|December 04, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||08:09||BSU||Harms, Brendan (O'Connor, Charlie )|
|Shots on Goal||25||25|
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Ewigleben Ice Arena) – Sophomore goaltender Michael Bitzer posted a 25-save shutout, while Brendan Harms and Markus Gerbrandt each scored to propel Bemidji State University men's hockey team to its third straight victory, 2-0 over Ferris State University, Friday in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Beavers got a goal from Harms 9:45 into the first period and rode a solid defensive performance to the victory. Charlie O’Connor was credited with an assist on the play, feeding Harms with a nifty pass in front of the net.
In addition to holding FSU to just 25 shots on net, BSU’s penalty-kill unit held FSU without a goal on four man-advantage opportunities.
BSU got just two power-play chances in the game and came up dry on both, extending a scoreless string on the man advantage to four games (0-for-12).
Clinging to a 1-0 lead deep into the third period, Gerbrandt picked the pocket of a FSU player and scored an unassisted goal to put BSU up 2-0 with 2:35 to go in regulation.
Bitzer, who was making his first appearance since a 3-2 loss to Lake Superior State University Nov. 20, did the rest turning aside all 25 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. He moves to 2-6-2 on the season.
His last win came, 3-2, in the 2015-16 season-opener, Oct. 10, versus University Minnesota Duluth.
The Beavers’ three-game winning streak is its first of the season, while now unbeaten in its last four games marks BSU’s longest run without a loss since it went 6-0-1 from Feb. 13 to March 6 late in the 2014-15 season.
Bemidji State (5-6-3; 4-5-2 WCHA) and Ferris State (6-7-4; 5-6-2 WCHA) will settle the series tomorrow as the Beavers go for their second consecutive road sweep. Opening faceoff is set for 6:07 p.m. (CST) from Ewigleben Ice Arena.
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.