|October 30, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||15:40||BSU||Sillinger, Lukas (Rosen, Elias , Sillinger, Owen)|
|2||18:54||BSU||Ierullo, Alex (Rosen, Elias , Sillinger, Owen)|
|Shots on Goal||41||29|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Gavin Enright posted a career-high 40 saves, while Owen Sillinger and Elias Rosén each collected two assists as the Bemidji State University men's hockey team used a 2-1 victory to salvage a CCHA series split with Bowling Green State University.
After 20 minutes of scoreless play, a two-goal second period vaulted the Beavers into the lead for good. Owen Sillinger got the scoring started by finding Rosén near the left post. Rosén then skated the puck to the far faceoff circle and saw Lukas Sillinger open in the slot, the sophomore Sillinger fired a one-timer past Christian Stoever to put BSU in front.
Alex Ierullo netted his fourth goal of the season at the 18:54 mark of the period to provide BSU a two-goal cushion. Owen Sillinger muscled the puck away from a Falcon defender behind the net, found Rosén in the corner with a pass and the junior defender threaded a pass from the goal line, up the sidewall to the tape of Ierullo's stick entering the Beavers' offensive zone. Ierullo won a footrace to the slot and fired a shot into the back of the net.
Up 2-0, BSU saw BGSU push back in the third. The Falcons took 19 shots in the frame and built a 2-1 edge in shots on goal.
With just over 3:40 to play, Bowling Green elected to pull its goaltender for an extra attacker. At the 19:24 mark of the period, it paid off. Austen Swankler took a shot that rattled through traffic in front of the net and slid over the goal line to cut BSU's lead in half. That was as close as BGSU would get.
Penalty kill play highlighted special teams play. With a total of 10 penalties called in the game, neither team was able to capitalize on power-play time. BSU held the Falcons scoreless on five power-play opportunities, while the Beavers were stymied on three chances.
Enright's 40-save night not only stands as a career-high, surpassing his previous best of 27 set Oct. 9 versus University of Minnesota Duluth, it also marks the biggest save total of any BSU goaltender since Zach Driscoll posted 47 stops, Feb. 19, 2021. Enright's first collegiate victory improves his season record to 1-2-0.
The Beavers evened their record to 4-4-0 overall, while they are 3-1-0 in CCHA play. The team will have a bye week before traveling to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. for a two-game series at Lake Superior State University Nov. 12-13. The teams will open the series at 6:07 p.m. (CT) Friday with a 5:07 p.m. (CT) start set for Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.