Marinaccio's Three Points Lead Bemidji State Past Northern Michigan, 5-2
Senior forward Phillip Marinaccio scores two goals and assist for Beavers

Senior forward Phillip Marinaccio scored two goals and an assist for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:52  BMJ1-0 PP Phillip Marinaccio (5)Charlie O'Connor/6, Brendan Harms/4
1st 3:00  BMJ2-0 EV Phillip Marinaccio (6)Brendan Harms/5
1st 6:15  BMJ3-0 PP GW Gerry Fitzgerald (6)Brendan Harms/6, Phillip Marinaccio/7
1st 8:30  BMJ4-0 SH Nate Arentz (2)Brendan Harms/7, Dan Billett/6
2nd 5:10  BMJ5-0 PP Myles Fitzgerald (2)Kyle Bauman/4, Jay Dickman/5
3rd 14:46  NMU1-5 EV Philip Beaulieu (2)Darien Craighead/3, Jordan Klimek/4
3rd 16:56  NMU2-5 EV Casey Purpur (1)Troy Loggins/3, Robbie Payne/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northern Michigan  0022
Bemidji State  4105
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northern Michigan  581528
Bemidji State  169227
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northern Michigan (3-10-1)  0/5 5/10 0
Bemidji State (11-2-1)  3/5 5/10 1
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Atte Tolvanen (L, 2-10-1)6:153 7007
Mathias Israelsson53:452 58215
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 11-2-1)60:002 581326

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Led by its upper classmen and strong special teams play, the Bemidji State University men's hockey team used a 5-2 victory to complete the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of Northern Michigan University and remain unbeaten in league play.

The Beavers opened the game with a flurry, netting four goals during the first 8:30. Senior Phillip Marinaccio contributed a pair of goals and an assist, while fellow senior Brendan Harms ignited the scoring spark assisting on the Beavers' first four goals.

After going three games without a power-play goal, Bemidji State posted goals on its third three power-play opportunities and finished the night going 3-for-5 on the man advantage. The Beavers also held the Wildcats without a goal on five power-play chances and added a short-handed goal.

Marinaccio got the scoring started just 52 seconds after the opening face off, corralling a rebound and stuffing it just inside the right post for a power-play goal. The Nobleton, Ontario native put the Beavers up 2-0 at the three-minute mark after forcing a turnover in the neutral zone. Harms picked up the puck and found Marinaccio for a goal in the high slot. The Beavers went back on the man advantage at the 5:26 mark of the frame and Gerry Fitzgerald would need only 49 seconds to find the back of the net, with the eventual game-winning goal, with Harms and Marinaccio credited with assists for their third points of the night on the play.

With Adam Lovick in the penalty box, Harms tied a WCHA record for assists in a period when he found Nate Arentz streaking up the ice for a short-handed goal at the 8:30 mark of the first period.

The Beavers would hold the four-goal advantage through the period and 5:10 into the second, when Myles Fitzgerald scored a power-play goal with help from Jay Dickman and Kyle Bauman.

Michael Bitzer posted 26 saves on 28 shots faced, keeping the Wildcats off of the scoreboard until the 14:46 mark of the third period to improve to 11-2-1 on the season.

NMU got goals from Phillip Beaulieu and Casey Purpur in the last 5:14 of the game to bring the final score to 5-2.

The Beavers (11-2-1; 11-0-1-1 WCHA) now step away from WCHA play to host Princeton Nov. 25-26. The Beavers open the series with the Tigers at 7:07 p.m. Friday with the series finale set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Sanford Center.