Bemidji State Falls to North Dakota, 5-2

Sophomore forward Gerry Fitzgerald scored two goals for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:23  BMJ1-0 EV Gerry Fitzgerald (3)Markus Gerbrandt/3, Leo Fitzgerald/2
1st 5:29  NDK1-1 EV Drake Caggiula (1)Nick Schmaltz/2
1st 10:25  NDK2-1 EV Brock Boeser (1)Nick Schmaltz/3, Drake Caggiula/3
1st 14:07  BMJ2-2 EV Gerry Fitzgerald (4) -
3rd 11:37  NDK3-2 EV GW Troy Stecher (1)Luke Johnson/2, Bryn Chyzyk/1
3rd 12:15  NDK4-2 PP Brock Boeser (2)Drake Caggiula/4, Tucker Poolman/2
3rd 18:40  NDK5-2 EV EN Brock Boeser (3)Drake Caggiula/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  2002
North Dakota  2035
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  57921
North Dakota  991230
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (1-1-1)  0/2 6/23 0
North Dakota (2-0-2)  1/6 2/4 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 1-1-1)59:374 79925
Empty Net0:231     
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Hrynkiw (W, 1-0-1)60:002 37919

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team hung with the nation's number one team for more than 50 minutes, but University of North Dakota broke a 2-2 deadlock with 8:23 to play and would add two more goals to take a 5-2 victory Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Led by freshman Brock Boeser's, who scored two goals in the game's final 7-minutes and 45-seconds to complete his first collegiate hat trick, North Dakota's three-goal third period sunk BSU. Drake Caggiula added a goal and three assists.

Bemidji State took a lead 5:29 after the opening faceoff when Gerry Fitzgerald scored hits team-leading third goal of the season on a nice feed from Markus Gerbrandt. But it took Caggiula and UND only six seconds to even the score.

Trailing 2-1 after a Boeser goal at the 10:25 mark, Fitzgerald netted his first collegiate multi-goal game, posting his fourth goal of the season with 5:53 left in the first period.

The teams would head into the first intermission tied 2-2 and the score would remain the same until the 11:37 mark of the third period. Troy Stecher was in the right place at the right time. The puck squirted to the top of the slot and the UND defender fired a puck that found its way through traffic to beat the BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer to give North Dakota its first lead since the 10:25 mark of the first period.

UND didn't take long to add to its lead.

Bemidji State's Leo Fitzgerald was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct 31 seconds later and UND got a goal from Brock Boeser seven seconds later to take a two-goal lead, 4-2.

With BSU's net empty, Boeser scored hit third goal of the night to solidify the victory, 5-2.

The Beavers' penalty-kill unit was good again and silenced the UND power-play on its first four opportunities of the night, but was bitten to open the major. BSU finished killing 5-of-6 UND chances. On the flip side, BSU's power-play was 0-for-2.

BSU's Bitzer turned aside 25 shots in 59:37, but was tagged with his first loss of 2015-16 after allowing four goals. He moves to 1-1-1 on the season.

Bemidji State, now 1-1-1 on the season, returns to Sanford Center Oct. 23-24 to host Minnesota State University, Mankato to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season. The Beavers and Mavericks drop the puck on the series at 7:37 p.m. Friday and wrap up the series with a 7:07 p.m. match up Saturday.

In addition to opening conference play, BSU expects many of its greatest players will be back next weekend to participate in its Alumni Weekend. Beaver Hockey will reflect on the past through the weekend, with a special focus on its four NCAA Division II Championship teams of the 1990s (1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997).