to the crease to net the second shorted-handed goal of the Beavers’ 2019-20 season and the second of the sophomore’s career at the 5:20 mark of the second period. But again, Minnesota responded to tie the game despite being outshot 10-5 in the frame and giving up a pair of power-play chances. Garret Wait pulled the Gophers to 2-2, completing a nifty passing play on the rush with a goal at the 14:39 mark of the second.
The teams opened the third period locked in a 2-2 tie setting up a 20-minute battle for a right to play for the 2019 Mariucci Classic title.
Driscoll stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced in the game, while backstopping a Bemidji State penalty-kill unit that was 3-for-3 in the game and help the Golden Gophers to just one shot on the man advantage. He moves to 8-5-2 on the season.
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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).