Beavers back on the road to face Alabama-Huntsville

Beavers back on the road to face Alabama-Huntsville
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Beavers back on the road to face Alabama-Huntsville

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team hits the road Jan. 26-27 for a two-game WCHA series at the University of Alabama-Huntsville to complete it five-game road swing. 

At 13-7-6 overall and 10-4--4-2 in league play, the Beavers look to extend an eight-game WCHA winning streak and stretch its league unbeaten streak beyond 11 games (8-0-3) this weekend when it battles Alabama-Huntsville at the Von Braun Center.  The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Beavers are 49-30-5 all time versus the Chargers, which includes a 3-1 and 4-1 series sweep of UAH Dec. 29-30 of this season at Sanford Center.

Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State earned 2-0 and  4-1 wins Jan. 19-20 to complete its fourth series sweep of 2017-18 and extend its WCHA winning streak to eight games, while it’s unbeaten in its last 11 league contests (8-0-3).  The Beavers move to 13-7-6 overall and is 10-4-4-2 in WCHA play to own fourth place in the league standings.

• Saturday’s win matched an eight-game wining streak to open the 2016-17 campaign for a program Division I-era record for consecutive conference victories.

• Senior Jordan Heller logged his third goal of the season, and first since Nov. 22, Friday. It stood as the first game-winning goal of his collegiate career.

• Freshman Brendan Harris also found the back of the net Friday. With six points in his first 20 games as a Beaver, Harris has a point in two of the Beavers’ last three games. BSU is 5-0-2 when the rookie logs a point.

• Fellow rookie Aaron Miller posted an assist Friday. He leads all BSU rookies and sits fifth on the team with eight helpers.

• Assisting on BSU’s second goal Friday, defender Dan Billett snapped a 13-game streak without a point—the second longest scoring draught of his career (15 games in 2015-16).

• Saturday, Jay Dickman notched a pair of goals, which included the game-winner. He has a team-best three multi-goal games and a career-high 13 goals this season.

• Adam Brady posted a career-high three assists Saturday. BSU is 10-1-1 when Brady logs a point and is 4-0-1 when he nets a goal.

• Hampus Sjödahl returned to the line up Saturday after missing four games due to injury. He netted his second goal of the season.

• Charlie Combs had a hand in three-of-four goals Saturday, establishing career-highs for points (1g-2a) and assist (2).

• Kyle Bauman has a point in eight of the Beavers’ last 11 and has 13 points during that time (3g-10a). With 26 points (9g-17a) this season, Bauman not only leads BSU in scoring, he has set career-highs for assists and points.

• BSU is now 6-3-3 on the road this season. The Beavers have scored 2.75 goals per game, while allowing 2.08. BSU’s power-play unit is 11-of-47 (.234) and its penalty-kill unit has allowed just four goals (40-44/.908).

• After three assists Saturday, Adam Brady leads BSU in road scoring, netting 10 points (1g-9a) in the Beavers’ 12 road games.

• In 13 games since Dec. 2, Michael Bitzer is 8-1-4 with a 1.58 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He leads the nation in wins and shutouts (3) during that span. In BSU’s first 13 games, Bitzer was 4-5-2 with a 2.70 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

• Bitzer enters the Jan. 26-27 series  with 2,913 saves. Currently second on BSU’s all-time saves list, Bitzer is 152 stops behind all-time leader Steve O’Shea who has the BSU record with 3,065.

• At 62-47-17 in his BSU career, Bitzer surpassed Mark Liska (1981-85) and matched Jim Scanlan (1978-82) and Chuck Scanlon (1971-75) for second place on BSU’s all-time wins list with 62 wins.

• His 21 career shutouts is a BSU and WCHA all-time record. In addition, Friday he surpassed Vermont’s Joe Fallon (2005-08) for second on the NCAA all-time shut outs list and sits five behind Michigan State’s Ryan Miller, who recorded 26 shutouts from 1999-02.

• The BSU penalty-kill unit was 7-for-7 versus Ferris State, Jan. 19-20, to move to 77-of-86 in 2017-18. The Beavers are second in the country for the nation’s most efficient unit at .895. At 55-of-60 (.917) BSU leads the WCHA.

• BSU was 2-for-9 on the power-play Jan. 19-20. BSU is 23-of-96 (.235) this season and is second in the WCHA at 18-for-73 (.247).

• This season, BSU has just one win when failing to score three goals (1-5-4)—Friday’s 2-0 shutout victory.

• BSU has allowed three-or-more goals 11 times this season and is 2-7-2 in those games.

• Now 4-1-1 in January this season, BSU continues solid play in the first month of a calendar year. Since 1999-2000, January has
been BSU’s best month. The Beavers are 64-50-13 (.555) in January.

• BSU continues its four-game road swing Jan. 26-27 when it travels to Huntsville, Ala. for a two-game WCHA set at Alabama-Huntsville. The Beavers own a 49-30-5 all-time record versus the Chargers, which includes an 18-20-3 mark in games at UAH.

• Since March 1, 2014, BSU is 9-1-1 versus UAH, which includes a swerves sweep (3-1 and 4-1) Dec. 29-30, 2017 in Bemidji.

• Michael Bitzer is 6-1-1 versus UAH in his career with a .934 save percentage,  a 1.36 GAA with a pair of shutouts.

• Gerry Fitzgerald leads all current Beavers with 10 (5g-5a) points in 10 games versus UAH. He had four points (1g-4a) in the two games between the teams earlier this season.

• This season Adam Brady has three goals versus UAH, while  Zach Whitecloud has three points (2g-1a), including two GWGs.