Bitzer's 30 Saves Lead Bemidji State Past Northern Michigan, 3-0
Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer makes 30 saves for Beavers

Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer made 30 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 1:22  BMJ1-0 EV GW Leo Fitzgerald (6)Gerry Fitzgerald/10, Brendan Harms/12
2nd 8:20  BMJ2-0 PP Zach Whitecloud (3)Phillip Marinaccio/17, Gerry Fitzgerald/11
2nd 12:36  BMJ3-0 EV Kyle Bauman (13)Phillip Marinaccio/18, Justin Baudry/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northern Michigan  0000
Bemidji State  0303
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northern Michigan  716730
Bemidji State  1012527
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)60:003 109524
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 21-11-3)59:290 716730
Empty Net0:310     

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.