BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Bemidji State University men's hockey seniors stepped up Saturday to will the Beavers to a 2-0 victory over University of Alabama-Huntsville, 2-0. Zach Driscoll turned aside all 16 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season, Aaron Miller potted his fifth goal and Brendan Harris had a hand in both BSU goals, netting his eighth tally of 2020-21 to go with an assist.
For the moment, the win pushes BSU past Northern Michigan University and Michigan Technological University and into fourth place in the WCHA standings. A Minnesota State University, Mankato win over MTU tonight in Mankato, Minn. would assure the Beavers of fourth place and the opportunity to host a best-of-three playoff series at Sanford Center March 12, 13 and 14, if needed.
Miller put the Beavers in front first, netting his second goal in as many games. After Harris pulled the puck of the board and found Eric Martin below the goal line, the rookie playmaker found Miller crashing the net and Miller buried his opportunity with 3:06 left in the first period.
Leading 1-0 to open the second, BSU got the benefit of a pair of power-play opportunities in the second, which allowed BSU to hold a 13-8 edge in shots on goal in the period, but the Chargers held their own in the frame. Not only did the Beavers fail to convert either of their power-play chances, UAH blocked eight shot shots in the period.
Momentum swung back in BSU's favor in the third frame and at the 13:34 mark, Harris was on the doorstep find the back of the net to put BSU up 2-0. An initial shot by Tyler Vold was kicked aside by the UAH goaltender David Fessenden. Ethan Somoza took a stab at the first rebound before Harris corralled the second loose puck for his eight goal of the season.
Driscoll and the BSU defense would take it from there. Bemidji State blocked eight shots in front of Driscoll, the senior netminder made saves on all four shots he faces in the third to preserve the win, his first shutout of 2020-21 and the ninth of his career. He moves to 11-8-3 on the season.
The 12-8-3 Beavers are now 7-5-1 in WCHA play. BSU wraps up its 2020-21 WCHA regular season with a 2:07 p.m. matinee tomorrow versus the Chargers. The Beavers will also celebrate their 2020-21 senior class of: Ethan Somoza, Aaron Miller, Brad Johnson, Brendan Harris, Tyler Vold and Zach Driscoll throughout the game.