Bemidji State opens second half of season at Mariucci Classic

Bemidji State opens second half of season at Mariucci Classic
Friday, December 27, 2019
Bemidji State opens second half of season at Mariucci Classic

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.