Bemidji State Earns 5-2 Win Over Minnesota Duluth
Senior forward Gerry Fitzgerald notches goal and two assists for Beavers

Senior forward Gerry Fitzgerald had a goal and two assists for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:27  MND1-0 EV Blake Young (1)Louie Roehl/1, Jarod Hilderman/3
2nd 9:10  BMJ1-1 PP Gerry Fitzgerald (1)Zach Whitecloud/1, Aaron Miller/1
3rd 3:55  BMJ2-1 PP Adam Brady (1)Zach Whitecloud/2, Gerry Fitzgerald/1
3rd 5:51  BMJ3-1 EV GW Justin Baudry (1)Hampus Sjödahl/1
3rd 7:30  BMJ4-1 EV Brendan Harris (1)Myles Fitzgerald/1, Dillon Eichstadt/1
3rd 19:00  MND2-4 EV EA Karson Kuhlman (1)Mikey Anderson/1, Nick Swaney/3
3rd 19:51  BMJ5-2 EV EN Leo Fitzgerald (1)Jordan Heller/1, Gerry Fitzgerald/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota Duluth  1012
Bemidji State  0145
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota Duluth  1011829
Bemidji State  63817
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota Duluth (1-2-0)  0/3 6/12 0
Bemidji State (1-0-0)  2/5 4/8 0
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Hunter Shepard (L, 1-1-0)58:364 62412
Empty Net1:241     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 1-0-0)60:002 911727

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team trailed by a goal after the first period, but rallied with a goal in the second and three third-period goals beat No. 9 Minnesota Duluth, 5-2, Friday.

In all, 11 different BSU players found their way to the score sheet, led by Gerry Fitzgerald, who had a goal and two assists, and Zach Whitecloud, who finished the season-opener with a pair of assists. Both we part of a BSU power-play unit that produced two goals on five opportunities.

After being out shot 10-6 in the first period despite the benefit of a pair of power-play opportunities, the Beavers went to the locker room trailing 1-0.

Midway through the second period, BSU got the break it needed when G. Fitzgerald took a pass form Whitecloud and fired his first goal of 2017-18 past the Bulldogs goaltender on the power play. The game-tying goal seemed to be the spark BSU needed as momentum started to roll in its favor for the final 10:50 of the frame.

Tied 1-1 with 20 minutes to play, the Beavers dominated the third. Out shot 21-9 during the first 40 minutes, BSU went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs matching their eight shots. Adam Brady put BSU in the lead at the 3:55 mark, netting his first collegiate goal on the power play, again with Whitecloud setting the table. Justin Baudry finished a rush 1:56 later to put BSU up 3-1 and Brendan Harris poked his first BSU goal through a scrum in front of the net and past Hunter Shepard at the 7:30 mark.

UMD would push back late in the period, getting a goal from Karson Kuhlman with 60 seconds ot play, cutting the BSU lead to 4-2, but Leo Fitzgerald would make good on an empty-net goal with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Michael Bitzer picked up the victory in goal--the 50th of his BSU career--making 27 saves on 29 shots.

The Beavers now make the trip east to Duluth, Minn. and AMSOIL Arena for tomorrow's rubber match. The opening face off between BSU and UMD is set for 7:07 p.m.