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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team dominated Ohio State in nearly every area but the scoreboard on Friday night. Despite outshooting the Buckeyes 45-25, the Beavers only managed to score one first-period goal and lost 2-1 in the first game of their WCHA series on Friday at the OSU Ice Arena.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys swimmers and divers took third place in their own invitational on Friday night at the BHS pool. The Lumberjacks scored 458.5 points to finish third out of five teams in the meet. Detroit Lakes took first with a score of 581.5 while Grand Forks was a close second with 575 points. Perham and Thief River Falls finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The Lumberjacks had two swimmers take first in their events.
It's been more than a month since the Bemidji State women's hockey team last hit the ice. The Beavers, who swept RIT in a nonconference road series Dec. 9-10, had a lot of time off—a nice long break for a team that didn't have a bye week during the first three months of the season but just enough for them to get a little stir crazy.
BEMIDJI -- An early 16-0 first-half run allowed the Bemidji High School girls basketball team to put their game against Crookston on cruise control on Tuesday night. The balanced Lumberjacks got offensive contributions from almost everyone on the roster en route to a 67-48 win over the Pirates at the Bemidji High School gymnasium.
The Bemidji State men's hockey team didn't get much time off to reflect on their outstanding first half of the season. But that's just fine with the Beavers, who started 13-6-3 overall and are currently seven points ahead of everyone else in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. BSU played Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 16-17, then had some time off. But not too much time—the Beavers were back on campus on Tuesday to get ready for a 10-day road trip, which kicks off Friday and Saturday at Alaska Anchorage and ends next Friday at Bowling Green.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team returns from their holiday break in the midst of a losing skid. BSU is currently 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the NSIC, and since beating Minnesota Duluth 75-73 in the NSIC opener, they have lost four straight.
BEMIDJI -- Chelsea DeVille hasn’t been happy with how her team has been playing defense so far this season. “There wasn’t a lot of positive things defensively from game to game,” the Bemidji State’s head women’s basketball coach said. “We weren’t consistently good at one thing. One day we’d be really good at protecting the paint and the next day they’d light us up from the arc, then we’d go downhill and we couldn’t guard… we didn’t have something that was an identity defensively. We really are almost starting from scratch.”
Following last Saturday's game at the Sanford Center, Bemidji State men's head hockey coach Tom Serratore took stock of all the nagging little injuries his Beavers' squad played through. "We got beat up during the game," Serratore said. "We blocked a couple shots. We had injured thumbs, wrists, knees... but our guys fought through it. They expended a lot of energy." The Beavers had just lost to top-ranked Minnesota Duluth 2-1. It was a culmination of a hard-fought, home-and-home series that had seen the No. 15 ranked Beavers tie the Bulldogs 1-1 the previous night in Duluth.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team continues to search for consistency. They seemed to find it on Tuesday night against Detroit Lakes, winning their dual meet 100-85 at the BHS pool. “What we’re seeing is consistency,” BHS head coach Kristin McRae said. “There’s been more consistency at practice, with their work ethic and their training, and it’s paying off in races.”
BEMIDJI -- It’s starting to become a routine occurrence for Michael Bitzer. Bemidji State’s junior goaltender had yet another fantastic weekend in the net for the Beavers against Minnesota Duluth. The Moorhead native made 60 saves and allowed just three goals against the nation’s top-ranked team Friday and Saturday. As a result, Bitzer was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s defensive player of the week for his efforts.