|October 09, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||12:35||UMD||Roth, Kobe (Cates, Noah , Gilling, Casey)|
|2||13:06||BSU||Ierullo, Alex (Looft, Kyle )|
|3||10:10||UMD||Biondi, Blake (Olson, Quinn )|
|Shots on Goal||16||29|
DULUTH, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) – No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth used a third-period goal by Blake Biondi to break a 1-1 tie Saturday, tip the game in the Bulldogs’ favor and complete the home-and-home series sweep over No. 15 Bemidji State.
After a scoreless first period of play, the Bulldogs were first to light the lamp. At the 12:30 mark of the second period, Elias Rosén was escorted to the box. It took just five seconds from the ensuing faceoff to make the Beavers pay. Kobe Roth broke the deadlock with help from Noah Cates and Casey Gilling.
After nearly 30 minutes without a goal, the Beavers would answer 31 seconds later to level the score, 1-1. BSU’s 2020-21 leading scorer Alex Ierullo logged his first goal of the new season with help from Kyle Looft at the 13:06 mark of the period.
The Bulldogs jumped back into the lead at the midway point of the third period. Biondi pushed UMD into the lead and was set up by Friday’s hero Quinn Olson. The Beavers were unable to claw their way back during the final 10 minutes of play and the Biondi goal stood as the game-winner.
BSU was held scoreless on a single power-play chance in the game, while the Bulldogs were 1-for-3 on the man advantage marking the second consecutive night the Beavers surrendered a power-play goal.
In his first collegiate start and second appearance as a Beaver, goaltender Gavin Enright posted a career-high 27 saves, while allowing two goals in 60:00 minutes between the posts.
The Beavers (0-2-0) will continue nonconference play Oct. 15-16 when they battle University of North Dakota in a home-and-home series. BSU will host the Fighting Hawks for a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Friday at Sanford Center before making heading west on Highway 2 to Grand Forks, N.D. for the series final at 6:07 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad 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 Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.