Bemidji State Falls to North Dakota, 5-1

Senior forward Kyle Bauman scored a goal for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:18  NDK1-0 EV Austin Poganski (7)Rhett Gardner/10, Shane Gersich/9
1st 8:49  BMJ1-1 EV Kyle Bauman (9)Myles Fitzgerald/5, Jay Dickman/7
2nd 11:30  NDK2-1 EV GW Nick Jones (7)Matt Kiersted/3, Jordan Kawaguchi/6
2nd 14:26  NDK3-1 EV Austin Poganski (8)Nick Jones/10, Shane Gersich/10
3rd 1:33  NDK4-1 PP Nick Jones (8)Gabe Bast/8, Hayden Shaw/6
3rd 16:53  NDK5-1 EV EN Trevor Olson (1) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
North Dakota  1225
Bemidji State  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
North Dakota  5141231
Bemidji State  771529
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
North Dakota (12-6-5)  1/2 3/6 0
Bemidji State (11-7-5)  0/3 2/4 0
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cam Johnson (W, 8-4-2)60:001 671528
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 11-6-5)59:474 4121026
Empty Net0:131     

BEMIDJI, Minn. - After battling to a 1-1 draw in the first period, the University of North Dakota dominated play in the second netting a pair of goals and out shooting Bemidji State University, 14-7, and stretching its lead to 3-1 en route to a 5-1 victory Friday at Sanford Center in the front half of a non-conference home-and-home series.

The loss was the first the Beavers have surrendered since Dec. 1, snapping a six-game winning streak and a nine-game unbeaten streak.

In front of a sold out crowd of 4,483, the Fighting Hawks jumped out to a lead right out of the gates. After Rhett Gargner won the center ice tap back into the UND defensive zone, Christian Wolanindug it out of the corner and hit Gardner on the wall, who found Austin Poganski between the circles for a one-timer past BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer just 18 seconds into the game.

It took over eight minutes, but BSU answered with a goal from Kyle Buaman at the 8:49 mark.

North Dakota regained the lead in the second period, a frame during which they controlled play for long stretched and outshot the Beavers 14-7.

Nick Jones put UND up 2-1 at the 11:30 mark of the period when he was on the doorstep to take a pass from Matt Kierstad form the slot. Jordan Kawaguchi was also credited with an assist on the play. Before the end o the period, Poganski would post his second goal of the game to send the Fighting Hawks to the locker room owning a two-goal lead.

Michael Bitzer was tagged with the loss, allowing four goals and making 26 stops. He moves to 11-6-5 on the season and surrendered his first loss 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 will now make the trip west to Grand Forks, N.D. to complete this non-conference home-and-home series with North Dakota. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena.