|2nd||1:22||BMJ||1-0||EV GW||Leo Fitzgerald (6)||Gerry Fitzgerald/10, Brendan Harms/12|
|2nd||8:20||BMJ||2-0||PP||Zach Whitecloud (3)||Phillip Marinaccio/17, Gerry Fitzgerald/11|
|2nd||12:36||BMJ||3-0||EV||Kyle Bauman (13)||Phillip Marinaccio/18, Justin Baudry/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (12-21-4)||0/6||4/8||0|
|Bemidji State (21-13-3)||1/4||6/12||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (L, 11-21-4)||60:00||3||10||9||5||24|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (W, 21-11-3)||59:29||0||7||16||7||30|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team got second period goals from Leo Fitzgerald, Zach Whitecloud and Kyle Bauman, while goaltender Michael Bitzer stopped all 30 shots he faced to lead BSU to a 3-0 victory over Northern Michigan University in game one of its Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series.
The Beavers possessed the puck and dictated the pace of the game for long stretches in large part to the play of thier special teams units. In addition to keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard on six power-play chances, the Beavers were 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
Bitzer's performance in net not only propelled the Beavers to victory, personally he moved top the nation's shutouts list and matched his own BSU single-season record for shutouts in a season with six, while adding to his BSU career record (16). The junior from Moorhead, Minn. is now 8-1-2 with five shutouts versus NMU during his career, including three in five games this season.
Following a scoreless first period, the Beavers exploded for three goals in the second.
Leo Fitzgerald opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season to cap a rush at the at the 1:22 mark of the frame. BSU stretched its lead to two goals at the 8:20 mark when Zach Whitecloud potted his third goal of the season on the power play. BSU's goal-scoring leader, Kyle Bauman sent the Beavers into the locker room for the second intermission with a 3-0 lead netting his 13th goal of the season at the 12:36 mark.
In the period Phil Marinaccio and Gerry Fitzgerald each picked up a pair of assists.
Despite taking to penalties in the third, the Beavers clung to a 3-0 lead as bitzer made seven saves in the period to seal the victory.
The Beavers (21-13-3) and Wildcats (12-21-4) will play game two of this best-of-three series at 7:07 p.m. tomorrow with a trip to the WCHA Tournament semifinal round on the line. If BSU advances, it will play the lowest remaining seed at Sanford Center, March 10-12.
Tickets for game two begin at $9 for youth and $20 for adults and will be on sale at the Sanford Cener Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window beginning at 5 p.m. tomorrow.