|February 13, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|2||13:42||BSU||Rendle, Sam (Windle, Sam , Brewer, Philip)|
|Shots on Goal||30||25|
MARQUETTE, Mich. (Barry Events Center) -- Senior defender Sam Rendle notched his second goal of the season and goaltender Michael Bitzer collected 25 saves en route to his fourth shutout Saturday to lift the Bemidji State University men's hockey team a 1-0 victory at Northern Michigan University.
Following a scoreless first period, Rendle provided the Beavers with an offensive spark, tucking an even-strength goal just inside the post. The goal put BSU up 1-0 at the 13:42 mark of the second. From there, BSU ratcheted up its defensive effort. It’s penalty-kill unit snuffed out two NMU power-play opportunities to finished the night a perfect 3-for-3, Bitzer turned aside the final 17 shots he faced and BSU blocked a total of 19 shots in the game, led by Graeme McCormack and Ruslan Pedan, who each stepped in front of three.
The victory stands as the Beavers' first road win since a 5-1 triumph at then-No. 2 University of North Dakota, Oct. 10.
The Beavers (11-14-4; 7-10-3 WCHA) and Wildcats (11-12-6; 8-9-4 WCHA) will wrap up the series tomorrow at 6:07 p.m. (CST) from Barry Events Center.
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).
Bemidji State notes:
- Bitzer made 25 saves to pick up the fourth shutout of his freshman season. The last BSU goaltender to post at least four shutouts in a single season was Matt Clime (5) during the 2007-08 campaign.
- Michael Bitzer is 2-0-1 when facing NMU. He has allowed just three goals in 185 minutes for a 0.97 goals against average and has stopped 61 of 64 shots faced for a .953 save percentage.
- Sam Rendle collected the second game-winning goal of his career tonight and his first since the 2011-12 season.
- Both of Sam Rendle’s goals this season have come on the road. Ironically, the goals have come in BSU’s only road wins of the season, Oct. 10 and Feb. 13.
- Sam Windle collected his fourth assist of the season in the game. He now has recorded three of his career nine assists, and his only collegiate multi-point game in five appearances versus NMU— that’s 30 percent of his career assist scoring.
- Senior Philip Brewer has collected three points in three games versus NMU this season, which includes the only game-winning goal of his 97-game BSU career.
- Bemidji State remains unbeaten at Barry Events Center (2-0-1).
- BSU’s penalty-kill unit held NMU in check snuffing out all three of its man advantage opportunities. BSU has now killed 30 of its opponent’s last 32 power-play chances (.938).
- BSU surrendered its last power-play goal in the second period of its Jan. 24 game versus No. 1 Minnesota State.
- BSU claimed its first win on Olympic ice this season (1-2-2). Before tonight, BSU dropped a pair of games at Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena and settled for back-to-back ties at Alaska-Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.
- BSU now leads NMU in the all-time series 4-3-2, in a rivalry that got its start in 2009.
- This season BSU is 2-0-1 versus the Wildcats.
- The Beavers will attempt to secure their first road series sweep of the season and first back-to-back road wins since Jan. 10-11, 2014 at Lake Superior State.