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MEN'S HOCKEY: Beavers remain at No. 17 in rankings

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team remains ranked No. 17 in this week’s USCHO.com poll.

The Beavers split their series last week with Bowling Green to move to 15-8-3 overall and 15-3-2-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. BSU won the series opener 2-1 last Thursday before falling 4-2 to the Falcons on Friday.

For the first time since the Nov. 14 rankings, Minnesota Duluth has been supplanted as the No. 1 team in the nation. Denver regained the top spot in the poll after sweeping Arizona State while UMD split with Colorado College. The Bulldogs fell to No. 3 this week while Harvard moved up to No. 2.

Michigan Tech entered the rankings this week at No. 20 to join fellow WCHA members BSU and Minnesota State (No. 18).

Bemidji State has a 13-point lead over second-place Michigan Tech in the WCHA standings entering its bye week. The Beavers will return to action Jan. 20-21 when they host Ferris State at the Sanford Center.

Beavers receive honorable mention honors

Jay Dickman, Justin Baudry and Dylan McCrory were each named WCHA honorable mention selections this week.

Dickman was selected honorable mention offensive player of the week for factoring into both of the Beavers’ goals in their 2-1 win at Bowling Green on Thursday. The sophomore forward recorded a goal and an assist.

Baudry was named honorable mention defensive player of the week for his performance against the Falcons. The sophomore defenseman had an assist and a team-best five blocked shots in the series.

McCrory was selected honorable mention rookie of the week in the WCHA. The freshman forward scored the Beavers’ first goal in their 2-1 win Thursday.

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