With home playoff series in sight, Beavers travel to Ferris State
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
With home playoff series in sight, Beavers travel to Ferris State

BEMIDJI, Minn.-- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team embarks on its final road series of the 2014-15 regular season this weekend, making a third trip to the state of Michigan since Feb. 6.  This weekend the Beavers head to Big Rapids, Mich. for their first match of the season with Ferris State University. The series will get underway at 6:07 p.m. CST Friday with a 6:07 p.m. opening face-off set for Saturday's series finale from Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Bemidji State notables:

• Bemidji State posted 3-2 and 3-1 wins over Alaska-Anchorage Feb. 20-21 to secure its fourth series sweep of the 2014-15 season. BSU moves to 14-14-4 overall and 10-10-4 in WCHA play and remains tied with Northern Michigan for fourth place in the standings with 24 points and four games to play.

• BSU is 11-4-4 in its last 19 games (.684) and have moved back to .500 on the season for the first time since the team was 3-3-0 Nov. 1.

• Bitzer made 22 saves to pick up his 11th win of the season Friday and 18 more Saturday for his 12th victory. The last BSU goaltender to record more than 12 wins in a single season was Dan Bakala, who posted 14 in 2010-11.

• Bitzer is the first rookie goaltender at BSU to record 12 victories since Matt Clime posted 12 as a freshman in 2004-05.

• Charlie O’Connor recorded his 11th goal of the season Friday—extending his single-season career-high total. He leads BSU in goals scored.

• Kyle Bauman added two goals Friday for his fifth multi-point game of 2014-15. He is tied with Matt Prapavessis for the team lead in multi-point games.

• Since the turn of the calendar year, Bauman has a team-best 11 points (7g-4a) in 13 games played.

• Sam Windle collected two assists Friday, marking the second multi-point game of his career and second of the season. The senior blue liner has doubled his career scoring total this season with seven points (1g-6a). He had two goals and five assists during his first three seasons combined.

• BSU allowed its first power-play goal since Jan. 24 Friday, surrendering one UAA power-play marker in three opportunities. The goal snapped a 23-opportunity shutout streak-spanning eight games.

• Gerry Fitzgerald snapped a 14-chance power-play goal scoring slump for BSU stretching six games when he scored a power-play marking Saturday.

• Nate Arentz snapped a personal 12-game scoreless streak Saturday netting an empty-net goal. With that said, the sophomore has a career-high 16 points this season to tie for fifth on the team. Arentz’ last goal prior to Saturday came Dec. 12—a streak spanning 16 games.

• BSU is 12-4-1 this season when scoring first.

• Saturday night’s 3-1 victory moved BSU to 4-14-3 when scoring three or fewer goals, however, the Beavers are now 10-0-1 when netting four or more.

• Saturday, goaltender Michael Bitzer played in his 16th consecutive game. Since Dec. 12 the freshman is 10-4-2 in 963:52 minutes played with a 1.31 goals against average, a .945 save percentage and has four shutouts.

• Following his fifth multi-point game (1g-1a) of the season Saturday, Matt Prapavessis holds team’s scoring lead with 22 (8g-14a). His 22 points match his career-high set in 2013-14, while his eight goals scored is a single-season career-high.

• Prapavessis ranks fourth in the WCHA in defenseman scoring with 16 point sin league play (6g-10a).

• Michael Bitzer ranks second in the league with a 1.67 goals against average in WCHA play.

• The BSU power-play unit was 0-for-1 Friday and 1-for-8 Saturday to finish the series versus Alaska Anchorage 1-for-11. The Beavers are now 17-for-122 (.139) on the man advantage. They are 12-for-91 (.132) in WCHA play to rank seventh.

• The BSU penalty-kill unit improved to 105-for-124 (.847) on the season, while it is 76-of-88 (.864) on the kill in league play to rank third.

• Matt Prapavessis has been BSU’s top scoring threat on the road this season. He has 10 points (3g-7a) in 15 road games.

• BSU is unbeaten in overtime this season posting a 1-0-4 record in overtime games.

• Gerry Fitzgerald’s sixth goal of the season stood as his fourth game-winning goal. He leads the team in that category.

• BSU is 5-10-0 all-time versus Ferris State dating back to the first meeting Nov. 12, 1999, which includes a 2-6-0 mark versus the Bulldogs in Big Rapids, Mich.

• The Beavers open the series seeking their first win in Big Rapids since a 4-3 victory Nov. 19, 2005.

• BSU has been out scored 4.73-2.46 in the all-time series, including a 5.25-2.75 differential in Big Rapids.

• BSU and FSU have played two overtime games in 15 all-time meetings, both of which were won by Ferris State (11/8/13 (5-4 (OT) and 3.8.14 (3-2 (OT)).

• Markus Gerbrandt and Ruslan Pedan open the series with the most career success versus FSU. In five career meetings with the Bulldogs, Gerbrandt has totaled five points, which includes four goals (2PPG and 1GWG). Pedan has a goal and four assists in five games versus FSU.

• Gerbrandt, who has 13 points (5g-8a) this season, has been out of the line up since Jan. 24 due to a lower body injury.