Bemidji State’s Bitzer selected as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week

Bemidji State’s Bitzer selected as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Monday, January 4, 2016
Bemidji State’s Bitzer selected as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week

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).

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