Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team will put its nine-game unbeaten streak in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play to the test in this weekend’s series at Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich. Though the Beavers’ Division I-era best nine-game unbeaten run came to an end last weekend -- they fell 5-1 to No. 7 North Dakota last Friday before earning a 2-2 tie in Grand Forks, N.D. Saturday -- BSU still has not lost a WCHA game since a 3-1 defeat Dec. 1 at Bowling Green.
BEMIDJI -- Last Friday’s 5-3 victory over Minnesota Duluth was quite possibly the game of the season for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team, at least so far. The Beavers recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the second period with four unanswered goals to topple the Bulldogs in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series opener, an important win over a UMD team that BSU is in contention with for the No. 4 seed in the WCHA playoffs.
BEMIDJI -- Jon Solum recorded his 100th victory and 22 other Lumberjack wrestlers pitched in for a pair of dominant wins over Hibbing and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus in a triangular Tuesday night at Bemidji High School. Bemidji came out on top 45-24 over the Bluejackets in the first match of the evening before rolling the Road Crew 56-10 in the finale.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A five-minute major and game misconduct is not normally a momentum booster, but it was for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team Saturday night. The Beavers (11-7-6) held No. 7 North Dakota to one goal on the extended power play in the second period and Dillon Eichstadt scored an equalizer in the third to play to a 2-2 tie with the Fighting Hawks (12-6-6) in a non-conference battle at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
BEMIDJI -- A goal conceded 18 seconds into the game could have spelled an early end for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team. The Beavers scrapped a goal back as the contest remained deadlocked for the first 30 minutes, but Austin Poganski and Nick Jones bagged two goals apiece to give No. 7 North Dakota a 5-1 victory Friday night at a sold-out Sanford Center. The non-conference loss snapped a nine-game unbeaten run and a six-game win streak for BSU.
BEMIDJI -- It doesn’t get much bigger than this. A regional rivalry will be rekindled tonight as the Bemidji State men’s hockey team hosts No. 7 North Dakota at the Sanford Center in the first game of a non-conference home-and-home series.
BEMIDJI -- In what could be a playoff preview, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team resumes Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with a series at Minnesota Duluth this weekend. Only three points separate the two teams in the WCHA standings with BSU (11-11-2, 6-7-1-1 WCHA) in fourth place, just ahead of the Bulldogs (9-11-1, 5-8-1-1 WCHA) in fifth.
BEMIDJI -- Michael Bitzer entered a select club with his 20th career shutout last Friday night. The Bemidji State goaltender’s 3-0 shutout win at Lake Superior State tied him for second all-time in NCAA men’s hockey history. “It’s pretty cool,” said Bitzer on his achievement. “To be honest, I didn’t really know until it was brought up the other day. It’s pretty cool to see those other names up there, too. (I’m) mostly excited to get the wins though.”
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- A five-goal second period let the Bemidji State men’s hockey team overcome an early two-goal deficit to blow past Lake Superior State 6-3 Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Kyle Bauman scored two goals -- both short-handed -- and assisted on another to lead the Beavers to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Michael Bitzer saved every shot that came his way Friday night, earning the shutout in a 3-0 win for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team over Lake Superior State.