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.