BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Senior co-captain Adam Brady scored twice to lead a power-play unit that went 3-for-4 and powered the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to its 10th win of the season. The 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Ferris State University completed the Beavers' third sweep of the season and boosted their record to 10-7-3 overall and 10-3-1-0 in league play.
BSU erased an 0-for-9 streak on the man advantage stretching back to Dec. 6 by netting a season-high three power-play goals. It improves to 14-for-69 (.203) overall and ranks third in the WCHA moving to 13-for-55 (.236).
In addition to Brady's two-goal night, Owen Sillinger and Tommy Muck each added a goal and an assist, while Elias Rosen posted two helpers for the second consecutive night.
Muck put the Beavers in front at the 8:11 mark of the first period netting the second goal of his BSU career from the point on the power play. Nick Cardelli and Sillinger were each credited with an assist to the play.
Before the end of the period, the Bulldogs would claw their way back into the game. Jake Willets beat the BSU goaltender at the 15:16 mark to send the teams into the first intermission even at 1-1.
The score remained tied for virtually the entire second period, but when FSU's Blake Evennou was sent to the penalty box for interference at with 52 seconds left in the frame, the opportunistic Beavers would capitalize. A play that initially looked like it would cost BSU, a Tyler Kirkup forecheck eliminated a Bulldog rush and sprung Ethan Somoza free to lead the charge to the other end of the ice. The junior patiently waited for a passing lane and threaded a pass across the crease to Brady on the doorstep at the 19:43 mark.
Brady added his second goal of the night with 4:50 gone in the third period. When Muck found Brady at the top of the left face-off circle on the man advantage, the senior used a screen by Cardelli to find the short side of the net for a single-season, career-best 10th tally of the season.
Brady now has a team-high six power-play goals to lead the WCHA and rank sixth in the nation in power-play scoring, while eight (6g-2a) of his 18 points this season have come on the man advantage.
Before the game came to an end, Sillinger would make the score 4-1 with an even=strength tally for his fifth point (1g-4a). Rosen got the play started deep in the BSU zone finding a streaking Combs. After skating the puck through the neutral zone, Combs dished to Sillinger, who completed the rush by beating Austin Shaw at the 11:18 mark.
In his return from injury, goaltender Zach Driscoll stopped 17-of-18 and backstopped at BSU penalty-kill unit that held the Bulldogs scoreless (0-1). He improves to 9-5-2 on the season.
The Beavers now hit the road for a two-game set at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The WCHA series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Thursday, while the series finale is set for 7:37 p.m. Friday. Both games will take place at the VonBraun Center in Huntsville, Ala.