|October 23, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||08:31||NMU||Colella, Michael (Ghantous, Andre )|
|1||15:28||NMU||Ghantous, Andre (Newhouse, Ben )|
|1||17:39||BSU||Ierullo, Alex (Rosen, Elias , Zmolek, Will)|
|1||18:29||BSU||Kirkup, Tyler (Adams, Alex , Sillinger, Lukas)|
|2||18:35||NMU||Vanderbeck, AJ (Eriksson, Hampus , Crone, Hank)|
|3||08:49||BSU||Jouppi, Austin (Johnson, Brad , Sillinger, Owen)|
|Shots on Goal||27||38|
MARQUETTE, Mich. (Berry Events Center) – Alex Ierullo scored twice and Mattias Sholl made a career-high 35 saves to propel the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory at Northern Michigan University. The win stands as BSU third straight and allowed the Beavers to sweep the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Series.
Nine different BSU players logged at least one point in the back-and-fourth victory, but it was Austin Jouppi who cast the deciding goal to clinch the game and the Beavers inaugural CCHA series sweep.
The Wildcats put the Beavers in a 2-0 hole early, getting goals from Michael Colella (8:31) and Andrew Ghantous (15:28) before 16 minutes ran off the clock, but the Beavers came charging back to knot the score before the end of the period. Alex Ierullo scored his second goal of the season with help from Elias Rosén and Will Zmolek at the 17:39 mark of the first period. Fifty second later (18:29), BSU’s leading scorer Tyler Kirkup netted his fifth goal of the season to even the score.
The score remained 2-2 through the first 16 minutes of the second period, but Ierullo struck again, his second of the night, to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead at the 16:40 mark of the frame.
The lead would last only 1:55. At the 17:25 mark of the second, Lukas Sillinger was escorted to the box for slashing, setting NMU up with its third power-play opportunity of the night. The Wildcats needed just 70 seconds to convert. AJ Vanderbeck slipped the puck past the BSU goaltender Sholl to lock the score at 3-3 before the teams entered the second intermission.
In just his fifth collegiate appearance, Jouppi picked a great time to pick up his first point as a Beaver. Brad Johnson and Owen Sillinger set up the sophomore’s game-winner at the 8:49 mark of the third. Sholl and the BSU defense took care of the rest.
Outshooting BSU 38-27 in the game, NMU also won the power-play battle. The Wildcats held BSU without a goal on two man advantage opportunities, while they were 1-for-3 on the power play.
Sholl improved to 2-1-0, picking up his second victory of the series, stopping 49 of the 52 shots he faced.
The Beavers (3-3-0) return to Sanford Center next weekend to continue league play by hosting Bowling Green State University. The series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday before 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 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.