Sirianni scores two in 4-1 Bemidji win
U.S.A.F ACADEMY, Colo. -- Rob Sirianni scored two goals to lead Bemidji State to a 4-1 win over Air Force in a College Hockey America game Friday night, March 4, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.
Bemidji State improved to 20-12-1 overall and 15-4-0 in the CHA. The Beavers took one step closer to the regular season title as they are three points ahead of Alabama-Huntsville in the CHA standings. UAH still has four points available as the Chargers play at Wayne State Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, in Detroit.
Air Force fell to 13-17-3 overall and 5-13-1 in the CHA. The Falcons are in fifth place, one point ahead of Robert Morris. RMU picked up two CHA points with a 3-2 win over Niagara on Friday.
Sirianni scored the first two goals of the game as the Beavers never trailed. His first goal came at the 10:05 mark as Shane Holman won a faceoff and Sirianni ripped a slapped shot past Peter Foster. His second goal of the game, and his 12th of the season, came on the power play at 4:08 of the second period. Andrew Murray made a drop pass to Sirianni at the faceoff dot and also screened Foster. Sirianni's wrister gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead. Two minutes later, Andrew Ramsey cut the Beaver lead to one goal with his ninth of the season. Ramsey won a faceoff and took the puck to the net. His first shot was saved, but Brandon Merkosky kept the puck alive and Ramsey put back the rebound.
BSU clung to the 2-1 lead until late in the third period when Air Force pulled its goaltender. With 1:22 remaining, Foster was pulled from the net in favor of the extra attacker. However, with 56 seconds left, Brendan Cook skated the puck into the netural zone and sent a wrister from the red line that found the center of the empty net. With Foster back in the net, Jean-Guy Gervais scored his 11th of the season with 21 seconds left.
The shots on goal were as even as the game was for 59 minutes as BSU out-shot AFA, 26-25. Matt Climie made 24 saves for BSU while Foster made 22 for the Falcons. The teams combined for just five penalties in the game. BSU was 1-for-2 on the power play while AFA was 0-for-3.
"It was another missed opportunity at home and it is very disappointing," head coach Frank Serratore said. "The game was a little sluggish and a little sloppy but they executed better than we did."
The same two teams conclude the regular season Saturday at 7:05 p.m. MST at the Cadet Ice Arena. The game will be the final home game for five Air Force seniors. Team captain Steve Mead, along with Ross Miller, Seth Pelletier, Josh Priewe and Ross Miller will make their final home appearance.
Next week, all six CHA teams travel to Grand Rapids, Minn., for the Wells Fargo CHA Tournament, March 11-13. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Falcons will play Friday, March 11, and will face either Niagara or Wayne State in the first round.