BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey Head Coach Tom Serratore, and defender Elias Rosén and forward Charlie Combs look ahead to the team's upcoming WCHA series with Lake Superior State University for the media Tuesday.
The Beavers and Lakers hit the ice to open the series at 7:07 p.m. Friday with the second game fo the series set for a 6;07 p.m. start.
Tickets for both games of the series are still available and begin at just $12. In addition, veterans or active military who show an ID at the ticket window will be eligable for a buy one, get one free ticket special in recognition of Veteran's Day.
The Beavers return on the heels of a split series at Alaska to open the 2019-20 league season. Aaron Miller was one of a handful of Beavers to record one point per game in the series. He totaled two assists versus the Nanooks to increase his team-best assists total to five and leads BSU with six points (1g-5a). Brad Johnson also contributed from the blueline. The junior posted the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career to lead the Beavers to victory Friday.
Zach Driscoll has handled the bulk of the goaltending duties for the Beavers this season and started both games in Fairbanks, Alaska. He turned aside a career-high 39 shots Friday to record the first shutout of his junior season. He leads the team with a 1-2-1 record and a 1.96 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
While Driscoll and the BSU penalty-kill unit have been stingy this season, allowing just two power play goals in 16 opponent opportunities (.875), its power-play has yet to get on track. BSU has one power-play goal in 17 opportunities (.059)this season and has allowed three short-handed goals.
Lake Superior State arrives in Bemidji, Minn., this weekend owning a 4-6-0 overall record and a 2-0-0 in WCHA play to tie Bowing Green for fourth in the league standings despite being one of only three teams with just two WCHA games played.
The Lakers have one of the most potent attacks in the WCHA to this point in the season. Not only have they scored 4.5 goals per game in league play, the LSSU power-play unit is clicking at 30-percent (3/10) to lead the league. Ashton Calder (4g-7a) and Hampus Eriksson (2g-9a) are tied for the Lake Superior State lead in scoring with 11 points apiece, while defender Collin Saccoman has a team-best six goals. While they have done their fair share of scoring through 10 games, the Lakers have needed those goals. LSSU has allowed 3.8 goals per game.
Between the pipes, Mareks Mitens has shouldered the bulk of the goaltending duties. In nine games played he has a 4-5-0 record, a 3.44 goals against average and a .877 save percentage.
This weekend marks the continuation of a rivalry dating back to the 1960s. From 1966-1973 Bemidji State and Lake Superior State 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 the Lakers for NAIA national titles in 1968, 1969 and 1970. In all, BSU and LSSU have met on 57 previous occasions with the Lakers owning a 31-26-4 advantage and a 15-11-3 mark on the Beavers’ home ice.