|1st||8:06||BMJ||1-0||EV||Jordan Heller (1)||T.J. Roo/1|
|2nd||5:15||MNS||1-1||PP||Marc Michaelis (14)||Brad McClure/13, C.J. Franklin/18|
|3rd||9:26||BMJ||2-1||PP GW||Gerry Fitzgerald (11)||Phillip Marinaccio/15, Zach Whitecloud/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (18-11-4)||1/2||3/6||0|
|Bemidji State (20-12-3)||1/3||2/4||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cole Huggins (L, 8-6-1)||59:34||2||9||8||6||23|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (W, 20-11-3)||60:00||1||6||13||7||26|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - With the score deadlocked at 1-1 midway through the third period, Bemidji State University junior forward Gerry Fitzgerald fired a power-play goal to give the Bemidji State University men's hockey team the lead and solidify its 20th win for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
The Beavers took an early 1-0 lead on Jordan Heller's first goal of the season. Sophomore T.J. Roo forced a turnover in the neutral zone and got the puck to Heller who beat the Mavericks' goaltender just 8:06 after the opening face off. The one goal lead would carry over into the second period.
Minnesota State grabbed momentum in the second period, out shooting BSU 14-8. When Brendan Harms was escorted to the penalty box for tripping at the 4:26 mark, it would set MSU up with its first power play of the night. The Maverick took advantage of the opportunity a Marc Michaelis scored a goal from Brad McClure and C.J. Franklin 49 seconds later (5:15).
A busy third period for the Beavers' special team units gave BSU the break it needed. BSU finished the night 1-for-3 on the man advantage, with all coming in the third, while its penalty-kill unit was 1-for-2.
Michael Bitzer finished the night with 26 save to become the first BSU goaltender to pile up 20 wins in a season since Robin Cook went 20-5-1 en route to leading the Beavers to the NCAA Division II championship to cap the 1994-95 campaign. Bitzer leads the country in wins and is 20-11-3 overall.
The Beavers, now 20-12-3 overall and 20-5-2-2 in WCHA play, wrap up the 2016-17 regular season tomorrow when they again host Minnesota State. Opening face-off for senior day is set for 7:07 p.m.