|January 05, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||0||0||0|
|1||01:04||BSU||McCrory, Dylan (Muck, Tommy , Bauman, Kyle)|
|1||11:03||BSU||Combs, Charlie (Whitecloud, Zach , Brady, Adam)|
|3||18:14||BSU||Fitzgerald, Gerry (Brady, Adam )|
|Shots on Goal||25||21|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) – Michael Bitzer turned aside each of the 21 shots he faced to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 3-0 victory at Lake Superior State, Friday. The victory extended the Beavers' winning streak to five games, while they remain unbeaten in their eight games since Dec. 1--their longest streak since a five-game string during the 2014-15 season (Feb. 13-27, 2015).
Adam Brady lead all BSU players in scoring, posting a pair of assists, while Dylan McCrory, Charlie Combs and Gerry Fitzgerald each scored goals.
Riding its longest winning streak since a five-game string Feb. 13-27, 2015, it only took the Beavers 64 seconds to jump out to a lead. McCrory, who was in the line up for the first time since Dec. 2, netted his first goal of the season with help from Tommy Muck and Kyle Bauman.
Combs stretched the Beavers’ lead to 2-0 midway through the first period, converting Bemidji State’s first power-play opportunity of the evening. LSSU’s Collin Saccoman was whistled for hooking at 10:42. Adam Brady and Zach Whitecloud teamed up to get the puck to Combs and the freshman beat the Lakers’ goaltender Nick Kassoff 21 seconds later for his seventh goal of the season.
The teams played more than 25 minutes without any scoring before G. Fitzgerald added an empty-net goal at the 18:14 mark of the third period to add an insurance goal and help the Beavers extend thier winning streak.
Michael Bitzer earned his 10th victory of the season and added to his BSU and WCHA career shutout record (20). He moved to 10-5-5 on the season and has not been beaten since a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green, Dec. 1—a streak spanning eight games (5-0-3).
The Beavers, now 10-6-5 overall and 7-4-4-2 in WCHA play, looks for its third consecutive series sweep tomorrow when it will again go head-to-head with Lake Superior State. The series finale will get underway at 6:07 p.m. from Taffy Abel Arena.
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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).