ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Sullivan Arena) – Kyle Bauman scored twice and the Bemidji State University special teams units were near flawless as the the Beavers opened a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at University of Alaska Anchorage with a 6-3 victory Friday.
BSU bookended the game with power-play goals and finished the night 2-for-3 on the man advantage, while its penalty-kill crew, led by goaltender Michael Bitzer, held the Seawolves without a goal on five attempts.
Gerry Fitzgerald got the Beavers on the board just 1:49 after the opening face off, netting his team-leading ninth goal of the season on BSU’s first power play of the evening. Cory Ward and Leo Fitzgerald were credited with assists on the goal. The Seawolves came charging back when Chase Van Allen and Blake Tatchell lit the lamp just 31 seconds apart midway through the period. But BSU escaped the period tied 2-2 after Bauman netted his fourth goal of 2015-16 at the 13:31 mark.
The second period belonged to BSU.
The Beavers out shot UAA 13-6 in the frame and got goals from Cory Ward and Bauman to take a 4-2 lead into the final 20 minutes of play.
Nate Arentz netted the Beavers’ first short-handed goal of the season at the 13:15 mark of the third before John Parker posted a power-play goal (17:41) and UAA’s Brad Duwe (19:21) scored in the final moments of regulation to bring the score to 6-3.
Bitzer finished the night making 14 saves on 17 shots in the 60-minute victory. He is unbeaten in his last two appearances (1-0-1) and improves to 3-9-3 on the year.
Bemidji State, now 7-9-4 overall and 6-8-3 in WCHA play, is now unbeaten in its last 12 meetings with UAA (8-0-4) and is 2-0-1 on its current Alaskan road swing.
The teams wrap up the series Saturday at Sullivan Arena. The Beavers and Seawolves drop the puck at 10:07 p.m. (CT).
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.