Bauman's Three Points Send Bemidji State Past Lake Superior State, 6-3
Senior forward Kyle Bauman posts two goals and assist for Beavers

Senior forward Kyle Bauman scored two goals and an assist for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:13  LSS1-0 EV Jake Hand (5)Hampus Erikkson/4, Collin Saccoman/2
1st 4:09  LSS2-0 EV Jake Hand (6)Lukas Kaelble/4, Gage Torrel/5
1st 9:36  BMJ1-2 PP Justin Baudry (5)Aaron Miller/7, Kyle Bauman/16
2nd 6:26  BMJ2-2 SH Kyle Bauman (7)T.J. Roo/4
2nd 10:41  BMJ3-2 EV T.J. Roo (2)Jordan Heller/6, Ethan Somoza/2
2nd 11:54  BMJ4-2 SH GW Kyle Bauman (8)Ethan Somoza/3
2nd 12:32  LSS3-4 PP Max Humitz (10)Lukas Kaelble/5, J.T. Henke/16
2nd 14:21  BMJ5-3 EV Charlie Combs (8)Gerry Fitzgerald/16, Adam Brady/10
2nd 19:41  BMJ6-3 PP Zach Whitecloud (3)Gerry Fitzgerald/17, Jay Dickman/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  1506
Lake Superior State  2103
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  1671134
Lake Superior State  85518
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (11-6-5)  2/5 7/14 2
Lake Superior State (5-15-4)  1/7 5/10 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 11-5-5)60:003 64515
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Nick Kossoff30:413 152017
Mareks Mitens (L, 1-8-2)28:453 001111
Empty Net0:340     

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) - Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes of play, the Bemidji State University men's hockey team exploded for five goals in the second period, sparked by a pair of short-handed goals from Kyle Buaman, to complete a Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep at Lake Superior State University, 6-3, extend its unbeaten streak to nine games and its winning streak to six.

The Beavers' current streak is its longest unbeaten stretch since a 10-game streak from Nov. 11-Dec. 29, 2006 and the last time BSU won six straight games dates back to the 2008-09 campaign (Nov. 22-Dec. 28).

Bauman led the way for the Beavers, posting three points (2g-1a), while 11 BSU players found their way to the scoring column including T.J. Roo (1g-1a), Ethan Somoza (2a) and Gerry Fitzgerald (2a), who each recorded multiple points in the game.

After being shutout Friday, the Lakers wasted no time bouncing back and lighting their half of the scoreboard Saturday. Similar to BSU's quick strike in the opener, Jake Hand gave LSSU a lead just 73 seconds after the opening face off. Hand would stretch the Lakers' lead to 2-0 at the 4:09 mark tapping in a pas from Anthony Nellis and Gage Torrel.

Unlike the Lake Superior State, the Beavers pushed back in the first, Saturday. Capitalizing on a power-play opportunity at the 9:36 mark of the first period, Justin Baudry fired a rocket from just inside the blue line that found the back of the net. Aaron Miller and Kyle Bauman were credited with assists as Buadry established new single-season career-highs for goals (4) and points (11).

LSSU escaped from the first, clinging to a 2-1 lead after a BSU puck settled on the goal line but was reviewed and ruled that it did not cross the line.

Bemidji State's special teams struck again at the 6:26 mark of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. T.J. Roo found Kyle Bauman and the senior rung his seventh goal of the season off the post and the crossbar. The goal sparked a five-goal scoring frenzy for the Beavers. During the next 13:15, the teams would combine for six goals and BSU finished the period holding a 6-3 lead.

Before the 12-minute mark BSU would lead 4-2. At the 10:24 mark, Roo netted a goal of his own with help from Jordan Heller and Ethan Somoza to give BSU its first lead. One-minute and 13-seconds later, Bauman posted his team-leading third short-handed goal of the season, marking the first time since March 7, 2009 that the Beavers have posted multiple short-handed goals in a game.

After a Max Humitz goal on the LSSU power play cut the BSU lead to 4-3 at the 12:32 mark, BSU got goals from Charlie Combs (14:21), to put BSU up 5-3, before Zach Whitecloud capped the wild period and extended his point streak to four games (3g-2a) with his third goal of the season at the 19:41 mark.

The five-goal period marked the first time since Jan. 7, 2016 that the Beavers have netted five goals in a single 20-minute stanza.

The teams played the third period without a single goal as the Beavers coasted to their 11th victory of the season.

Bemidji State finished the night 2-for-6 on the power play while its penalty-kill unit was 6-for-7 with a pair of short-handed goals to its credit.

Michael Bitzer earned his 11th victory of the season making 15 saves, while allowing three goals. He moved to 11-5-5 on the season and has not been beaten since a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green, Dec. 1-a streak spanning eight games (6-0-3).

The Beavers, now 11-6-5 overall and 8-4-4-2 in WCHA play, shift their focus away from WCHA play Jan. 12-13 as it goes head-to-head with the University of North Dakota in a non-conference, home-and-home match up. The Beavers host the series opener at 7:07 p.m. Friday before traveling two hours west to Grand Forks, N.D. for Saturday's series finale. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Most Shorthanded Goals, Period, WCHA History
SHG Player, Position, Team (Opponent) (Period) Date
2 Jerry Sullivan, F, Michigan Tech (vs Denver) 12/09/1961
  John Jaschuk, Michigan Tech (vs Minnesota Duluth) 11/04/1972
  Norm Cherrey, F, Wisconsin (vs Minnesota Duluth) 02/17/1973
  Bob Pazzelli, F, Denver (at Michigan) 10/29/1977
  John Harrington, F, Minnesota Duluth (vs Michigan) 02/11/1978
  Dan Gorowsky, F, Wisconsin (vs New Hampshire) 12/30/1978
  Kevin Humphreys, Notre Dame (vs Michigan Tech) 12/02/1978
  Bruce Aikens, F, Colorado College (vs Minnesota) 01/09/1981
  Joe Frederick, F, Northern Michigan (vs North Dakota) 01/09/1993
  George Awada, F, St. Cloud State (vs Michigan Tech) 02/14/1998
  Tyler Bozak, F, Denver (at Minnesota) 11/04/2007
  Zach Harrison, F, Minnesota State (vs North Dakota) 10/17/2008
  Derek Stepan, F, Wisconsin (vs North Dakota) 03/07/2009
  Kyle Bauman, F, Bemidji State (vs Lake Superior State) 01/06/2018