BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team is back from its week off this weekend as it travels to Marquette, Mich. for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup with Northern Michigan University (16-10-4; 14-7-1-1 WCHA).
With virtually identical records through the first 28 games of the season, BSU holds a seven-point lead over the Wildcats for second place in the league standings as the teams battle to secure home ice for the opening round of the WCHA playoffs with six games left in the regular season. In addition, currently sitting 17th and 19th, respectively, in the Pairwise Rankings, the teams are on the outside of the NCAA Tournament field looking in making the regular-season series a possible key to the NCAA Tournament if either team is able to win or sweep.
BSU owns a 13-6-6 lead in the all-time NMU series and opens the weekend unbeaten in the last three meetings with the Wildcats (2-0-1). Bemidji State is also 6-2-2 when playing NMU at the Barry Center.
The Beavers and Wildcats split the series last time BSU visited Marquette., Oct. 26-27, 2018. Following a 3-0 loss to NMU, BSU bounced back to a 2-1 win.
The series will get underway at 6:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and the series finale is set for a 5:07 p.m. (CT) opening faceoff.
Bemidji State notables:
- Bemidji State secured its fifth league series sweep of the year Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 with 4-1 and 4-2 victories over Bowling Green. BSU remains 16-8-4 overall and is second in the WCHA at 16-4-2-1 and in league play with 51 points.
- BSU's Feb. 1 win was its 16th of the season, surpassing the team's 2018-19 win total after just 28 games.
- With 16 WCHA wins, BSU has more league wins only once since joinign gthe WCHA in 2010-11, a 20-win 2016-17 campaign (20-6-2) that was capped with a regular-season title.
- Ethan Somoza's goal Jan. 31 was the 10th of his career and stood as his 30th point as a Beaver. He added an assist Feb. 1 to finish the series with Bowling Green with a team-best three points (1g-2g).
- Aaron Miller posted a goal and an assist Jan. 31 to establish a new career-high point total 23. It was his team-best seventh multi-point game of the season and was his first point since Jan. 3.
- Brady added an assist in the Feb. 1 victory to regain the team's scoring lead and come within two points of his single-season scoring high 27 points (8g-18a) set in 2017-18.
- Tyler Kirkup posted the second game-winning goal of his career Jan. 31--each have come in the Beavers' last three games.
- Owen Sillinger's 23 points (10g-13a) is a single-season career high, while has a new single-season assist high with 13.
- Sillinger's 10th goal of the season Feb. 1 matched the sophomore's single-season career-high. He now has at least one point in eight of the Beavers' last 10 games and has a team-best 13 points during that span.
- With his third goal of the season Jan. 31, Tommy Muck extended a new career-high for points in a season with 15 (3g-12a). He now has nine points in BSU's last nine games (2g-7a). That is over 31-percent of his career scoring (3g-26a in 141 games).
- Elias Rosén has 15 assists this season to lead the Beavers. No BSU freshman has had more assists since Jordan George posted 21 in 2009-10. With 19 points (5g-15a), he leads WCHA rookies in scoring and ranks second among freshman Division I defenders.
- Adam Brady has seven of BSU’s 22 power-play goals this season. Of his 28 collegiate goals, 15 have come on the man advantage. Brady is tied for sixth in the country in power-play goals with seven.
- Elias Rosén posted a power-play assist Jan. 31, to move into a tie with Adam Brady (7g-4a) and Tommy Muck (2g-9a) for the Beavers' power-play scoring lead with 11 points apiece. He has two goals and nine assists on the man advantage.
- Charlie Combs has come on since the first of the year. After just five points in the first 14 games of the season, he has at least a point in six of BSU's last nine games (3g-3a).
- Zach Driscoll is 15-6-2 in net in 2010-20. His .932 save percentage ranks fifth in the nation, while his 1.74 goals against average is fifth. He is 15-4-2 versus the WCHA and ranks second in goals against average (1.57) and save percentage (.939).
- BSU’s sophomores have netted 85 points (39g-46a) to lead the scoring push. The team’s juniors are second with 28 goals and 42 assists for 70 points. It’s three seniors have 50 (18g-32a) and freshman 35 points (6g-29a).
- BSU was 2-for-8 on the man advantage versus BGSU. BSU now has 11 power-play goals in its last nine games (11-for-29). BSU is 22-for-93 (.237) on the season, to sit 12th in the nation, and 21-for-79 (.266) to rank second in the WCHA.
- Allowing just eight power-play goals in 80 opportunities this season, No NCAA team has allowed fewer. BSU is second among NCAA Division I teams (.909). At .903 (65-of-72) in WCHA play, BSU is second on the WCHA penalty-kill list.
- With 81 goals in 22 WCHA games, BSU's 3.68 goals per game ranks second in the WCHA to Minnesota State's 3.82.
- BSU has held its opponent to one goal or fewer in 12 of its 28 games this season. It is 11-0-1 in those games. That also means BSU is 5-8-3 in games it surrenders two-or-more goals.
- On the road this season, BSU is 5-7-1, has scored 2.23 goals per game and allowed 2.23.
- The Beavers return to action Feb. 14-15 when they travel to Marquette, Mich. for a two-game series with Northern Michigan.
- BSU owns a 13-6-6 lead in the NMU series and opens the weekend unbeaten in the last three meetings with NMU (2-0-1).
- Bemidji State is 6-2-2 all time when playing NMU at the Barry Center. The Beavers and Wildcats split the series last time BSU visited Marquette., Oct. 26-27, 2018. Following a 3-0 loss to NMU, BSU bounced back to a 2-1 win.
- Aaron Miller leads all current BSU players with four (2g-2a) career points in five career games versus the Wildcats. Brendan Harris and Brad Johnson each have a power-play goal in the series.
- Zach Driscoll is 2-0-1 versus the Wildcats with a .955 save percentage and 0.97 goals against average.
- BSU is 1-3-0 on Olympic ice this season. The team has averaged 2.75 goals and surrendered 2.50 per game.