No. 16 Beavers blank No. 19 Northern Michigan, 5-0, to open WCHA series

February 14, 20201st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State2305
Northern Mich.0000
Scoring Summary
110:57BSUMiller, Aaron (Somoza, Ethan )
114:07BSUCombs, Charlie (Sillinger, Owen , Ierullo, Alex)
208:05BSUJohnson, Brad (Armour, Ross , Brady, Adam)
214:18BSUBrady, Adam (Sillinger, Owen )
214:56BSUBrady, Adam (Rosen, Elias , Sillinger, Owen)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUDriscoll, Zach60:000021
NMUNolan Kent34:184016
NMUJohn Hawthorne25:421010
Statistical ComparisonBSUNMU
Shots on Goal3121
Power Plays2-40-1
No. 16 Beavers blank No. 19 Northern Michigan, 5-0, to open WCHA series
Friday, February 14, 2020
No. 16 Beavers blank No. 19 Northern Michigan, 5-0, to open WCHA series

MARQUETTE, Mich. (Berry Events Center) – Bemidji State University goaltender Zach Driscoll turned aside all 21 shots he faced, while Adam Brady netted two goals and an assist to lead the No. 16 Beavers over No. 19 Northern Michigan University Friday to open a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in Marquette, Michigan.

With the win, the Beavers improved to 17-8-4 overall and 17-4-2-1 in WCHA play to hold onto second in the conference standings with five games remaining on the regular-season schedule. The win also allowed BSU to climb to within eight points of league leading Minnesota State University, Mankato and create 10 points of separation between it and the third-place Wildcats.

BSU logged back-to-back goals during the final 10 minutes of the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the second period.

Aaron Miller lit the Beavers' half of the scoreboard at the 10:57 mark. The Miller took a pass from Ethan Somoza in the slot and one-timed his 12th goal of the season--a tally that would stand as his second game-winner of the season. Later in the period, the duo of Alex Ierullo and Owen Sillinger funneled the puck toward the net, and Charlie Combs tapped the puck past the NMU goaltender.

Brad Johnson scored at the 8:05 mark of the second to put BSU up 3-0. Centerman Ross Armour won a faceoff to Brady who lasered a pass to Johnson on the point. The blueliner unleashed a shot that found the back of the net for his fourth goal of 2019-20.

Aided by a second-period five-minute major, the Beavers saw their lead swell to 5-0 before the 15:00 mark of the frame. Adam Brady potted his 13th goal of the season a­­t the 14:18 mark and dropped his 14th 38 seconds later (as the Beavers finished the penalty 2-for-3 on the man advantage. Sillinger was credited with a helper on each power-play tally to finish the night with a career-high three assists.

Brady’s first goal also sent NMU goaltender Nolan Kent to the shower after allowing four goals on 20 shots in 34:18.

The rest of the game was up to Driscoll.  The junior made eight of his 21 stops during the final 24:04, which included a perfect 6-of-6 during the final stanza to protect the shutout and collect his third lean sheet of 2019-20. He improved to 16-6-3.

BSU finished the night 2-for-4 on the man advantage while holding the Wildcats without a power-play goal on one opportunity.

The teams will wrap up the series tomorrow.  The opening faceoff is set for 5:07 p.m. (CT) at Berry Events Center back in Marquette, Mich.