Minnesota State Defeats Bemidji State, 3-2, to Earn Weekend Sweep
Junior forward Zach Stepan posts goal and assist for Mavericks

Junior forward Zach Stepan scored a goal and an assist for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 15:51  BMJ1-0 PP Gerry Fitzgerald (6)Brendan Harms/4, Leo Fitzgerald/3
1st 16:50  MNS1-1 PP C.J. Franklin (2)Teddy Blueger/1, Casey Nelson/2
1st 17:14  MNS2-1 EV Zach Stepan (1) -
2nd 17:09  BMJ2-2 PP Graeme McCormack (3)Gerry Fitzgerald/1, Cory Ward/3
3rd 9:37  MNS3-2 PP GW Jon Jutzi (1)Zach Stepan/2, Brad McClure/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  2013
Bemidji State  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  67821
Bemidji State  814729
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (2-4-0)  2/5 4/8 0
Bemidji State (1-3-1)  2/4 5/10 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cole Huggins (W, 1-4-0)60:002 713727
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 1-3-1)58:173 47718
Empty Net1:430     

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Tied 2-2 deep into the third period Minnesota State University's Jon Jutzi ripped a power-play goal past Bemidji State goaltender Michael Bitzer to earn a 3-2 win and complete the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of the Beavers at Sanford Center.

For the second consecutive night, special teams played a pivotal role for the Beavers. While BUS was 2-for-5 on the man advantage, it also surrendered two power-play goals and spent a total of 10 minutes short-handed.

Gerry Fitzgerald opened the scoring at the 15:51 mark netting his team-leading sixth goal of the season on a pass from Leo Fitzgerald and Brendan Harms. The goal marked a streak of five straight games with a goal for the sophomore matching a career-long five-game point streak set during his freshman campaign.

At the 16:50 mark the Mavericks came charging back, using a power-play opportunity to generate its first goal of the night. With Cory Ward in the penalty box for tripping, C.J. Franklin funneled a puck through the crease and it bounced off the skate of a Beaver and into the back of the net. Teddy Blueger and Casey Nelson were credited with assists on the play.

Twenty-four seconds later, Zach Stepan stepped in front of a pass between BSU defenders and beat BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer one-on-one to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

For the second time of the series, the Beavers were the beneficiaries of a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Graeme McCormack found the back of the net from the point at the 17:09 mark of the second period to even the score heading into the final 20 minutes of play.

MSU broke the deadlock at the 9:37 mark of the third when Stepan found Juzti with a pass on the right faceoff dot and he found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Bemidji State played short-handed for six minutes of the third period and were unable to make up any ground.

Michael Bitzer took the loss, stopping 18 of 21 shots faced in 58:17 between the pipes. He falls to 1-3-1 on the year.

The Beavers return to action next weekend when they hit the road for a WCHA match up with Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. The series is set to get underway at 6:37 p.m. (CST) Friday from Barry Events Center. The puck will drop for the finale at 6:37 Saturday.