|October 22, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||08:38||BSU||Kirkup, Tyler (Martin, Eric , Johnson, Brad)|
|1||10:01||NMU||Colella, Michael (Ghantous, Andre , Nardi, Joseph)|
|1||12:56||BSU||Looft, Kyle (Sillinger, Owen )|
|1||14:59||NMU||Vanderbeck, AJ (Crone, Hank , Eriksson, Hampus)|
|1||16:10||BSU||Somoza, Ethan (Ierullo, Alex )|
|2||07:42||NMU||de Mey, Vincent (Colella, Michael , Ghantous, Andre)|
|2||10:05||NMU||Crone, Hank (Eriksson, Hampus )|
|3||11:03||BSU||Lewandowski, Jakub (Sillinger, Lukas , Martin, Eric)|
|Shots on Goal||35||27|
MARQUETTE, Mich. (Berry Event Center) – Tied 4-4 midway through the third period, Bemidji State University freshman Jakub Lewandowski found the back of the net to propel the Beavers to victory a 5-4 at Northern Michigan University to open the series and Central Collegiate Hockey Association season.
Five different BSU players scored goals, while Mattias Sholl turned aside 14 shots in 29:55 minutes in his collegiate debut. Lukas Sillinger led the way for BSU collecting a goal and an assist and Eric Martin recorded a career-high two helpers in the victory.
The Beavers skated out of a first period that featured five goals scored, with a 3-2 lead. At the 8:38 mark, BSU’s leading goal scorer Tyler Kirkup netted Bemidji State's first power-play goal of the season. Martin and Brad Johnson were credited with assists on the play. After a Wildcats’ power-play tally, Kyle Looft found the back of the net for his second goal of the season at the 12:56 mark of the frame. NMU evened the score, at 2-2, at the 14:59 mark, but senior captain Ethan Somoza potted BSU’s second power-play marker of the night at the 16:10 mark to put BSU back in front.
Northern Michigan won the second period. The Wildcats outshot the Beavers 12-11 and netted a pair of power-play goals on four opportunities in the frame. Hank Crone’s goal at the 10:05 mark put NMU up 4-3 and marked the end of the night for Michael Carr.
The goaltending change sparked BSU. Sillinger pulled the Beavers back into the game tying the score with his first goal of the season just 2:04 into the third period. At the 11:03 mark of the frame, Sillinger and Martin set up rookie Lewandowski for game-winning heroics.
Each team finished the game with three power-play goals on five man advantage opportunities.
Sholl totaled nine saves in 29:55 of action to earn the victory in relief and improve to 1-0-0. He followed Car who stopped nine shots and was tagged with all four of the Wildcats’ goals.
The Beavers (2-3-0) will attempt to even their record tomorrow when they again Northern Michigan to wrap up the league series. The opening faceoff is set for 5:37 p.m. (CT) from the Berry Event 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 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.