No. 13 Beavers use four-goal first period to complete WCHA series sweep

November 19, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
Northern Michigan0022
Bemidji State4105
Scoring Summary
100:52BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (O'Connor, Charlie , Harms, Brendan)
103:00BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (Harms, Brendan )
106:15BSUFitzgerald, Gerry (Harms, Brendan , Marinaccio, Phillip)
108:30BSUArentz, Nate (Harms, Brendan , Billett, Dan)
205:10BSUFitzgerald, Myles (Bauman, Kyle , Dickman, Jay)
314:46NMUPhilip Beaulieu (Darien Craighead , Jordan Klimek)
316:56NMUCasey Purpur (Troy Loggins , Robbie Payne)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
NMUMathias Israelsson53:452015
NMUAtte Tolvanen6:15307
BSUBitzer, Michael60:002026
Statistical ComparisonNMUBSU
Shots on Goal2827
Power Plays0-53-5
No. 13 Beavers use four-goal first period to complete WCHA series sweep
Saturday, November 19, 2016
No. 13 Beavers use four-goal first period to complete WCHA series sweep

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Led by its upper classmen and strong special teams play, the Bemidji State University men's hockey team used a 5-2 victory to complete the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of Northern Michigan University and remain unbeaten in league play.

The Beavers opened the game with a flurry, netting four goals during the first 8:30. Senior Phillip Marinaccio contributed a pair of goals and an assist, while fellow senior Brendan Harms ignited the scoring spark assisting on the Beavers' first four goals.

After going three games without a power-play goal, Bemidji State posted goals on its third three power-play opportunities and finished the night going 3-for-5 on the man advantage. The Beavers also held the Wildcats without a goal on five power-play chances and added a short-handed goal.

Marinaccio got the scoring started just 52 seconds after the opening face off, corralling a rebound and stuffing it just inside the right post for a power-play goal. The Nobleton, Ontario native put the Beavers up 2-0 at the three-minute mark after forcing a turnover in the neutral zone. Harms picked up the puck and found Marinaccio for a goal in the high slot. The Beavers went back on the man advantage at the 5:26 mark of the frame and Gerry Fitzgerald would need only 49 seconds to find the back of the net, with the eventual game-winning goal, with Harms and Marinaccio credited with assists for their third points of the night on the play.

With Adam Lovick in the penalty box, Harms tied a WCHA record for assists in a period when he found Nate Arentz streaking up the ice for a short-handed goal at the 8:30 mark of the first period.

The Beavers would hold the four-goal advantage through the period and 5:10 into the second, when Myles Fitzgerald scored a power-play goal with help from Jay Dickman and Kyle Bauman. 

Michael Bitzer posted 26 saves on 28 shots faced, keeping the Wildcats off of the scoreboard until the 14:46 mark of the third period to improve to 11-2-1 on the season.

NMU got goals from Phillip Beaulieu and Casey Purpur in the last 5:14 of the game to bring the final score to 5-2.

The Beavers (11-2-1; 11-0-1-1 WCHA) now step away from WCHA play to host Princeton Nov. 25-26. The Beavers open the series with the Tigers at 7:07 p.m. Friday with the series finale set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Sanford 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.