Bemidji State Defeated By Minnesota, 5-3

Junior forward Markus Gerbrandt scored two goals for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:16  BMJ1-0 EV Markus Gerbrandt (2)Ruslan Pedan/2, Graeme McCormack/1
1st 12:31  MIN1-1 PP Connor Reilly (2)Travis Boyd/2, Mike Reilly/4
1st 15:07  MIN2-1 EV Kyle Rau (3)Mike Reilly/5
2nd 10:50  BMJ2-2 EV Matt Prapavessis (1)Nate Arentz/1, Myles Fitzgerald/1
2nd 12:45  BMJ3-2 EV Markus Gerbrandt (3) -
2nd 16:40  MIN3-3 EV Justin Kloos (2)Mike Reilly/6, Sam Warning/2
3rd 7:05  MIN4-3 PP GW Travis Boyd (3)Kyle Rau/5, Taylor Cammarata/3
3rd 19:42  MIN5-3 EV EN Brady Skjei (1) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  1203
Minnesota  2125
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  611522
Minnesota  1531230
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (1-3-0)  0/3 5/10 0
Minnesota (4-0-0)  2/4 4/8 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Andrew Walsh (L, 0-2-0)59:034 1321025
Empty Net0:571     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Adam Wilcox (W, 4-0-0)59:453 59519
Empty Net0:150     

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Mariucci Arena) -- Markus Gerbrandt's second goal of the night gave the Bemidji State University men's hockey team a 3-2 lead midway the second period, but No. 1 University of Minnesota scored the final three goals of the game to earn a 5-3 nonconference victory and a series sweep Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

Travis Boyd led a group of four Minnesota players to post two points in the game, netting the game-winning goal and an assist in the contest.

For the second consecutive night, special teams play was the difference for the Gophers. Trailing 1-0 after Gerbrandt scored the game's first goal, Connor Reiley took advantage of a five-on-three opportunity to net his second goal of the year to tie the game at the 12:31 mark of the first. Kyle Rau scored at the 15:08 mark to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead to open second period.

Matt Prapavessis scored his first goal of the season just seven seconds after the Beavers' third power-play opportunity of the evening expired to knot the score at 2-2 midway through the second period and Gerbrandt's second tally of the night would supply Bemidji State with its second lead of the evening at the 12:45 mark, but Justin Kloos beat BSU's goaltender Andrew Walsh at the 16:40 mark to send the game into the final 20 minutes with the score tied 3-3.

The third period was controlled by Minnesota. The Gophers out shot the Beavers 12-5 in the frame and would cash in on their only man-advantage opportunity of the period at the 7:05 mark when Boyd grabbed the lead for Minnesota with his second goal of the season.

Minnesota would add an empty-net goal by Rau with 18 seconds to go to cement the victory.

The Gophers finished the game converting two of its four power-play opportunities, while BSU was 0-for-3.

Walsh turned aside 25 UM shots in the game, but surrendered four of Minnesota's goals and was pinned with the loss. He falls to 0-2-0 on the season.

The Beavers, now 1-1-0 on in 2014-15, open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play when they host University of Alaska Fairbanks (5-1-0; 0-0-0 WCHA) Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The teams will get the series underway Friday at 7:37 p.m. and the finale is set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at Sanford Center.

Bemidji State men's hockey notes:

-Going 0-for-3 on the man advantage tonight, marked the Beavers' first game this season without a power-play goal.

- In a series that dates back to Oct. 14, 2000, Minnesota now holds a 18-1-1 advantage in the series and a 12-1-0 mark when hosting the Beavers.

- Brendan Harms was not in the line up tonight, marking the first time of his BSU career. He had played in 41 consecutive games.

- Bemidji State is 1-3-0 versus teams ranked among the nation's top 15 this season after splitting with then-no. 2 North Dakota Oct. 10-11 and being swept by (1) Minnesota. BSU was 1-8-3 versus the top 15 in 2013-14.

- Since 1999-2000, Bemidji State is 2-7-0 versus the nation's top team. The last time BSU handed a loss to a team ranked No. 1 was Oct. 7, 2011 versus then-No. 1 Miami. BSU won that game 5-3.

- BSU has now lost its last 11 games to Minnesota. It's last victory in the series came Nov. 15, 2009.

- Gerbrandt's two-goal game marks his first multi-goal game of the season and third of his career.

- Six different BSU players recorded at least a point in the game

- Markus Gerbrandt has scored in three of the Beavers' first four games of 2014-15 and leads the team with five points (3g-2a).

- Matt Prapavessis scored a goal in the game. The defender now has five points (1g-4a) in 10 career games versus the Gophers.

- Bemidji State is 1-2-0 on the road this season.

- Myles Fitzgerald logged the first assist of his collegiate career in the game. He leads all BSU newcomers with two points (1g-1a).

- Following the loss, BSU is 0-4-0 all-time versus teams hailing for the B1G conference. BSU's was also swept by Minnesota Oct. 18-19, 2013.