Bemidji State Wins North Star College Cup with 3-1 Win Against Minnesota State
Freshman goaltender Michael Bitzer makes 26 saves for Beavers

Freshman goaltender Michael Bitzer made 26 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:55  BMJ1-0 EV Charlie O'Connor (8)Brendan Harms/9, Cory Ward/7
2nd 2:54  BMJ2-0 EV GW Gerry Fitzgerald (4)Leo Fitzgerald/4, Matt Prapavessis/11
2nd 14:48  BMJ3-0 EV Kyle Bauman (4) -
2nd 19:15  MNS1-3 PP Jon Jutzi (2) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0101
Bemidji State  1203
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  5101227
Bemidji State  69722
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (19-5-1)  1/4 2/4 0
Bemidji State (9-12-3)  0/2 4/11 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stephon Williams (L, 15-3-1)56:283 57719
Empty Net3:320     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 7-7-1)60:001 591226

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center) -- Michael Bitzer stopped 26-of-27 shots and Charlie O'Connor, Gerry Fitzgerald and Kyle Bauman each scored a goal to propel the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team to the 2015 North Star College Cup Championship with a 3-1 victory over No. 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

The victory marked just the third time since the Beavers made the jump to the NCAA Division I level, BSU has knocked off the nation's top team and it came on a weekend that all of Minnesota was watching.

The loss for Minnesota State ends its unbeaten streak at nine games and gives the Mavericks a 19-5-12 overall record.

The Beavers jumped out to an early lead on a nice backdoor tap in by Charlie O'Connor and would not look back. Blocking 14 shots and killing three of four MSU power-play opportunities, including over four minutes of a five-minute major, the Beavers made life easier for Bitzer.

The Beavers extended their lead at 2:54 of the second on a wraparound goal by Gerry Fitzgerald and it became a 3-0 BSU lead at 14:48 on a partial breakaway tally by Kyle Bauman. The Mavericks cut the deficit to two at 19:15 when Jon Jutzi's shot from the point beat Michael Bitzer. The goal is Jutzi's second of the season.

Including a penalty shot attempt from junior forward Dylan Margonari at 8:27 of the third in which Bitzer stopped Margonari's five-hole attempt, the Mavericks could not find a way to generate any other offense with the Beavers eventually closing the door on a 3-1 win.

The Beavers, now 8-12-3 overall and 5-8-3 in WCHA, return to league play Jan. 30-31 when they host Bowling Green State University at Sanford Center. Friday's series opener will begin at 7:37 p.m. The teams will wrap up the two-game set with a 7:07 p.m. opening face-off Saturday.

Fans looking to attend the series can take advantage of a buy one, get one free ticket special. Beginning Monday at 10 a.m., stop by the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window to purchase make your purchase. Those buying their tickets before non Friday will get two reserved tickets for $31.

The Mavericks, who are 14-2-1 in their last 16 games, resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend with a home series vs. Ferris State Friday and Saturday in Mankato.