2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Sophomore forward Alex Adams registered a goal and an assist for the Beavers
Bemidji State Tops Bowling Green, 4-2, to Sweep Weekend Set
Sophomore forward Alex Adams registered a goal and an assist for the Beavers

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Locked in a 2-2 tie through 57 minutes, Bemidji State's Alex Adams funneled a shot toward the net and Ross Armour tipped the game-winner past the Bowling Green goaltender to clinch the victory and series sweep.

The Beavers added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds to go in the game to complete the 4-2 win and claim their 16th victory of the season.

Alex Adams led the Beavers with a goal and an assist, while nine different players chipped in at least a point and Zach Driscoll stacked up 27 saves.

Adams lit the lamp for the Beavers 8:33 into the game scoring the only goal of the first period. As the Beavers set up their attack, a Falcon defender took out his own goaltender in the crease. Brad Johnson saw Zack Rose on his back and passed off to Adams, who took advantage of the clear shooting lane and lined his seventh goal of the season into the back of the net.

Although the Beavers were 0-for-1 on the man advantage in the first period, they opened the second with a 1-0 lead, 30 seconds of 5-on-3 play and two full minutes on the man advantage. BSU again came out of the opportunities without a goal but at the 6:40 mark extended its lead to 2-0 on a nifty individual effort by defender Tommy Muck. The senior started a give-and-go, collected a pass at the point, skated the puck down the slot and beat the Rose one-on-one for the third goal of his BSU career.

Down by two goals, the Falcons pushed back. BGSU carried play during stretches late in the period and capitalized on the pressure at the 12:57 mark on a goal by Frederic Letourneau.

Bowling Green built on the momentum during the opening moments of the third period. With Kyle Looft in the penalty box for interference, it took the Falcons only 44 seconds to find the back of the net and tie the game. Cameron Wright was credited with the equalizer with 17:16 to play.

As time wound down, BSU had sustained pressure in its offensive zone and several near misses. When Adam Brady found Adams in the corner and his pass was redirected by Armour in front, it was all the Beavers needed.

BSU finished the night with a 39-29 edge in shots on goal, but it was Bowling Green that won the special teams battle. The Falcons were 1-for-1 on the power-play and held BSU without a goal in two man advantage opportunities.

Driscoll stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced in 60 minutes between the pipes. He improved to 15-6-3 overall.

Bemidji State, now 16-8-4 overall and 16-4-2-1 in WCHA play, will break from play next weekend to prepare for the final three weeks of the season, the right to host the WCHA playoffs and a run at the regular-season title. The Beavers return to action Feb. 14-15 when it travels to Marquette, Mich. for a two-game series with Northern Michigan University.

Game Summary

Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Game statistics
29 Shots 39
1 / 1 Power Plays 0 / 2
5 / 10 PIM 4 / 8
13-13-2 Records 16-8-4
GOAL SCORERS
Bowling Green Bemidji State
Alex Adams (7)
1st/8:33
Tommy Muck (3)
2nd/6:40
Frédéric Létourneau (5)
2nd/12:57
Cameron Wright (16)
3rd/2:44 PP
Ross Armour (4)
3rd/17:31  GW
Owen Sillinger (10)
3rd/19:02  EN
GOALTENDERS
Bowling Green Bemidji State
Zack Rose
59:55, 35 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 0-2-1)

Empty Net
0:05, 1 GA
Zach Driscoll
60:00, 27 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 15-6-3)