Bemidji State And Minnesota Duluth Skate To 0-0 Tie
Senior goaltender Michael Bitzer makes career-high 45 saves for Beavers

Senior goaltender Michael Bitzer made a career-high 45 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Bemidji State  00000
Minnesota Duluth  00000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Bemidji State  21311127
Minnesota Duluth  111614445
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (1-0-1)  0/3 6/12 0
Minnesota Duluth (1-2-1)  0/5 4/8 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Michael Bitzer (T, 1-0-1)65:000 111614445
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Nick Deery (T, 0-1-1)65:000 21311127

Duluth, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) - Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth played 70 minutes and two overtime periods Saturday at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. but each team was held scoreless forcing a shootout exhibition to decide the non-conference series finale. After a pair of stops by Michael BItzer, Jay Dickman tilted the game in BSU's favor with a shootout goal.

The tie and shootout victory give the Beavers a series victory over the Bulldogs following a 5-2 victory in the series opener Friday at Sanford Center.

Bitzer was the star of the scoreless tie, posting a career-high 45 saves, while holding UMD without a power-play goal in four opportunities. He improves to 1-0-1 on the season with his 17th career shutout.

Bemidji State got caught on its collective heels in the first period and was outshot 11-2, but used a strong performance by Bitzer and its defensive unit to hang on and skate into the first intermission tied 0-0.

The Beavers bounced back in the second using a pair of power-play opportunities to close the shot differential to 13-11 for the period, but the teams would remain without a goal.

BSU had its chances in the third period with Brendan Harris tapping a puck just wide of the net in the closing seconds of the frame forcing the teams to a five-on-five, five minute overtime period.

UMD held a 4-1 lead in shots on goal in overtime, using a penalty by Jay Dickman at the 2:23 mark to skate for two minutes on the man advantage, but again the teams would come up dry in the scoring category.

Officially a tie, the teams entered into exhibition play for bragging rights.

Progressing to the 3-on-3 five-minute overtime, neither team recorded a shot on goal setting up the sudden death shootout. Dickman stopped and popped a goal as the Beavers' second shooter ending the scoreless game with the Beavers on top.

The 0-0 tie marks the third time in BSU hockey history that a game ended in a scoreless tie and the first time since an Oct. 30, 2015 draw at Northern Michigan.

Bemidji State, now 1-0-1 returns to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center to host Air Force Oct. 20-21. Opened face off for each night is 7:07 p.m. Tickets are available form 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to the drop of the puck. Current or former members of the U.S. Military will get a free ticket with the purchase of a ticker as the Beavers host Military Appreciation Weekend.