BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Sparked by a pair of Aaron Miller goals, the Bemidji State University men's hockey team scored five first-period goals en route to an 8-3 victory over Merrimack College to open a non-conference series Friday.
Fourteen BSU players logged at least one point in the scoring column pushing the Beavers to thier largest scoring output since an 8-3 victory over Niagara University Dec. 4, 2009.
It didn't take long to the scoring flurry started. Nick Cardelli buried his first collegiate goal just 2:48 after the opening face off. He crashed the net and was on the left post to put a Dillon Eichstadt shot past the Warriors' goaltender. Dan Billett followed up at the 5:38 mark on the opposite post for his first of 2018-19 to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.
BSU's lead swelled to 3-0 at the 16:17 mark when Adam Brady capped a power-play opportunity with a goal. Justin Baudry and Brendan Harris set up his bar-down-goal with good puck movement.
Aaron Miller would score twice in the next 1:37 to give BSU its first five-goal period since Jan. 6, 2018. He cleaned up a loose puck out of a scrum in the face off circle and his shot found the back of the net. His second of the night came off a redirected Dillon Eichstadt shot.
BSU finished the period with a five-goal cushion and a 12-1 edge in shots on goal.
Merrimack pushed back in the second, given their second power-play opportunity of the game at the 4:30 mark of the period, the Warriors needed just 33 seconds to convert and it was Tyler Irvine, who tipped a shot past the BSU goaltender Henry Johnson.
The aggressive play continued through the frame and when Chase Grosse forced a turnover in the neutral zone, he cut the BSU lead to three goals midway through the period with his unassisted goal.
MC out shot BSU 13-4 in the period, but before it would come to an end, BSU, with two men in the penalty box, got a short-handed goal off the stick of Mike Soucier to go into the final 20 minutes with a 6-2 lead. It was the Beavers' first short-handed goal of the season.
With a major penalty carried over into the third period, Merrimack again took advantage and got a goal from Jonathan Kovacevic.
As the game wound down, Jay Dickman would add his fisrst goal of the seaosn at the 6:56 mark and Tyler Vold found the back of the net for the first time in his career at the 18:36 mark.
Henry Johnson allowed three goals, but turned aside 21 shots in 60 minutes of work to earn his third victory (3-1-0) of the season between the pipes.
The Beavers and Warriors wrap up the series back at Sanford Center again tomorrow. Opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m.