Up next for the Beavers: Cornell Big Red
The Bemidji State men's hockey team will now square off against Cornell for a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. (CST) start from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cornell, the third seed in the regional, advanced to the final with a 3-2 win over Northeastern, the second seed in Saturday's first semifinal. The Big Red scored with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to win.
Cornell (21-9-4) advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 17th time in school history after gaining an at-large selection into the field of 16 teams. The Big Red finished the regular season in second place in ECAC Hockey, three points behind first place Yale. Cornell also advanced to the championship game of ECAC hockey, falling to Yale 5-0.
Cornell entered the Midwest Regional with a 6-4 mark in its last 10 games.
The Big Red is paced offensively by sophomore Riley Nash (13-21--34) and junior Colin Greening (14-15--29), with junior Blake Gallagher (6-20--26), and senior Evan Barlow (12-13--25) joining them with more than 20 points.
Junior Brenden Nash is Cornell's highest scoring defenseman, collecting two goals and 15 assists for 17 points.
In goal, junior Ben Scrivens sports a stellar 1.77 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Cornell is led by head coach Mike Schafer, who has compiled a 275-148-49 record in 14 seasons. Schafer has guided the Big Red to four ECAC Hockey Championships and six NCAA tournament berths. In addition he led Cornell to a Frozen Four berth in 2003.
Cornell and the Beavers have faced some of the same opponents this season. The Big Red split with North Dakota in November then defeated Niagara 3-0 and 4-1 in early January. Cornell also defeated Massachusetts 5-2, a team the Beavers also defeated this season.
Cornell ended the regular season ranked ninth nationally.
Defense has been the strong suit of the Big Red this season as the team ranks fourth in the nation in goals allowed, averaging just 2.00 per game. At the same time the offense has struggled, scoring 2.59 goals per game.
The power play also struggled, ending the regular season at a 15.5 success rate with the penalty kill at 86.2 percent - 16th nationally.