BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team is back on the road this weekend traveling Houghton, Mich. for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association match up with Michigan Technological University. Riding a four-game unbeaten streak into the series, extending the streak will be no small task for the Beavers. For the third consecutive weekend, BSU's opponent is ranked among the top 10 in the country--this week, the Huskies, who are 20-7-1 overall and 15-4-1 in league play, are No. 5.
The series will get underway from the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at 6:07 p.m. CST Friday with the series finale set for 4:07 p.m. CST Saturday.
As always all BSU men's hcokey games can be heard locally on 103.7 FM and around the globe on www.beaverradionetwork.com.
Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to four games Jan. 30-31 taking three of four points out of a WCHA series with then-No. 6 Bowling Green. BSU won the opener 5-2 and battled back to gain a 2-2 tie after scoring two goals in the final four minutes of the finale. BSU saw its record climb to 10-12-4 overall, while the Beavers are 6-8-4 in league play and moved into a tie for fifth place in the WCHA standings.
• The series marked the first time BSU has gone unbeaten in four straight games versus nationally-ranked opponents since the Beavers made the jump to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000.
• BSU’s two empty-net goals Friday matched its season total from a year ago and marked its first time netting a pair of empty-netters in a game since an Oct. 13, 2007 victory over Army, 3-0.
• BSU is now 4-8-1 versus nationally-ranked teams this season. Other wins include: at No. 2 North Dakota, Oct. 10; No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 23 and No. 1 Minnesota State, Jan. 24.
• Charlie O’Connor netted his team-best ninth goal of the season Friday—increasing his single-season career-best mark.
• With a goal and an assist in the game, it was the second multi-point game of O’Connor’s career.
• Kyle Bauman netted his third unassisted goal in as many games Friday. Bauman now has four of BSU’s 11 unassisted goals this season. No other player has more than one.
• Friday’s 5-2 victory, marked BSU’s ninth win when scoring more than four goals. BSU is now 1-12-3 when scoring three or fewer and are 9-0-1 when netting four or more.
• After netting a first-period goal Friday, BSU is now 9-4-1 when scoring first. The Beavers are 1-8-3 when their opponent nets the game’s first goal.
• BSU is 1-8-2 on its opponent’s home ice this season and, not including a pair of North Star College Cup wins on neutral ice, seeks its first road victory since its season-opener, Oct. 10, at then-No. 2 North Dakota.
• Since Jan. 9, Kyle Bauman has seven points (5g-3a) in nine games to lead the Beavers in scoring.
• BSU is 5-0-0 when Kyle Bauman scores a goal this season.
• Gerry Fitzgerald has cast the deciding goal in two of the Beavers’ last three games. The freshman leads the team with three game-winners.
• Since Dec. 12, Michael Bitzer is 6-2-2 in 606:35 minutes played with a 1.29 goals against average, a .943 save percentage and leads the country with three shutouts during that span.
• The BSU power-play unit was 1-for-3 Friday and 0-for-4 versus Bowling Green Jan. 30-31. The Beavers are now 15-for-96 (.156) on the man advantage this season.
• The BSU penalty-kill unit held the Falcons scoreless on all seven of their power-play opportunities in the series. BSU improves to 86-for-104 (.827) on the season.
• Averaging 2.92 goals per game this season, BSU is posting its highest goal-scoring average since recording 3.46 during the 2009-10 season. BSU has posted 2.88 goals per game in WCHA play to rank fourth in the league.
• Matt Prapavessis has netted 13 points (5g-8a) in WCHA play to rank fourth among the league’s top-scoring defenders.
• BSU is 6-6-1 on Friday’s this season and has averaged 3.15 goals per game, while allowing its opponents 2.46.
• BSU is 4-6-3 on Saturday’s this season and has averaged 2.69 goals per game, while allowing its opponents 2.69.
• BSU is unbeaten in overtime this season posting a 1-0-4 record in overtime games.
• Bemidji State is unbeaten in four straight and since Nov. 29 has lost just two games (7-2-4).
• BSU trails Michigan Tech all-time 7-5-4 in a series that got its start Jan. 12, 2007.
• The Beavers open the series looking for their first victory over the Huskies since Oct. 22, 2011, 3-1 at Sanford Center. BSU is without a win in its last eight meetings with Michigan Tech (0-5-3)
• BSU is 1-3-4 all-time in games played in Houghton, Mich. And the Beavers have average just 1.5 goals per game.
• Bemidji State’s last, and only, victory in Houghton, Mich. Came 1-0 Feb. 12, 2011 during the Huskies Winter Carnival.
• Senior defender Matt Prapavessis leads all BSU current players in career scoring versus Michigan Tech. He has five assists in 10 game splayed versus the Huskies. Both Cory Ward and Brendan Harms have four points versus MTU, with Ward listed as the only current BSU player with more than one goal versus the Huskies (2g-2a).