Beavers look to continue run at Alaska-Anchorage
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Beavers look to continue run at Alaska-Anchorage

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- On the heels of three-point weekend at University of Alaska, the Bemidji State men's hockey team looks to continue its WCHA success Jan. 8-9 when it travels to Anchorage, Alaska for a two-game league series at University of Alaska-Anchorage.

The Beavers and Seawolves get the series underway with a 10:07 p.m. (CT) opening faceoff Friday and will wrap the series with a 10:07 p.m. (CT) start again Saturday. Both games will take place at UAA's SUllivan Arena.

The Beavers have dominated their brief rivalry with the Seawolves. Meeting for the first time Nov. 12, 2010, the Beavers own a 7-1-4 record versus UAA and are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings, including a 2-0-2 mark in games played at Sullivan Arena.

Bemidji State notables:

• Bemidji State completed its first series of the calendar year collecting three-of-four points at Alaska Jan. 2-3.  BSU battled back Saturday to earn a 6-5 overtime victory and got a goal with 10 minutes left Sunday to earn a 1-1 tie.

• Bemidji State improves to 6-9-4 overall and 5-8-3 in WCHA play and jumped up to sixth place in the league standings.

• In his 15th season as head coach of the Beavers, Tom Serratore has a career record of 233-232-65 (.501) and is 7-1-4 versus UAA as BSU’s head coach.

• BSU is 4-3-2 on the road this season, already matching its road win total from the 2014-15 season (4-10-3).

• Bemidji State’s 1-0-1 opening weekend of 2016 should come as no surprise to BSU faithful. The Beavers save their best for the month of January. Since 1999-2000, BSU is 53-43-11 (.547) during January—it’s best month of the season.

• A year ago, Bemidji State went 11-5-2 during the second half of the regular season, which included a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) from Feb. 13-March 7.

• Twelve different BSU players logged at least a point in Saturday’s game, led by Myles Fitzgerald (2g), Brendan Harms (1g-1a) and Markus Gerbrandt (2a).

• M. Fitzgerald recorded the first multi-point game of his career Saturday, netting a career-best two-goals in his first appearance in the BSU line up since Oct. 24.

• With three assists in the series, Gerry Fitzgerald now leads all current BSU players in scoring this year with 15 points and a team-high eight goals.

• Harms (4g-10a) and Gerbrandt (3g-10a) sit second and third on the team in scoring and lead the team with 10 assists apiece.

• With 35 career assists, no current Beaver has more helpers than Harms.

• Senior defender Graeme McCormack leads all BSU blueliners and is tied for third on the team with 12 points (6g-6a). He has a team-best nine points (4g-5a) on the power play. He is tied for 16th on the national power-play scoring list.

• McCormack has a team-high 40 blocked shots to rank second in the WCHA and rank 14th in the country.

• The Beavers have averaged 4.16 goals in their six wins and 1.56 goals per game in their nine losses.

• The Beavers are 4-3-2 on the road in 2015-16. The Beavers average 2.33 goals, while surrendering 2.00 goals per game. BSU has posted a .100 (3-of-30) mark on the man advantage and a .900 (36-of-40) penalty-kill clip.

• The BSU power-play unit was 2-for-8 versus Alaska to move to 18-of-78 (.205) on the season, while posting a  12-of-67 (.179) effort in league play to rank third in the WCHA.

• Brendan Harms’ power-play goal at the 19:49 mark of the third period Friday marked an end to a 0-for-26 streak for the Beavers’ power-play unit dating back to the 14:20 mark of the second period, Nov. 20.

• BSU killed 7-of-9 of UA’s power-play opportunities in the series. On the season, BSU is 69-of-78. At nearly 90 percent (.885), BSU is fifth in the country with a 56-of-63 mark in league play to lead the WCHA at 88.9%.

• In BSU’s nine losses this season, it has been out scored 11-0 in the third period. In its five wins and three ties, BSU has out scored its opponents 19-5 in the third period and overtime.   

• Reid Mimmack turned aside 24-of-29 shots faced in Saturday’s win. He is unbeaten in five appearances this season (4-0-1), with a .908 save percentage and a 2.14 goals against average.

• The overtime victory Saturday was the first of the season for BSU (1-0-4) and its first win in OT since Nov. 1, 2014.

• BSU is 1-1-2 on Olympic ice this season and averages 2.00 goals per game while allowing 2.25. In 2014-15, BSU was 2-2-2 on the big sheet, with a 3.0 goals per game average.

• The Beavers are 7-1-4 all-time versus Alaska-Anchorage, which includes being unbeaten in the last 11 meetings (7-0-4).

• BSU carries a 2-0-2 mark versus UAA in games played at Sullivan Arena, including 3-3 (OT) and 4-4 (OT) ties in the Beavers’ last appearance in Anchorage, Dec. 5-6, 2014.

• Of all current BSU players, Gerry Fitzgerald has had the best offensive success versus UAA. He has five points (2g-3a) in four games, including a game-winnnig goal.

• Charlie O’Connor has three goals, including a game-winning goal, in six career games versus the Seawolves.

• Michale Bitzer is 2-0-0 in two appearances versus UAA with a 1.50 GAA and .930 save percentage.