2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Sophomore forward Alex Adams had two goals and an assist for the Beavers
Bemidji State Notches 5-3 Win Over Alabama Huntsville
Sophomore forward Alex Adams had two goals and an assist for the Beavers

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Alex Adams recorded a pair of second-period goals just 24 seconds apart and senior co-captain Tommy Muck scored his first collegiate goal to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 5-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville Friday at Sanford Center.

Despite falling behind early, on UAH's first shot of the game, the Beavers used a pair of power-play goals to vault themselves into the lead.

At the 5:35 mark, the Chargers, who held a 1-0 lead, were whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty. Forty-five seconds later, Nick Cardelli found Muck at the top of the left faceoff circle and the senior unleashed a blast that found the back of the net. The power-play goal was the first of Muck's 124-game career.

Before the period came to an end, UAH would put BSU on its second power-play opportunity of the night. After logging just three goals in its first 10 games and 29 pervious man advantage opportunities, BSU would make good on its second chance of the game. This time Muck found Elias Rosen on the point. The freshman defender took a shot that was deflected in front by Adam Brady. The goal was Brady's team-leading seventh of the season, while it gave both Brady and Muck multi-point games.

The second period belonged to Adams. At the 4:38 mark, Adams finished a forecheck and forced the Chargers to turn the puck over in front of the crease and buried his second goal of the season. Twenty-four seconds later, Alex Ierullo picked up a loose puck on the side wall and found Adams in the slot. The sophomore flipped a backhand past the UAH goaltender Mark Sinclair for the first multi-goal game of his career. The goal also ended Sinclair's night after just 25:02 as the Chargers bench boss Mike Corbett subbed David Fessenden between the pipes.

Austin Beulieu helped UAH reel the Beavers back to within two goals, 4-2, at the 17:34 mark of the second in an even-strength goal.

The period would be cut short due to damaged ice near the right UAH goalpost. The teams were sent to the locker rooms for the second intermission with 1:52 left in the clock and would play tine remainder of the second and the entire third period after the break.

The Chargers got their legs in the third period. UAH outshot the Beavers 10-7 during the final 20 minutes and applied significant pressure.

The Beavers stretched their lead to 5-2 when Tyler Kirkup tapped in a rebound from the right post. Both Brady and Adams were credited with their third point of the night on the scoring play.

All the pressure Alabama-Huntsville was applying finally paid off for the Chargers at the 14:00 mark of the third period. Liam Izyk netted his first goal of the season to bring the scoring to a close.

Bemidji State's Zach Driscoll improved to 5-3-1 in the game. He made 14 saves, while allowing three goals and backstopped a BSU penalty-kill unit that held the Chargers without a goal on three opportunities, including two in the third period alone.

The Beavers, now 5-4-2 overall and 5-2-0-0 in WCHA play, will look for their second consecutive home series sweep when they again host the Chargers for a 6:07 p.m. open faceoff tomorrow.

Game Summary

Friday, November 22, 2019

Game statistics
17 Shots 34
0 / 3 Power Plays 2 / 4
5 / 10 PIM 4 / 8
0-10-1 Records 5-4-2
Alabama Huntsville Bemidji State
Connor Merkley (1)
Tommy Muck (1)
1st/6:20 PP
Adam Brady (7)
1st/14:12 PP
Alex Adams (3)
Alex Adams (4)
2nd/5:02  GW
Austin Beaulieu (1)
Tyler Kirkup (1)
Liam Izyk (1)
Alabama Huntsville Bemidji State
Mark Sinclair
25:02, 15 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 0-7-1)

David Fessenden
33:48, 14 Saves, 1 GA

Empty Net
1:10, 0 GA
Zach Driscoll
60:00, 14 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 5-3-1)