Beavers prevail 3-1, Advance to semifinal round

March 08, 20201st2nd3rdFinal
Lake Superior State0011
Bemidji State1113
Scoring Summary
113:57BSUSomoza, Ethan (Kirkup, Tyler , Jubenvill, Tyler)
206:35BSUBrady, Adam (Rosen, Elias , Muck, Tommy)
318:22BSUSillinger, Owen
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUDriscoll, Zach60:001025
Statistical ComparisonLSSUBSU
Shots on Goal2636
Power Plays0-51-7
Beavers prevail 3-1, Advance to semifinal round
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Beavers prevail 3-1, Advance to semifinal round

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Seventh-seeded Lake Superior State University went toe-to-toe with the second seed Bemidji State University to stretch a Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series to three games, and in game three Sunday, were within striking distance until the final horn sounded, but BSU held on for a 3-1 victory to win the best-of-three series and advance to league's semifinal round, March 13-15. 

Ethan Somoza, Adam Brady and Owen Sillinger supplied the Beavers with scoring, while goaltender Zach Driscoll stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced to propel BSU to its 22nd win of the season (22-10-4) and help the Beavers advance to the second round of the WCHA Playoffs for the first time since 2017.

BSU opened the scoring at the 13:57 mark of a first period that it dominated. The Beavers outshot LSSU 14-6 in the frame and Somoza capitalized on one of those attempts to put BSU up 1-0. 

The BSU power-play broke out of a slump in the second netting a goal on one of seven opportunities. Brady made good on Bemidji State's fifth chance of the night, a five-on-three, with 6:35 gone in the period. His 12th power-play goal of the season extends his BSU Division I-era single-season record, was BSU's first tally on the man advantage since Feb. 22 and ties him with Sacred Heart's Austin McIlmurray for the national lead.

The Beavers then shifted focus to defense. Leading 2-0 to open the third period, BSU saw its lead cut in half just 30 seconds after the puck drop. Max Humitz netted his third goal of the series to spoil Driscoll's shutout with just over 19 minutes to go. The Lakers continued to press, outshooting BSU 12-11 in the period and had the Beavers on their heels holding on for long stretches of play.

With just over two minutes to play, LSSU pulled its goaltender, Mareks Mitens. BSU countered when Sillinger intercepted a pass in front of Driscoll, skated though the neutral zone and directed the puck into the open net for the 14th goal of his sophomore season with 1:38 to play. LSSU would pull Mitens again late, but BSU would clear the puck and cling to its 3-1 lead.

After the remaining four teams were reseeded by the WCHA, BSU held on to the No. 2 seed and will host the No. 3 seed Bowling Green State University in the semifinal round. The best-of-three game series is set for a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Friday, with a 6:07 p.m. start set for Saturday and, if necessary game three will begin at 6:07 p.m. at Sanford Center.

Tickets for the series will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday morning in the Sanford Center box office. Season ticket holders will have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to purchase tickets for the series before their regular seat will be released for sale to the general public.