|January 07, 2022||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||1||0||0||1|
|1||02:20||BSU||Sillinger, Lukas (Zmolek, Will , Vaisanen, Jere)|
|1||08:32||LSS||Posa, Benito (Wildauer, Joshua )|
|1||13:25||BSU||Sillinger, Owen (Looft, Kyle , Sillinger, Lukas)|
|3||04:02||BSU||Zmolek, Will (Armour, Ross , Somoza, Ethan)|
|3||12:53||BSU||Somoza, Ethan (Armour, Ross , Jubenvill, Tyler)|
|3||14:40||BSU||Sillinger, Lukas (Kirkup, Tyler , Martin, Eric)|
|Shots on Goal||29||51|
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sophomore Lukas Sillinger and senior Owen Sillinger scored three of the team's five goals Friday night in part of a 5-1 victory over Lake Superior State University. Lukas paced the Beavers with two goals and an assist while Owen scored the game-winning goal as the Beavers earned three points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Conference standings and snap their four-game losing skid.
Bemidji State improved to 11-10-0 (9-4-0 CCHA) with the win while 10 different Beavers recorded a point in the game. Freshman Mattias Sholl was dominant in net and turned aside 28-of-29 shots by the Lakers (11-11-1, 7-8-0 CCHA).
Bemidji State got off to a hot start against the Lakers and just 27 seconds into the opening period, the Beavers earned a power play. After failing to score on its last 10 power-play chances dating back to Dec. 4, the Beavers found the back of the net on their first chance against the Lakers when Lukas fired a wrist shot from the top of the slot that beat goaltender Ethan Langenegger just 2:20 into the hockey game. The Lakers would tie the game at one later in the period when Benito Posa scored his fourth goal of the season at the 8:32 mark of the period. The Beavers would answer however, and 4:57 after the Lakers’ goal Owen put the Beavers back up by one with his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Bemidji State dominated most of the play in the period and out-shot LSSU, 17-11.
The Beavers once again out-shot the Lakers in the second period 14-10 but both goaltenders shined during the middle frame and turned aside every shot for a scoreless middle frame.
The third period would be the turning point for the Beavers as they would go on to out-shoot the Lakers 20-8 in the period and score three of the team’s goals. Junior Will Zmolek started the scoring in the third period with his fourth goal of the season after having 0 goals in his previous two season just 4:02 into the period. Bemidji State then extended its lead to 4-1 at 12:53 when Ethan Somoza netted his sixth goal of the season and then later capped off the 5-1 victory with another power-play goal from Lukas with 5:20 remaining.
In total, 10 Beavers recorded a point in the game including multi-point games from L. Sllinger (2g-1a), Will Zmolek (1g-1a), Ethan Somoza (1g-1a) and Ross Armour (2a).
Sholl led the Beavers defense to hold the Lakers to just one goal in the game after making 28 saves and improves his record to 6-4-0 this season.
Bemidji State finished the game 2-for-4 on the power play for the team’s first two power-play goal game since Dec. 4 at University of St. Thomas. The Beavers’ penalty kill denied the Lakers on their lone chance in the game.
BSU will attempt at the difficult season sweep of the Lakers after previously sweeping LSSU in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., earlier this season. The Beavers and Lakers clash for the season finale tomorrow night at 6:07 p.m., from Sanford Center.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).