|October 15, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||04:52||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Fitzgerald, Gerry )|
|1||09:34||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Beauvais, Brett , Fitzgerald, Myles)|
|Shots on Goal||24||21|
MARQUETTE, Mich. (Berry Events Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team used a 2-0 victory over Northern Michigan University Saturday to open the season 4-0-0 for the first time since 2005-06.
For the second consecutive night, goaltender Michael Bitzer was perfect, stopping all 21 shots he faced and backstopping a penalty-kill unit that was 5-for-5. The shutout moved the junior into a tie with Beaver great Matt Climie (2004-08) atop the program’s all-time shutout list with 12.
Jay Dickman and Kyle Bauman provided early offense for the Beavers, sending BSU into the first intermission owning a 2-0 lead. Dickman was in the right place at the right time, corralling a rebound off a Myles Fitzgerald shot to post his second goal in as many nights at the 4:52 mark. Bauman netted his first goal of the season at the 9:34 mark with help from Brett Beauvais and M. Fitzgerald.
BSU leaned heavily on its penalty-kill unit in the second period. BSU was whistled for four penalties and played short a man for nearly half of the period, and despite being outshot 8-5, the Beavers skated into the third period gripping a two-goal lead.
Bemidji State played the bulk of the third period protecting its lead. NMU pulled its goaltender for the final two minutes, but it was a tactic that failed to pay off as the Beavers and goaltender Bitzer weathered the storm and completed the victory, 2-0.
The Beavers, now 4-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in WCHA play, breaks from league action next week as it travels to Grand Forks, N.D. to battle No. 1 University of North Dakota. The series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday from Ralph Engelstad Arena, while the finale is set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
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.