Minnesota and Bemidji State took to the ice at Sanford Center Saturday night in game two of the two-game weekend series, and the Gophers would throw Adam Wilcox in net to counter Bemidji State’s Andrew Walsh, much like Friday's matchup.
The first period saw Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching take a tripping penalty only 0:27 into the game, giving BSU the first power play of the game right off the hop. Shortly after the power play finished up, Bemidji State’s Jeff Jubinville scored his first goal of the year on even strength off assists from Markus Gerbrandt and Danny Mattson.
At 6:31, BSU’s Markus Gerbrandt went to the bin of sin for interference, giving the Gophers their opening power play of the game, which they could not convert on. Minnesota would later get a power play at 14:36 as Sam Rendle went for a holding penalty which made the Gophers 0-2 in the power play department through the first twenty minutes. At 17:05, and on even strength, Sam Warning pocketed the Gophers’ first goal (his fourth of the year) on assists from Travis Boyd and Ben Marshall.
Through twenty minutes, shots had Minnesota at 10-7.
The second period saw both teams take penalties within the first seven minutes, as Minnesota’s Jake Parenteau went to hockey jail for slashing at 4:45 and BSU’s Cory Ward went for high sticking at 6:39. Both the Gophers or Beavers could not score with their respective man-advantage situations, and then the goals came in a two-minute span. First, at 11:40, Taylor Cammarata scored his first collegiate goal as he put Minnesota up 2-1 with an assist from Justin Kloos. Minnesota went up 3-1 only 1:58 later as Sam Warning scored his second goal of the night on even strength (at 13:38) with assists from Hudson Fasching and Jake Bischoff.
At the end of two periods, shots favored Minnesota 20-16.
The final goals of the game, both even strength, would be scored by Minnesota at 4:57 and 15:53 of the third period as Mike Reilly and Justin Kloos respectively scored their second goals of their seasons. Reilly had assists from Kloos and Vinni Lettieri on his goal while Kloos had help from Nate Condon and Taylor Cammarata.
Penalties in the final twenty minutes totaled four and each team had two. First, Minnesota’s Tom Serratore was booked for interference at 2:25. At 6:05, BSU’s Markus Gerbrandt was called for tripping. Later, at 9:30, BSU’s Danny Matson was called for slashing and Minnesota’s Vinni Lettieri was given a tripping minor. What was the correlation of all those penalties, you ask? Neither team could score with a man-advantage to save their lives.
Bemidji State finished 0-4 on the power play with Minnesota at 0-5. Minnesota also outshot the Beavers 31-25. The Gophers next host Boston College October 25-27 in the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge.