WHO: No. 13 Miami RedHawks (7-6-1) at Bemidji State Beavers (5-7-2).
WHERE: Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minn.
WHEN: Friday—8:37 p.m.; Saturday—8:07 p.m.
MIAMI RADIO: None.
BEMIDJI STATE RADIO: Both nights—KKBJ-FM (103.7), Bemidji, Minn.
NOTES: This is an opportunity for Miami to right the ship with just four games left until Christmas break.
The Beavers have won just two of their last seven games and are 3-4-1 at home. They’re 5-7-2 against a non-so-difficult slate of opponents after winning just six games in 2012-13.
A pair of sophomore forwards – Markus Gerbrant and Cory Ward – have eight goals each, but they’ve combined for just four assists.
Among forwards, junior Danny Mattson has two goals and nine assists, and senior Jeff Jubinville – the only other non-defenseman averaging a half a point or better – has scored once and set up six more goals.
Junior Matt Prapavessis and sophomore Graeme McCormick have a goal each from the blue line, and nine and eight helpers, respectively.
Defenseman Ruslan Pedan has three goals and four assists in his freshman campaign.
Junior Andrew Walsh has logged all but 39 minutes in net for Bemidji State, posting a 2.82 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
The Beavers have been slow starters offensively, netting just nine first-period goals, something Miami will try to take advantage of. However they have over half of their tallies with the long change in the second period (21).
They’ve also been prone to giving away late leads. Bemidji State has led in 7 of 14 games entering the third period but is just 4-1-2 in those contests.
Only one Beaver has been drafted – Slovakian-born senior forward Radoslav Illo – Anaheim’s fifth selection in 2009 who has two goals and one assist.
These teams have met six times, and the RedHawks are 4-2 all-time vs. the Beavers including 2-0 in Bemidji.
Miami swept Bemidji State in Minnesota in 2000, won its first-ever Frozen Four game in 2009 in Washington, lost in the Grand Forks tournament in 2010, and the teams split a pair at Cady Arena in 2011.
The RedHawks are 2-4-1 on the road this season and have dropped three straight away from Oxford.
After this series, Miami will return home to host Denver in its final regular season games of the calendar year.
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