|1st||0:52||BMJ||1-0||PP||Phillip Marinaccio (5)||Charlie O'Connor/6, Brendan Harms/4|
|1st||3:00||BMJ||2-0||EV||Phillip Marinaccio (6)||Brendan Harms/5|
|1st||6:15||BMJ||3-0||PP GW||Gerry Fitzgerald (6)||Brendan Harms/6, Phillip Marinaccio/7|
|1st||8:30||BMJ||4-0||SH||Nate Arentz (2)||Brendan Harms/7, Dan Billett/6|
|2nd||5:10||BMJ||5-0||PP||Myles Fitzgerald (2)||Kyle Bauman/4, Jay Dickman/5|
|3rd||14:46||NMU||1-5||EV||Philip Beaulieu (2)||Darien Craighead/3, Jordan Klimek/4|
|3rd||16:56||NMU||2-5||EV||Casey Purpur (1)||Troy Loggins/3, Robbie Payne/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|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)||6:15||3||7||0||0||7|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (W, 11-2-1)||60:00||2||5||8||13||26|
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.