BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team is set to open the second half of the 2019-20 season in Minneapolis, Minn. this weekend as the Beavers participate in the Mariucci Classic. The Beavers open the tournament with the host team, University of Minnesota, at 7 p.m. Saturday and will play either St. Cloud State University or the nation’s top team, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Sunday at 4 p.m. Both games will take place at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the University of Minnesota campus.
The Beavers open the second half of the season with an 8-5-3 record and are unbeaten in 8-of-10 (7-2-1).
Bemidji State Notables:
• Bemidji State extended its unbeaten streak to six games and won its fifth straight home game, 3-1, over Alaska Dec. 6 before falling for the first time since Nov. 15 in a 5-3 loss to the Nanooks. BSU moved to 8-5-3 overall and is 8-3-1-0 in league play to sit second in the WCHA standings.
- Aaron Miller posted a pair of assists Dec. 6 to go with two goals and a helper Dec. 7. The Superior, Wis. native now sits atop the team’s scoring list and is tied for 13th in the nation with 20 points (9g-11a).
- Miller has recorded a point in five straight games (5g-5a) and has six multi-point games this season--A team-high.
- Dec. 7 marked the seventh time a BSU opponent has been first on the scoreboard this season. BSU is 2-4-1 in those games. When BSU scores first, it is 6-1-2 this season.
- Adam Brady has four of BSU’s 11 power-play goals this season. Of his 24 collegiate goals, 12 have come on the man advantage.
- Through the first 16 games of the season, Zach Driscoll has 14 starts and is 8-4-2. His 1.70 goals against average ranks fifth nationally, while his .932 save percentage places him 11th.
- Versus the WCHA, Driscoll is 8-3-1 and ranks second in the league with a 1.50 goals against average and a .939 save percentage and has a pair of shutouts.
- Ethan Somoza recorded a goal Dec. 6. He has five (1g-4a) of his nine points in BSU’s last five games.
- Driscoll recorded an assist in Dec. 6 opener. He is one of the 23 goaltenders who have contributed an assist this season and the first BSU goalie since Michael Bitzer posted a helper Oct. 28, 2017.
- Elias Rosén leads all BSU defenders and rookies with nine points (2g-7a) and has posted six of his seven assists on the power play to tie Adam Brady atop the BSU power-play scoring list. He entered the break second among WCHA rookies in scoring.
- Junior blueliner Tyler Vold has a point in each of BSU’s last four games (2g-2a). It is not only the longest point streak of his career, but it accounts for 37 percent of the junior’s career scoring (6g-5a) in just four games.
- BSU’s juniors have netted 48 points (20g-28a) to lead the scoring push. The team’s juniors are second with 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points. It’s three seniors have 29 (11g-18a) and freshman 17 points (3g-14a).
- BSU is 11-for-56 (.196) for the season and 10-for-47 (.213) 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 seven-of-nine games and is 10-for-38 (.263) in those games.
- BSU’s penalty-kill unit held Alaska 1-for-8 Dec. 6-7. Allowing just three power-play goals in 50 opportunities this season, BSU is first among NCAA Division I teams (.940). At .971 (38-of-40) in WCHA play, BSU ranks second on the WCHA penalty-kill list.
- BSU surrendered a Nanooks’ power-play goal in the third period Dec. 7 snapping a streak of 32 consecutive opponent man advantage chances snuffed out dating back to the third period Nov. 2.
- BSU has dominated the second period of play this season. Through 16 games, it is outscoring its opponents 23-6 overall and 19-3 in six WCHA contests.
- The Dec. 7 loss marked the first time BSU scored more than one goal this season and lost (7-1-3).
- BSU’s loss Dec. 7 was the first blemish on its home record this season. Unbeaten at home through seven games (5-0-2) marked its best start to a home slate since the team went 8-0-0 at the John Glas Fieldhouse to open the 2019-10 campaign.
- At home this season, BSU has averaged 4.50 goals per game and surrendered just 2.12 while allowing just two opponent PPG in 22 chances (.917). Its power-play unit is also 6-for-25 (.240) at Sanford Center. On the road, BSU is 3-4-1 and has averaged 2.25 goals per game, while allowing 1.88.
- The Beavers return to action Dec. 29-30 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to compete in the Mariucci Classic. BSU will face Minnesota at 7 p.m. Saturday to open the event and will battle either St. Cloud State or Minnesota State Sunday at 4 p.m.
- The meeting with the Golden Gophers will mark the first time BSU and Minnesota have met since Jan. 28, 2017. Minnesota owns a 19-2-1 record in the series, which got its start in 2000.
- With only two games between the Beavers and Gophers since the end of the 2015-16 season, Tommy Muck is the only BSU player that has every faced Minnesota and no current BSU player has played at Mariucci arena.
- BSU’s last win over Minnesota was a in the Minnesota Cup Jan. 30, 2016, 4-2 , at Xcel Energy Center.
- BSU is 11-4-3 under Head Coach Tom Serratore in the first game back from the holiday break.
- BSU is 0-2-2 in non-conference play this season.