The #15 ranked Bemidji State Beavers opened their WCHA Quarterfinal against Michigan Tech Friday night with a 3-1 win at Sanford Center. Tech opened the scoring 2:33 into the game, but that was all they would get past Zach Driscoll, who was 33 of 34 on the night. The Beavers tied it up at the eight minute mark of the first on Aaron Miller’s even strength goal and took the lead at 14:22 on Alex Ierullo’s goal. The Beavers added to their lead on a Lukas Sillinger goal midway through the second and that’s the way it stayed. Ierullo and Sillinger each had a goal and assist on the night.
Saturday, The Beavers decided they wanted to take Sunday off, so took care of business with a 4-1 win. The Huskies scored first at 12:09 of the first and maintained a 1-0 lead until late in the second, but then the Beavers struck twice in less than a minute, with Brad Johnson tying it up at 16:58 and Ethan Somoza putting the Beavers in front 51 seconds later. It stayed 2-1 until Tech pulled their goaltender and the Beavers capitalized on a pair of empty netters from Alex Adams and Ross Armour. Johnson added an assist on the final goal to make it a multi-point night. The Beavers were outshot 34-29 and Zach Driscoll was once again 33 of 34 in goal.
With the sweep, Bemidji State heads to Mankato for the WCHA Semfinals and hopefully championship Friday and Saturday. #1 Minnesota State, #2 Lake Superior State and #4 Bemidji all swept, but #6 Northern Michigan stunned #3 Bowling Green in three games. So on Friday, the top seeded Mavs host #6 Northern Michigan at 2:07 and the #4 Beavers face #2 Lake Superior State at 7:37. The winners meet Saturday night at 7:07. The Beavers are 2-1-1 against the Lakers this year with a pair of OT games.