|3rd||19:59||LSS||1-0||PP GW||Alex Globke (3)||Garret Clemment/1|
|Lake Superior State||0||0||1||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Lake Superior State||15||7||4||26|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (7-11-3)||0/1||2/4||0|
|Lake Superior State (5-19-1)||1/1||2/4||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (L, 5-6-1)||60:00||1||15||7||3||25|
|Lake Superior State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Gordon Defiel (W, 5-17-1)||60:00||0||24||9||11||44|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- Lake Superior State men's ice hockey defeated Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Bemidji State 1-0 in the series opener Friday evening. The Lakers got the game's only goal on the power play with under a second left in regulation.
The Lakers (5-19-1, 4-13-0 WCHA) were knotted in an up-tempo, back-and-forth, slug match with the Beavers (7-11-3, 5-7-3 WCHA) through almost a full 60 minutes of regulation before sophomore Alex Globke (3-5--8) scored the game-winning goal. Fellow sophomore Garret Clemment (2-1--3) intercepted the defender's pass behind the Beavers' goaltender Michael Bitzer (5-6-1) and laid it out in front for the big man, Globke, to convert the only power play opportunity for the Lakers on the evening.
Freshman Gordon Defiel (5-17-1) carried the Lakers the entire night making key save after save on Bemidji State as the Beavers swarmed him with 44 shots. Defiel stood strong to earn his third career shutout on a career high for saves. Defiel came into tonight's matchup with the most saves in the nation and 101 more saves than the next highest total.
The Lakers were outshot on the evening 44-26 and both teams received just a single power-play opportunity on the evening. The Lakers were able to capitalize where the Beavers weren't and that propelled the Lakers to the victory.
The Lakers went through 59:39 minutes of regulation time before they earned their first power play of the evening. Charlie O'Conner was whistled for slashing the stick out of a Lakers' defenders hand and was sent off with 21 seconds remaining. After a few tries with seconds dwindling and a cleared puck, the Lakers brought the puck back into the Beavers' zone with under ten seconds remaining. As senior forward Stephen Perfetto (5-3--8) was muscled off the puck and the Beavers attempted to clear the zone, Clemment intercepted the puck and set up the eventual game-winner by Globke.
The Beavers were lead by their freshman goaltender Bitzer as well. Bitzer, who had helped the Beavers go unbeaten in their previous seven games, made 25 saves on the Lakers 26 shots. A truly magnificent night in his own right was just not enough as the Lakers found the lone goal of the game.
The Lakers and Beavers are back at it tomorrow night in the second game of the weekend tilt. Saturday's game starts at 7:07 pm ET and all $12 tickets purchased for the game are valid for free entry to the men's and women's basketball games against Hillsdale tomorrow night.