The team lost to the Bemidji State on the road to hault their impressive winning streak
It was a tale of two teams on the ice over the weekend as the Minnesota State men’s hockey team split a series with Bemidji State University, winning 3-2 on Friday and losing 4-2 on Saturday.
The Friday game saw a slow start that ended in a scoreless tie after one period. Both teams weren’t able to threaten much, with MSU getting off 11 shots to BSU’s seven shots on goal.
After another 11 minutes of scoreless play in the 2nd, senior forward Parker Tuomie cracked the scoreboard, scoring to give the Mavericks a 1-0 edge.
A few minutes later, junior forward Josh French would add to the lead when scoring off of a rebound.
Bemidji State cut right back into it when Ethan Somoza scored with four minutes left in the period.
Then, early in the 3rd period, the Mavericks went on the power play, looking to put themselves up two.
The opposite occurred as BSU’s Brad Johnson scored a shorthanded goal, tying the game up at 2-2.
As the clock wound to under five minutes to play, junior defenseman Ian Scheid took a shot that bounced off of goalie Henry Johnson and to junior winger Marc Michaelis, who easily scored the eventual game-winner.
The Saturday game started off about as ugly as it could have. BSU’s Adam Brady scored just 53 seconds into the contest, and Nick Cardelli followed him up at the 5:50 mark in the first period to give Bemidji an early 2-0 lead.
After the 2nd goal, senior goalie Mathias Israelsson was pulled for freshman Dryden McKay, who had started the first four games before being relieved for Israelsson.
It was an offensive struggle for the Mavericks on Saturday, as they only mustered five shots on goal in the first period. They wouldn’t get their inaugural score until the 14:50 mark in the 2nd period, where junior Edwin Hookenson found the net on a power play.
Early in the 3rd, both teams would trade power play goals, with Jay Dickman scoring for BSU and junior winger Charlie Gerard scoring for the Mavs.
The Mavericks would attempt to score with an empty net for about two minutes before BSU’s Aaron Miller scored with 1:07 left, ending Minnesota State’s comeback bid.
The series was an especially clean one compared to other Maverick games this year. Over the two games, MSU only received seven penalties while Bemidji State received six. In goal, Israelsson allowed four goals on 29 shots, while McKay allowed one goal on 31 shots.
The Mavericks will be on the road this week as they face Lake Superior State University. Those games will be on Friday and Saturday at 7:07 p.m.
Feature photo by Kjerstin Hall | MSU Reporter.