Bemidji State travels to Lake Superior State to battle for fourth place

Bemidji State travels to Lake Superior State to battle for fourth place
Friday, January 25, 2019
Bemidji State travels to Lake Superior State to battle for fourth place

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State looks to extend its winning streak to three game this weekend when it travels to Lake Superior State for a two-game WCHA series.

BSU is back on the road this week after a four-game homestand and has its focus set on building upon its series sweep of Michigan Tech a week ago. Currently sitting sixth in the Western Colgate Hockey Association standings, BSU is just one point out of fourth place, and home ice for the first round of the league playoffs, trailing this week's opponent and MTU.

The series will get underway from Taffy Abel Arena at 6:07 p.m. (CT) Friday with the series finale also scheduled for a 6:07 p.m. start Saturday.

Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State used a Dillon Eichstadt overtime goal to earn a 4-3 victory to open its series with Michigan Tech Friday outdoors before a 3-0 victory Saturday. BSU improves to 12-11-3, while it is 10-7-1-1 in WCHA play to sit sixth in the league standings, just two points out of fourth.

• 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 69-54-14 (.555) which includes a 4-2-0 mark in January 2019.

• Reigning WCHA Rookie of the Week Ross Armour led all BSU players in scoring versus the Huskies, netting four assists, which included matching a career-high three helpers in Friday’s OT win.

• Junior forward Adam Brady potted a goal and two assists versus MTU and enters the series at Lake Superior State toting a four-game point streak (1g-4a).

• In the 17 games since Nov. 17, no BSU player has registered more points than Baudry, who has 16 points (5g-11a) during that time. He is BSU’s leading scorer with 19 points (5g-14a)—matching his single-season career-high (9g-10a) set last year.

• The last BSU defenseman to lead the team in scoring was Matt Prapavessis, who netted 24 points (9g-15a) in 2014-15.

• Baudry leads all current BSU players with 56 career points 17 goals and 39 assists in 134 games.

• Armour, a rookie forward with 12 points, has 10 assists in BSU’s last 10 games, leads all freshman in assist scoring and is second on the team with 12 assists this season. He had just two points in his first 16 appearances.

• Since returning from injury Jan. 3 sophomore Brendan Harris has a goal four assists in six games.

• Sophomore Ethan Somoza piled up three points (1g-2a) versus MTU and has logged four (2g-2a)  of his nine points (4g-5a)this season in BSU’s last four games.

• Jay Dickman logged a goal in each game of the MTU series, which included the GWG Saturday, to lead BSU in the series.

• BSU’s sophomore class leads its scoring push netting 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 points. It’s seniors have 47 points (16g-31a), freshman 42 points (15g-27a) and juniors 18 points (7g-11a).

• Dillon Eichstadt’s 12 points (3g-9a), including a game-winner Friday, establishes a career-high for the senior defender and matches a single-season career-high nine assist set as a freshman in 2015-16.

• Eichstadt’s overtime game-winner Friday marked BSU’s first OT win since Charlie O’Connor scored in OT Nov. 11, 2016.

• Zach Driscoll, who was making his fifth consecutive start Friday, posted 33 saves en route to his second shutout as a Beaver and third collegiate shutout. This 33 saves matched a career-high set Nov. 18, 2016 with St. Cloud State.

•Driscoll is 4-2-0 with two shutouts in his last six appearances with a 1.49 GAA and .941 save percentage.

• BSU was 2-for-4 on the power-play versus MTU. BSU is 16-for-97 (.165) on the season and 12-for-65 (.185) in WCHA play.  BSU has a power-play goal in three straight games and its unit is clicking at a .429 (3-7) pace since Jan. 12, 2019.

• The BSU penalty-kill unit was 4-for-4 versus the Huskies and is 76-for-90 (.844) in 2018-19, which includes 50-of-58 in WCHA play (.862). BSU’s last power-play goal allowed was the second period of its Dec. 30th game stretching back 19 opportunities and seven games.

• Last season BSU allowed just 18 power-play goals during the entire 38-game season (115-133/.865) Through the first 26 games of the 2018-19 campaign, BSU has already surrendered 14.

• When BSU scores two or more goals this season, they are 12-5-2. When failing to log at least two goals, they are 0-6-1.

• When BSU plays on the road this season, it averages 2.17 goals per game and allows 3.00 and it is 4-5-3. The Beavers are 8-5-0 at the Sanford Center and has averaged 3.00 goals per game, while surrendering just 1.69.

• BSU is 9-2-2 this season when scoring the game’s first goal while it is 3-9-1 when it opponent scores first.

• This weekend, BSU hits the road for the first time since Jan. 3-4 when it travels to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. to battle Lake Superior State. The Lakers lead the series 30-25-4 dating back to 1966 and includes a 14-13-1 edge in games played in Michigan.

• Adam Brady leads all current Beavers with three points (3a) versus the Lakers in four career games.

• Of the 27 players on the BSU roster, thirteen have never seen action versus the Lakers.

• While BSU looks to shake a two-game losing skid to the Lakers this weekend, the Beavers are unbeaten in four of the last six meetings with LSSU (3-2-1).