2016-17 / Junior: Started 39 of the Beavers' 41 games as a junior... At 22-14-3, he helped guide BSU to the WCHA Regular Season Title... The first BSU goalie with a 20 win season since 1994-95... Led the nation in Goals Against Average (1.71) and tied for the lead with six (6) shutouts... Led the nation in minutes played (2,355:22), games played (39) and fourth in save percentage (.932)... Is already atop the BSU career shutouts list with 16... His 2,346 saves puts him in fifth place on BSU's all-time list... Opened the season with four straight wins, which included back-to-back shutouts at Northern Michigan (Oct. 14-15)... Was selected as one of the NCAA's Three Stars for his performance at NMU... Posted a season-high 35 saves in a 1-1 tie with then-No. 1 Minnesota Duluth before backstopping the Beavers to a win in a shootout (Dec. 16)... 2016-17 Mike Richter Award Nominee... Honored four times as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week... Named a 2016-17 WCHA Scholar-Athlete... 2016-17 WCHA Goaltending Champion... Selected All-WCHA First Team... Was named WCHA Player of the Year.
2015-16 / Sophomore: Appeared and started in 34 games during his sophomore campaign... Finished with a record of 13-16-5 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .915 save percentage... Had six shutouts inclduing back-to-back shutouts versus Arizona State (Jan. 15-16), earning NCAA Third Star of the Week honors... Honored twice as WCHA Defensive Player of the Week... Posted his first career assist at Alaska Anchorage (1/9/16)... WCHA Scholar Athlete... WCHA All-Academic Team.
2014-15 / Freshman: Posted a 14-11-3 record in 28 games played for the Beavers... Had a 1.80 goals against average and a .929 save percentage... Recorded four shutouts... Season-high 41 saves 2x, Last vs. Ferris State (3/14/15)... Won his first collegiate start at North Dakota (10/10/14)... Was named WCHA Rookie of the Week twice (Dec. 12-13), (Jan. 30-31), and WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times (Jan. 9-10), (Jan. 23-24), (Feb. 27-28)... 2014-15 Mike Richter Award Nominee... WCHA Rookie of the Year... WCHA All-Rookie Team.
Prior to BSU: Bitzer played two seasons for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL). After going 22-11-1 with a shutout and a 2.70 goals against average in 2012-13, Bitzer opted to defer enrollment to Bemidji State and return to the Stars again in 2013-14. As the team’s top goaltender, Bitzer recorded a 3.17 goals against average and .903 save percentage.
In 30 games for Moorhead High School in 2011-12, Bitzer collected a record of 22-8-0 and a 2.30 goals against average, en route to leading the Spuds to an appearance in the state tournament and winning all-state honors and the Frank Brimsek Award for Minnesota’s best senior goaltender. Following the season, the Lincoln Stars selected him in the second round of the USHL entry draft.
Personal: Chance Michael Bitzer was born to Shane and Stacy Bitzer on Oct. 23, 1993... Michael is majoring in physical education with an emphasis in medical fitness.
Career Highs: Minutes: 106:40, vs. Ferris State (March 14, 2015); Goals Allowed: 5, 3x, Last vs. St. Cloud State (Nov. 28, 2014); Shutouts: 16, Last vs Northern Michigan (3/3/17); Saves: 41, 2x, Last vs. Ferris State (March 14, 2015); Shots Faced: 44, vs. Ferris State (March 14, 2015); Assists: 1, at Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 9, 2016).