Beavers roll to 5-1 victory and series split

January 21, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Ferris State1001
Bemidji State1315
Scoring Summary
103:53BSUFitzgerald, Myles (Fitzgerald, Leo , Baudry, Justin)
116:56FSUChad McDonald (Jared VanWormer )
201:30BSUBauman, Kyle (Marinaccio, Phillip , Billett, Dan)
203:07BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (Bauman, Kyle , O'Connor, Charlie)
213:23BSUFitzgerald, Gerry (Fitzgerald, Myles , Muck, Tommy)
300:44BSUBaudry, Justin (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Fitzgerald, Leo)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
FSUDarren Smith33:234013
FSUJustin Kapelmaster26:371012
BSUBitzer, Michael60:001032
Statistical ComparisonFSUBSU
Shots on Goal3330
Power Plays0-20-1
Beavers roll to 5-1 victory and series split
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Beavers roll to 5-1 victory and series split

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Bemidji State University scored two times in the first 3:07 of the second period to extend its lead to two goals and would not look back as the Beavers rolled to a 5-1 victory over Ferris State University Saturday. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid and allowed the Beavers to salvage a series split.

Six different BSU players recorded two points in the game and the goal-starved Beavers broke a string of seven games a string of seven games (3-4-0) without netting more than two goals.

The line of Phillip Marinaccio, Kyle Bauman and Charlie O'Connor sparked the scoring outburst for the Beavers.

Opening the second period tied 1-1, the trio posted goals on back-to-back-shifts. Bauman started the period with his ninth goal of the season at the 1:30 mark. Not to be out done, Marinaccio posted his ninth 1:37 later. Before time would run out in the frame, Gerry Fitzgerald fired a rocket to cap a rush, give BSU a 4-1 lead heading into the final period and end starting goaltender Darren Smith's night after 33:23.

BSU picked up right where it left off in the third, needing only 44 seconds to find the back of the net again. This time brothers Leo and Gerry Fitzgerald found blueliner Justin Baudry on the left post of a virtually open net for is first goal of the season.

BSU netminder Michael Bitzer did the rest. The junior piled up 32 saves, including 15 in the second period alone, in the victory to improve to 16-8-3 on the season. In the process he moved past BSU great Mark Liska (1981-85) and into sole possession of 10th place on BSU's all-time saves list with 2,045.

BSU, now 16-9-3 overall and 16-4-2-2 in WCHA play, breaks from league play Jan. 27-28 to play in the North Star College Cup. The Beavers open the event with St. Cloud State University at 4 p.m. Friday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Minn.

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.