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BSU slides out of top 5 in national polls

Dropping two straight nonconference games to Minnesota State University, the Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team slipped to No. 9/10 in this week's edition of the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey national polls.

The Beavers, who are 13-4-1 overall, a perfect 8-0-0 in CHA league play and one of only four teams in the country to have 13 wins to their credit this season, are ranked ninth in the USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine poll, while they have been slotted in the No. 10 spot by College Sports.

The No. 9 billing in the USAToday poll is down five spots from team's high-water mark set just a week ago, while it marks a six positions slip in the publication, in which they also held down the No. 4 spot Dec. 7.

After finding a comfortable home among the nation's top five teams in both polls for the last two weeks, the Beavers find themselves on the fringe of the top 10 for the first time since the team sat in the No. 11/12 spots Nov. 2.

Miami continues to hold down the top spot in both polls. The RedHawks have been No. 1 for 11 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 sixth consecutive week.

The Beavers, 13-4-1 overall and 8-0-0 in College Hockey America play, now break for the holidays. The team will open the second half of its season Jan. 2 with a trip to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a nonconference series versus Western Michigan University.

The series, set for Lawson Ice Arena, will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and will wrap up with a Jan. 3 3:30 p.m. matinee.