Andrew Walsh (Bemidji State) and Adam Wilcox (Minnesota) would take the starts in net as the Big Ten’s Golden Gophers would face off against the in-state rival Beavers on a chilly autumnal night in the Sanford Center.
The first five minutes of the game were very sloppy for Minnesota, who drew a penalty for too many men on the ice at 1:32. Next, at 3:19, Minnesota’s Sam Warning drew a tripping minor which gave Bemidji State the opportunity to strike first. Danny Mattson scored on the power play with the assists going to Ruslan Pedan and Jeff Jubinville at 3:35.
Sixty-one seconds later, at 4:36, Minnesota’s Travis Boyd scored on even strength with assists for the Gophers going to Connor Reilly and Jake Parenteau.
With the discrepancy in time fairly little, those intently monitoring the game could tell that the pace was fast and furious. I seem to remember a movie franchise of the same name. Vin Diesel, anyone? I digress…
Shots were 6-3 in Minnesota’s favor at the 8:42 mark, and Minnesota’s Kyle Rau (along with BSU’s Sam Rendle) for minor coincidental penalties. Rendle would go for high sticking, and Rau went for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Moments later, at 9:08, BSU would take a hooking penalty as James Hansen would go for a trip to jail.
Minnesota’s Ben Marshall would put the puck past the Beavers goaltender at 10:44 putting Minnesota up 2-1 with an assist from Sam Warning. Moments later at 12:12, Minnesota’s Nate Condon took an interference call that Bemidji State couldn’t cash in on. Mike Reilly would put the Gophers further in check when he would go for tripping at 13:40. Both power plays BSU had with these penalties failed.
As the first period came to an end, shots favored Minnesota 15-6.
At 5:37 of the second period, Bemidji State’s Cory Ward put the puck on net to tie the game on even strength. Ward’s goal had a primary assist from Danny Mattson.
Minnesota would earn a power play on a hooking penalty at 11:39 of the middle frame as Graeme McCormack would go to the box for hooking. The Gophers would fail to convert in the two-minute exchange. The penalties and power plays kept on coming, as Phil Brewer would go for interference at 15:35. That penalty was also preceded by a Sam Warning even strength goal that had an assist on it by Hudson Fasching.
The way Minnesota was failing to convert on the man-up over the course of the night was keeping BSU in the game despite only being down a goal. At the end of two periods, shots favored Minnesota 23-14.
At 0:44 of the third period, Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching scored his second collegiate goal as Fasching put a rebound back behind BSU’s Andrew Walsh. Kyle Rau and Sam Warning assisted Fasching in his effort.
Bemidji State got its fifth power play of the night when Minnesota’s AJ Michaelson drew a hook at 3:17 of the third. Shortly thereafter at 3:34, BSU’s Radoslav Illo put a bomb that was sitting on a plate in the back of the net. On full strength, Minnesota’s Nate Condon answered back with a goal of his own at 4:26. Justin Kloos had the primary assist on the goal that put Minnesota back up two goals along with Taylor Cammarata.
As the third period evolved and came to its crescendo, the play was up and down the NHL-sized ice, but unlike the first twenty minutes, the play was clean. At the 18:10 mark, Minnesota’s Connor Reilly added an empty-netter to put the game on ice. Reilly’s goal had an assist from Taylor Cammarata.
The game finished with Minnesota winning 6-3, and the Gophers outshot BSU 37-20 in closing. Power plays had Minnesota going 1-3 and Bemidji State going 2-4.
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