Bemidji State Takes Shootout After 2-2 Tie With Minnesota State
Senior forward Leo Fitzgerald scores shootout-winning goal for Beavers

Senior forward Leo Fitzgerald scored the shootout-winning goal for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:15  BMJ1-0 EV Zach Whitecloud (4)T.J. Roo/5, Mike Soucier/5
3rd 5:16  BMJ2-0 PP Adam Brady (8)Charlie Combs/7, Zach Whitecloud/12
3rd 8:46  MNS1-2 PP C.J. Suess (21)Zeb Knutson/25, Reggie Lutz/18
3rd 14:49  MNS2-2 SH GT Marc Michaelis (16)C.J. Suess/19
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Bemidji State  10102
Minnesota State  00202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Bemidji State  736218
Minnesota State  81113335
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (16-12-8)  1/5 5/10 0
Minnesota State (26-7-1)  1/5 5/10 1
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Michael Bitzer (T, 16-11-8)64:582 81111333
Empty Net0:020      
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Connor LaCouvee (T, 20-3-1)65:002 635216

Mankato, Minn. --- Fourth-rated Minnesota State and Bemidji State battled to a 2-2 overtime tie in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season finale for both teams.

The Beavers earned an extra point as a result of a 1-0 shootout win after two periods of scoreless overtime.

For the second consecutive night Bemidji State scored the game's first goal. Beaver defenseman Zach Whitecloud's blast from the point found a lane through several sticks and legs to beat Connor LaCouvee high on the stickside at 2:15 of the opening period.

The Mavericks outshot the Beavers by an 11-3 margin in the second period, but could not solve Beaver netminder Michael Bitzer.

BSU took a 2-0 lead at 5:16 of the third on an Adam Brady power play marker. Minnesota State got on the board with a power play goal of its own at 8:36 after C.J. Suess converted on a chance at the top of the crease following a nifty feed from Zeb Knutson. The goal is the 21st of the season by Suess. Sophomore forward Marc Michaelis turned a shorthanded chance into the game-tying goal at 14:49 when he went backhand-forehand before depositing the puck past Bitzer on the stickside. His 16th of the year made it 2-2 game and send the game into overtime.

Following a scoreless five-on-five overtime and five minutes of scoreless three-on-three overtime, Bemidji State's Leo Fitzgerald was the only player of amongst ten who were able to score in the shootout session.

The Mavericks are now 26-7-1 overall and undefeated in their last 11 games.

Connor LaCouvee, who made his 11th consecutive start in goal, stopped 17 shots in the tie and now stands 20-3-1 with tonight's decision.

The Mavericks fashioned 40 shots on goal in the contest and the game was played in front of 4,619 fans.

The Mavericks will host a first-round WCHA best-of-three play-off series beginning next Friday in their next action.