Beavers look to extend FSU series unbeaten streak to six games

Beavers look to extend FSU series unbeaten streak to six games
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Beavers look to extend FSU series unbeaten streak to six games

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team (13-12-3; 11-8-1-0 WCHA) returns form a week free from competition to hit the road for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Ferris State University (7-20-1; 4-15-1-0 WCHA) this weekend. Winners of three of their last four contests, the Beavers look to continue a climb towards home ice for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs.  

The Beavers, who are 5-3-0 since the first of the year, are sixth in the league standings and trail Northern Michigan, now in fourth and in line to host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs, by five points with eight regular-seaosn games to play.
    
BSU has been driven offensively by senior defender Justin Baudry. The Beavers’ leading scorer has matched a career-high 20 points (5g-15a) through the team’s first 28 games. BSU also returns the services of Aaron Miller who missed five games due to injury. In 23 games this season, Miller has already established a career-high 17 points (10g-7a) and leads the team in goal scoring with 10.  
    
Dating back to the series start in 1999, Ferris State owns a 15-11-3 edge in the all-time series which includes a 7-6-1 lead in games played in Big Rapids, Mich. With that said, the Beavers open the series Friday unbeaten in their last five games with FSU, 4-0-1, and have won three straight, including a series sweep in Big Rapids Jan. 19-20, 2018 when these teams last met.

Bemidji State Notables

• Bemidji State is coming off a week free from competition. In their last action, the Beavers split series at Lake Superior State, (L, 5-2 and W, 5-3), Jan. 25-26. BSU is 13-12-3 overall and 11-8-1-1 in WCHA play to sit sixth in the league standings.


• Owen Sillinger scored his seventh goal Jan. 25. He leads all BSU freshman and is fifth on the team in scoring with 14 points (7g-7a).

• Senior defender Dan Billett posted an assist Jan. 25. It was his third of the season. He now has two of his five points (2g-3a) this season in BSU’s last four games.

• Senior blueliner Justin Baudry recorded an assist Jan. 26 to end a four-game scoring drought, he continues to lead the team in scoring with 20 points (5g-15a) and a career-high 15 helpers. The last BSU defenseman to lead the team in scoring was Matt Prapavessis, who netted 24 points (9g-15a) in 2014-15.

• Rookies Tyler Kirkup and Alex Adams each recorded their first collegiate goal Jan. 26. Kirkup added an assist to log his first multi-point game and triple his season point total to three points (1g-2a).

• Senior Mike Soucier posted a pair of assists Jan. 26 to establish a new single-game, career-high. It was the second multi-point game if his 70-game BSU career.

• BSU’s sophomore class leads its scoring push netting 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points. It’s seniors have 52 points (16g-36a), freshman 49 points (20g-29a) and juniors 19 points (7g-12a).

• Zach Driscoll, who has started BSU’s last nine games in net is 5-3-0 with two shutouts in his last eight appearances with a 2.11 GAA and .919 save percentage.

• BSU was 0-for-9 on the power-play versus LSSU. BSU is 16-for-106 (.151) on the season and 12-for-74 (.162) in WCHA play.  BSU was 3-7 (.429) on the man advantage from Jan. 12-19.

• With four of his team-best 10 goals scored on the power-play, Charlie Combs ranks second in the WCHA in power-play goal scoring.

• Justin Baudry leads all BSU players in power-play scoring with 10 (2g-8a) of his team-high 20 points coming on the man advantage.

• The BSU penalty-kill unit was 10-for-10 versus the Lakers and is 86-for-100 (.860) in 2018-19, which includes 60-of-68 in WCHA play (.882) to rank third in the league. BSU’s last power-play goal allowed was the second period of its Dec. 30th game stretching back 29 opportunities and nine games.

• When BSU scores two or more goals this season, it is 13-6-2. When failing to log at least two goals, it is 0-6-1.

• When BSU plays on the road this season, it averages 2.27 goals per game and allows 3.13 and it is 5-7-3. 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 10-3-2 this season when scoring the game’s first goal while it is 3-9-1 when it opponent scores first.

• Charlie Combs is fourth in the WCHA with nine goals scored in league play. He is averaging 0.45 goals per WCHA contest.

• Ross Armour’s 11 assists in league play has him ranked second among WCHA newcomers and 11th overall in assist scoring.

• Owen Sillinger leads all BSU players with three game-winning goals this season, while two of Dillon Eichstadt’s three goals this season have stood as game-winners. That places them tied for fourth in the WCHA.

• Sillinger (5g-6a) and Armour (11a) currently sit tied for fourth in WCHA freshman scoring with 11 points apiece.

• Bemidji State remains the least penalize team in the WCHA averaging 8.9 penalty minutes per game—that is nearly 10 minutes per game less than the league’s most penalize team, Alaska (19.8).

• Dillon Eichstadt’s team-best 59 blocked shots this season ranks fourth in the WCHA and eighth in the country.

• Bemidji State trails its all-time series with the Bulldogs that got its start in 1999, 15-11-3, and is 6-7-1 versus FSU in Big Rapids. With that said, the Beavers open the series Friday unbeaten in their last five games with FSU, 4-0-1, and have won three straight, including a series sweep in Big Rapids Jan. 19-20, 2018 when these teams last met.

• Of all current BSU players, blueliner Dan Billett and forward Charlie Combs lead BSU in scoring success versus FSU. Billett has a goal and three assists in eight career games versus the Bulldogs, while Combs has a goal and three assists in four games.

• No current BSU goaltender has any experience versus Ferris State or playing in Ewigleben Arena.

• This series pits the deans of WCHA coaching in a head-to-head battle. With FSU head coach Bob Daniels posting a 451-486-102 record in 27 years at FSU and Tom Serratore owning a 295-282-81 record in 18 years at BSU, the two have combined for 45 years of head coaching experience and 746 wins.

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