Beavers travel south seeking warm up to road play.
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 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.