Beavers look to continue roll at Ferris State

Beavers look to continue roll at Ferris State
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Beavers look to continue roll at Ferris State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- On the heels of its first series sweep of the 2015-16 seaosn, the Bemidji State University men's hockey team looks to continue its run this weekend as it travels to Big Rapids, Mich., for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association match up with Ferris State University.

The two-game league series will get underway at 6:07 p.m. (CST) Friday with a 6:07 p.m. opening face off also set for Saturday's series finale.

The Beavers, which are 6-12-1 versus the Bulldogs all time, seek revenge after being swept out of the WCHA Playoffs by FSU last spring. The Bulldogs took the first game of the best-of-three series, 4-1, but needed 46:40 of overtime to advance to St. Paul, Minn. and the Final Five, 3-2.

Despite the Beavers lack of recent success versus the Bulldogs, they are unbeaten in their last two meetings at Ewigleben Ice Arena, posting a 2-1 victory and 1-1 tie Feb. 27-28 of last season.

Bemidji State notables:

• Bemidji State posted its first WCHA series sweep of the season, and first since Feb. 20-21 of last season, with a pair of 4-1 victories at Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 25 and 27. BSU is 4-6-3 on the season and 3-5-2 in WCHA play to sit sixth.

• Charlie O’Connor led BSU’s scoring attach versus UAH. He logged three points (1g-2a), with all three coming in Friday’s series finale. The three-point night was the first of his career.

• Graeme McCormack posted a team-best two goals versus UAH with an empty-net goal and a game-winning, even-strength goal. This season, only one of his 11 points (6g-5a) have come when teams were playing 5-on-5. He also has a team-best nine points (4g-5a) on the power play. He remains tied for third on the national power-play scoring list.

• McCormack has a team-high 27 blocked shots to and rank third in the WCHA and 23rd in the country.

• Gerry Fitzgerald scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season Wednesday. Thirteen games into his sophomore season, BSU’s scoring leader has already surpassed his freshman goal-scoring output (7g-12a).

• Held without a point Friday, Markus Gerbrandt saw his five-game point streak come to an end (2g-5a).

• Freshman defender Justin Baudry posted his first collegiate goal in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. He finished the game with two points (1g-1a) for his second career multi-point game.

• With 16 saves in the 4-1 victory Friday, junior goaltender Reid Mimmack picked up his third victory of the season and is unbeaten in four starts in 2015-16. He has a 1.37 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.

• BSU picked up its first road win of the season, Wednesday. Following another victory Friday, the Beavers are 2-2-1 on the road in 2015-16. The Beavers average 2.20 goals, while surrendering a league-best 2.00 goals per road game.

• The BSU power-play unit was 0-for-5 in the series to move to 14-of-58 (.241) overall to rank 10 in the nation, while posting a  10-of-47 (.213) effort in league play to rank third in the WCHA.

• BSU was held without a power-play goal in the series, marking three straight games without a goal on the man advantage--the Beavers’ longest drought of the season (0-for-10). BSU’s last power-play goal came off the stick of Gerry Fitzgerald at the 14:30 mark of the Beavers’ Nov. 20 contest versus Lake Superior State.

• While BSU is 13-for-41 (.317) on the power-play at home,  it is just 1-of-17 (.059) on the road.

• BSU successfully killed all five of UAH’s power-play opportunities in the series. On the season, BSU has surrendered six power-play goals in 53 opponent opportunities. At nearly 90 percent (.887), BSU is 12th in the country.

• Killing 34-of-38 opponent power-play chances in league play, BSU’s unit leads the WCHA at 89.5%.

• BSU has snuffed out 26 of its opponents’ last 28 power-play chances (.929) dating back nine games to Oct. 24.

• In BSU’s six losses this season, it has been out scored 8-0 in the third period. In its four wins and two ties, BSU has out scored its opponents 14-3.   

• The Beavers have out shot their opponents in their last nine games and in 10 of 13 games this season for a 401-304 edge in shots. The Beavers are 4-4-2 when leading on shots on goal this season.

• BSU has held a lead to open the third period only once this season (1-0-0). BSU is 3-3-2 when the games is tied after two and 0-3-1 when trailing to open the third period.

• Eight of BSU’s games this season have been decided by a goal or less. BSU is 1-4-3 in those games.

• Goaltender Reid Mimmack made saves on 35-of-37 shots faced Nov. 25 and 27 versus Alabama-Huntsville. He is 2-0-0 versus UAH during his career with a 1.00 goals against average and .946 save percentage in 119:55 between the pipes.

• Bemidji State travels to Ferris State for its first meeting with the Bulldogs since FSU swept BSU out of the 2015 WCHA playoffs with a triple-overtime, 3-2 victory. BSU is 6-12-1 versus FSU, including a 3-6-1 mark in games played at Ewigleben Ice Center, in a series that got its start in 1999.

• In his 15th season as head coach of the Beavers, Tom Serratore has a career record of 231-230-64 (.501) and is 6-10-1 versus FSU as BSU’s head coach.

• Bemidji State is winless in its last three meetings with FSU (0-2-1), five of its last six (1-4-1 ), and seeks its first victory over the Bulldogs since a 2-1 win in Big Rapids, Mich.  Feb. 27 of last season.

• Despite BSU’s lack of recent success versus FSU, the Beavers are unbeaten in their last two appearances at Ewigleben (1-0-1).

• Senior forward Markus Gerbrandt leads all current BSU players versus the Bulldogs. In nine career games versus FSU, he has five points (4g-1a). Of his four goals, two have come on the power-play and one stood as the game-winner.

• Of BSU’s three goaltenders, only Michael Bitzer has had success versus the Bulldogs. He is 1-2-1 in four career appearances. With that said, he has a 1.66 goals against average and a .943 save percentage versus FSU, and two of those games have been pushed to overtime.