BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey team hits the road for its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in a month this weekend when it faces Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. The series is set to get underway at 6:07 p.m. (Central) Friday before wrapping up with a 6:07 p.m. opening faceoff Saturday from Ewigleben Arena.
Coming off four straight wins and a 5-1-1 record during the month of January, the Beavers look to continue their recent success as they open play in the final month of the regular season and a 10-game WCHA stretch run to the league's postseason. With only two WCHA games in their rearview, tied for the fewest conference games among the eight member teams, the Beavers current sit sixth in the league's standings with two points.
Since the Bulldogs and Beavers first met in 1999, FSU owns a slight 16-15-4 advantage in the series, while the rivalry is locked 8-8-2 in games played on the Bulldogs' home ice. With all of that said, since Jan. 21, 2017, BSU has been nothing but dominant in the series dropping just one game in the last 11 meetings (8-1-2) between the teams.
Bemidji State notables:
• Bemidji State improved its record to 6-4-2 Jan. 29 with a 4-1 victory over No. 2 Minnesota State to snap a four-game (0-3-1)winless skid versus the Mavericks and extend its winning streak to four games, dating back to Jan. 8.
• Scoring first Friday and never relinquishing the lead, BSU has now not trailed in the last 216:34, or since the 3:26 mark of the second period of BSU’s Jan. 8 game at Bowling Green. Not coincidentally, BSU is 4-0-0 during that span.
• Miller’s goal Jan. 29 was his 70th collegiate point (29g-41a) in 114 games at BSU. He leads all current BSU players in career scoring.
• With a goal Friday, Owen Sillinger reached the 60-point plateau. In 87 career games, he has 29 goals and 31 assists.
• Friday’s game was Alex Ierullo’s 80th at BSU. Senior Ethan Somoza leads all current BSU players with 116 games played.
• Held without a point Jan. 29, BSU’s top scorer Brendan Harris saw his eight-game scoring streak (5g-4a) come to an end. His 10 points (6g-4a) leads the team, while his six goals stand as a career-high.
• Brad Johnson posted his first goal of 2020-21 Jan. 29, it also stood as the game-winner. With 10 collegiate goals, three have been GWG.
• Aaron Miller scored his third goal of the season in the win over Minnesota State. BSU is 3-0-0 when he scores this season and 5-0-0 when he logs at least one point.
• Alex Ierullo and Tyler Vold each netted his first multi-assist game as a Beaver with two assists in the game versus Minnesota State.
• Blueliner Elias Rosén scored his second goal of the season Jan. 28. It was his first tally since Dec. 12 and six appearances.
• Senor Tyler Vold stands as BSU’s top-scoring defender this season. Through 12 games, he has seven points (1g-6a) to account for 37-percent of his career scoring (7g-12a).
• Since Dec. 19, Driscoll is 5-1-2 with a 1.60 goals against average and a .950 save percentage to rank among the top five in the country in wins, save percentage and GAA during that run.
• Driscoll’s 355 saves this season leads the WCHA and ranks 12th in the country despite playing only 12 games. His 29.6 saves per game in 2020-21 trails only former teammate Hank Johnson, who has piled up 31.5 saves per game for Mercyhurst.
• Driscoll needs just 32 saves this weekend to move into a tie with Jack Horner (1974-78) for 10th on BSU’s all-time saves list.
• This season BSU has already played eight games versus teams among the top 10 in the country and is 4-3-1 in those games.
• The BSU penalty-kill unit is 32-for-34 (.941) this season to lead the nation in power-play percentage.
• BSU last surrendered a power-play goal in the second period of its Dec. 18 game versus Minnesota State. In the eight games since, BSU is a perfect 26-for-26 on the penalty kill, which includes a 5-for-5 mark versus MSU Jan. 29.
• BSU went 1-for-4 on the man advantage Jan. 29 netting a power-play goal in its second straight game. The Beavers are now 5-for-40 (.125) this season.
• January has traditionally been BSU’s best month of the season for BSU. Since it moved to the NCAA Division I level in 1999-2000, the team is 82-57-15 (.581). In the last two seasons BSU is 12-2-2 (.813) in the month of January.
• Friday’s 35-save night marked goaltender Zach Driscoll’s 43rd win in a BSU sweater. He is quickly approaching the top 10 and Matt Clime (2004-08) who sits in 10th place all-time with 45 wins.
• BSU is 2-2-2 on the road this season and has averaged 2.83 goals per game while allowing 2.50 goals per game. The Beavers are 3-of-26 (.115) on the power-play on the road and their penalty-kill unit is 18-of-20 (.900).
• This weekend the Beavers jump back into WCHA play for the first time since a Jan. 7-8 series at Bowling Green. BSU travels to Big Rapids, Mich. for a two-game series with Ferris State. The Bulldogs own a 16-15-4 edge in the all-time series, while the series is tied at 8-8-2 in games played at Ewigleben Arena.
• Since Jan. 21, 2017 the series had been dominated by the Beavers. BSU is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings between the teams and enters the series riding a three game wining streak over the Bulldogs.
• BSU’s last loss to FSU was a 2-1 game in Big Rapids Nov. 15, 2019.
• Owen Sillinger leads all current BSU players with nine points (5g-4a), which includes a game-winner, in six career appearances versus Ferris State. Elias Rosén has also experienced success versus FSU netting five assists in four games versus FSU.
• Zach Driscoll is the only BSU goaltender with any experience versus the Bulldogs. He is 3-1-1 in five appearances with a 1.58 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.