2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Junior forward Julian Napravnik scored with 51.5 seconds remaining in overtime for the Mavericks
Minnesota State Clinches MacNaughton Cup After 4-3 Overtime Win Against Bemidji State
Junior forward Julian Napravnik scored with 51.5 seconds remaining in overtime for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Junior winger Julian Napravnik's overtime goal lifted third-ranked Minnesota State to a 4-3 win over #19 Bemidji State in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Thursday.

Undefeated in league play with an 11-0-0 record, the win gives the Mavericks possession of the 2020-21 WCHA regular-season title. Minnesota State has now won six games in a row and stand 16-2-1 overall. Minnesota State is the first team in the history of the WCHA to win four consecutive MacNaughton Cups as the league's regular-season championships.

It was the visiting Beavers got on the board first when Tyler Kirkup found the puck in the middle of a scrum and fired a shot from left circle past Dryden McKay at 8:44 of the opening period. Todd Burgess took an offensive-zone win by Jake Jaremko, walking across the middle of the ice with the puck before wiring it past Zach Driscoll at the 14:00-minute mark in making it a 1-1 game.

Jake Livingstone lofted a pass that Brendan Furry took near the BSU blue line and the sophomore center from Toledo, Ohio went forehand-backhand in scoring his third goal of the season at the 0:57 mark of the second period. Less than a minute later, Andy Carroll's wrister beat Driscoll high on the gloveside at 1:42 and it became a 3-1 Minnesota State lead. Ethan Somoza rifled a shot from the slot that beat McKay high on the stickside at 16:14 and the Mavericks entered the locker room owning a 3-2 lead at the end of the second period.

BSU's Alex Ierullo collected a rebound and put the puck into the net at the 19:37 mark to send the game into overtime.

Napravnik got the game winner at 4:08 of overtime to end the game. The goal is the eighth of the year for Napravnik who leads the Mavericks with four game-winning tallies on the season.

The Mavericks outshot the Beavers by a 29-26 margin in the game and McKay, who stopped 23 shots, owns a 15-1-0 mark for the year with the win.

Minnesota State and Bemidji State close out the two-game WCHA series Saturday in Bemidji with a 6:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.

Game Summary

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Game statistics
26 Shots 29
0 / 3 Power Plays 0 / 1
1 / 2 PIM 3 / 6
9-7-3 Records 16-2-1
Bemidji State Minnesota State
Tyler Kirkup (2)
Todd Burgess (5)
Brendan Furry (4)
Andy Carroll (3)
Ethan Somoza (10)
Alex Ierullo (5)
3rd/19:37.4  EA
Julian Napravnik (8)
OT/4:08.5  GW
Bemidji State Minnesota State
Zach Driscoll
63:41, 25 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 8-7-3)

Empty Net
0:27, 0 GA
Dryden McKay
64:08, 23 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 15-1-0)