|January 03, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior St.||0||0||2||0||0||2|
|1||08:48||BSU||Harris, Brendan (Cardelli, Nick )|
|2||11:59||BSU||Cardelli, Nick (Sillinger, Lukas , Kirkup, Tyler)|
|3||06:02||LSS||Riedell, William (Puricelli, Brandon , Eriksson, Hampus)|
|3||18:23||LSS||Calder, Ashton (Nordqvist, Jacob , Riedell, William)|
|Shots on Goal||31||30|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) -- Lake Superior State University battled back from a 2-0 deficit after two periods of play to earn a 2-2 draw with Bemidji State University Sunday in non-conference play at Taffy Abel Arena. The Lakers would go on to earn an exhibition shootout victory in the seventh round.
With the draw, the Beavers post their first series victory (1-0-1) of the season and move to 2-3-2 on the year. The Beavers open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Jan. 7-8 when they travel to Bowling Green, Ohio for a two-game series With Bowling Green State University. The two-game set will get underway with a rare 6:07 p.m. opening faceoff Thursday and will close with a 6:07 p.m. start Friday at Slater Family Ice Arena.
Bemidji State senior forward Brendan Harris broke the scoreless tie at the 8:48 mark of the first period. Nick Cardelli was credited with an assist on the Henderson, Nev. native's third goal of the series when he picked off a LSSU pass and fed Harris, who made two moves to beat Mareks Mitens and put the Beavers up 1-0.
BSU clung to a 1-0 lead until the 11:59 mark of the second period when Cardelli took a breakout pass from Lukas Sillinger, skated it into the zone and flipped his second goal of the season over the shoulder of the LSSU goaltender. The goal put the Beavers up 2-0 through 40 minutes of play and would last 6:02 into the third period.
While the teams combined to go 0-for-12 on the man advantage, including am 0-for-7 afternoon for the Beavers, the Lakers used their power-play time to generate momentum and the spark they needed came at the 6:02 mark, just one second after a BSU penalty on Alex Adams expired. William Riedell took a pass from Brandon Purcelli from behind the net and broke up the BSU shutout. The Lakers followed with the equalizer with 1:37 left in regulation. Ashton Calder was credited with the game-tying goal after deflecting a shot past the BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll.
LSSU outshot the Beavers 4-1 in the overtime period, but Driscoll turned each aside to officially finish with 30 saves as the teams settled for the 2-2 draw.
It took seven rounds to decide the exhibition shootout. While the game officially goes in the books as a tie, the teams elected to participate in a shootout to mimic a WCHA regular-season game in which an extra point in the standings will be up for grabs. The Beavers shot first and were held without a goal through seven tries when Miroslav Mucha found the back of the net for the shootout win.
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).