Beavers travel south seeking warm up to road play.

Beavers travel south seeking warm up to road play.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Beavers travel south seeking warm up to road play.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team travels to Huntsville, Ala. this weekend in search of its fourth series sweep of the season and a reversal of road woes this season as it battles the University of Alabama-Huntsville in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. 

While the Beavers are 7-1-2 at home this season and have averaged nearly five goals per game (4.50), they are 3-6-1 away from Sanford Center and have surrendered more goals per game (2.20) than they have claimed (2.00). 

BSU and UAH will get the league series underway with a 7:37 p.m. opening face-off Thursday from the Von Braun Center before wrapping up the series with a 7:37 p.m. start Friday.

The Beavers own a 53-32-5 edge in the all-time series with Alabama-Huntsvilleand have four of teh last five meetings with the Chargers, including a 5-1 victory the last time the teams met at Von Braun Center, Jan. 27, 2018, but the Chargers are 21-19-3 at home versus the Beavers.

Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State shook a three-game losing streak Friday with a 5-2 victory to open its WCHA series with Ferris State. BSU completed the sweep with a 4-1 win. BSU moved to 10-7-3 overall and is second in the WCHA at 10-3-1-0 in league play.

Five different BSU players scored Friday. Aaron Miller logged his first game-winning goal of the season to lead the Beavers.

• Miller's goal Friday was his 10th of the season--a total just one shy of his single-season career-high (11) set last winter. He and senior Adam Brady lead BSU in goal scoring (10). Miller and Elias Rosén are tied atop BSU's assist list with 11.

• Miller ranks third among WCHA skaters in league scoring with 17 points (9g-8a) in 14 WCHA games.

• The WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Sillinger’s three-assist night Friday marked the first multi-assist game of his career. It was BSU's first three-helper performance since Ross Armour versus Michigan Tech nearly a year ago (1/18/19).

• Sillinger added a goal and an assist to finish the series with five points (1g-4a). He has 11 points (5g-6a) in BSU's last 11 games.

• Somoza's short-handed goal Friday was the first of  his career, BSU's third of the season and second in it's last four games.

• Adam Brady recorded his third multi-goal game of the season Saturday to surpass his single-season goal scoring best with 10.

• Brady has six of BSU’s 14 power-play goals this season. Of his 26 collegiate goals, 14 have come on the man advantage.

• Senior defender Tommy muck played the first 123 games of his BSU career without a goal, but has two goals in the Beavers' last 10 games after posting a goal and an assist in the Beavers' 4-1 win over Ferris State Saturday.

• Hank Johnson made his fourth appearance and second straight start Friday.  He posted 13 saves in his first victory of 2019-20. He is 1-2-1 with a 2.24 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

• Driscoll was back in net Saturday, turning aside 18-of-19 shots for his ninth win of the season (9-5-2). His .927 ranks him 12th in the nation, while his 1.74 goals against average sits seventh.

• Driscoll is 9-3-1 versus the WCHA and ranks second in goals against average (1.46) and save percentage (.939).

• WCHA Rookie of the Week Elias Rosén leads all BSU defenders and rookies with 13 points (2g-11a) after a four-assists versus Ferris State. Seven of his 11 assists have come on the power play to tie Tommy Muck for second on BSU power-play scoring list. He is also second among WCHA rookies in scoring and ranks third among freshman blueliners across the country.

• Sophomore defender Darby Gula logged his first collegiate goal Friday. It marked his first point since Nov. 17, 2018.

• BSU’s sophomores have netted 57 points (25g-32a) to lead the scoring push. The team’s juniors are second with 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points. It’s three seniors have 32 (14g-18a) and freshman 24 points (3g-21a).

• After an 0-for-4 night on the power play Friday, BSU was 3-for-4 Saturday marking its first three PPG night since it was 3-for-5 in a 5-2 win over Northern Michigan, Nov. 19, 2016. BSU is 14-for-69 (.203) for the season and 13-for-55 (.236) in WCHA play.

• Allowing just three power-play goals in 58 opportunities this season, BSU is first among NCAA Division I teams (.948). At .952 (40-of-42) in WCHA play, BSU ranks second on the WCHA penalty-kill list to Minnesota State's .962 (50-of-52).

• BSU has averaged a league-low 8.9 penalty minutes per game. That's more than three minutes under second-place Michigan Tech.

• Last weekend, BSU was whistled for just two penalties, one in each game. It marked the first time BSU has had two-or-fewer penalties in a series since Dec. 12-13, 2014 when BSU had no penalties to open a series with NMU and two in the series finale.

• With 55 goals in 14 WCHA games, BSU's 3.93 goals per game leads the WCHA.

• On the road this season, BSU is 3-6-1 and has averaged 2.00 goals per game, while allowing 2.20. It's power play is 5-for-36 (.139) and its penalty kill 31-for-32 (.969).

• The Beavers continue WCHA play this week with a road trip to Huntsville, Ala. for a rare Thursday-Friday series. BSU is 53-32-5 versus Alabama-Huntsville all time, but the Chargers hold a 21-19-3 edge in games played in Huntsville.

• BSU has won four of the last five meetings with UAH, which includes a 5-1 victory over the Chargers in the last meeting between the teams at Von Braun Center, Jan. 27, 2018.

• Adam Brady leads all BSU players with nine points (4g-5a) in seven games versus UAH, which includes a pair of power-play goals. Charlie Combs leads all current BSU players with five goals (5g-2a) in six games versus the Chargers.

•Zach Driscoll leads the BSU goaltenders with a 2-1-0 record, a 2.34 GAA and .877 save percentage. One of his six collegiate shutouts have come against the Chargers, Nov. 23, 2019.

• BSU is 4-4-1 since 1999-2000 in Thursday games. Ironically, two of BSU’s four Thursday losses have come at the hands of the Chargers. BSU dropped a 7-5 contest to UAH Dec. 11, 2004 and a 3-2 decision Jan. 16, 2002.

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