|February 20, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||11:21||Beavers||Ierullo, Alex (Sillinger, Lukas , Johnson, Brad)|
|3||06:00||MTU||Tommy Parrottino (Justin Misiak , Colin Swoyer)|
|3||09:50||Beavers||Armour, Ross (Adams, Alex )|
|Shots on Goal||16||34|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (MacInnes Ice Arena) – Ross Armour finished a 2-on-1 rush with his first goal of the season to break a 1-1 tie midway through the third period to push the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Michigan Technological University at MacInnes Ice Arena Saturday.
The Beavers claimed a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep with the victory. Friday BSU earned a 4-1 victory over the Huskies.
Outshot 34-16 in the game, the Beavers snuck two shots past the MTU goaltender, Mark Sinclair, to earn the victory.
Bemidji State was first to light the scoreboard. At the 11:21 mark of the first period Alex Ierullo, the Beavers’ leading scorer, chipped in a rebound in front of the net for his fourth goal of the season. The junior now has 15 points (4g-11a) and a team-high 11 helpers this season.
BSU’s 1-0 lead lasted six minutes into the third period.
With the Beavers pinned deep in the Huskies’ offensive zone, BSU goaltender Zach Driscoll made a pair of saves in the midst of a flurry of shots, but Tommy Parrottino was in front of the net to gather a rebound off a Justin Misiak shot and deposit it into the back of the net to tie the game with 14 minutes to play. The goal came with 34 seconds left on a Tyler Vold penalty. MTU went on to finished the game 1-for-2 on the man advantage.
Less than four minutes later and on the heels of two minutes of four-on-four play, Alex Adams found Armour streaking up the ice with Ierullo. The MTU defender committed to blocking the crossing pass, so the junior centerman tucked the eventual game-winning goal just above Sinclair’s glove.
The Beavers combined for nine blocked shots in front of Driscoll during the final 10:50 of play, as BSU clamped down on its defensive effort, while the senior goalie stopped the Huskies’ final five shots of goal.
Driscoll finished the night with 33 saves and one goal allowed to pick up his eighth victory of the season and improve to 8-6-3.
The 9-6-3 Beavers are now 4-3-1 in WCHA play. They continue league action next weekend as they battle intrastate rival Minnesota State University in a home-and-home series. The two-game set will get underway with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers and Mavericks travel north to Bemidji, Minn. to wrap up the series with a 7:07 p.m. puck drop Saturday at Sanford 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).