Beavers ready for road series at Michigan Tech
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Beavers ready for road series at Michigan Tech

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- For the first time in nearly a month, the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team will hit the road this weekend, making the trip to Houghton, Mich. to battle the Huskies of Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

The Beavers and Huskies have met on 12 previous occasion in a series that dates back to 2007. BSU and MYU are currently tied 5-5-2, however, the Beavers have dropped three of the last four (0-3-1) meetings between the teams.

The series will get underway from MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. at 6:07 p.m. (CST) both Friday and Saturday.

Fans unable to make the trip will be able to follow audio of the BSU-MTU series locally on 103.7 FM or online at www. A pay-per-view webstream is also available at:

• The Beavers move back into WCHA play this weekend with a trip to Houghton, Mich. to battle Michigan Tech. In a series dating back to 2007, BSU and MTU are tied, 5-5-2. However, BSU is winless in its last four meetings with the MTU, 0-3-1.

• Three of the last four meetings between BSU and MTU have been extended to overtime. BSU is 0-2-1 in those games.

• BSU is 1-3-2 all-time in games played on the Huskies’ home ice. BSU only win at MacInnes came in the form of a 1-0 victory Feb. 12, 2011.

• BSU hits the road this weekend for the first time since a Nov. 8-9 trip to Ferris State. BSU is 2-3-1 on the road this season.

• No BSU player has had more success on the road in 2013-14 than Markus Gerbrandt. The sophomore has accounted for nine (7g-2a) of his 13 points (8g-5a) in six road games.

• Cory Ward is riding a four-game scoring streak. Since Nov. 22, the sophomore has three goals and an assist.

• Since returning from injury Nov. 22, senior Radoslav Illo has four goals, which includes a goal in BSU’s last three games.
• The Bemidji State men’s hockey team hosted Miami for a nonconference series Nov. 29-30. BSU rallied from a 4-1 third period deficit to push Friday night’s game to overtime and earn a 4-4 draw with (12) Miami. Saturday, BSU battled back to tie the score on two occasions before the RedHawks scored three third period goals to take the game, 6-3, and the series.

• Friday night’s 4-4 tie marked the first time this season BSU has escaped a loss when opening the third period trailing its opponent. BSU is now 0-4-1 in those games.

• Friday’s game also marked the first time the Beavers have rallied from three goals behind to escape with a win or tie since netting a 6-5 overtime victory at Minnesota Duluth Dec. 9, 2006.

• After scoring just 10 goals in the third period in its first 14 games of the season, BSU netted a season-high third-period markers Friday.

• Nearly 48 percent of BSU’s goal scoring (23 of 48 goals) this season has come in the second period.

• Ruslan Pedan has scored all seven of his points this season (3g-4a) on the man advantage. He leads all BSU players in power-play scoring and is tied for second in the WCHA.

• Cory Ward scored his team-best ninth goal of the season Friday night. It allowed him to match his 2013-14 season total.

• The Beavers’ penalty-kill unit snuffed out six of seven of MU power-play opportunities in the series. BSU has now killed 10 of its opponents’ last 11 man advantage opportunities dating back to the third period of its Nov. 22 game versus LSSU.

• Bemidji State has snuffed out 59 of 69 (.855) opponent power-play opportunities  to rank 10th in nation.

• BSU was 2-for-9 on the man advantage versus Miami brining its power-play unit to 13-of-65 (.200) on the season.

• Defenseman Carter Struthers made is his collegiate debut Saturday. He finished with one shot on goal and carried an even plus/minus rating.

• Sophomore Reid Mimmack made his first collegiate start Saturday. He posted 23 saves and allowed six Miami goals in the loss. He is now 0-1-0 in two career appearance with a .829 save percentage and a 4.28 goals against average.

• Radoslav Illo and Danny Mattson each netted the 40th points of their collegiate career’s in the series versus Miami. Illo leads all current Beavers with 43 points (20g-23a), while Mattson (9g-32a) and leads all current Beavers with 32 helpers.

• This season BSU has averaged nearly a goal and half more on Friday than it has in Saturday games. It has averaged 2.375 goals per game on Saturday, while it has netted 3.625 per Friday contest.

• This season slow first period starts have been an issue for the Beavers. BSU has scored 11 first period goals to its opponents 18, while it has been outscored 10-6 in the first period of WCHA play.

• When BSU leads after one period it is unbeaten at 2-0-1, while it is 0-5-1 when trailing after the first period.

• This season BSU has been out scored 27-19 in Saturday contests. BSU is 2-4-2 in those games.

• With nine points (7g-2a) in league play, Markus Gerbrandt currently sits fourth on the league scoring list. He has seven goals in 10 conference games.

• Gerbrandt (7) and Ward (6) rank second and third, respectively, in goals scored in WCHA play.

• Danny Mattson’s 11 assists in WCHA action, place him a tie for tops in the league.

• Graeme McCormack is third on the WCHA defeseman scoring list with eight points (1g-7a) in 10 WCHA games.

• BSU is averaging 3.30 goals per game in WCHA play this season. Only Ferris State (3.90) has a higher scoring average.