|February 03, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||1||1||2|
|2||01:14||LSSM||Max Humitz (Collin Saccoman , Yuki Miura)|
|3||19:38||LSSM||Diego Cuglietta (Gage Torrel )|
|Shots on Goal||17||36|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) – The Bemidji State University men's hockey team held Lake Superior State University to just 17 shots on goal Saturay, but Lakers' goaltender Mareks Mitens turned aside all 36 shots he faced and Max Humitz and Diego Cuglietta each scored a goal to lead LSSU to a 2-0 victory.
The Beavers finished the weekend without a goal and dropped back-to-back games for just the third time this season.
Aided by three power-play opportunities in the first period, BSU out shot the Lakers 13-3, but was stymied by Mitens and went to the locker room locked in a 0-0 tie.
Lake Superior State didn’t waste any time breaking the tie in the second period. Opening the frame with 37 seconds of power-play time, the Lakers didn’t cash in, but lit their half of the scoreboard at the 1:14 mark. Humitz tipped a shot from Collin Saccoman past Michael Bitzer for his team-leading 12th tally of the season.
BSU looked to have broken the seal on the LSSU net at the 9:56 mark of the third when Aaron Miller got free for one of BSU’s best looks from the slot and fired a shot past Mitens to tie the game, but after a review by the official, the goal was disallowed due to goaltender interference, leaving the Lakers with a 1-0 lead and in the driver’s seat down the home stretch.
Trailing 1-0 deep into the third period, BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore attempted to manufacture offensive opportunity, pulling BItzer, but with a player in the penalty box the tactic merely evened the playing field and with 22 seconds left, Cuglietta took a feed from Gage Torrel and skated up the ice for an empty-net, power-play goal to seal the victory and the series sweep.
Bitzer finished the night with 15 saves on 16 shots faced, while backstopping a penalty-kill unit that was 3-for-3 going into the final moments and completed the game 3-for-4.
Bemidji State, now 14-10-6 overall and 11-7-4-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, remains two points ahead of Michigan Tech for fourth in the league standings in a battle for the fourth-and-final first round home playoff slot. The Beavers hit the road for a two-game league series in Houghton, Mich. versus the Huskies next weekend. Opening faceoff is set for 6:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday from MacInnes Student Ice 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).