Bemidji State seeks extension of recent series success at Ferris State

Bemidji State seeks extension of recent series success at Ferris State
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Bemidji State seeks extension of recent series success at Ferris State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey is back on the road this weekend for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Ferris State University (2-7-0; 0-4-0-0 WCHA). The Beavers and Bulldogs hit the ice to open the series at 6:07 p.m. Friday with the second game of the series set for a 6:07 p.m. start form Ewigleben Ice Arena.

While the Bulldogs own a 15-12-4 edge in the all-time series reaching back to a Nov. 12, 1999 meeting, BSU and FSU are deadlocked at 7-7-2 in games played at Ewigleben Arena and BSU is unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the teams (5-0-2), which include a 3-on-3 overtime win and shootout victory.

Bemidji State Notables
• Bemidji State earned a 7-1 victory Friday and  5-1 win Saturday to sweep its series with Lake Superior State, Nov. 8-9. The Beavers move to 3-3-2 overall and are 3-1-0-0 in league play to sit alone in fourth place in the WCHA standings.

• The 7-1 win marked the first time BSU has scored seven or more goals in a game since a 8-2 victory over Niagara Dec. 4, 2009.

• BSU is 113-5-4 when scoring five-or-more goal in a game since moving to the NCAA Davison I level in 1999-2000.

• The sweep was the first for BSU since defeating Michigan Tech (4-3 (OT) and 3-0) Jan. 18-19, 2019.

• Senior forward Adam Brady scored two goals in the victory Friday. It marked his second two-goal game of his season and the third of his 83-game BSU career. He added another goal Saturday and now leads all current Beavers with 55 points (21g-34a).

• Brady’s three-goal weekend gives him a team-best five goals.  He scored eight goals in each of the last two seasons.

• Brady enters this weekend’s series at Ferris State with at least a point in BSU’s last four games (3g-2a).

• Charlie Combs also scored two goals Friday. He leads all current Beavers with 27 career goals in 82 collegiate games.

• Brady and Cardelli each got a unassisted goal the 7-1 win Friday. It had been 14 games since BSU’s last unassisted goal, again off the stick of Cardelli, Feb. 16, 2019.

• BSU freshman blueliners Kyle Looft and Will Zmolek each logged the first points of their careers Friday. Looft added a second assist for his first multi-point game as a Beaver.

• Zach Driscoll turned aside 26 shots Friday and 18 Saturday to pick up his second and third victories of the season. Saturday marked his fourth consecutive start. He is 3-1-0 in those games with a 1.00 GAA and a .963 save percentage with 103 saves to rank among the top five in the country over that span.

• BSU’s sophomore class leads its scoring push with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points, its junior have netted 20 points (8g-12a). It’s seniors have 14 (6g-8a) and freshman eight points (2g-6a).

• BSU was 1-for-5 on the power play versus LSSU and is 2-for-22 (.091) for the season. BSU was 20-for-143 (.140) last year and 16-for-108 (.148) in WCHA play.

• BSU’s power-play marker Saturday marked an end to a four-game stretch without a PPG and has just two power-play goals in its last 13 games, stretching back to 2018-19. Since Feb. 16, 2019 the Beavers’ unit is 2-for-39. 

• BSU’s penalty-kill unit held LSSU without a goal in four opportunities. BSU has allowed just two power-play goals in 20 opponent opportunities this season. At .900 overall, BSU is tied for ninth among NCAA Division I teams across the country. At .900 (9-of-10) in WCHA play, BSU ranks third in the league.

• BSU has done a good job staying out of the penalty box and its penalty-kill unit has faced the fewest number of power-play opportunities in the league at 10.  At just 20 opponent power-play chances surrendered in eight games this season, only six penalty-kill units have been less utilized.

• BSU head coach Tom Serratore ranks second on BSU’s all-time coaching wins list to legendary R.H. “Bob” Peters who posted a 702-293-49 from 1966 to 2001. Serratore is 300-287-95 now in his 20th season. Saturday’s win made him the 14th current coach in NCAA Division I hockey to assembled 300 wins.

• Stretching back to 2018-19, BSU is unbeaten in its last five games at Sanford Center (2-0-3) and have averaged 4.50 goals per game at home and just 1.75 in four road games.

• After scoring just two first-period goals in its first six games of the season, the BSU offense exploded for three first-period goals Friday and another Saturday. The Beavers best period through seven games is the second. The Beavers have outscored their opponents 11-3 overall and 7-0 in WCHA play in that frame.

• The Beavers now hit the road for a two-game series at Ferris State. FSU holds a 15-12-4 edge in the all-time series reaching back to a Nov. 12, 1999 meeting. With that said, BSU and FSU are deadlocked at 7-7-2 in games played at Ewigleben Arena.

• BSU is unbeaten in its last seven meetings with the Bulldogs (5-0-2), which includes a 3-on-3 win in overtime Feb. 8 of last season and a shootout win Oct. 27, 2017.

• Bemidji State’s last loss to FSU came Jan. 20, 2017, while its last loss to FSU in Big Rapids, Mich. came Dec. 5, 2015 (2-1).

• Charlie Combs leads all current BSU players in scoring success versus the Bulldogs. In six games, he as a goal and five assists. Owen Sillinger also has two goals in two career games, versus FSU, including a short-handed tally.

• Zach Driscoll is BSU only goaltender with experience versus FSU. He is 1-0-1 in two starts and carries a 1.92 goals against average and a .933 save percentage versus the Bulldogs.