Michigan Tech vs Bemidji State Highlights 02/19/16
BEMDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — Brendan Harms scored twice and Michael Bitzer turned aside 26 shots to propel the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 3-0 victory over No. 14 Michigan Tech Friday.
The Beavers used solid play in all facets of the game to snap a 10-game winless streak versus the Huskies and earn their first win over MTU since Oct. 22, 2011. BSU kept the WCHA’s top power-play unit quiet, snuffing out all three of Michigan Tech’s man advantage opportunities, while the Beavers’ own power-play unit made good on one of its three chances.
Bitzer’s shutout stands as his fifth of the season to lead the WCHA and tie for fourth nationally, while it is the ninth of his career.
After playing over 19 minutes locked in a scoreless tie, Justin Baudry found Harms on the back door to send the Beavers to the locker room after the first period of play holding a 1-0 lead.
Despite taking a pair of penalties in the second period, the Beavers used strong penalty-kill play to gain momentum. BSU out shot MTU 10-5 during the frame but was unable to get anything to show for it as the teams skated into the intermission with BSU clinging to a one-goal lead.
Myles Fitzgerald put the Beavers up 2-0 at the 3:25 mark of the third period when MTU goaltender Jamie Phillips kicked a Brett Beauvais shot to the right post and M. Fitzgerald buried his third goal of the season to account of BSU’s power-play goal.
Desperate to gain traction, Michigan Tech pulled Phillips with 3:37 to play. The move would backfire 38 seconds later when the Beavers won a defensive zone face off and Harms came out of a scrum with the puck and potted a 175-foot empty-net shot to seal the victory for BSU.
The Beavers, now 14-12-5 overall and 9-10-4 in WCHA play, look to sweep the series when they host the Huskies (16-8-5; 13-7-3 WCHA) again tomorrow. The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m.
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.