2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Junior goaltender Zach Driscoll made 48 saves for the Beavers
Driscoll, Cardelli Lead Bemidji State Past Minnesota State, 4-2
Junior goaltender Zach Driscoll made 48 saves and sophomore forward Nick Cardelli scored two goals for the Beavers

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State put 50 shots on goal in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game vs. Bemidji State Friday, but fell by a 4-2 margin to the visiting Beavers in Mankato, Friday.

The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the third-rated Mavericks.

The Mavericks owned a 12-9 shots on goal advantage in the first 20 minutes of action, but Bemidji State scored the game's first goal. After a turnover, Alex Ierullo took a shot from between the circles that beat Dryden McKay low on the gloveside at 13:11 of the opening period.

The visiting Beavers took a 2-0 lead at 2:20 of the second period, capitalizing on a power play opportunity when Nick Cardelli, who was skating down the right side of the rink, blasted a shot past McKay over the left shoulder.

At 6:43 point in the third period the Beavers took a 3-0 lead on a deflection by Tyler Kirkup.

Then things got interesting. After pulling McKay for an extra attacker with more than six minutes left in regulation, the Mavericks tallied an extra-attacker goal at 15:59 when a puck bounced off of Dallas Gerads past Beaver netminder Zach Driscoll to make it 3-1. Still with McKay on the bench, senior winger Charlie Gerard got his stick on a shot from the point off the stick of Connor Mackey in redirecting the puck into the net, making it 3-2 at 17:33. The rally came to an end at the 19:10 mark when Cardelli connected for an empty net goal.

The Mavericks outshot the Beavers by a 50-18 margin in the contest and BSU netminder Zach Driscoll, who finished with 48 saves, was named the game's First Stat.

A total of 5,232 fans packed the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center - the fifth-largest crowd in Minnesota State men's hockey history.

The Mavericks, now 23-4-1 overall and 17-3-1 WCHA, continue WCHA action next weekend with a pair of league road contests at Alaska Anchorage.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Game statistics
18 Shots 50
1 / 1 Power Plays 0 / 3
3 / 6 PIM 1 / 2
14-8-4 Records 23-4-1
Bemidji State Minnesota State
Alex Ierullo (4)
Nick Cardelli (7)
2nd/2:20 PP
Tyler Kirkup (3)
3rd/6:43  GW
Dallas Gerads (4)
3rd/15:59  EA
Charlie Gerard (11)
3rd/17:33  EA
Nick Cardelli (8)
3rd/19:10  EN
Bemidji State Minnesota State
Zach Driscoll
60:00, 48 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 13-6-3)
Dryden McKay
54:18, 14 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 22-3-1)

Empty Net
5:42, 1 GA