|November 22, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|#4 Minnesota State||1||2||2||5|
|#16 Bemidji State||0||0||0||0|
|1||13:49||MSU||Carroll, Andy (Sowder, Lucas , Napravnik, Julian)|
|2||06:03||MSU||Livingstone, Jake (Borchardt, Cade , Spooner, Jared)|
|2||11:52||MSU||Lutz, Reggie (Jaremko, Jake , Burgess, Todd)|
|3||08:25||MSU||Lutz, Reggie (Jaremko, Jake , Burgess, Todd)|
|3||11:17||MSU||Napravnik, Julian (Jaremko, Jake )|
|Shots on Goal||27||21|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Minnesota State University, Mankato got a pair of goals from Reggie Lutz and three assists from Jake Jaremko to power the No. 5 Mavericks past No. 16 Bemidji State University Sunday at Sanford Center in the 2020-21 opener.
In a game played in front of an empty Sanford Center, the Beavers got back on the ice for the first time since they defeated Lake Superior State to advance to the second round of the 2020 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs, March 8. In the more than 250 days that have past since, there has been a lot of uncertainty, but despite missing the bustling concourses, full seats and smell of popcorn in the air, hockey was back at Sanford Center.
The Mavericks took lead on a goal from Andy Carroll at the 13:49 mark and would not look back. MSU built a three-goal lead in the first 12 minutes of the second period on goals from Jake Livingstone and Lutz and before Lutz and Julian Napravnik put the game out of reach with goals just 2:52 apart with nine minutes to play.
In a fairly clean game, special teams play was a non-factor. With a total of five penalties call on the night, BSU finished 0-for-2 on the man advantage, while MSU failed to convert its only power-play attempt.
Bemidji State senior Zach Driscoll started the game in net and turned aside 20 of the 24 shots he face before giving way to sophomore Michael Carr, who made his collegiate debut in releif for the final 10:07 of the game. He stopped two shots and allowed the final goal of the night off the stick of Napravnik on a rebound in front.
Bemidji State, now 0-1-0 on the season will attempt to split the nonconference series when it again host Minnesota State tomorrow for a 3:07 p.m. opening faceoff at Sanford Center.