Beavers travel to Bowling Green for key CCHA match-up

Beavers travel to Bowling Green for key CCHA match-up
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Beavers travel to Bowling Green for key CCHA match-up


BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team travels to (RV) Bowling Green State University this weekend trying to hold second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The Beavers (12-10-0, 10-4-0 CCHA) are second in the conference standings with 30 points while the Falcons (11-8-3, 8-5-1 CCHA) are third with 24 points. Bemidji State and Bowling Green open their two-game, league series Friday, Jan. 14 at BGSU Ice Arena followed by game two, Saturday. Puck drop for each game is slated for 6:07 p.m., CST.

Bemidji State Notes

  • The Beavers look to carry momentum into this weekend’s series against the Falcons after earning a sweep over Lake Superior State University this past weekend.
  • Bemidji State out-scored the Lakers 10-2 in the series for its first home series sweep of the 2021-22 season.
  • The Beavers out-shot the Lakers 93-51 in the series including 51-29 in game one. It was the first time this season the Beavers produced 50 or more shots and first since March 14, 2015 when BSU totaled 50 shots against Ferris State University.
  • Bemidji State was led by sophomore Lukas Sillinger who totaled four points off of three goals and one assist including a career-high three points and his first multi-goal game of his career in game one against the Lakers.
  • Freshman Mattias Sholl was dominant between the pipes for the Beavers’ defense and was named the CCHA Rookie of the Week after posting a 2-0-0 record and stopped 49-of-51 shots for a .961 save percentage.
  • In total, 13 Beavers recorded a point in last weekend’s series including 10 who recorded two points or more.
  • Bemidji State enters the weekend’s action receiving votes in the latest DCU/ Top 20 national poll but failed to receive votes in the USAToday/USAHockeyMagazine Top 15 national poll for the third consecutive week.
  • Bemidji State earned just its third and fourth home wins of the season (4-7-0) last weekend but are 8-3-0 when playing on the road.
  • The Beavers are 9-2-0 when leading after the first period this season and are 10-0-0 when leading after two. BSU is 0-2-0 when trailing after the first period, 3-6-0 when tied and 1-9-0 when trailing after the second.
  • The Beavers score five goals for the fifth and sixth times of the season this past weekend. The Beavers are 6-0-0 when scoring five or more goals this season and 128-5-4 all-time.
  • Bemidji State is 9-6-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal. It has scored the first goal in the last three games (2-1-0).
  • Bemidji State is 14-16-3 (.470) all-time against Bowling Green in their series that dates back to 2011. The Beavers are only 4-10-1 when playing in Bowling Green.
  • BSU’s last win at the Falcons was Jan. 8, 2021 when Ethan Somoza scored the game-winning goal during the three-on-three overtime period for a 4-3 victory.
  • The Beavers and Falcons met earlier this season on Oct. 29-30 where the two teams split their league series. BGSU earned a game one 3-2 victory but the Beavers responded with a 2-1 victory in game two.
  • Senior Owen Sillinger and junior Elias Rosén paced the Beavers with two assists each in the series while Somoza, Lukas Sillinger, Eric Martin and Alex Ierullo each scored goals.
  • Sophomore Gavin Enright earned the game two victory in net after posting a career-high 40 saves for his first career victory.
  • When playing at BGSU Ice Arena, the Beavers average 2.13 goals per game compared to 3.26 by the Falcons.
  • Owen Sillinger paces BSU skaters with 10 points (5g-5a) in 12 career games against the Falcons while Ierullo (4g-3a) and Rosén (7a) follow with seven points each.
  • Fifth-year senior Ethan Somoza leads the team with 15 career games against BGSU and has posted four goals and two assists. He is followed by Ross Armour, Ierullo, Brad Johnson, Tyler Kirkup and O. Sillinger who have each played 12.
  • Enright paces BSU netminders with a 1-0-0 record against the Falcons and boasts a .976 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average in 59:55 minutes. Mattias Sholl has the lone other start among active goaltenders and has a .864 save percentage and 3.08 goals against average in 58:28 minutes.
  • BSU’s scoring offense is ranked 18th in the nation, third in the CCHA by averaging 3.32 goals per game. It’s defense is fourth in the conference, 38th in the nation by allowing 3.09 goals per game.
  • Bemidji State owns the nation’s 10th ranked power play, second in the CCHA, with a power-play percentage of .246 (17-of-69). The Beavers went 3-for-7 during the power play in their last series against Lake Superior State and 1-for-9 in its series against BGSU on Oct. 29-30.
  • The Beavers have the 29th ranked penalty kill in the nation, fourth in the CCHA, with a percentage of .829 (68-of-82). After allowing three power-play goals at St. Cloud State University, the Beavers killed all four chances by the Lakers this past weekend. BSU denied the Falcons on all seven of their chances in their previous series.
  • Bemidji State is paced by senior forward Owen Sillinger who has totaled 29 points (11g-18a) in 22 games this season to tie for third in Division I and third in the CCHA.
  • Sillinger has a 1.32 points per game average which is fourth in the CCHA and 12th in the nation.
  • The Regina, Saskatchewan native has totaled 97 points (45g-52a) in 117 career games and seeks to become just the seventh player since the Division I era began at BSU to record 100 career points. Jordan George (2009-13) was the last skater to reach the 100-point milestone and totaled 120 points in 148 career games.
  • Sillinger is followed by Alex Ierullo who is seventh in the CCHA with 25 points (9g-16a) while Lukas Sillinger has added 22 points (9g-13a) in 21 games.
  • Owen Sillinger paces the team with 11 goals while Ierullo and Lukas Sillinger each follow with nine while Tyler Kirkup has added seight.
  • Bemidji State’s blueline is led by Elias Rosén who has recorded 11 points (3g-78a) in 22 games while Will Zmolek follows with eight points (4g-4a) in 21 games.
  • The Beavers have split time in net this season between freshman Mattias Sholl and sophomore Gavin Enright. Sholl leads the team with a 7-4-0 record and boasts a .916 save percentage and 2.57 goals against average to rank second and third, respectively, in the conference. Sholl has started six of the last seven games for the Beavers
  • Enright has played 552:15 between the pipes for the Beavers and is 4-5-0 with a 3.26 goals against average and .892 save percentage.
  • Eric Martin (3a), Owen Sillinger (2g-2a), Jere Vaisanen (3a) and Lukas Sillinger (3g-2a) all lead the Beavers with a three-game point streak.
  • Ethan Somoza and Lukas Sillinger each pace the Beavers with three power-play goals this season while Sillinger has the hot hand after scoring two power-play goals Jan. 7 against LSSU.
  • In total, Bemidji State has 10 skaters who have scored a power-play goal this season and 16 power-play goals.
  • 11 of the Beavers’ 20 games his season have been settled by one goal, last at Arizona State University, Nov. 24 (W, 4-3). BSU is 7-4-0 in those games. Since the 1999-2000 season, BSU is 106-132 in games settled by one goal.
  • Through 22 games, the Beavers have been quick to start. 28 of their 73 (.384) goals this season have come during the first period.
  • Bemidji State has been hot on the road this season with Owen Sillinger (7g-10a) and Alex Ierullo (6g-11a) pacing the team with 17 points in 11 road games.
  • Sholl has seen the bulk of the work on the road and is 4-0-0 with a .930 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average in 209:53 minutes.