Beavers pack their bags for WCHA series at Alaska
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Beavers pack their bags for WCHA series at Alaska

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team travels to The Last Frontier this weekend for a WCHA series at University of Alaska. Both games are set for a 10:07 (CST) opening face-off from Carlson Center.

Bemidji State is 3-1-1 all-time versus the Nanooks and makes its first trip to Fairbanks, Alaska for this weekend's series. Alaska owns the season series 1-0-1 rebounding for a 5-1 victory Dec. 14 after tying BSU 3-3 (OT) Dec. 13 at Sanford Center.

This weekend's game can be heard locally on Mix 103.7 FM or online at

Bemidji State Notables:
• The Bemidji State hockey team posted one point in a nonconference home-and-home series with North Dakota Jan. 17-18. After a 1-1 draw Friday in Bemidji, Minn., the Beavers dropped a 4-2 decision in Grand Forks, N.D. The Beavers moved to 7-12-7 overall and 0-5-3 in nonconference play.

• Friday night’s overtime contest marked the ninth of the season for BSU--a number the Beavers have only topped three times in 58 years of hockey. BSU logged 12 OT games in 2010-11 again in 2012-13 and a program-high 15 in 2002-03.

• BSU’s seven ties match its total from last season, while it ranks second only to a program-best eight in 2002-03.

• The Beavers lead the nation in ties (7) and only Denver has played in more OT games this season (10).

• No player in the country has scored more goals in games that end in a tie than Cory Ward (7), who netted last night’s game-tying goal.

• BSU is 1-4-1 when scoring just one goal this season, while it is 6-8-6 when posting two or more goals.

•  When the Beavers’ opponents score more than one goal, BSU has just one win (1-12-7).

• Cory Ward has registered a point in four straight games (2g-4a) and has posted three goals and six assists in BSU’s last eight.

• After an assist Friday, BSU is 5-1-5 (.681) when Brendan Harms logs a point this season.

• Andrew Walsh registered his second 40-save effort of the season Friday (42). He is now 0-2-2 all-time versus UND with a 2.42 GAA and a .925 save percentage and has averaged more than 30 saves per contest (30.25).

• Friday night BSU was out shot 43-15. In addition to marking BSU’s lowest shot total of the season it stands as the Beavers’ largest shot differential (28) since a 51-18 (33) deficit in a 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota March 15, 2013.  

• BSU is 2-8-7 when being out shot this season and is 1-1-3 when opponents log more than 40 shots on goal.

• Cory Ward improved his career-high, team-best point total to 22 (14g-8a) with two goals in the UND series. His team-leading 14 goals stand as BSU’s top single-season goal scoring performance since Jordan George netted 19 in 2011-12.

• BSU has snuffed out 104-of-119 (.874) opponent man advantage opportunities this season to sit eighth in the nation, while it ranks second in the WCHA killing 73-of-84 (.869) in league opponent power-play opportunities and has faced 84 opponent power-play chances--more penalty-kill appearances than any team in the league.

• With 13 points (10g-3a) in 11 road games this season, Markus Gerbrandt leads all BSU players in scoring away from Sanford Center.

• Six BSU newcomers to have found the back of the net through the Beavers’ first 23 games. Defenders D.J. Jones and Carter Struthers remain as the only new skaters without a goal.

• This season BSU has averaged more than a goal more on Friday than it has on Saturday. It has averaged of 3.33 per Friday contest and 2.09 goals per game Saturday.

• Last weekend’s nonconference series versus North Dakota marks the seventh and eighth games versus team hailing from the NCHC. BSU capped the nonconference season 0-3-3 versus NCHC clubs.

• BSU is 4-4-3 on the road this season (.500), which includes a 4-2-2 (.625) mark in conference road games.

• Freshman bluliner Ruslan Pedan has been a catalyst on the power-play this season. The rookie leads the team in power-play goals (3), assists on the power-play (7) and points, as 10 of his 11 points this season on the man advantage.

• Matt Prapavessis, the reining WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, established a new single-season career-high collecting his team-leading 13th helper of 2013-14 Saturday.

• This weekend the Beavers jump back into conference play with a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. BSU is 3-1-1 versus Alaska dating back to 1982. This season the Nanooks took three points out of Bemidji Dec. 13-14 earning a 3-3 tie and a 5-1 victory in the first WCHA meeting between the teams.

• Cory Ward led the Beavers versus Alaska posting a goal and two assists in the series.