Bemidji State routs No. 2 North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Brendan Harms scored twice and Markus Gerbrandt added a goal and an assist as Bemidji State downed No. 2 North Dakota 5-1 Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena for its first victory in Grand Forks since Feb. 7, 1970.
It took the Beavers just 11:26 to find the scoreboard. With Phillip Marinaccio in the penalty box for hooking, the BSU penalty-kill unit put the Beavers up 1-0. Harms ripped his first goal of the season in from the right faceoff dot to give Bemidji State a lead it would never relinquish.
Harms netted his second goal of the night at the 9:09 mark of the second period with help from Gerbrandt. The goal not only marked Harms' second career multi-goal game, it also opened the floodgates. During the next 10:51, the Beavers got a power-play goal from Gerbrandt and Sam Rendle and Charlie O'Connor would add even-strength tallies separated by just 15 seconds to end UND goaltender Zane McIntyre's night after 37:35 seconds and take a 5-0 lead into the second intermission.
Michael Bitzer posted 25 saves in his collegiate debut and kept a potent UND lineup off the scoreboard for 53:08 before Nick Schmaltz found the back of the net on the power play.
The Beavers outshot UND 33-26 and each team was 1-for-4 on the power play.
The victory snapped a six-game winless streak versus North Dakota and stands as just the third win against UND since the series got its start Feb. 6, 1970. UND holds a 26-3-3 lead in the all-time series.