|December 02, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||11:36||MTU||Michael Neville (Thomas Beretta , Cliff Watson)|
|1||12:30||BSU||Fitzgerald, Leo (Harms, Brendan )|
|2||05:15||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (O'Connor, Charlie )|
|Shots on Goal||25||27|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (John MacInnes Student Ice Arena) – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team increased its lead in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a 3-1 victory over second place Michigan Tech Friday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Charlie O’Connor led the Beavers recording a goal and an assist, while Kyle Buaman added a short-handed, game-winning goal and goaltender Michael Bitzer stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced.
With the win, BSU remains unbeaten in 13 WCHA games (12-0-1-1) and gains an 11-point lead over the Huskies and the rest of the league in the WCHA standings, owning 38 points.
Michigan Tech grabbed the first lead of the game at the 11:36 mark of the first period.
The Huskies set the pace early, posting the first three shots on goal of the game, but were stymied by a pair of penalties early. Michael Neville scored is third goal of the season to break the scoreless deadlock with help from Thomas Beretta.
The lead would last only 54 seconds.
Gerry Fitzgerald won the ensuing face-off and Brendan Harms would battle for the puck behind the MTU net before a nifty pass found Leo Fitzgerald for a one-timer. The goal was his third of the season and came in his return to the BSU line up after sitting out due to injury since Nov. 12.
Tied 1-0 and short a man for the first 1:45 of the second period, the Beavers would gain their first lead of the night at the 5:15 mark of the frame when Kyle Bauman posted the Beavers’ second short-handed goal in as many games. Charlie O’Connor was credited with an assist on the play.
The third period was dictated by the BSU defense.
The Beavers managed only four shots on goal in the frame and were forced to kill two MTU power-play opportunities, but answered the call. BSU kept the Huskies off the scoreboard and O’Connor added an insurance, empty-net goal with just over 23 seconds to play to secure the win.
The Beavers, now 12-4-1 overall and 12-0-1-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, will attempt to maintain grip on first place in the league standings when they again battle Michigan Tech tomorrow at 6:07 p.m. (CT) from John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
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.