Driscoll and Somoza propel Bemidji State to victory at Michigan Tech

February 19, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1034
Michigan Tech0101
Scoring Summary
101:16BeaversRosen, Elias (Kirkup, Tyler )
213:12MTUTristan Ashbrook (Nick Nardella , Brian Halonen)
307:54BeaversJohnson, Brad (Ierullo, Alex , Sillinger, Lukas)
308:40BeaversSomoza, Ethan (Miller, Aaron )
315:55BeaversSomoza, Ethan (Harris, Brendan , Zmolek, Will)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BeaversDriscoll, Zach60:001047
MTUBlake Pietila60:004020
Statistical ComparisonBeaversMTU
Shots on Goal2448
Power Plays0-10-5
Driscoll and Somoza propel Bemidji State to victory at Michigan Tech
Friday, February 19, 2021
Driscoll and Somoza propel Bemidji State to victory at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. (MacInnes Arena) -- Bemidji State University goaltender Zach Driscoll turned aside 47 of the 48 shots he faced and forward Ethan Somoza netted a pair of third-period goals to lead the Beavers to a 4-1 victory at  Michigan Technological University Friday.

Thanks to Elias Rosén, the Beavers exploded out of the gates to take a 1-0 lead just 76 seconds into the game. Tyler Kirkup won a faceoff clean to the Mora, Sweden native and Rosén sniped his third goal of the season bar down.

BSU's lead would stand until the 13:12 mark of the second period when Tristan Ashbrook found the back of the net on the Huskies' 24th shot of the game to get the Huskies on the board.

Locked in 1-1 tie, the third period would belong to BSU. Brad Johnson scored at the 7:54 mark of the period to put BSU ahead for good and Somoza added his first of the night 46 seconds later (8:40). The senior captain netted his second at the 15:55 mark to match Owen Sillinger for the team's goal-scoring lead with nine.

Despite the three-goal victory, BSU was outshot 48-24 in the game.

Driscoll came just one save shy of matching his career-high 48 saves in the game totaling 19 in the first period alone.  In addition, he backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that held MTU without a goal in five power-play attempts. He moved to 7-6-3 on the season.

BSU shook a two-game losing streak to improve to 8-6-3 overall and evened its WCHA record to 3-3-1 with the win.

The Beavers look for their second WCHA sweep of the season tomorrow when they again take the ice against Michigan Tech. Opening faceoff is set for 5:07 p.m. (CT) at MacInnes Arena.

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).