Lake Superior State Highlights vs Bemidji State 11/21/15
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team out shot Lake Superior State University 48-31, but ran into a hot goaltender and were unable to generate any special teams scoring in a 1-1 draw Saturday at Sanford Center.
Senior Markus Gerbrandt scored his second goal of the season at the 13:41 mark of the first period to even the score 1-1, but that was the only time the Beavers would breach the goal line as Laker goaltender Gordon Defiel turned aside 47 BSU shots, including seven during five power-play opportunities, to shut out the Beavers’ power-play unit for the first time in five games (0-for-6), force overtime and ultimately earn the tie.
Lake Superior’s Alex Globke got the Lakers on the broad at the 10:59 mark of the first period, 1:21 into LSSU’s first power-play opportunity, marking an end to the BSU penalty-kill unit’s two-game, six opportunity shutout. James Roll got the play started with a slap shot from the point. BSU goaltender Reid Mimmack made the initial save, but Globke was on the doorstep to hammer the rebound home for his second goal of the season.
The team went into the first intermission tied 1-1 following a goal from Gerbrandt. Nate Arentz and John Parker found their senior linemate in the slot and when his first shot couldn’t find its way past Defiel, Gerbrandt collected the rebound and flipped the puck into the back of the net.
The Beavers opened the second period with 1:44 of power-play time, but were unable to convert and the teams opened the third period locked in a 1-1 tie.
BSU opened the final 20 minutes of play with a flurry. Playing four-on-four for the first 1:47 of the period followed by a 2:09 power-play to wrap up a five-minute major, BSU put shot after shot on net, but Defiel stood tall.
Each team got a power-play chance late in the third, but neither was successful and the game was pushed to overtime, where LSSU out shot BSU 3-1, but the teams settled for the tie and each took a point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
The LSSU power-play unit finished the night 1-for-4, while BSU was 0-for-6 on the man advantage.
Mimmack, who was making his second start of the season for BSU, posted a career-high 30 saves and allowed one goal in the tie. He moves to 1-0-1 on in 2015-16.
Bemidji State (2-6-2; 1-5-1 WCHA) is back on the road next week, playing a rare Wednesday-Friday WCHA series at University of Alabama-Huntsville. The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday, with a 7:07 p.m. opening face off set for Friday from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.