Bemidji State Edges Past Bowling Green, 2-1
Junior forward Myles Fitzgerald scores game-winning goal for Beavers

Junior forward Myles Fitzgerald scored the game-winning goal for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:15  BMJ1-0 PP Zach Whitecloud (1)Gerry Fitzgerald/1, Charlie O'Connor/1
1st 12:36  BMJ2-0 EV GW Myles Fitzgerald (1)Phillip Marinaccio/1, Brett Beauvais/1
3rd 5:01  BGS1-2 EV Stephen Baylis (1)Chris Pohlkamp/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bowling Green  0011
Bemidji State  2002
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bowling Green  721221
Bemidji State  1310225
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bowling Green (0-1-0)  0/5 5/10 0
Bemidji State (1-0-0)  1/5 5/10 0
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chris Nell (L, 0-1-0)58:132 1110223
Empty Net1:470     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 1-0-0)60:001 721120

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State men's hockey team opened the 2016-17 season with a victory over nationally-ranked Bowling Green State University, Friday at Sanford Center. The Beavers pounced on the No. 15 Falcons early posting a 2-0 lead during the first 13 minutes of play and withstood significant push back in the third to gain the 2-1 victory.

Freshman defender Zach Whitecloud netted his first collegiate goal to get the Beavers on the board just 6:15, and Myles Fitzgerald followed suite at the 12:36 mark.

Michael Bitzer kept BGSU out of the net for 45:01, but Stephen Baylis pushed a Chris Pohlkamp rebound across the line to get the Falcons in the scoring column early in the third period, a frame which BGSU dominated.

The goal would start a rally for the Falcons, who pulled goaltender Chris Nell with 1:47 to play and BSU's Phillip Marinaccio in the penalty box to take a two-man advantage for the final 54 seconds. Despite a shot that rang off the post and out shooting BSU 12-2 in the period, Bitzer and the Beavers' defensive unit withstood the charge.

Bitzer finished the night turning aside 20 of 21 shots he faced en route to earning the victory.

The Beavers and Falcons will settle the WCHA series tomorrow at 7 p.m.