Bemidji State opens 2019 at No. 8 Bowling Green

Bemidji State opens 2019 at No. 8 Bowling Green
Monday, December 31, 2018
Bemidji State opens 2019 at No. 8 Bowling Green

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team opens the 2019 calendar year with a rare Thursday/Friday series at Bowling Green State University. The Falcons, who are ranked No. 8 in the most recent national poll, hold down second place in the WCHA standings with an 8-2-2-2 record in league play and have not been beaten since Nov 16--a streak spanning seven games and two exhibitions (8-0-1).

Bowling Green owns a 12-7-2 advantage in the all-time series, which includes an 8-2-1 mark at Slater Family Ice Arena.

The Falcons are unbeaten in the last five meetings of the series (4-0-1) and have not lost to the Beavers since a Jan. 5, 2017 contest in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The series will get underway at 6:37 p.m. (CT) Thursday with Friday's series finale set also set for a 6:37 p.m. opening face off at Slater Family Ice Arena.

Bemidji State notables:

• The Beavers opened the second half of the 2018-19 at Air Force for a non-conference series Dec. 29-30. BSU battled back to tie the opener, 3-3 in OT, before dropping a 6-3 decision Sunday. BSU is 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 0.80 points per game with a team-best nine goals. He also leads the WCHA with eight goals in league play.

• Since Nov. 24, Combs has posted 12 points (7g-5a) and recorded at least one point in seven of nine games. He opens the Bowling Green series with a team-best, three-game point streak (1g-2a).

• After just one point in BSU’s first six games of 2018-19, Justin Baudry has two goals and nine assists in BSU’s last nine games. He leads all BSU players with a career-high 13 assists.

• Aaron Miller leads all Beavers with seven points (4g-3a) in BSU’s last four games and is second on the team, equalling his freshman season point total 15 points, which includes matching Combs with a team-best and career-high nine goals.

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

• Eight (8a) of Baudry’s 15 points have come on the power play. He leads BSU in power-play scoring.

• Baudry leads all current BSU players in career scoring with 14 goals and 38 assists in 127 games.

• Dillon Eichstadt ranks seventh in the country and third in the WCHA with 42 blocked shots this season.

• Through 20 games, BSU is 12-for-80 (.150) on the power play and 8-for-48 in league play (.167) to rank fifth in the WCHA.

• The BSU penalty-kill unit is 58-of-72 (.806) on the season, which includes a 32-for-40 run in WCHA play (.800).

• Last season BSU allowed just 18 power-play goals during the entire 38-game season (115-133/.865) Through the first 20 games of the 2018-19 campaign, BSU has already surrendered 14.

• 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).

• BSU has held its opponents to one goal or less in eight of its 20 games this season.  They are 6-1-1 in those games. When BSU has allowed more than one goal, it is 2-8-2

• When BSU scores two or more goals this season, they are 8-5-2. When failing to log at least two goals, they are 0-4-1.

• When BSU plays on the road this season, it averages 2.09 goals per game and allows 3.09 and it is 3-5-3. The Beavers are 5-4-0 at the Sanford Center and has averaged 3.11 goals per game, while surrendering just 1.89.

• BSU is 6-2-2 this season when scoring the game’s first goal while it is 2-7-1 when it opponent scores first.

• January is typically BSU’s best month of the year.  Since the Beavers jumped to the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1999-2000 season, they are 65-52-14 (.555).

• BSU’s sophomore class leads its scoring push netting 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points. It’s seniors have 36 points (9g-27a), freshman 33 points (13g-18a) and juniors 12 points (6g-6a).

• Since the 1999-2000 season, BSU is 3-3-1 on Thursday, but BSU is without a loss in its lost in its last four Thursday games (3-0-1), which includes a 2-1 victory at Bowling Green, Jan. 5, 2017.

• The Beavers continue their four-game road trip this week with a two-game WCHA series at Bowling Green, Jan. 3-4. BSU is 7-12-2 versus the Falcons since starting the rivalry with a non-conference match up in 2011-12.

• Bemidji State is 2-8-1 all-time at Slater Family Ice Arena and seeks its first win on the Falcons’ home since Jan. 5, 2017.

• BSU is without a win in its last five meetings with BGSU (0-4-1), however the Beavers picked up a shoot out win in a Dec. 12, 2017 meetings with the Falcons after a tie.

• Two of the last four meetings with BGSU have been pushed to overtime. BSU is 0-1-1 in those games with a shoot out win.

• Senior defender Dan Billett leads all current BSU players in scoring success versus the Falcons, netting three of his career 24 assists (134 gms) in 12 meetings with BGSU.

• None of BSU’s current goaltenders have ever faced Bowling Green.