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Bemidji State men's hockey: Beavers high in CHA, national statistical rankings

Bemidji State's late season run, in which the Beavers have gone 7-1-1 in their last nine games, has resulted in BSU being listed among the nation's elite in several statistical categories.

In team categories, Bemidji State currently ranks seventh in the nation in power play efficiency, connecting at a 20.6 percent rate. The Beavers penalty kill at 84.4 percent efficiency ranks 26th nationally.

The combined special teams category has the Beavers ranked fourth nationally at 53.8 percent.

Individually, freshman defender Brad Hunt ranks among the top 15 nationally in two major statistical categories. Hunt's nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points, ranks 12th among all defensemen in the country and 14th among all freshmen. As an aside, Hunt ranks second in points among rookie defensemen, a statistic that isn't officially kept.

Sophomore goaltender Matt Dalton has also steadily moved up the statistical ladder following a strong effort over the last nine games. During the streak Dalton has posted a sterling 1.66 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.

As a result Dalton now ranks among the top 20 goalies nationally in overall goals against average at 2.29 (17th) and winning percentage (15-9-1, .620, 16th).

It's no surprise the Beavers dominate the top spots in the College Hockey America statistics, considering the Beavers league leading 11-4-1 record.

BSU needs to win once or have second place Niagara lose once to clinch at least a tie for the conference title. If that happens BSU leads the top tie breaker between the two teams - head to head record, which the Beavers won 4-2.

BSU is the second ranked offense in the CHA, averaging 2.94 goals in lead games. But the Beavers lead all other team categories.

The Beavers have allowed just 1.94 goals per CHA game which ranks first. BSU also has the top power play (20.7 percent), penalty kill (86.8 percent) and special teams net (+8).

Dalton has put himself solidly in the hunt for CHA Goalie of the Year honors and possibly the Player of the Year award. He currently ranks first in goals against average (1.88) and winning percentage (11-4-1, .719). Dalton is second in save percentage (.927), but only by a whisper. Niagara's Juliano Pagliero is first at .926.

Hunt has also placed firmly in the race for postseason honors. He currently ranks first in freshman scoring (4-10--18) and power play points among all league players (3-7--10). He is second in overall defenseman scoring, along with being fourth in assist scoring (10) and power play goals (3).

Bemidji State's freshman class also made a major mark in the CHA this season with four players in the top eight in rookie scoring, Following Hunt in first is Shea Walters in fourth (3-5--8), Ben Kinne tie for fifth (4-3--7) and Jamie MacQueen in a tie for seventh (2-3--5).