Beavers Bite Back
Prior to Saturday night, the Beavers had won eight in a row (counting a technical tie, but winning on 3v3 OT), outscoring opponents 31 to 10, including a 5-0 shutout against then #19 Northern Michigan. They’re being led in scoring by senior Adam Brady, who posted 17 goals, 14 assists for 31 points during the regular season. He is followed closely by sophomore forward Owen Sillinger, who tallied a 12-18—30 point season and junior Aaron Miller with 12-16—28.
Sophomore Zach Driscoll owns the net for Bemidji State, having played in all but 4 games this season, and posting 19 wins, 7 losses and 4 ties. He has only a 1.6 GAA and a .937 save %.
This team will be a tough nut to crack for the boys in blue, since during the regular season the Lakers only took one game from the Beavers, a 3v3 OT win at Abel Arena. Otherwise Bemidji outscored the Lakers 18-5.
The Lakers and Playoff Woes
The Lakers have been locked in to the seventh seed for the tail end of the season, but managed to finish the season fairly strong, winning six of their last eight (including a SO win), and had a strong performance against a bad Ferris State team to end the season, outscoring the Bulldogs 9-2 on the weekend.
Even though the Lakers have some big time scorers in Max Humitz (19-13—32), Ashton Calder (12-14—26), Louis Boudon (6-20—26) and Pierre-Luc Veillette (12-12—24), they’ll need to get some help on the backend in order to make this weekend work. Our boys in blue will also need to be solid on the blueline if they really want a shot at an upset.
As always, Mareks Mitens holds the keys for the net, though Roman Bengert did tally a win in the final game of the season against the Bulldogs, so if the series goes to three games, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see him out there in relief.
If history counts for anything, these are going to be some rough games. Save for last season, the Lakers have had a recent history of either blowouts or shutouts. If they lose but keep the score close & low, I’ll see it as a win, personally.
Puck Drops at 8:07 ET in Bemidji, Minnesota. The game can be heard locally at 99.5 YESFM, or through TuneIn. Flohockey will have the video broadcast, and if you are local to the Soo, Buffalo Wild Wings will be having watch parties for the games this weekend.