Bemidji State set for rematch with Lake Superior State
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Bemidji State set for rematch with Lake Superior State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team packs its bags for its first road trip since Dec. 6-7 this weekend as it travels to Sault Ste. Marie , Mich. for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series versus Lake Superior State.  The two-game set will get underway at 6:37 p.m. (CST) with the series finale set for 6:07 p.m. Saturday at Taffy Abel Arena.

Beaver hockey fans can hear every second of action locally on 103.7 FM or online at There is also a pay-per-view video stream of each game available online at

Bemidji State Notables:
•  The Beavers hit the road this weekend to face Lake Superior State for their first road contest since Dec. 7. BSU will rack up frequent flyer miles over the next five weeks playing seven of its next  eight games away from Sanford Center.

• The Beavers and Lakers rivalry goes back to the 1960s. Lake Superior State opens the series owning a 24-19-2 edge in the rivalry, including an 11-9-1 mark in games played in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

•  From 1966-1973 BSU and LSSU met on a yearly basis as members of the International Collegiate Hockey Association. In addition, the teams have a storied national championship history. BSU defeated Lake Superior State for NAIA national titles in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

• BSU is 2-3-3 on the road this season and is 1-2-1 in Friday road games and 1-1-2 when playing on the road Saturday. With just two road games since Nov. 15, seeks its first road victory since a 1-0 win at Alabama-Huntsville.

• Radoslav Illo has generated more success than any BSU player versus Lake Superior State. In six career games, the senior has four points (2g-2a) and is +4. Due to injury, he didn’t face LSSU when the Lakers visited Bemidji Nov. 22-23.

• In four games versus LSSU, Cory Ward has three goals, which includes a game-winner in a 2-1 overtime thriller Nov. 23. He has netted a goal in each of the Beavers’ last three games versus LSSU.

• BSU’s winless streak has now reached eight games (0-4-4). The Beavers’ last win came Nov. 23 versus this weekend’s opponent Lake Superior State.

• The Last time that BSU was held without a win for eight games or longer was Dec. 30-Feb. 15 of last season--a streak spanning 12 games (0-9-3).

• Five of BSU’s last nine games have been extended to overtime. BSU is 1-1-6 in OT this season and is unbeaten in its last six overtime contests (1-0-5).

• Bemidji State played a program record, and at the time an NCAA record, 15 overtime contests in 2002-03 and finished that season with an all-time high eight ties. BSU also posted eight ties in 12 OT contests a year ago.

• In his first action since Oct. 25, Nate Arentz posted a goal Friday. The freshman returned to the line up after missing 15 games with a lower body injury. He has played in just seven games this season, but despite being limited due to injury, has contributed four points (2g-2a). At 0.57 points per game, Arentz leads all newcomers.

• Graeme McCormack logged an assist Friday, marking his third consecutive game with a helper. Now with a career-high 12 assists, McCormack stands as BSU’s top assist man this season.

• With 10 assists in 16 league games Graeme McCormack is tied for second among WCHA players. With 11 points (1g-10a) in WCHA play, he sits tied with for second with Ferris State’s Jason Binkley among the league’s top-scoring defenders.

• Despite being held without a point versus Northern Michigan, Cory Ward has recorded at least a point in six of the Beavers’ last nine contests. Since Nov. 22, the sophomore has six goals and three assists and leads the team in scoring with 16 points (12g-4a)--a career high.

• With nine goals in 16 WCHA games, Cory Ward currently tied with Scott Allen of Alaska-Anchorage and Jean-Paul Lafontaine of Minnesota State for the league lead.

• The Beavers’ penalty-kill unit surrendered two goals in NMU’s five power-play opportunities Friday. The multi-goal power-play effort by the Wildcats marked the second consecutive game BSU has allowed more than one power-play goal.  

• BSU has snuffed out 90-of-104 (.865) opponent PP opportunities this season including 67-of-77 (.870) in WCHA play.

• BSU enters its series at Lake Superior State ranked second in the WCHA in penalty-kill percentage (.870) and has faced a league-high 77 opponent power-play chances--at least nine more penalty-kill appearances than any team in the league.

• BSU was 0-for-9 on the man advantage versus NMU, bringing it to 15-of-95 (.158) on the season and 11-for-71(.155) in league play to rank sixth in the WCHA. BSU has failed to log a power-play goal since Dec. 13 (0-for-18).

• 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 14 points (9g-5a) in eight road games, including a team-high seven goals.

• This season BSU has averaged nearly a goal more on Friday than it has on Saturday. It has netted 35 goals Friday to 22 on Saturday. That works out to an average of 3.18 per Friday contest and 2.22 goals per game Saturday.

• Averaging nearly three goals per game this season, BSU has registered just one goal in each of its last two games, marking just the second and third times this season the BSU attack has been held to fewer than two goals.

• BSU’s 4-1 loss Jan. 3, marked the first time in 2013-14 that BSU has lost when leading after the first period (2-1-1).

• BSU is just 4-70-10 in games it has scored only one goal, which includeds a 1-4-0 mark this season.