Bemidji State Shuts Out Alaska Anchorage, 1-0
Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer makes 17 saves for Beavers

Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer made 17 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 12:24  BMJ1-0 PP GW Leo Fitzgerald (4)Gerry Fitzgerald/8, Phillip Marinaccio/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  1001
Alaska Anchorage  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  1312934
Alaska Anchorage  54817
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (14-7-3)  1/6 5/21 0
Alaska Anchorage (4-14-2)  0/4 6/12 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 14-6-3)60:000 54817
Alaska Anchorage Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Olivier Mantha (L, 4-12-2)58:311 1212933
Empty Net1:290     

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The nationally-ranked No. 15 Bemidji State Beavers forced a Western Collegiate Hockey Association split with host Alaska Anchorage after defeating the Seawolves, 1-0 at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday afternoon.

After the Seawolves (4-14-2, 3-9-2 WCHA) registered a 4-1 win on Friday afternoon, the Beavers (14-7-3, 14-2-2- WCHA) responded with a 1-0 shutout. BSU picked up the three WCHA points and remains atop the league standings with 46 points after scoring the lone goal in the first period. UAA is currently ninth with 12 points following the weekend.

The afternoon started at the conclusion of a Seawolf penalty when the Beavers got on the board at 12:24 of the first. Scoring for BSU was junior Leo Fitzgerald, the left-wing for the triplet line. Gerry Fitzgerald and the Beavers' goal scorer from last night, Phillip Marinaccio, assisted on the play.

A major and game misconduct on the Beavers' Zach Whitecloud, left UAA with a five-minute power play that carried into the second period. Unfortunately, the Seawolves were only able to furnish one shot during that span.

After an uneventful second period, the Beavers enjoyed a 5-on-3 power-play for 1:25 in the third, but the Seawolves' netminder Olivier Mantha held strong and kept BSU from improving the lead. Mantha was pulled in the final 1:29 of the game for the extra attacker.

Mantha, who made 33 saves, falls to 4-12-2 on the season, while goaltender Michael Bitzer improves to 14-6-3 with 17 saves. UAA was out shot, 34-17, while both teams were scoreless on the power play.

The Seawolves continue their four-game home stand with a pair of WCHA games vs. Ferris State, Jan. 6-7 at the Sullivan Arena. The games are scheduled for 7:07 p.m. AST both evenings.