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ST. PAUL -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team was never quite out of the game during Friday’s North Star College Cup semifinal against St. Cloud State. The Beavers outshot the Huskies 27-20 and had more than 50 shot attempts in the game. Still, BSU’s offense never quite materialized. The Beavers’ scored just once as the Huskies beat BSU 2-1.
BEMIDJI -- Some might have been surprised to see Carley Esse at center ice preparing to take the third shot in a shootout for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team last Saturday against Minnesota Duluth. Esse, after all, prides herself on defense first and had, until Saturday, never participated in a shootout in a game in her four-year career at BSU. Jim Scanlan knew better than to discount his senior defender.
BEMIDJI -- Despite its short-lived history, the soon-to-be-defunct North Star College Cup still holds plenty of memories for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team.
This weekend's North Star College Cup in St. Paul will be the last. The University of Minnesota confirmed in a brief press release Tuesday something that had been rumored for much of the season: That the tournament, which features four of the five Division I hockey teams in the state of Minnesota on a rotating basis, would not continue past this season.
BEMIDJI—Saturday's Bemidji State men's hockey game was a little more special for the Beavers. BSU beat Ferris State 5-1 in front of an announced crowd of 3,371 at the Sanford Center. But one person in particular made BSU's win even better. Dropping the ceremonial first puck before the game was former BSU coaching legend R.H. "Bob" Peters. Peters and his wife Lou were celebrated last weekend for the 50th anniversary of their involvement with the BSU hockey program.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team scored early, then scored often, en route to a 5-1 victory over Ferris State in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday night at the Sanford Center. Five different players scored for the Beavers (16-9-3, 15-4-2 WCHA) who salvaged the series split after the Bulldogs (8-15-4, 7-10-3 WCHA) won Friday night’s matchup 5-2.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State head women’s hockey coach Jim Scanlan spoke earlier this week about needing to contain Minnesota Duluth’s top line if they wanted any chance to beat the Bulldogs this weekend. After all, Lara Stalder, Katherine McGovern and Ashleigh Brykaliuk had combined to score 83 points in 22 games this season. As the Beavers discovered on Friday afternoon, that is much easier in theory than in practice.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team always seemed just a step behind Ferris State. Despite outshooting the Bulldogs 36-27 and dominating play for big stretches of the game, the Beavers never really found their footing. By the time they did, it was too late. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead, then closed the game with a pair of late third period goals to beat the Beavers 5-2 on Friday night at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI -- With just eight conference games remaining, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team finds itself in a position it hasn’t experienced this late in the season as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association: First place. The Beavers (15-8-3, 15-3-2 WCHA), who are 10 points ahead of second-place Michigan Tech with 49 points, will look to stay on top this weekend when they host Ferris State this weekend (7:07 p.m. today and Saturday) at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI -- During last weekend’s series against Ohio State, the Bemidji State women didn’t look like the team that hadn’t played in over a month. Although the Beavers managed only a split with the Buckeyes in Columbus -- a 2-1 loss Friday followed by a 3-1 win Saturday -- BSU outplayed OSU in five of six periods.