Traveling Beavers to face Lake Superior State in holiday weekend series

Traveling Beavers to face Lake Superior State in holiday weekend series
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Traveling Beavers to face Lake Superior State in holiday weekend series

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team is back on the road Nov. 29-30 for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Lake Superior State University.

The series will get underway form LSSU’s Taffy Abel Arena, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., at 6:07 p.m. (CT) Friday. Saturday’s series finale is scheduled for a 4:07 p.m. (CT) opening faceoff.

The Beavers have won five of their last six contests, which includes a series sweep of the Lakers in Bemidji, Minn. Nov. 8-9 (7-1 and 5-1).

Although LSSU owns a 33-28-4 edge in the all-time series and a 17-14-1 advantage in Sault Ste, Marie., the Beavers won the last two meetings between the teams.

BSU aims to get its play on the road on track in Michigan. The road hasn’t been kind to the Beavers this season. At 2-4-0 on the road this season, the Beavers have averaged 2.00 goals per game and have allowed 2.00 goals per game, while going 1-for-20 on the power play. At home this season, BSU has been a different team. They have posted 5.00 goals per game and surrendered just 1.83.

Bemidji State notables:

  • Bemidji State defeated Alabama-Huntsville, 5-3 and 7-0, to sweep a WCHA series in Bemidji, Minn. Nov. 22-23. BSU moves to 6-4-2 overall and is 6-2-0-0 in league play to match Alaska for second place in the WCHA standings.
  • Brady recorded a goal and two assists Friday for the third three-point game of his career. His last was Jan. 20, 2018 versus Ferris State. 
  • Brady has a team-best seven goals and 14 points this season.  His goal total from each of the last two seasons was eight.
  • Brady’s goal Friday came on the power play. He has three of BSU’s seven power-play goals this season. Of his 23 collegiate goals, 11 have come on the man advantage.
  • Brady extended his point streak to eight games (5g-6a), while he has a goal in four of the last six. He leads all current Beavers with 61 points (23g-38a) in his career.
  • Senior defender Tommy Muck posted the third multi-point game of his career Friday. In addition to an assist, he logged the first goal of his 125-game collegiate career. Sophomore defenders Darby Gula and Tyler Jubenvill now remain as the only upper classmen without a goal.
  • Elias Rosén was credited with an assist on one of BSU’s power-play goals Friday. He added a goal and two assists Saturday. The rookie defender leads all BSU newcomers (2g-6a).
  • Through the first 12 games of the Season, Zach Driscoll has 10 starts and is 6-3-1. His 1.59 goals against average ranks fifth nationally, while his .936 save percentage places him 10th.
  • Versus the WCHA, Driscoll is 6-2-0 and ranks second in the league with a 1.26 goals against average and a .948 save percentage and has a pair of shutouts.
  • BSU’s sophomore class leads its scoring push with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points, its juniors have netted 29 points (12g-17a). It’s three seniors have 25 (10g-15a) and freshman 14 points (3g-11a).
  • BSU was 4-for-8 on the power play versus UAH and is 7-for-37 (.189) for the season and 6-for-28 (.214) in WCHA play. 
  • After just one power-play goal in its first seven games and 18 (.056) man advantage opportunities, BSU has power-play goals in four-of-five games and is 6-for-19 (.316) in those games.
  • Friday marked BSU’s first game with multiple power-play goals since a 2-for-6 night at Ferris State Feb. 9, 2019. BSU duplicated the feat Saturday for its first back-to-back games with more than one PPG since Nov. 3-4, 2017 when it went 2-for-5 in consecutive games at Alaska. 
  • BSU’s penalty-kill unit held UAH without a goal in seven opportunities. BSU has allowed just two power-play goals in 36 opponent opportunities this season. At .944 overall, BSU is third among NCAA Division I teams. At .962 (25-of-27) in WCHA play, BSU ranks second only to Minnesota State’s .967 (29-for-30).
  • BSU has snuffed out 20 consecutive opponent man advantage chances dating back to the third period Nov. 2.
  • BSU is unbeaten at home (4-0-2) this season and has averaged 5.00 goals per game while giving up 1.83. On the flip side, the Beavers are 2-4-0, and average just 2.00 goals per game, while surrendering 2.00. 
  • BSU has dominated the second period of play this season. Through 12 games, it is outscoring their opponents 18-4 overall and 14-1 in five WCHA contests.
  • In all four of BSU’s losses this season, they have failed to record more than one goal. When scoring two-or-more BSU is 6-0-2.
  • Brady leads all BSU players with six goals and four assists in Friday games--That’s 71 percent of his scoring output this season.
  • Aaron Miller leads BSU in Saturday scoring with eight points (5g-3a), but Owen Sillinger has also posted four of his five goals this season in the final game of the series.
  • Hamups Sjödahl recorded the first multi-point game of his career with a goal and an assist Saturday.
  • Nick Cardelli scored twice Saturday to post the first multi-goal game of his career. 
  • Aaron Miller’s two-goal and one-assist night marked his fourth multi-point game of the season--a BSU high.
  • BSU is a perfect 5-0-0 when leading after the first period this season.
  • When scoring five-or-more goals in a game BSU is 4-0-0 this season and is 115-5-4 since making the move to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000 season.
  • The Beavers have won five of the last six and have outscored their opponents 17-8 during that span.
  • This week the Beavers travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. for a two-game WCHA series at Lake Superior State. The Beavers and Lakers have met on 65 previous occasions with LSSU holding a 33-28-4 edge in the rivalry, and a 17-14-1 advantage in Sault Ste, Marie.
  • BSU heads into the series after winning the last two meetings, Nov. 8-9, 2019 in Bemidji. BSU opened the series with a 7-1 victory and finished its first WCHA series sweep of the season with a 5-1 win.
  • LSSU has won the last two meetings between the teams in Sault Ste. Marie, 3-1 and 4-2, March 8-9, 2019 to sweep the WCHA First Round Playoff series and end the Beavers 2018-19 season.
  • Adam Brady Leads all current BSU players in scoring success versus the Lakers. He has seven points (3g-4a), which includes a power-play goal in 10 games versus LSSU. Nick Cardelli has accumulated six points (5g-1a), including five goals, in six career games versus the Lakers.
  • Zach Driscoll has six career appearances versus the Lakers and is 3-3-0 with a .904 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average.