BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team is back on the road this weekend for its final Western Collegiate Hockey Association road series of the 2019-20 season in a two-game matchup at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The Beavers currently hold down the second spot in the WCHA standings, trailing Minnesota State University, Mankato by five points with four games left on the docket. With a head-to-head matchup with the Mavericks set for Sanford Center, Feb. 28-29, the Beavers can keep hopes of a shot at the MacNaughton cup and their second WCHA regular-season title if they take care of business in Anchorage this weekend.
Riding a five-game winning stream and owning a 10-1-1 record since the beginning of the new year, BSU opens its series with UAA having won six of the last seven meetings with the Seawolves, which includes three consecutive wins over UAA on its home ice. In all, BSU holds a 17-3-4 record versus UAA since the series began in 2010 and is 7-1-2 in games played in Anchorage.
The series will get underway at 10:07 p.m. (CT) Friday and the series finale is set for an 8:07 p.m. (CT) opening faceoff.
Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State recorded its third shutout of the season, 5-0, and its fifth straight victory, 5-1, to sweep Northern Michigan, Feb. 14-15. BSU improved to 18-8-4 overall and is second in the WCHA at 18-4-2-1 and in league play with 57 points.
• With 18 WCHA wins, BSU has earned more league wins only once since joining the WCHA in 2010-11, a 20-win 2016-17 campaign (20-6-2) that was capped with a regular-season title.
• BSU's six sweeps this season equal the total series sweeps it earned during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons combined.
• Now 10-1-1 since Jan. 1, only Arizona State (12-2-0) has more wins than BSU during the same time frame, while BSU and Minnesota State own the nation's best winning percentage in the second half of the year (.875).
• Owen Sillinger led BSU with six points (1g-5a) at NMU. He earned his third WCHA player of the week for his performance and was selected as the NCAA Third Star of the Week. He now leads BSU and the WCHA with a career-high 18 helpers.
• Sillinger's 29 points (11g-18a) is a single-season career high. He has at least one point in 10 of the Beavers' last 12 games and has a team- and league-best 19 points during that span.
• Adam Brady added five points in the series (3g-2a) to establish a new career, single-season high. He previously netted 27 points (8g-18a) as a sophomore in 2017-18.
• Brady and Sillinger are tied for the team's scoring lead with 29 points. The last time BSU had two 30-point scorers in the same season was 2010-11 when Jordan George (17g-19a) and Matt Read (22g-13a) accomplished the feat.
• Aaron Miller posted a goal Friday and a goal and an assist Saturday to extend his new career-high point total 26.
• Friday's blank sheet was the third of Driscoll's season and seventh of his career. His last came Nov. 23, 2020.
• Elias Rosén had an assist in each of BSU's last five games. With 17 assists this season, no BSU freshman has had more assists since Jordan George posted 21 in 2009-10.
• With 21 points (4g-17a), Rosén leads WCHA rookies and all NCAA Division I defenders in scoring.
• Adam Brady has 10 of BSU’s 26 power-play goals this season. Since BSU moved to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000 season, only Brendan Cook has scored as many power-play goals in a campaign. He scored 10 in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
• Of Brady’s 31 collegiate goals, 18 have come on the man advantage. Brady is second in the country with 10 power-play goals.
• Elias Rosén posted a power-play assist Friday, to move into second, behind Adam Brady (10g-5a), on the Beavers' power-play scoring list with 13 points. He has two goals and 11 assists on the man advantage.
• Rosén's 21st point of the season Saturday matched Brendan Harms's 21 points in 2013-14 and is the most by a BSU freshman since Jordan George netted 34 (13g-21a) points in 2009-10.
• Tommy Muck netted a power-play goal Saturday. In the 11 games since Jan. 4, the blueliner has 10 points (3g-7a). That accounts for 33-percent of the senior's collegiate scoring (143 games) in just 11 games.
• Charlie Combs has come on since the first of the year. After just five points in the first 14 games of the season, he has at least a point in eight of BSU's last 11 games (5g-3a).
• Zach Driscoll is 17-6-3 in net in 2019-20. His .936 save percentage ranks fourth in the nation, while his 1.65 goals against average is second. He is 17-4-2 versus the WCHA and leads the league in save percentage (.943) and is second in GAA (1.48).
• BSU’s sophomores have netted 94 points (40g-54a) to lead the scoring push. The team’s juniors are second with 33 goals and 47 assists for 80 points. It’s three seniors have 56 (22g-34a) and freshman 37 points (6g-31a).
• BSU was 4-for-8 on the man advantage at NMU. BSU now has 15 power-play goals in its last 11 games (15-for-37). BSU is 26-for-101 (.257) on the season, to sit eighth in the nation, and 25-for-87 (.287) to lead the WCHA.
• Allowing just eight power-play goals in 84 opportunities this season, no NCAA team has allowed fewer. BSU is second among NCAA Division I teams (.913). At .908 (69-of-76) in WCHA play, BSU is second on the WCHA penalty-kill list.
• BSU has scored at least four goals in nine of the team's last 12 games and has outscored its oppontns 22-6 in its last five.
• With 91 goals in 24 WCHA games, BSU's 3.79 goals per game ranks second in the WCHA to Minnesota State's 3.83.
• BSU has held its opponent to one goal or fewer in 14 of its 30 games this season. It is 13-0-1 in those games. That also means BSU is 5-8-3 in games it surrenders two-or-more goals.
• BSU makes its last regular-season road trip Feb. 21-22 when it travels to Anchorage, Alaska to face the Seawolves for the teams' only meetings of 2019-20. BSU leads its all-time series 17-3-4, while the Beavers are 7-1-2 in Anchorage since 2010.
• Hank Johnson leads all BSU goalie with a 2-1-0 record and a shutout a 0.98 GAA and a .951 save percentage versus UAA. Driscoll is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .960 save percentage in the series.
• Adam Brady and Aaron Miller lead all current BSU players with six points and a power-play goal apiece in six and seven games versus UAA, respectively.
• BSU is 3-3-0 on Olympic ice this season. The team has averaged 2.83 goals and surrendered 1.83 per game.
• On the road this season, BSU is 8-7-1, has scored 2.87 goals per game and allowed 2.00.