Bemidji State falls short at Arizona State, 6-4

November 26, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji St.1124
Arizona St.1326
Scoring Summary
100:27BSUSillinger, Lukas (Sillinger, Owen , Rosen, Elias)
101:41ASUDhooghe, Sean (Becker, Jack , Kopperud, Matthew)
201:01ASUTheisen, Colin (Doan, Josh )
203:32ASUTheocharidis, Tim (Koumontzis, Demetrios )
211:23BSUSillinger, Owen (Sillinger, Lukas , Rosen, Elias)
211:44ASUDoan, Josh (Theisen, Colin )
303:49ASUO'Reilly, Ryan (Grando, Christopher )
307:42BSURosen, Elias (Ierullo, Alex )
317:49ASUKoumontzis, Demetrios (Theisen, Colin )
318:26BSUSomoza, Ethan (Sillinger, Owen , Ierullo, Alex)
Shootout Summary
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUEnright, Gavin56:216030
BSUSholl, Mattias00:00000
BSUCarr, Michael00:00000
ASUMoore, Bronson00:00000
ASUKraws, Ben60:004023
ASUBrady, Cole00:00000
Statistical ComparisonBSUASU
Shots on Goal2736
Power Plays3-40-6
Bemidji State falls short at Arizona State, 6-4
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Bemidji State falls short at Arizona State, 6-4

TEMPE, Ariz. (Oceanside Ice Arena) – In a game that saw 15 penalties, 10 goals, and a long delay to repair a broken pane of glass, both Owen Sillinger and Elias Rosén recorded a goal and two assists for Bemidji State University, but it was not enough as Arizona State University piled up six goals to salvage a series split, 6-4.

Special teams played a significant role in the game, but while BSU dominated both power-play and penalty-kill situations, Friday was a rare occasion ASU won the game despite its special teams deficiency. Sun Devils missed on all six of their power-play opportunities, while BSU was 3-for-5 on the man advantage to equal a season-high three power-play goals in the game. Still, ASU skated away with a 6-4 win.

The Sun Devils put themselves in a hole early. After logging the first shot on goal, ASU took a penalty on the ensuing faceoff and found themselves one player short just 16 seconds into the game. The Beavers took advantage seven seconds later (0:23) when Rosén and Owen Sillinger found Lukas Sillinger and he scored his fifth goal of the season. 

The Sun Devils answered at the 1:41 mark netting an even-strength goal by Sean Dhooghe.

ASU got the benefit of three power-play opportunities in the first. While the BSU penalty-kill unit stood tall, the Sun Devils controlled play for large segments of time and took a 14-5 edge in shots on goal.

Tied 1-1 to open the second period, the Beavers and Sun Devils pushed through an eventful frame. In addition to a pair of ASU power-play chances, the teams sat through a significant delay due to a glass repair and a total of four goals were scored. When the period came to an end, the Arizona State held a 4-2 lead.

After the Sun Devils scored back-to-back goals in the first 2:31 to take a 3-1 lead, Owen Sillinger found the back of the at the 11:23 mark of the period to cut the ASU in half, 3-2. The Sun Devils used a goal off the stick of Josh Doan 21 seconds later to regain a two-goal lead as the teams headed off for the second intermission.

Arizona State opened up a three-goal lead 3:49 into the third with a goal from Ryan O’Reilly. 

Special teams play dominated the third. The Beavers got the benefit of 1:40 of 5-on-3 play beginning at the 6:16 mark but were unable to make a dent in the ASU lead. The BSU penalty-kill unit also got its chance to shine. On its game all night, the BSU penalty-kill faced its biggest test of the game at the 9:55 mark of the third when the Beavers’ Lukas Sillinger was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Because of a penalty also assessed to ASU, BSU has three full minutes to kill, but like it did all night, held the Sun Devils without a goal.

Bemidji State got a power-play goal from Elias Rosén at the 7:42 mark to stay within two goals and keep their hopes for victory and a series sweep alive. It was Rosén’s first goal of the 2021-22 season.

With 3:44 left in the game, BSU pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker. Less than 90 seconds later, ASU’s Demetrios Koumontzis was credited with a goal when he drew a penalty on a breakaway to an open net.

Down 6-3, the Beavers didn’t give up. At the 18:26 mark and with a two-man advantage, Ethan Somoza pocketed his fifth goal of the season on the power play with help from Owen Sillinger and Ierullo. The goal brought the score to 6-4, but that was as close as the Beavers would get as time ran out on their comeback.

Gavin Enright totaled 30 saves in 56:21 of play while surrendering six goals. Tagged with the loss, the sophomore moved to 3-4-0 on the season.

The Beavers fall to 8-6-0 overall. BSU will return to Central Collegiate Hockey Association play Dec. 3-4 when they travel to St. Paul, Minn. to face the newest NCAA Division I team in the county, the University of St. Thomas. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and again 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.