|January 28, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||00:45||MINN||Bristedt, Leon (Lettieri, Vinni , Cammarata, Taylor)|
|3||07:44||MINN||Norman, Ryan (Romanko, Darian , Lindgren, Ryan)|
|3||14:36||MINN||Cammarata, Taylor (Gates, Brent , Lettieri, Vinni)|
|3||17:18||MINN||Kloos, Justin (Sheehy, Tyler )|
|Shots on Goal||30||25|
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center Center) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team had scored in every game this season and 38 straight games dating back to Feb. 13, 2016, but Saturday ran into University of Minnesota goaltender, Eric Schierhorn, who stopped all 25 BSU shots to keep the Beavers off the scoreboard. The Golden Gophers would go on to defeat BSU, 4-0, in the North Star College Cup consolation game.
BSU opened the game firing on all cylinders.
With three breakaways during the first 71 seconds of play, the Beavers had the Golden Gophers on their heels, forcing them into committing a penalty to try to relieve the pressure. BSU was unable to convert on the power-play opportunity leaving the door open for Minnesota.
Minnesota got the bounce it needed to find the back of the net just 45 seconds into the second period. A shot from outside went over the net and bounced hard off the end wall to the left post. Leon Bristedt was there to beat BSU’s Michael Bitzer to the puck and potted his eighth goal of the season.
BSU finished the period on a flurry. The Beavers had several near misses and had a handful of missed opportunities late. Aided by a power-play opportunity, BSU out shot Minnesota 12-8 in the frame, but finished with nothing to show for it trailing 1-0 heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
Early in the third period, BSU got a break on a power-play opportunity, but just 35 seconds later, BSU was whistled for a penalty negating the chance. Moments after the man advantage ended, Darian Romanko found Ryan Norman from behind the net and the sophomore tapped in his third goal of the year.
Midway through the period, BSU again found itself in position to make up some ground getting a power-play. But BSU was called for back-to-back penalties to leave the Beavers short two men 44 seconds and a man down for 1:16. With 32 seconds left on the second penalty, the Golden Gophers made BSU pay. Taylor Cammarata netted a goal from between the faceoff circles. The power-play tally gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead with 5:24 to play. Minnesota would go on to record an empty-net goal at the 17:18 mark to settle the score at 4-0.
The loss drops BSU to 0-7-1 in non-conference play this season.
BSU, now 16-11-3 overall and 16-4-2-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, will shift its focus back to league play Feb. 3-4 when it hosts Michigan Tech for a two-game series. With BSU holding as few as a three-point edge over the second-place Huskies, the series will carries major WCHA championship implications.
Tickets for the series are still available. Call 218-441-4031 or stop by the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window on game day.
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.