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Bemidji State men's hockey: Beavers remain ranked in top 10

The Bemidji State University men's ice hockey team remains among the nation's top 10 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey programs this week as it slipped a spot to No. 7 in the USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine poll and held down the No. 7 spot in the College Sports poll for the second straight week.

The Beavers, who are 18-6-2 overall and 10-2-0 in College Hockey America play, are coming off a weekend during which they split a conference two-game set with Robert Morris University. BSU took the series opener 5-1 before dropping Saturday's game 5-2.

The No. 7 billing marks the Beavers' second consecutive week in the top 10 but remains under the team's high water mark of No. 4 set Dec. 7, 2009.

Bemidji State has now been ranked among the nation's top 15 men's ice hockey teams for a school record 16 weeks.

Miami University (Ohio) is nation's No. 1 team in both polls for the second consecutive week.

The RedHawks have been atop the polls 15 weeks this season.

The State of Hockey is well represented in the most recent polls as St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth sit in the No. 4 and No. 6 positions, respectively, joining BSU in the top 10.

The Beavers have made an appearance in every poll of the 2009-10 season and remain the CHA's only program to appear in either publication.

The Beavers have a week off to regroup before returning to CHA play with a trip to Pittsburgh, Pa. to face the same Robert Morris team. The league series is scheduled to begin at 6:05 (CST) Friday Feb. 12. The finale will follow with a 6:05 p.m. (CST) opening face off Feb. 13.

Both games will be played at RMU's Island Sports Center.

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.--Bemidji State University's Ian Lowe and Jordan George have been selected as College Hockey America Player of the Week honorees for the second consecutive week.

Lowe was named as the league's offensive player of the week, while George took home rookie of the week honors.

The awards rolled in following the Beavers' home series split with Robert Morris University .

Lowe's second career CHA Player of the Week Award comes on the heels of a five-point weekend versus Minnesota Duluth. Lowe netted two goals, while adding two assists for a career-high four points, in the Beavers' 5-1 victory over the Colonials Friday. The junior posted the game-winner and an unassisted goal in the game's final moments to seal the victory.

In the Beavers' last four games, Lowe has recorded five goals and four assists.

For the second consecutive week and the eighth time this season, George has been voted CHA Rookie of the Week.

The native of Madison, Wis. led all BSU players with three goals and contributed an assist in the CHA series with Robert Morris. George posted the 10th multi-point game of his career Friday netting a pair of goals, while assisting on Lowe's game-winner. Saturday, he scored an unassisted goal in the Beavers' 5-2 loss.

George has scored in each of the last five games in which he has skated, posting five goals and four assists for nine points.

With this week's awards, Bemidji State student-athletes have now been selected for 23 CHA weekly awards in 2009-10, continuing to build upon its league record surpassing the previous CHA record of 17 Player of the Week selections set by BSU in 2007-08.

In total nine different BSU student-athletes have been honored by the league this winter.