|November 04, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||08:49||UAF||Woods,Justin (Van Tetering,Troy )|
|2||04:34||BSU||Baudry, Justin (Heller, Jordan , Somoza, Ethan)|
|2||17:34||UAF||Leer,Ryker (Young,Justin )|
|2||18:33||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Brady, Adam)|
|3||11:45||BSU||Fitzgerald, Gerry (Dickman, Jay , Brady, Adam)|
|Shots on Goal||28||24|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Carlson Center) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team got two goals from its power-play unit while its penalty-kill unit was perfect on three appearances Saturday in a BSU 3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory at the University of Alaska.
Gerry Fitzgerald, who recorded the game-winning goal midway through the third period, led the Beavers in a scoring adding an assist. Sophomore Adam Brady also pitched in the first two assist of his collegiate career to help lead the Beavers to the win.
The BSU power play was 2-for-5 (.400), marking its second straight multi-goal game, while the team’s penalty-kill unit used a three-for-three night to improve to 6-for-6 on the weekend and 27-of-28 on the year to lead the country (.967).
Bemidji State dominated play earning the first five shots on goal through the first eight minutes, but a BSU turnover would lead to the Nanooks’ first shot on goal with just over 12 minutes to play. The turnover would spark the Alaska offense and Justin Woods netted his second goal of the season and team-leading sixth of 2017-18 at the 11:11 mark to put UAF up 1-0.
Trailing 1-0 to open the second period, Justin Baudry leveled the score with his second goal of the series at the 4:34 mark of the frame. With three goals this season, the junior defenseman has already established a new single-season career-high goal total. Jordan Heller and Ethan Somoza were credited with assists on the even-strength goal. It was the first helper of Somoza’s BSU career.
Late in the second period (17:34) Alaska regained the lead on a Ryker Leer goal. But before time would expire on the frame, the Beavers reeled in the Nanooks when freshman Charlie Combs scored on the power play. The goal, which was assisted by BSU’s leading scorer G. Fitzgerald (2g-8a) and Brady, was the first of Combs’’ collegiate career.
For the second straight night, the Beavers and Nanooks opened the third period locked in a tie. G. Fitzgerald would break the tie with the Beavers’ second power-play goal of the evening at the 11:45 mark of the third.
Michael Bitzer turned aside 22 shots for his fourth victory of the season (4-2-2).
Bemidji State, 4-2-2; 2-1-1-1 WCHA, returns to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center Nov. 10-11 to continue WCHA play. The Beavers will host long-time, intrastate rival Minnesota State University, Mankato for a two-game league series. The Mavericks will travel to Bemidji owning a share of first place in the WCHA standings with a 6-3-0 overall and a 4-2-0-0 record in league play. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. each evening.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).