Alaska Anchorage vs Bemidji State 2/20/15
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — Kyle Bauman scored two goals and Sam Windle posted two assists to lead the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 3-2 victory over University of Alaska-Anchorage Friday. The win stretches the Beavers’ home unbeaten streak to eight games played at Sanford Center (6-0-2), dating back to late November.
After taking a lead on a Bauman goal just 1:56 into first period, the Beavers saw the Seawolves come charging back to net two goals in the final 4:50 of the frame and grab a 2-1 lead to open the second period.
BSU was again quick to strike in the second. Bauman netted his second goal of the game, marking his first collegiate two-goal outing, to knot the score at 2-2 just 2:01 into the period. Charlie O’Connor would add his team-leading 11th goal of the season at the 8:19 mark of the second and the Beavers held on for the win.
Goaltender Michale Bitzer stopped all ten shots he faced in the third for a total of 22 saves on the night en rout to his 11th victory of the season.
Bemidji State, now 13-14-4 overall and 9-10-4 in WCHA play will be back in action tomorrow in search of its fourth shutout of the season when it again hosts Alaska-Anchorage at Sanford Center. The opening face-off for the series finale is set for 7:37 p.m.
Bemidji State notables:
• BSU is 8-7-1 on Friday’s this season and has averaged 2.88 goals per game, while allowing its opponents 2.31.
• This season Matt Prapavessis has been BSU’s top scoring threat on Friday. He has 13 points (5g-8a) in 16 Friday contests.
• Bitzer made 22 saves to pick up his 11th win of the season Friday. He became the first BSU goaltender to post 11 or more wins in a season since Dan Bakala recorded 11 in 2011-12.
• Bitzer is the first rookie goaltender at BSU to record 11 victories since Matt Clime posted 11 as a freshman in 2004-05.
• Charlie O’Connor recorded his 11th goal of the season Friday—extending his single-season career-high total. He leads BSU in goals scored.
• Kyle Bauman added two goals Friday for his team-leading fifth multi-point game of 2014-15.
• Win an assist Friday, Brendan Harms moves into a tie with Matt Prapavessis for the team’s scoring lead with 20 (9g-11a).
• Since the turn of the calendar year, Bauman has a team-best 11 points (7g-4a) in 13 games played.
• Sam Windle collected two assists Friday, marking the second multi-point game of his career.
• BSU allowed its first power-play goal since Jan. 24 Friday surrendering one UAA power-play marker in three opportunities. The goal snapped a 23-opportunity shutout streak-spanning eight games.
• The Beavers have failed to score a power-play goal in their last 13 man advantage opportunities and have just one power-play tally in their last six games.
• Nate Arentz is due to score. The sophomore has 15 points this season to rank fifth on the team, however, he has just one assist in the Beavers’ last 14 games and has not recorded a point since posting an assist Jan. 10 versus Ala.-Huntsville.
• BSU is 12-4-1 this season when scoring first.
• Friday night’s 3-2 victory moved BSU to 3-14-3 when scoring three or fewer goals, however, the Beavers are now 10-0-1 when netting four or more.
• The Beavers are 6-1-4 versus the Seawolves in a series that got its start in 2010. BSU’s last lost to UAA came Nov. 12, 2010—in the first meeting of the all-time series. BSU is unbeaten in the last 10 meetings and is now 4-1-2 when hosing UAA at Sanford Center.
• The Beavers are 8-4-2 at home this season and are 6-0-2 at Sanford Center since Nov. 29th.
• BSU’s current eight-game home unbeaten streak (6-0-2) is the longest in Sanford Center history and the teams’ longest on home ice since BSU strung together eight wins at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse to open the 2009-10 season.
• The Beavers will attempt to claim their fourth series sweep of the season Saturday.