EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University goaltender Michael Bitzer has been selected for Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week honors following play versus University of Alaska, Jan. 2-3.
In his lone appearance, Bitzer helped Bemidji State to a 1-1 draw at Alaska Sunday that gave the Beavers three points on the weekend. The sophomore from Moorhead, Minn. turned aside 26-of-27 Nanooks’ shots, including two in overtime, while helping BSU’s penalty-kill unit finish the evening holding UA without a goal on four-of-five opportunities.
This is Bitzer’s second WCHA weekly honor of the 2015-16 season and seventh career accolade, which includes two Rookie of the Week wins.
Bitzer is 2-9-3 this season with a pair of shutouts to go with a .903 save percentage and a 2.36 goals against average.
The Beavers, now 6-9-4 overall and 5-8-3 in WCHA play, improved to 1-0-4 on overtime this season with the 1-1 tie.
The team continues its current Alaskan road trip with a WCHA series at University of Alaska-Anchorage this weekend at Sullivan Arena. The Beavers and Seawolves drop the puck at 10:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and will complete the series with a 10:07 p.m. (CT) start Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska.
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).