|November 04, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||13:33||BSU||O'Connor, Charlie (Eichstadt, Dillon , Muck, Tommy)|
|3||01:02||BSU||Marinaccio, Phillip (O'Connor, Charlie )|
|3||05:23||BSU||Fitzgerald, Gerry (Marinaccio, Phillip , Whitecloud, Zach)|
|3||08:03||BSU||Fitzgerald, Gerry (Fitzgerald, Leo , Whitecloud, Zach)|
|3||09:00||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Beauvais, Brett )|
|3||16:54||UAF||Leiter,Colton (Frye,Zach , Thompson,Tristan)|
|Shots on Goal||32||18|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Carlson Center) – Gerry Fitzgerald and Kyle Bauman each scored twice to lead the No. 18 Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 6-2 victory at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks Friday. Seven different players recorded a point in the game, including five players logging multi-point efforts as the Beavers piled up their seventh victory of the season.
The Beavers scored first and held a 2-1 lead after two periods of play before adding four goals in the first nine minutes of the third period to cruise to a four-goal, series opening win.
The game opened at a breakneck pace as the players played more than seven minutes without a whistle. The Beavers out shot the Nanooks 12-6, but finished the period locked in a 1-1 tie.
Dillon Eichstadt took a shot from the point at the 13:33 mark of the first and captain Charlie O’Connor was in front of the net to deflect the puck past the Alaska goaltender Jesse Jenks to get the Beavers on the board. Just over three minutes later, the Nanooks were the beneficiaries of a lucky bounce to knot the game at 1-1. James LaDouce scored an unassisted goal off the arm of Michael Bitzer at the 16:45 mark.
The Beavers regained the lead at the 4:41 mark of the second period when Bauman forced a turnover, picked up the loose puck and used his speed to beat the transitioning Nanooks into the zone and fired a shot five hole from the right circle. The goal was his third of the season.
The lead would stick through the end of the second period.
Phillip Marinaccio sparked the Beavers’ third period scoring burst as he netted his third tally of the season just 62 seconds into the period. G. Fitzgerald would score on the power play at the 5:23 mark with help from Marinaccio and Zach Whitecloud.
Leading 4-1, the Beavers got 1:19 of 5-on-3 play. Fitzgerald would net his second goal of the game with two seconds left on the advantage giving the Beavers a four-goal cushion. Leo Fitzgerald and Whitecloud were credited with assists on the play. Just 57 seconds later, Bauman netted his second of the game to put the Beavers up 6-1.
The Nanooks got a goal back with 3:06 left in the game, when Colton Leiter scored on the power play. The goal marked the first power-play goal the BSU penalty-kill unit had allowed in league play in 2016-17—ending a streak of 33 chances killed.
The Beavers won the special teams race. In addition to going 2-for-6 on the man advantage, the BSU penalty-kill unit successfully snuffed out 4-of-5 Nanooks’ power-play opportunities.
Bitzer, who besides a highlight real save midway through the second period, was relatively untested. The junior turned aside 15 shots and allowed two UAF goals. He improves to 7-2-0 on the season.
Bemidji State, now 7-2-0 overall and 7-0-0 in WCHA, remain atop the league standings. The Beavers looks for their fourth series sweep of 2016-17 tomorrow when they again battle the Nanooks at 10:07 p.m. (CST) from the Carlson Center.
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.