Beavers Skate Past No. 9 Bulldogs in 2017-2018 Season Opener

October 13, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Minnesota Duluth1012
Bemidji State0145
Scoring Summary
107:27UMDBlake Young (Louie Roehl , Jarod Hilderman)
209:10BSUFitzgerald, Gerry (Whitecloud, Zach , Miller, Aaron)
303:55BSUBrady, Adam (Whitecloud, Zach , Fitzgerald, Gerry)
305:51BSUBaudry, Justin (Sjodahl, Hampus )
307:30BSUHarris, Brendan (Fitzgerald, Myles , Eichstadt, Dillon)
319:00UMDKarson Kuhlman (Mikey Anderson , Nick Swaney)
319:51BSUFitzgerald, Leo (Heller, Jordan , Fitzgerald, Gerry)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
UMDHunter Shepard58:364012
BSUBitzer, Michael60:002027
Statistical ComparisonUMDBSU
Shots on Goal2917
Power Plays0-32-5
Beavers Skate Past No. 9 Bulldogs in 2017-2018 Season Opener
Friday, October 13, 2017
Beavers Skate Past No. 9 Bulldogs in 2017-2018 Season Opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team trailed by a goal after the first period, but rallied with a goal in the second and three third-period goals beat No. 9 Minnesota Duluth, 5-2, Friday.

In all, 11 different BSU players found their way to the score sheet, led by Gerry Fitzgerald, who had a goal and two assists, and Zach Whitecloud, who finished the season-opener with a pair of assists. Both we part of a BSU power-play unit that produced two goals on five opportunities.

After being out shot 10-6 in the first period despite the benefit of a pair of power-play opportunities, the Beavers went to the locker room trailing 1-0.

Midway through the second period, BSU got the break it needed when G. Fitzgerald took a pass form Whitecloud and fired his first goal of 2017-18 past the Bulldogs goaltender on the power play.  The game-tying goal seemed to be the spark BSU needed as momentum started to roll in its favor for the final 10:50 of the frame.

Tied 1-1 with 20 minutes to play, the Beavers dominated the third. Out shot 21-9 during the first 40 minutes, BSU went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs matching their eight shots. Adam Brady put BSU in the lead at the 3:55 mark, netting his first collegiate goal on the power play, again with Whitecloud setting the table. Justin Baudry finished a rush 1:56 later to put BSU up 3-1 and Brendan Harris poked his first BSU goal through a scrum in front of the net and past Hunter Shepard at the 7:30 mark.

UMD would push back late in the period, getting a goal from Karson Kuhlman with 60 seconds ot play, cutting the BSU lead to 4-2, but Leo Fitzgerald would make good on an empty-net goal with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Michael Bitzer picked up the victory in goal--the 50th of his BSU career--making 27 saves on 29 shots.

The Beavers now make the trip east to Duluth, Minn. and AMSOIL Arena for tomorrow's rubber match. The opening face off between BSU and UMD is set for 7:07 p.m.

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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 (NSIC).