55 saves in two days net Bemidji State's Michael Bitzer Player of the Week

The Bemidji State men’s team is showing it can no longer be overlooked, particularly with Michael Bitzer in goal.

The 5-11, 192-pound goalie from Moorhead, Minn., is looking like a leading candidate for the Mike Richter Award, given to the top goalie in college hockey each season.

Bitzer leads the country in games played (12), minutes played (725 minutes, 3 seconds), goals-against average (1.32), wins (9) and is tied for the lead in the shutouts (3).

He was at his best this past weekend when he made 23 saves in Friday’s 1-1 overtime tie against WCHA rival and 11th-ranked Minnesota State, and he made 32 more saves in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Mavericks. He has 13 shutouts in his career, a school record. His weekend play earned him ASN's player of the week award.

The Beavers (9-2-1 overall) are tied for fifth with Boston College in the latest Pairwise rankings and sit atop the parity-filled WCHA with a 9-0-1 record. BSU’s losses were on the road at North Dakota, ranked No. 1 at the time.

The Beavers were ranked 15th in the USCHO poll and unranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll last week.

That will change.

Photo courtesy Bemidji State Athletics

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