BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Blake Pietila turned aside all 31 shots he faced and Michigan Tech got a pair of assists from Collin Swayer to exit Bemidji, Minn. with a 3-0 win Sunday and a non-conference series split.
The Beavers seemed to pick up right where they left off after a 6-3 victory in the series opener Sunday when they dominated the first 11 minutes of play. BSU didn't allow a MTU shot on goal until the 8:57 mark of the period, but a pair of penalties gave the Huskies the spark they needed and the visitors grabbed momentum. The Beavers escaped the first period locked in a 0-0 tie but just 14 seconds into the second period, Michigan Tech capitalized and took the lead on a Justin Misiak goal.
MTU build a 2-0 before the end of the second period when Trenton Bliss won an offensive zone faceoff to Swayer, who gave the puck right back for Bliss' second goal of the season.
The Beavers were the benefactors of a pair of power-play opportunities during the final 34 minutes of play, but were unable to generate much offense as BSU continued to struggle on the power play going 0-for-4 on the weekend and have yet to score a goal on the man advantage through three games.
Michigan Tech put the game out of reach at the 7:30 mark of the third. Jake Crespi was on the doorstep to deposit a rebound off the shot of Greyson Reitmeier to put the Huskies up 3-0. Pietila took care of the rest making at least 10 saves in each of the three periods to improve to 2-2-0 on the year.
Zach Driscoll fell to 1-2-0 on the season stopping 22 of the 25 shots he faced, while backstopping a penalty-kill unit that was 2-for-2 on the night.
The Beavers, now 1-2-0 on the season will complete their 2020-21 non-conference schedule Dec. 18-19 then they travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato for a pair of contents, originally slated for Nov. 27-28. The puck will drop at 7:37 p.m. Friday from Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. The teams will wrap up play for the calendar year the following evening at 6:07 p.m.