BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team travels to Huntsville, Ala. this weekend in search of its fourth series sweep of the season and a reversal of road woes this season as it battles the University of Alabama-Huntsville in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
While the Beavers are 7-1-2 at home this season and have averaged nearly five goals per game (4.50), they are 3-6-1 away from Sanford Center and have surrendered more goals per game (2.20) than they have claimed (2.00).
BSU and UAH will get the league series underway with a 7:37 p.m. opening face-off Thursday from the Von Braun Center before wrapping up the series with a 7:37 p.m. start Friday.
The Beavers own a 53-32-5 edge in the all-time series with Alabama-Huntsvilleand have four of teh last five meetings with the Chargers, including a 5-1 victory the last time the teams met at Von Braun Center, Jan. 27, 2018, but the Chargers are 21-19-3 at home versus the Beavers.
Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State shook a three-game losing streak Friday with a 5-2 victory to open its WCHA series with Ferris State. BSU completed the sweep with a 4-1 win. BSU moved to 10-7-3 overall and is second in the WCHA at 10-3-1-0 in league play.
• Five different BSU players scored Friday. Aaron Miller logged his first game-winning goal of the season to lead the Beavers.
• Miller's goal Friday was his 10th of the season--a total just one shy of his single-season career-high (11) set last winter. He and senior Adam Brady lead BSU in goal scoring (10). Miller and Elias Rosén are tied atop BSU's assist list with 11.
• Miller ranks third among WCHA skaters in league scoring with 17 points (9g-8a) in 14 WCHA games.
• The WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Sillinger’s three-assist night Friday marked the first multi-assist game of his career. It was BSU's first three-helper performance since Ross Armour versus Michigan Tech nearly a year ago (1/18/19).
• Sillinger added a goal and an assist to finish the series with five points (1g-4a). He has 11 points (5g-6a) in BSU's last 11 games.
• Somoza's short-handed goal Friday was the first of his career, BSU's third of the season and second in it's last four games.
• Adam Brady recorded his third multi-goal game of the season Saturday to surpass his single-season goal scoring best with 10.
• Brady has six of BSU’s 14 power-play goals this season. Of his 26 collegiate goals, 14 have come on the man advantage.
• Senior defender Tommy muck played the first 123 games of his BSU career without a goal, but has two goals in the Beavers' last 10 games after posting a goal and an assist in the Beavers' 4-1 win over Ferris State Saturday.
• Hank Johnson made his fourth appearance and second straight start Friday. He posted 13 saves in his first victory of 2019-20. He is 1-2-1 with a 2.24 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
• Driscoll was back in net Saturday, turning aside 18-of-19 shots for his ninth win of the season (9-5-2). His .927 ranks him 12th in the nation, while his 1.74 goals against average sits seventh.
• Driscoll is 9-3-1 versus the WCHA and ranks second in goals against average (1.46) and save percentage (.939).
• WCHA Rookie of the Week Elias Rosén leads all BSU defenders and rookies with 13 points (2g-11a) after a four-assists versus Ferris State. Seven of his 11 assists have come on the power play to tie Tommy Muck for second on BSU power-play scoring list. He is also second among WCHA rookies in scoring and ranks third among freshman blueliners across the country.
• Sophomore defender Darby Gula logged his first collegiate goal Friday. It marked his first point since Nov. 17, 2018.
• BSU’s sophomores have netted 57 points (25g-32a) to lead the scoring push. The team’s juniors are second with 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points. It’s three seniors have 32 (14g-18a) and freshman 24 points (3g-21a).
• After an 0-for-4 night on the power play Friday, BSU was 3-for-4 Saturday marking its first three PPG night since it was 3-for-5 in a 5-2 win over Northern Michigan, Nov. 19, 2016. BSU is 14-for-69 (.203) for the season and 13-for-55 (.236) in WCHA play.
• Allowing just three power-play goals in 58 opportunities this season, BSU is first among NCAA Division I teams (.948). At .952 (40-of-42) in WCHA play, BSU ranks second on the WCHA penalty-kill list to Minnesota State's .962 (50-of-52).
• BSU has averaged a league-low 8.9 penalty minutes per game. That's more than three minutes under second-place Michigan Tech.
• Last weekend, BSU was whistled for just two penalties, one in each game. It marked the first time BSU has had two-or-fewer penalties in a series since Dec. 12-13, 2014 when BSU had no penalties to open a series with NMU and two in the series finale.
• With 55 goals in 14 WCHA games, BSU's 3.93 goals per game leads the WCHA.
• On the road this season, BSU is 3-6-1 and has averaged 2.00 goals per game, while allowing 2.20. It's power play is 5-for-36 (.139) and its penalty kill 31-for-32 (.969).
• The Beavers continue WCHA play this week with a road trip to Huntsville, Ala. for a rare Thursday-Friday series. BSU is 53-32-5 versus Alabama-Huntsville all time, but the Chargers hold a 21-19-3 edge in games played in Huntsville.
• BSU has won four of the last five meetings with UAH, which includes a 5-1 victory over the Chargers in the last meeting between the teams at Von Braun Center, Jan. 27, 2018.
• Adam Brady leads all BSU players with nine points (4g-5a) in seven games versus UAH, which includes a pair of power-play goals. Charlie Combs leads all current BSU players with five goals (5g-2a) in six games versus the Chargers.
•Zach Driscoll leads the BSU goaltenders with a 2-1-0 record, a 2.34 GAA and .877 save percentage. One of his six collegiate shutouts have come against the Chargers, Nov. 23, 2019.
• BSU is 4-4-1 since 1999-2000 in Thursday games. Ironically, two of BSU’s four Thursday losses have come at the hands of the Chargers. BSU dropped a 7-5 contest to UAH Dec. 11, 2004 and a 3-2 decision Jan. 16, 2002.