No. 5 Minnesota State edges Bemidji State, 5-4

December 18, 20201st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji St.0314
Minnesota St.2305
Scoring Summary
105:44MSUBorchardt, Cade (Furry, Brendan , Smith, Nathan)
119:00MSUNapravnik, Julian (Hirose, Akito , Borchardt, Cade)
205:56BSUSillinger, Owen (Somoza, Ethan , Vold, Tyler)
210:07MSUSandelin, Ryan (Zmolek, Riese , Spooner, Jared)
212:20BSUSomoza, Ethan
215:25BSUSomoza, Ethan (Martin, Eric , Harris, Brendan)
217:15MSUBorchardt, Cade (Napravnik, Julian , Hirose, Akito)
219:23.0MSUNapravnik, Julian (Gerads, Dallas , Borchardt, Cade)
315:29BSUVold, Tyler (Johnson, Brad , Kirkup, Tyler)
Shootout Summary
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUEnright, Gavin00:00000
BSUDriscoll, Zach58:165035
BSUCarr, Michael00:00000
MSUMcKay, Dryden60:004023
MSUFoss, Evan00:00000
MSUEdquist, Ryan00:00000
Statistical ComparisonBSUMSU
Shots on Goal2740
Power Plays1-32-2
No. 5 Minnesota State edges Bemidji State, 5-4
Friday, December 18, 2020
No. 5 Minnesota State edges Bemidji State, 5-4
(MSU Athletic Communications)

MANKATO, Minn. (Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center) – Ethan Somoza scored twice and added an assist, while Tyler Vold registered a goal and an assist in Bemidji State University’s high-scoring affair at Minnesota Sate University, Mankato Friday.  The No. 5 Mavericks got out to an early 2-0 lead would hold off a BSU push during the final 40 minutes to grab a 5-4 non-conference victory.

The Mavericks capitalized on a BSU miscue to lite their half of the scoreboard at the 5:44 mark of the first period. BSU’s sophomore defender Kyle Looft was whistled for tripping and the 5:04 mark to supply MSU with its first power-plat opportunity of the night. It took Cade Borchardt and the Mavericks just 40 seconds to take the lead.

The MSU lead grew to 2-0 with 60 seconds to play in the first as the Mavericks’ power-play unit would come through on its second opportunity. BSU’s Owen Sillinger earned a spot in the box for elbowing at the 18:42 mark of the frame and 18 seconds later, MSU found the back of the net. This time it was Julian Napravnik who scored with help from Borchardt.

Before the end of the period BSU caught a break and earned its first chance on the man advantage with just 12 seconds on the clock. While it failed to score before the end of the period, 1:48 seconds carried over to the second period. The Beavers got three shots off and two of them got to the MSU goaltender Dryden McKay, but the reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Year kept the shutout in play.

MSU would give the BSU power-play unit another chance at the 5:34 mark of the second period and this time the Beavers would convert for their first power-play goal of the season (1-for-7). Sillinger took passes from Somoza and Vold to net the first goal of his junior season. The tally was the first in a five-goal frame. 

MSU reclaimed a two-goal lead when Ryan Sandelin netted the game’s first even-strength goal at the 10:07 mark. But BSU would come clawing back on a pair of goals by Somoza to tie the game at 3-3. The senior captain’s first goal was knocked in by a MSU player at the 12:20 mark of the second and his second came on the first collegiate assist form Eric Martin with 4:35 to go in the period.

MSU would skate into the third period owning a 5-3 lead getting goals by Borchardt (17:15) and Napravnik (19:23) in the final 2:45 of the second.

Late in the third (15:29), BSU would pull its goaltender, Zach Driscoll, to skate an extra attacker. The tactic paid off when Vold netted the first goal of his senior season with help from Brad Johnson and Tyler Kirkup.

The Beavers pulled Driscoll again late, but were unable even the score.

Driscoll finished the night making 35 saves on 40 shots faced. He falls to 1-3-0 on the season. 

BSU, 1-3-0 now overall this season, wraps up the 2020 calendar year versus MSU tomorrow. The opening faceoff is set for  6:07 p. at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).