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Bemidji native, Mankato senior Channing Boe returns home to face Beavers after eventful summer

Minnesota State University, Mankato senior Channing Boe plays defense for the Mavericks. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

Minnesota State University, Mankato junior defenseman Channing Boe looks forward to playing Bemidji State each year - for a number of reasons.

"We've done pretty well against them since I've been (at Mankato)," said the Bemidji High grad with a chuckle. "Two years ago we swept them at BSU and last year we swept them at Mankato.

"That makes it easier for me when I come back to Bemidji during the offseason - the guys can't give me too much of a hard time."

But it hasn't been all good times for Boe in his MSU career. Last January while playing archrival Minnesota, Boe suffered a broken leg and was sidelined for the rest of the season.

"Actually I was pretty fortunate to be able to come back as quick as I did," Boe said. "The break didn't require surgery. I did a lot of rehab and strengthening work last spring and now everything is great. My leg feels stronger than ever."

Boe's roommate Andy Sackrison wasn't quite as fortunate this year.

"We had basically the same injury, but his required surgery," Boe said. "We really miss him on the team."

Sackrison, a St. Louis Blues draft pick, is out of the Minnesota State lineup indefinitely.

Boe had some great opportunities to test and strengthen his injured leg last summer. First he worked for Reierson Construction on the new Bemidji Regional Events Center.

"It was pretty neat being around the building when all the structural steel was going up," said Boe, a construction management major. "For the most part I worked as a laborer, doing a lot of raking and shoveling. They had to bring the grade up at the site and hauled in a lot of Class V. I did grading and leveling work in the area of the locker rooms and dug trenches for the cement pads on some on the interior walls. Basically, I did a lot of shoveling.

"It would have been great to be able to play a college game in the building. But BSU comes to Mankato next year so I won't get the chance."

Also during the summer, Boe, an NHL undrafted free agent, took part in the Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Camp. The eight day camp included the Flyers' top draft choices, most players with the organization's AHL affiliate team and few other select invitees.

"It was a great time," Boe said. "We were on the ice for five of the eight days. We also had the opportunity to do some fun things like go to a Phillies game, check out the Philadelphia Eagles locker room and run the steps where the big scene from the Rocky movie was filmed.

"On the hockey side I thought I performed well, and I received a lot of positive comments," Boe said. "I had a chance to play with John Kalinski and Andreas Nodl, both who have played games with the Flyers. I thought I did well."

This season, Boe is one of just six MSU (7-8-1, 5-8-1 WCHA) players to see action in all 16 games.

"We've had a pretty tough schedule to start with a lot of games on the road," he said. "We've been really close in a lot of games, but have struggled a bit to finish things off.

"When you play the tough competition of the WCHA each week, you see a lot of games come down to one or two plays. Every shift is very important. We're getting better, but need to be at that level more consistently."

And the series this weekend against the Beavers?

"Because of the connection between (MSU coach Troy Jutting and BSU coach Tom Serratore), they both want to win pretty badly," Boe said. "It's always a fun series. We know their style and have been working on things we need to do to be successful against them.

"If we get good goaltending, stay out of the penalty box and execute our game plan, we'll be fine."