|February 21, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||19:53||BSU||Brady, Adam (Muck, Tommy )|
|2||04:34||BSU||Brady, Adam (Combs, Charlie , Miller, Aaron)|
|2||09:39||BSU||Jones, Carter (Muck, Tommy )|
|3||01:03||BSU||Sillinger, Owen (Ierullo, Alex )|
|3||19:34||UAA||Nick Wicks (Luc Brown )|
|Shots on Goal||31||19|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Seawolves Sports Complex) – Adam Brady scored twice and Zach Driscoll turned aside 18 shots to lead the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 4-1 victory to open a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at University of Alaska Anchorage.
UAA held the Beavers in check for the bulk of the first period opening the game with an 8-1 edge in shots on goal and finished out shooting BSU 10-8 during the first 20 minutes of play. With 7.9 seconds left on the clock, Tommy Muck lofted a pass over the Seawolves’ defense to Adam Brady in the neutral zone, the Delhi, Ontario native skated the puck in and beat the UAA goaltender Kris Carlson high from the left circle.
Moments into the second period, UAA’s Marcus Mitchell was whistled for a major penalty setting up the BSU power-play unit with its first opportunity of the night. At the 4:34 mark, Brady struck again in the midst of the five-minute advantage. The senior potted his 17th goal of the season from the left faceoff circle to stretch the BSU lead to 2-0. Charlie Combs and Aaron Miller were credited with assists on the play.
Midway through the second period the Beavers caught the Seawolves in transition. Following a turnover and a pass from Muck, Carter Jones ripped a shot from the left faceoff circle that found the back of the net. The goal ended Carlson’s night after 29:39 and stood as the freshman’s first collegiate goal.
UAA caught a break at the 12:54 mark when BSU’s Brendan Harris was called for checking from behind. The penalty put the Beavers’ penalty-kill unit on display for five minutes. Entering the game at over 91-percent, the unit again stood tall and cruised into the locker room with a 3-0 lead.
Owen Sillinger and the Beavers open the third period with a burst to go up 4-0. Just 63 seconds into the frame, Alex Ierullo found the Regina, Saskatchewan native streaking up the ice. Sillinger caught the pass, got behind the UAA defensive pair and patiently tucked a backhand behind UAA’s new goaltender Brandon Perrone.
With 1:45 to go in regulation, BSU’s Aaron Miller was escorted to the penalty box after connecting with the UAA goaltender. The penalty gave the Seawolves the boost they needed to find the scoreboard. With 26.6 seconds left on the clock freshman Nick Wicks beat Driscoll to break up the shutout.
The Beavers’ power-play unit finished the night 1-for-3 on the man advantage, while its penalty-kill group surrendered just one goal on three UAA power-play chances.
Zach Driscoll was in net for his 18th win of the season. He made 18 saves and allowed one goal in 60:00 between the posts.
Including Friday’s victory, the Beavers have now won six straight and have outscored their opponents 25-7 during that stretch.
The Beavers, now 19-8-4 overall and 19-4-2-1 in WCHA play, to remain five points behind first-place Minnesota State University, Mankato with three games to go in the regular season. BSU and the Seawolves will wrap up the series tomorrow. The opening face-off is set for 8:07 p.m. (CT).