|December 29, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||03:10||MINNST||Michaelis, Marc (Sowder, Lucas , Tuomie, Parker)|
|1||18:21||MINNST||Lutz, Reggie (Smith, Nathan , Bukes, Colby)|
|Shots on Goal||18||24|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (3M Arena at Mariucci) – Minnesota State University, Mankato rode an 18-save performance by Dryden McKay and a pair of first-period goals to a 2-0 victory over the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team in the third-place game of the Mariucci Classic Sunday afternoon at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
The Mavericks, who were defeated by St. Cloud State University 7-2 Saturday, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard Sunday. The team’s leading scorer, Marc Michaelis, netted his 11th goal of the season just 3:10 after the opening faceoff to cap a nifty passing play. Lucas Sowder and Parker Tuomie were credited with assists on the backdoor-goal by Michaelis.
Before the period came to an end, Minnesota State stretched its lead to two goals. Colby Bukes fired a shot through traffic and Reggie Lutz deflected the puck past the BSU goaltender at the 18:21 mark.
After a scoreless, evenly-played second period, Bemidji State opened the third period trailing 2-0. The Beavers used a pair of power-play opportunities to outshoot the Mavericks 21-5 in the frame, with a 6-0 edge in shots on goal, but Dryden McKay stood tall stopping all six shots to preserve the shutout and help the Mavericks earn the victory. He collected 18 saved in his fifth shutout of 2019-20.
The 2-0 loss not only marked the first time BSU has been shut out this season, it also ended a 46-game streak with at least one goal dating back to Nov. 16, 2018.
Henry Johnson, who made his first appearance since Oct. 26, stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in the game, while backstopping a Bemidji State penalty-kill unit that was 3-for-3 in the game, took the loss. He moves to 0-2-1 on the season.
The Beavers, now 8-7-3 overall wrapped up non-conference play with the game. They return to Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Jan. 3-4 when they return to Sanford Center to host Ferris State University. The two-game set is set for a 7:07 p.m. start Friday and will conclude with a 6:07 p.m. puck drop Saturday.
BSU is 8-3-1-0 in WCHA play to rank second in the league standings.
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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).