December 04, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1012
Ferris State0000
Scoring Summary
108:09BSUHarms, Brendan (O'Connor, Charlie )
317:25BSUGerbrandt, Markus
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBitzer, Michael60:000025
FSUDarren Smith58:432023
Statistical ComparisonBSUFSU
Shots on Goal2525
Power Plays0-20-4
Beavers shut out Bulldogs, 2-0, to win third straight
Friday, December 4, 2015
Beavers shut out Bulldogs, 2-0, to win third straight

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.