|February 06, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||05:38||FSU||Marshall Moise (Antonio Venuto , Jake Transit)|
|1||06:38||Beavers||Sillinger, Owen (Rosen, Elias , Ierullo, Alex)|
|2||12:26||Beavers||Sillinger, Owen (Ierullo, Alex )|
|2||17:46||Beavers||Sillinger, Lukas (Sillinger, Owen , Ierullo, Alex)|
|3||03:35||Beavers||Somoza, Ethan (Kirkup, Tyler , Martin, Eric)|
|3||10:28||Beavers||Sillinger, Owen (Solensky, Sam , Johnson, Brad)|
|3||15:38||Beavers||Myers, Aaron (Looft, Kyle )|
|Shots on Goal||35||28|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Ewigleben Arena) – Owen Sillinger posted the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team’s first four-goal game in more than 16 years, Alex Ierullo contributed three assists and Michael Carr turned aside 26 Ferris State University shots on goal to lead the Beavers to a 7-2 victory Saturday in Big Rapids, Mich.
After finding themselves in a 2-0 hole just over five minutes into the game, BSU battled back to score six straight and cruised to their second Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory of the season.
Bemidji State sent sophomore Michael Carr to the crease for his first collegiate start in a last-second lineup change. Senior Zach Driscoll, who had started BSU’s first 12 games of the season, was unable to go after participating in warm ups providing Carr with an opportunity.
Ferris State pressed the BSU goaltender early. Jake Transit took advantage of a BSU miscue at the 3:25 mark, intercepting the puck and depositing his fifth goal of the season in a virtually open net. Just over two minutes later (5:38), the Bulldogs’ lead swelled to 2-0 when Transit and Antonio Venuto found Marshall Moise for a goal.
But down 2-0 less than six minutes into the game, BSU got the break it needed when FSU was whistled for its first penalty of the night. Twelve seconds later, Owen Sillinger netted his sixth goal of the season, from Elias Rosén and Alex Ierullo.
The period would end with FSU clinging to a 2-1 lead, but left the Beavers with 1:11 of 5-on-3 power-play time to open the second period. Bemidji State again made good on the opportunity at the 0:54 mark when O. Sillinger scored an unassisted goal to even the score, 2-2.
At the 8:57 mark, BSU’s Brendan Harris was escorted to the box for a major penalty and a game misconduct leaving the Beavers’ NCAA Division I-leading penalty-kill unit to keep BSU in the game. Not only did BSU hold off the Bulldogs’ power-play unit, the Beavers’ penalty-kill unit produced a goal. Alex Ierullo and O. Sillinger pressured FSU and with the puck behind the Bulldogs’ goaltender Logan Stein, Ierullo found Sillinger at the top of the crease. Sillinger’s first shot was turned aside by Stein, but the junior flipped his eighth goal of the season into the back of the net for his first collegiate hat trick and the first three-goal night by a Beaver since Charlie Combs posted a hat trick Dec. 7, 2018. The goal came at the 12:26 mark of the frame.
Before the second period came to an end, the Beavers made good on their third power-play chance of the game. An O. Sillinger shot bounced off the chest of Stein, and Lukas Sillinger was on the doorstep to tip the puck past the FSU goalie. Ierullo was credited with his third assist of the game on goal.
BSU got three goals in the third to put the game out of reach. The first came off the stick of Ethan Somoza at the 3:35 mark to give BSU a 5-2 lead. At the 10:28 mark, O. Sillinger posted his fourth goal of the evening to stand as the first Beaver to net four goals in a single game since Luke Erickson scored four Dec. 3, 2005. Finally, freshman Aaron Myers was credited with his first collegiate tally with 4:25 to play giving the Beavers a 7-2 advantage.
The seven-goal scoring burst marked BSU’s highest scoring output since a 7-0 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 23, 2019 and just the fourth time BSU has topped seven goals since the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign
Carr finished the night with 23 saves, while allowing a pair of FSU goals in his first collegiate victory. In addition, he backstopped a penalty-kill unit that held FSU without a power-play goal on its only opportunity of the evening—a five-minute major.
BSU, now 7-4-3 overall and 2-1-1 in WCHA play, will return to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center Feb. 12-13 for a WCHA two-game ser with Northern Michigan University. The series will get underway with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Friday and will conclude with a 6:07 p.m. puck drop Saturday.
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).