Roundup: Bitzer Earns 20th Shutout for BSU
Notre Dame Wins 14th Straight
CHN Staff Report
Bemidji State goaltender Michael Bitzer recorded his 20th career shutout, tying him for second in NCAA history, in leading the Beavers to a 3-0 win over Lake Super State Fridat night in Sault Ste. Marie.
Bitzer is now tied with former Vermont goaltender Joe Fallon, who recorded his 20 shutouts between 2005 and 2008. Bitzer, a senior, is now six behind Michigan State great, former Hobey Baker winner and longtime NHL goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller earned 26 shutouts in just three seasons with the Spartans.
On Friday, Bitzer stopped 21 shots to pick up the win and extended the Beavers' winning streak to five games and unbeaten streak to eight games.
The streak has helped BSU move back into the WCHA's home-ice race. The Beavers are just one point back of Michigan Tech and Bowling Green, who are tied for third place.
Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1
On the night Michigan officially renamed Yost Ice Arena's ice sheet in honor of the great Red Berenson, it was Notre Dame who solidified its ownership — of the Big Ten.
The Fighting Irish rode an early 2-1 lead to a one-goal win on Friday. UND is now 11-0-0 to start its first Big Ten campaign.
Overall, UND has won 14 consecutive games, dating back to Oct. 27. Since their last loss, a 6-4 setback against Nebraska-Omaha, UND has alloaed more than two goals just twice.
Matthew Hellickson scored his first career goal at 4:44 of the opening period. Andrew Oglevie doubled the lead at 9:55. Despite Tony Calderone's 15th goal of the year cutting the lead in half late in the first, Michigan wouldn't get any closer.
Cale Morris made 35 saves in the win for the Fighting Irish.
Penn State 5, Wisconsin 1
It hasn't always been pretty for Penn State and goaltender Peyton Jones in the 2017-18 season. Friday, though, the sophomore put in a solid effort and the Nittany Lions offense took care of the rest.
Jones made 25 saves, and Nate Sucese scored a hat trick to lead PSU to a 5-1 victory. Sucese's first goal extended PSU's lead to 2-0 at 9:00 of the first period. He added a goal in each of the next two periods to cap off the career night.
"When the hockey gods reward you with hat tricks, it's not just for playing perimeter hockey," PSU coach Guy Gadowksy said. "I thought (Sucese) really battled well and played a smart game. He did a lot of little things well."
The Nittany Lions' win helped them pick up exactly where they left off in December. PSU is now unbeaten in its last nine games, including five Big Ten games.
The Badgers, on the other hand, are headed the other way. Wisconsin has lost there last three games and four of their five overall.
Ohio State 4, Michigan State 1
Four different Buckeyes scored in leading Ohio State to a 4-1 lead over Michigan State Friday night in East Lansing.
Sasha Larocque forst goal of the season put OSU up, 1-0, 33 seconds into the first period. Kevin Miller doubled the lead at 5:58. Two more tallies in the second period, from Ronnie Hein and Tanner Laczynski, put OSU up 4-0.
Sean Romeo made 21 saves to backstop the Buckeyes.
Miami 4, Denver 3
Sometimes, it all goes right. Sometimes, nothing does. Right now, it's the latter for Denver.
The Pioneers have lost three of their last four games after falling to Miami, 4-3, on Friday, despite outshooting their opponents by at least 12 shots on goal in all of the losses.
Friday, it was Miami that took advantage of DU's bad luck and unexpectedly careless performances.
"Special teams were huge, and we didn't come back hard enough to our net," DU coach Jim Montgomery. "Their first two goals are rebound goals, and they're beating us to the net. Our effort and intensity for 98 percent of this game was really good, and it shows how slim the margin of error is."
Henrik Borgstrom scored at 9:40 of the third period to bring DU within one at 3-2. However, Louie Belpedio's goal just 37 seconds later re-established the two-goal lead for the RedHawks.
Ryan Larkin made 44 saves to keep Miami in front and seal the victory.
The teams do battle once again Saturday night.
Omaha 4, North Dakota 1
Evan Weninger made 34 saves and Nebraska-Omaha scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period to defeat North Dakota, 4-1, Friday night in Grand Forks.
Fredrik Olofsson scored at 10:44 of the first period. However, a Shane Gersich penalty shot goal at 17:23 left in the game knotted after the first.
Luke Nogard and David Pope struck on the power play in the second. Despite the multiple man advantages, UND put 20 shots on UNO's Weninger in the middle frame — and he stopped all them. His performance, along with the power-play tallies, helped the Mavericks pick up the win.
"A little bit of inconsistency putting the puck in the back of te net," UND coach Brad Berry said. "There are times you play in the offensive zone, and you get opportunities. You have to be able to capitalize and finish."
The loss leaves UND a game back of NCHC leader St. Cloud State — the Fighting Hawks have played one more game than the conference leaders. UND and UNO do battle Saturday night.