- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Brendan Harms gave Bemidji State all it needed in offense and freshman goalie Michael Bitzer provided the defense Friday in a 5-1 rout of North Dakota.

Harms scored two goals, the second part of a four-goal explosion in the second period that led the Beavers to their second win ever in Grand Forks, and first since 1970.

Bitzer, making his first college start, made 25 saves and took a shutout deep into the third period before Nick Schmaltz scored for UND.

North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol called the effort by the team favored to win the National Collegiate Hockey Conference “unacceptable.”

“We were still playing summer hockey tonight,” Hakstol said.

Bemidji State won most puck battles and Harms staked the Beavers to a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal in the first period. UND turned the puck over deep in its own end and Harms picked up a loose puck to the left of the net to beat Zane McIntyre at 11:26 of the period.

The Beavers (1-0-0) outshot UND 13-9 in the first period and 33-26 in the game.

It was 1-0 late in the second when Bemidji State scored four times in eight minutes, including twice in 15 seconds against second-ranked UND (0-1-0).

Sam Rendle’s goal at 17:35 of the second period made it 4-0 and chased McIntyre. Backup goalie Cam Johnson gave up a goal to Charlie O’Connor 15 seconds later. McIntyre made 24 stops and Johnson four more.

“It wasn’t just the second period,” Hakstol said. “It was the entire first 40 minutes. We dug ourselves an extremely deep hole in the first 40 minutes.”

Markus Gerbrandt also had a goal and an assist for the Beavers.

Freshman Nick Schmaltz ended the shutout bid when he scored a power-play goal off the skate of Bemidji State defender Sam Windle at 13:08 of the third period.

The game was the first to feature triplets on the same line. Freshmen Leo, Gerry and Myles Fitzgerald were scoreless on the night.

The second game of the home-and-home series is Saturday at Bemidji State.

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