EDINA, Minn. – Bemidji State University goaltender Michael Bitzer has been selected as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week for his role in Beavers’ home-and-home, non-conference series victory versus No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bitzer backstopped Bemidji State to a 5-2 win and scoreless tie against Minnesota Duluth, posing 72 saves, a 0.96 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage over 125:00 in net. The senior from Moorhead, Minn. collected 27 saves in the Beavers’ season-opening victory Friday, before recording a career-high 45 saves en route in Saturday’s 0-0 draw. His 17th career shutout – an ongoing Bemidji State record and the most by an active NCAA men’s goaltender – included 11 saves in the first period, 16 in the second, 14 in the third and four more in the first, official overtime. The Beavers were outshot by a 45-27 margin but survived for the series win over the Bulldogs due to Bitzer’s performance.
In addition to Bitzer, Lake Superior State University’s J.T. Henke won the league’s Offensive Player of the Week award, Minnesota State University’s Daniel Brickley was named Defensive Player of the Week and Bowling Green freshman forward Cameron Wright was tabbed WCHA Rookie of the Week.
This is Bitzer’s first WCHA weekly award of the 2017-18 season and his 12th career honor, including a pair of rookie accolades and nine defensive awards.
Opening face off for each night is 7:07 p.m.and tickets, begining at just $12, are still available for both games of the series.
Tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to the drop of the puck. Current or former members of the U.S. Military who buy a ticket and show military ID at the ticket window will get an additional ticket free of charge as the Beavers host Military Appreciation Weekend.
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.