No. 11 Lake Superior State dominates early, beat Bemidji State 2-1 on third-period goal to split weekend series

No. 11 Lake Superior State defeated the Bemidji State men’s hockey team 2-1 on Saturday night in Sault St. Marie, Michigan to earn the split the weekend non-conference series.

Zach Trotman scored an early power-play goal in the first period and Kyle Pobur scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the third period for the Lakers.

Bemidji State’s lone goal came from Shea Walters with 5:38 left in the second period.

The Beavers were outplayed in the first period of Saturday night’s game and were outshot 18-1 in the first 20 minutes.

“It was deja vu of last night but even worse – it was a butt-kicking in the first period,” Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said. “They played with a lot of desperation and passion. All the credit goes to Lake Superior State. They earned it.”

The Beavers were outshot 20-4 when Walters scored on BSU’s fifth shot and were outshot 29-21 in the game.

Freshman Andrew Walsh started in his third game of the season for BSU and had 27 saves. Lake Superior State goalie Kevin Murdock had 20 saves.

Bemidji State’s (4-6 overall, 2-4 WCHA) stretch of eight road games in the first 10 games of the season came to a close against the Lakers (8-2 overall, 5-1 CCHA) at Taffy Abel Arena.

BSU returns home next weekend to face WCHA rival Nebraska-Omaha to start a stretch where eight of the next 10 games are at the Sanford Center. Game times are Friday 7:37 p.m. and Saturday 7:07 p.m.

Trotman put Lake Superior State on the board first Saturday by taking advantage of a power play resulting from Jake Areshenko’s hooking penalty.

Trotman’s shot from the bottom of the circle beat Walsh on the far post 2:03 into the first period.

The Lakers poured on the offense in a one-sided first period where Bemidji State’s best scoring opportunity came midway through the first period on a power play. Jordan George received a pass at the face-off dot but his attemped one-timer on a wide-open look misfired off the side of the net.

The Beavers tied the score at 1-1 by converting a turnover deep in the Lake Superior State end. Radoslav Illo stole the puck from a Lake Superior State defenseman then passed to Brance Orban, who passed to Walters at the far side of the net for the chip-in goal.

It was Walters’ second goal of the weekend and his fifth of the season – a new career high for the senior from Hibbing. He only scored once last season and is now tied with George for the team lead in goals.

Pobur won it for Lake Superior State 3:18 into the third period. Walsh saved Pobur’s contested shot from between the circles, but he followed the rebound and put the next shot under the crossbar for the score.

BSU appeared to tie it with about three minutes remaining when David Boehm redirected George’s pass in close, but the referee disallowed the goal immediately because Boehm was in the crease.

The Beavers were unable to score with the extra attacker when Walsh was pulled for the final 1:16 despite a few good shots on goal, including a slap shot from Brad Hunt in the final seconds.

Scoring Summary

BSUĀ  0 1 0 – 1
LSSU 1 0 1 – 2

First period – 1, LSSU Trotman 4 (Cassiani, Monardo) 2:03, (pp).
Second period – 2, BSU Walters 5 (Illo, Orban) 14:22.
Third period – 3, LSSU Pobur 1 (Dommett), 3:18.
Shots on goal – BSU, 1-7-13-21. LSSU, 18-5-6-29.
Goalies – BSU, Walsh (29-27). LSSU, Murdock (21-20).
Power Plays- BSU, 0-for-3. LSSU, 1-for-4.
A- 2,038.

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