Beavers close calendar year at Air Force

Beavers close calendar year at Air Force
Friday, December 28, 2018
Beavers close calendar year at Air Force

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team travels to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a non-conference series to wrap up the 2018 calendar year and open the second half of the 2018-19 campaign.

The Beavers open a stretch of four road games in seven days versus the Falcons a common, non-conference opponent. BSU and AFA have met 37 times since 1997 and were members of College Hockey America from 2000 to 2006.  BSU skates into the series with a 26-9-2 mark versus the Falcons, however are just 8-7-0 when facing Air Force on its home ice.

The puck drops on the series at 7:05 p.m. (CT) Saturday and will wrap at 4:05 p.m. Sunday from Cadet Ice Arena.

Bemidji State notables:

• The Beavers capped the first half of the 2018-19 season at 8-8-2 overall and 6-5-1-0 in WCHA play this season to match Lake Superior State for fifth place in the league standings with 19 points.

• Sophomore forward Charlie Combs leads Bemidji State in scoring averaging 0.78 points per game with a team-best nine goals. He also leads the WCHA with eight goals in league play.

• After just one point in BSU’s first six games of 2018-19, Baudry has a goal and 11 assists in BSU’s last 12 games. He leads all BSU players with a career-high 12 assists.

• Aaron Miller recorded a career-high four points (2g-2a) Dec. 14 versus Alaska-Anchorage. He was the first BSU individual to record four points Kyle Bauman and Jay Dickman each had four points versus Alaska-Anchorage  Dec. 15, 2017.

• With eight assists in league play Baudry is tied for seventh in the WCHA and is fourth among WCHA defenders.

• Baudry’s first goal of 2018-19 Dec. 14 stood as the senior’s 50th collegiate point. He leads all current BSU players with 13 goals and 37 assists in 125 games.

• BSU finished the first half of the season 11-for-69 (.159) on the power play overall and 8-for-48 in league play (.167) to rank fifth in the WCHA.

• The BSU penalty-kill unit is 52-of-64 (.812) after 18 games, which includes a 32-for-40 run in WCHA play (.800).

• The Beavers are the least penalized team in the WCHA averaging 8.5 penalty minutes per game. BSU’s 102 total penalty minutes through the first 12 WCHA contests is less than half of the league leader Alaska (275).

• Through his first 10 collegiate starts, sophomore Henry Johnson is 5-4-1 with a 1.71 GAA and a .926 save percentage to rank among the top goaltenders in the country in save percentage (14th) and goals against average (3rd).

• BSU has held its opponents to one goal or less in eight of its 18 games this season.  They are 6-1-1 in those games. When BSU has allowed more than one goal, it is 2-7-1.

• This season BSU is 5-4-0 at the Sanford Center and has averaged 3.11 goals per game, while surrendering just 1.89. When BSU plays on the road, it averages 1.89 goals per game and allows 2.78.

• Justin Baudry has been a driving force to BSU’s success at home. He has logged 10 (1g-10) of his 13 points in nine home games this season.

• Defender Dillon Eichstadt is ending the first half of his senior season with five points (2g-3a) in the Beavers’ last five games. With nine points (2g-7a) already this season, he has matched a career high set as a freshman (9a).

• Eichstadt also ranks 11th in the country and third in the WCHA with 37 blocked shots this season.

• BSU is 6-2-1 this season when scoring the game’s first goal while it is 2-6-1 when its opponent scores first.

• With a career-best three assists Dec. 14, Ross Armour more than doubled his rookie scoring total. In his first 16 collegiate games he had two assists, Friday he posted three. Four of his career five points have come in four games versus Alaska-Anchorage.

• The Beavers open the second half of the season on the road for their first four games, which includes a series at Air Force to wrap up non-conference play.

• BSU is 26-9-2 all-time versus Air Force in a series that reaches back to 1997.

• Since 2002, BSU has lost just four games to the Falcons in 26 meetings (21-4-1).

• The series not only pits BSU head coach Tom Serratore versus his older brother Frank, who is also a Bemidji State alum, Tom’s son, Matt is a senior forward for the Falcons. He has two points (1g-1a) in three games this season.

• January is typically BUS’s best month of the year.  Since the Beavers jumped to the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1999-2000 season, they are 65-51-13 (.555).

• Just 12 of the Beavers current skaters have experience versus Air Force. Of those 12, Brendan Harris leads all current players with a pair of assist sin two games.

• Jay Dickman and Adam Brady each have one goal in two games versus AFA. Dickman’s goal came on the power play.

• Henry Johnson is the only current goaltender on BSU’s roster with any experience versus the Falcons. In 19:48 in relief, he made one save and didn’t allow a goal. It was collegiate debut.