Bitzer, Rendle Lead Bemidji State Past Northern Michigan, 1-0
Freshman goaltender Michael Bitzer makes 25 saves to earn fourth shutout of season for Beavers

Freshman goaltender Michael Bitzer made 25 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 13:42  BMJ1-0 EV GW Sam Rendle (2)Sam Windle/4, Phil Brewer/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  0101
Northern Michigan  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  159630
Northern Michigan  88925
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (11-14-4)  0/4 3/6 0
Northern Michigan (11-12-6)  0/3 4/8 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 9-9-2)60:000 88925
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Doan (L, 1-5-2)58:211 158629
Empty Net1:390     

MARQUETTE, Mich. - In a defensive battle, Northern Michigan University hockey fell to Bemidji State 1-0 in the series opener. NMU falls to 11-12-6 on the season with an 8-9-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association record, while the Beavers improved to 11-14-4 on the year with a 7-10-4 conference record. Junior net minder Michael Doan made 29 saves on the night in 58:21 of action.

Bemidji State was able to outshoot NMU 15-8 in the opening period but the Wildcats held the Beavers scoreless killing off two power plays.

Northern Michigan opened the second period by holding Bemidji scoreless on another pair of power plays before Bemidji opened the scoring at the 13:42 mark. Senior defenseman Sam Rendle scored the goal from the left point after receiving a pass across from the right point from his line mate senior defenseman Sam Windle.

Bemidji held a slight advantage in shots in the second period by a 9-8 margin.

The Wildcats had a pair of opportunities in the third period but were unable to get a shot past Bemidji goalie Michael Bitzer. Junior forward Cohen Adair found some space in the slot halfway into the final period but found the pipe in the best Wildcat opportunity of the game up to that point. Junior forward Darren Nowick also had an opportunity when he found an open spot outside the crease with 15 seconds remaining but was unable to convert.

Northern Michigan held the advantage in shots for the third by a 9-6 tally with the Beavers leading for the game at 30-25.

Nowick led NMU with six shots on net, while freshmen defenders Zach Urban and Jordan Klimek each had three for the game.

Northern Michigan closes out the series tomorrow night, Saturday, February 14th at 7:07 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.