|December 19, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||12:06||BSU||Sillinger, Lukas (Jubenvill, Tyler , Harris, Brendan)|
|1||12:24||MSU||Lutz, Reggie (Jaremko, Jake )|
|Shots on Goal||17||41|
MANKATO, Minn. (Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center) – No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato outshot BSU 41-17, but Zach Driscoll made a season-high 40 stops, including six in overtime 3-on-3 play, to keep the score even through 65 minutes and to earn Bemidji State University a 1-1 non-conference tie Saturday.
The Beavers struck 12:06 after the opening faceoff. Tyler Jubenvill funneled a puck toward the net and Lukas SiIlinger was on the spot to tip it past Ryan Edquist and into the back of the net. But the lead was short-lived. Eighteen seconds later, Reggie Lutz beat Driscoll to even the score.
Locked in a 1-1 tie to open the second period, BSU had 1:33 of power-play time that carried over from the first, but were unable to solve Edquist. The spotlight then shifted to the goaltenders for the remainder of regulation and each played flawlessly. Edquist finished collected 13 saves through 60 minutes, while Driscoll was called upon to make 34 stops.
The 3-on-3 overtime period was wild. MSU grabbed a 6-3 edge in shots on goal despite a BSU getting a two-minute power play in the extra frame. Each team had significant scoring opportunities, but again the goaltenders stood tall to officially end the game as a tie and set up an exhibition shootout.
It took five rounds to find the back of the net, but MSU’s Julian Napravnik put the Mavericks up 1-0 and BSU’s Eric Martin was unable to fire the equalizer.
BSU finished the night 0-for-2 on the man advantage, while its penalty-kill unit shut down the Mavericks in their only power-play attempt.
Driscoll moves to 1-3-1 on the season.
BSU, 1-3-0 now overall this season, now breaks for the holidays. The Beavers will return to action Jan. 2-3 when they travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. for a two-game, non-conference series with Lake Superior State University. The series will get underway at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 and will conclude with a 2:07 p.m. start form Taffy Abel Arena Sunday, January 3.
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).