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BSU holds down No. 4 spot in polls

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A series sweep over College Hockey America foe Niagara University last weekend kept the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team ranked among the nation's top five NCAA Division I schools for the second consecutive week.

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The Beavers, who are 13-2-1 overall, a perfect 8-0-0 in league play and the only team in the country to have 13 wins to their credit this season, are slotted in the No. 4 spot by both USCHO.com/CBS College Sports and USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine.

The No. 4 billing in the USAToday poll matched the team's high-water mark set just a week ago, while it marks the program's highest ranking in the USCHO.com publication.

In addition, BSU received two first place votes in the USCHO.com poll marking just the fourth time the Beavers have been cast as the nation's top team.

Miami continues to hold down the top spot in both polls. The RedHawks have been No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks.

The Beavers have now made an appearance in every poll of the 2009-10 season and have found their way into the top ten in both major polls for the fifth consecutive week this year.

The USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country.

The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a joint production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college sports, including hockey, lacrosse, soccer and others, and CBS College Sports Networks, Inc., the only digital media company dedicated solely to college sports. CBS College Sports operates a 24-hour college sports cable network, also available via DISH and DirecTV satellite.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, now in its 15th year, is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).

The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

Bemidji State (13-2-1; 8-0-0 CHA) breaks form CHA play this week as it plays host to Minnesota State University, Mankato (7-8-1; 5-8-1 WCHA).

The nonconference series is set for a 7:35 p.m. opening face off Friday evening and will wrap up Saturday after a 7:05 p.m. start.

Both games are slated for play atthe John S. Glas Fieldhouse.

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.--Bemidji State University freshman forward Jordan George has been named College Hockey America Rookie of the Week.

The Beavers have monopolized the conference Rookie of the Week award in 2009-10.

Since the season began, BSU players have earned seven of the nine honors the league has doled out and a member of the BSU squad has been selected for the award in each of the last five weeks.

George led all BSU newcomers with a pair of assists, the sixth multi-point game of his rookie campaign, in Friday's 8-2 victory over Niagara.

His two assists in the series sweep over the Purple Eagles helped him to climb atop the CHA assists list (9), while he ranks second among all CHA scorers in points and paces all newcomers with 3-9 --12 points.

The honor marks the fifth occasion George has been recognized as one of the league's players of the week. No other CHA player has been honored more than three times.

With this week's award, Bemidji State student-athletes have now been selected for 16 CHA weekly awards in 2009-10, surpassing its total of 2008-09 (15) after just nine weeks.

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