NCAA hockey: Bemidji State goalie Michael Bitzer highlights Three Stars
Let's take a look at three of the most impressive performers in NCAA hockey from the past week.
1. Michael Bitzer, Bemidji State
The senior netminder posted back-to-back shutouts in a WCHA weekend sweep of Northern Michigan. In the Friday night 2-0 blanking of the Wildcats, he posted 21 saves. In Saturday night’s series finale, he made 21 more saves to record another 2-0 victory. The Moorhead, Minnesota, native now has 12 career shutouts, the most of any active goalie. On the season, he is second in the nation with a 0.50 goals-against average and third in the nation with a .977 save percentage.
2. Owen Headrick, Lake Superior State
The sophomore defenseman scored six points in leading Lake Superior State to a sweep of the Michigan State Spartans. In Friday night’s 6-1 win, Headrick had three points on a goal and two assists, one of which came on the game winner. In Saturday’s 7-3 victory against the Spartans, the Garden River, Ontario native added three more assists. On the weekend, he finished with one goal, five assists, six points, nine shots on goal and a +2 rating.
3. Paul Berrafato, Holy Cross
The Williamsville, New York, native made 33 saves in leading the Crusaders to a 2-1 overtime upset victory of No. 11 ranked Providence. The junior goalie has a 2-0-1 record on the season, while compiling a 2.25 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. His career goals against average improved to 2.27, while his save percentage is now .915. It was the sixth victory against a ranked team in Holy Cross’ Division I history and first since an upset of No. 7 Boston College three years ago.