Bemidji State Clips Minnesota State, 2-1
Junior forward Gerry Fitzgerald scores game-winning goal for Beavers

Junior forward Gerry Fitzgerald scored the game-winning goal for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:06  BMJ1-0 EV Jordan Heller (1)T.J. Roo/1
2nd 5:15  MNS1-1 PP Marc Michaelis (14)Brad McClure/13, C.J. Franklin/18
3rd 9:26  BMJ2-1 PP GW Gerry Fitzgerald (11)Phillip Marinaccio/15, Zach Whitecloud/12
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0101
Bemidji State  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  614727
Bemidji State  108725
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)59:342 98623
Empty Net0:260     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 20-11-3)60:001 613726

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.