The Beaver Sports weekend began Thursday when the Bemidji State Men’s Hockey team fell at Bowling Green, but they bounced back for a win Friday. However, that was the school’s only win of the weekend with the Women’s Hockey and Men’s Basketball teams swept. Plus, Gunner Olszweski continues making Bemidji State history two years after graduating.
BEAVER MEN’S HOCKEY
The Bemidji State Men’s Hockey team earned a split against #6 Bowling Green with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win Friday night in Ohio. Bowling Green opened up a 2-0 lead with a pair of late first period goals, including one with 52 seconds left in the period. That gave the Falcons lots of momentum going into the second period, but The Beavers shut that down with two early goals. Owen Sillinger got it started with a power play goal just 47 seconds into the second and Darby Gula scored at 3:26 to tie it up. Then early in the third period, The Beavers took the lead on an Aaron Miller goal but the Falcons tied it up with 8:48 to play and that was the way regulation ended. But just 13 seconds into overtime, Ethan Somoza scored on a feed from Brendan Harris to give the Beavers the win. Bemidji State outshot Bowling Green 36-29 with Zach Driscoll making 26 saves. The win snapped the Falcons 10 game winning streak.
The Beavers are now 3-4-1 and are 1-1 for two points in conference play. They host Alabama-Huntsville Friday and Saturday at Sanford Center. Huntsville is coming off a sweep of Ferris State.
BEAVER WOMEN’S HOCKEY
The Beaver Women’s Hockey team was swept by Minnesota State at Sanford Center this weekend, starting with a disappointing 2-1 loss Friday afternoon. The Beavers scored the only goal of the first two periods on Lydia Passolt’s tally 3:12 into the second. But The Mavericks scored a pair in the final five minutes of the game to secure a 2-1 win. Kerigan Dowhy’s strong play in goal kept the Beavers in it as they were outshot 41-19 with Dowhy making 39 saves.
Saturday, the stats were closer with the Mavericks outshooting Bemidji 27-23, but the Beavers were shutout 4-0 with the Mavericks scoring a pair in the second, and added another two in a 13 second span in the game’s final two minutes.
Bemidji State falls to 1-6-1 and will head to St Cloud State this weekend.
BEAVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
The Bemidji State Men’s Basketball team was swept by #7 Northern State in their home opening weekend, with Friday’s opener a pretty good game. Though down 27-14 early, the Beavers got the game to single digits by halftime and in the second half got to within 4 points before The Wolves were able to put it away late and won 71-57. Mohamed Kone led the Beavers with a double-double. He scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Nick Wagner had 11 points and Derek Thompson had 10 rebounds along with 7 points.
Saturday’s game was all Northern State, with the Wolves showing why they are a top ten team nationally, cruising to a 100-63 win. Northern State took a 16 point halftime lead and it only got worse with Northern State outscoring Bemidji by 21 points in the second half. Derek Thompson had 12 points, while Griffin Chase added 12 as well. Mohamed Kone scored 10 points along with a team leading 8 rebounds.
The Beavers fell to 1-3 and will be at Minnesota State-Moorhead Friday and Saturday. Game time is 6pm Friday and 3:30 Saturday.
The Bemidji State Women’s team had this weekend’s series at Northern State cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols with the team. They are scheduled to host the Dragons this weekend.
BEAVER FOOTBALL-GUNNER IS AN ALL-PRO
Former Beaver Football All-American Gunner Olszewski has made BSU history by being the first Beaver alum to earn NFL All-Pro honors. In fact, Olszewski was named AP First Team Punt Returner for his amazing year with the Patriots.
Gunner accumulated 346 punt return yards in 13 games, with a long of 70 yards and a touchdown return. He had three 40+ yard returns and four 30+ yard returns. His average of 17.3 yards per return set a new Patriots record. In addition, Gunner had five catches for 62 yards and a TD, and had 18 kickoff returns for 418 yards.