|March 06, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||0||0||0|
|1||03:07||BSU||Brady, Adam (Miller, Aaron , Harris, Brendan)|
|2||04:21||BSU||Sillinger, Owen (Adams, Alex , Looft, Kyle)|
|Shots on Goal||27||35|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Bemidji State University goaltender Zach Driscoll turned aside all 27 shots he faced to propel the second-seeded Beavers to a 2-0 victory to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs and take a 1-0 lead over Lake Superior State University, the seventh seed, in the opening round, best-of-three series.
With Driscoll and the BSU defense doing its part, Adam Brady supplied the Beavers with all the offense they would need. Brady netted his 19 goal of the season 3:07 into the first period to put the Beavers in front for good.
While BSU held the lead for the bulk of the first period, LSSU did its best to keep the Beavers on their heels. The Lakers outshot the Beavers 10-8 in the frame and looked to have a step on BSU, calling Driscoll in to action more often than BSU would have liked. Just as he has all season, the junior stood tall and made 10 stops, including one the penalty-kill, to preserve the Beavers' 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Just as they did in the first, the Beavers opened the second period with a goal. Owen Sillinger, who finished a tic-tac-toe passing exhibition by Alex Adams and Kyle Looft on the doorstep to push the BSU lead to two goals just 4:21 into action. The goal was his 13th lamplighter of the season.
The lead would stand at two goals to get the third period underway.
The Beavers opened third a man short as a Nick Cardelli penalty carried over 1:50 from the second period. The penalty-kill set the tone for the final period. Each team took three penalties in the final frame, but the power-play time would prove to be unfruitful. Unable to find the back of the net, the Beavers were 0-for-3 with six shots on goal in the third period alone.
Driscoll backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that held the Lakers without a goal in four attempts en route to his fourth shutout of the season.
Bemidji State, now 21-9-5 overall, will attempt to end this opening round series and advance to the semifinal round for the first time since 2017 tomorrow when the Beavers host the Lakers for game two. Opening faceoff is set for 6:07 p.m. If a third and deciding game is needed it will take place at 6:07 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets for game two of the playoff series are available now at the Sanford Center Box Office and begin at $12 for adults, while youth 13-and-under can purchase $8 tickets at the door.