Driscoll backstops Bemidji State to 4-0 victory at Alaska

November 01, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1214
Alaska Fairbanks0000
Scoring Summary
105:59BSUJohnson, Brad (Miller, Aaron , Rosen, Elias)
204:38BSUSjodahl, Hampus (Ierullo, Alex )
216:09BSUCombs, Charlie (Brady, Adam , Sillinger, Owen)
314:52BSUJohnson, Brad (Miller, Aaron , Kirkup, Tyler)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUDriscoll, Zach60:000039
Statistical ComparisonBSUUAF
Shots on Goal2039
Power Plays0-10-3
Driscoll backstops Bemidji State to 4-0 victory at Alaska
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Driscoll backstops Bemidji State to 4-0 victory at Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska  (Carlson Center) – Bemidji State University junior goaltender Zach Driscoll turned aside a career-high 39 shots Friday to post his first shutout of 2019-20 and lead the Beavers to a 4-0 victory at the University of Alaska. The win was the first of the year for BSU as it improved to 1-2-2 overall and 1-0-0-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

Brad Johnson scored twice to headline the BSU attack netting the first multi-goal game of his career, while Aaron Miller added a pair of assists and eight Beavers posted at least a point.

The Beavers’ scoring opportunities were few and far between Friday, but when they got a shot, the opportunistic team made them count posting four goals on 20 shots on goal. The Beavers were out shot in the game nearly 2-to-1 in the game, 39-20.

Bemidji State took some time to adjust to the larger, Olympic ice surface and the time change. The Nanooks held an 10-3 edge in shots on goal and didn’t allow BSU at shot on net until the 5:59 mark of the first period, but the shot by Johnson found the back of the net for his first goal of the 2019-20 season.

The Beavers clung to the lead as Driscoll turned aside all 10 shots he faced and backstopped a penalty-kill unit that kept Alaska scoreless on one opportunity.

The Beavers extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second taking advantage of a turnover while killing the Nanooks’ second power-play opportunity of the night. Alex Ierullo skated in front of a pass in the neutral zone and skated it in before bouncing the puck off the UAF goaltender’s pad and Hampus Sjödahl was on the far post to collect the rebound and deposit the first goal of his senior season at the 4:48 mark. The goal was the first for Sjödahl since March 2, 2018.

Despite trailing 2-0, the Nanooks pushed the pace for long stretches of the second, but the Beavers used a solid period from Driscoll into a 3-0 lead.  The junior goaltender made 13 stops in the frame, including a one-on-one break away late, and Charlie Combs posted the first goal of his junior season when he lifted the puck past the Nanook goalie at the 16:09 mark.

Alaska pressed in the third period. The Nanooks again outshot the Beavers by a significant margin, 15-6, to keep Driscoll busy. Alaska even pulled their goaltender when the Beavers were whistled for too many men on the ice with just over seven minutes to play, but the 6-on-4 advantage didn’t pay off. Johnson deposited his second goal of the night in the UAF empty net at the 14:52 mark.

The Beavers finished the night 0-for-1 on the man advantage, while keeping the Nanooks off the scoreboard in three power-play chances.

The Beavers will attempt to sweep its WCHA series with Alaska when the teams hit the Carlson Center ice for the series finale at 10:07 p.m. (CST) tomorrow.

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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).