Bemidji State Shuts Out Arizona State, 2-0, to Sweep Weekend Series
Sophomore goalie Michael Bitzer makes 18 saves for Beavers

Sophomore goalie Michael Bitzer made 18 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
3rd 5:30  BMJ1-0 EV GW Phillip Marinaccio (1)Nate Arentz/7
3rd 8:28  BMJ2-0 EV Gerry Fitzgerald (12) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Arizona State  0000
Bemidji State  0022
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Arizona State  64818
Bemidji State  17141344
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Arizona State (5-19-0)  0/5 3/6 0
Bemidji State (10-9-4)  0/3 6/23 0
Arizona State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Robert Levin (L, 0-6-0)58:182 17141142
Empty Net1:420     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 6-9-3)60:000 64818

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Locked in a scoreless tie to open the third period, the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team got goals from Phillip Marinaccio and Gerry Fitzgerald in final 15 minutes to take the game 2-0 and complete the nonconference series sweep of Arizona State University, Saturday at Sanford Center.

The victory stands as BSU's fourth straight, while the Beavers are unbeaten in six games (5-0-1) to open the calendar year.

Michael Bitzer turned aside all 18 ASU shots to post his second consecutive shutout and the eighth of his career. Now 6-9-3 on the year, he is unbeaten in his last five appearances (4-0-1) and finished the weekend stopping all 25 shots he faced.

Bemidji State controlled the first period, out shooting the Sun Devils 17-6, but finished the period without anything to show for it and the teams skated into the first intermission locked in a 0-0 tie.

The BSU penalty-kill unit got a workout in the second period. The Beavers were whistled for three penalties during the frame but held ASU without a goal and Bemidji State outshot the Sun Devils 14-4, but were again unable to solve the ASU goaltender Robert Levin and the teams would open the third period tied, 0-0.

Five minutes and 35 seconds into the third, The Beavers got the break they needed, Nate Arentz, nocked the puck off the stick of an ASU defender and right into Marinaccio's path. The junior forward picked up the puck and fired it though traffic for his first goal of the season.

Just 2:58 later, G. Fitzgerald picked off a Sun Devil pass and logged his team-leading 12th tally of 2015-16 to make it 2-0. The goal also extended his point streak to six games.

The BSU penalty-kill unit continued its dominance at home, holding the Sun Devils without a goal on five power-play opportunities.

The Beavers, now 10-9-4 overall, return their focus to Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Jan. 22-23 when they welcome Ferris State University to Sanford center for a two-game series. Faceoff times are set for 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday.