|January 08, 2022||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||1||0||0||1|
|1||04:42||BSU||Rosen, Elias (Ierullo, Alex , Sillinger, Owen)|
|1||18:57||BSU||Armour, Ross (Rosen, Elias , Somoza, Ethan)|
|1||19:26.8||LSS||Mucha, Miroslav (Borshyov, Artyom , Tritt, Dawson)|
|2||09:41||BSU||Kirkup, Tyler (Sillinger, Owen , Ierullo, Alex)|
|2||15:52||BSU||Sillinger, Lukas (Ierullo, Alex )|
|3||15:12||BSU||Vaisanen, Jere (Jouppi, Austin , Martin, Eric)|
|Shots on Goal||22||42|
BEMIDJI, Minn. – 10 Bemidji State University men’s hockey skaters recorded a point as the Beavers earned their first home series sweep of the season Saturday night with a 5-1 victory over Lake Superior State University in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. Fifth-year senior Alexi Ierullo led the Beavers with three assists while senior Owen Sillinger (2a) and junior Elias Rosén (1g-1a) each tallied multi-point games.
The Beavers also complete the season sweep over the Lakers (11-12-1, 7-9-0 CCHA) after sweeping them in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., earlier this season. With the win, BSU improved to 12-10-0 (10-4-0 CCHA) on the season and earned three points in the CCHA standings to bring its season total to 30, 11 back from first-place Minnesota State University, Mankato.
For the second consecutive night the Beavers opened the scoring within the first five minutes of the first period this time off the stick of Elias Rosén just 4:42 into the hockey game. For Rosén it was his third goal of the season and first since Dec. 4. Bemidji State controlled play through most of the first period and out-shot the Lakers 18-7 in the frame. Holding the 1-0 lead, the Beavers broke through just before the period’s end when Ross Armour scored his fifth goal of the season with 1:03 left on the clock. However, just when the Beavers thought they would head into the first intermission with a two-goal lead, Lake Superior State’s Miroslav Mucha found the back of the net off of a rebounded Laker shot with just 33 seconds left to bring LSSU within one at the first break.
The Beavers didn’t wait until the third period to extend their lead like last night and 9:41 into the second period, senior Tyler Kirkup scored a power-play goal to retake the two-goal critical lead. For Kirkup, it was his eighth goal of the season and second power-play goal. BSU extended its lead to three goals before the second intermission when Lukas Sillinger scored his third goal of the series, ninth of the season, with just 4:08 left in the period. The Beavers would skate into the second intermission with the 4-1 lead and held a 30-14 shot advantage.
Most of the third period was contained by the Beavers’ defense and freshman Mattias Sholl who turned aside all eight Laker shots in the final period to finish the game with 21 saves. Freshman Jere Vaisanen added to the Beavers goal total with 4:48 left to play with his fourth goal of the season to cap-off the Beavers 5-1 victory and earn their first home series sweep of the season.
Sholl was once again dominant in net and stopped 21-of-22 shots to improve to 7-4-0 on the season. His counterpart Seth Eisele stopped 37-of-42 shots by the Beavers but falls to 5-5-0.
Bemidji State finished the game with the one power-play goal in three opportunities while its penalty kill held the Lakers scoreless on their two chances.
The Beavers continue CCHA play next weekend but will hit the road as they travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to face the Falcons at Bowling Green State University. The Beavers and Falcons will play a two-game, CCHA series Jan. 14-15 with game times for each game at 6:07 p.m. CST.
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).