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BEMIDJI -- Nick Mehlum is always ready to answer the call. Bemidji State’s sophomore quarterback had planned on redshirting as a true freshman a season ago. But an injury to starter Ryan Shields during the first game made Mehlum the backup. Fast forward to this season. During last weekend’s game against Northern State, Beavers’ starter Jordan Hein couldn’t play due to a knee hematoma.
BEMIDJI -- It’s become the norm for Brittni Mowat and the Bemidji State women’s hockey team.
A big question for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team coming into the season was how the team’s young defensive corps would respond early in the season. With six of BSU’s eight rostered defensemen either freshmen or sophomores, it was a fair query. But for defensemen Brett Beauvais, the fact that there are so many underclassmen on BSU’s defense isn’t a good indicator of experience.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team scored six goals last Friday and Saturday in their series-opening sweep of Bowling Green. That isn’t, in itself a significant statistic -- three goals-per game is about average in college hockey. But for BSU head coach Tom Serratore, the number of goal-scorers was: Six different players accounted for those six goals.
BEMIDJI—When Michael Washington broke his hand at the beginning of this season's fall camp, the Bemidji State running back didn't fret. Instead, he reminded himself that it could have been worse. Washington, who walked-on to the Beaver football team in 2014 and redshirted that year, tore his ACL in the second week of fall camp in 2015. After a year of rehab, he was back and ready to go—until the aforementioned hand injury sidelined him once again.
BEMIDJI -- If Zach Whitecloud was nervous for his first-ever college hockey game, he didn’t look it. When he scored the first goal of the season for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team on Friday night against Bowling Green, it was clear. “I had a lot of fun out there,” Whitecloud said. “I’m still adjusting to the pace. Right now I’m just trying to be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that I can from (BSU assistant coach Travis Winter) as well as the upper classmen defensemen.
The first series of the season always reminds Alexis Joyce of one thing. “It’s like high school hockey,” Bemidji State’s junior defender said. “You don’t get to watch film on teams when you play high school hockey. You go in and you play, and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you have to go in and put out the best performance you can.”
RED LAKE -- There will be some definite local flavor when the Minnesota Vikings host the New York Giants in the first-ever Monday Night Football game at U.S. Bank Stadium...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team has already gone into one of the NSIC’s toughest stadiums and rolled to a huge win. The Beavers did it two weeks ago against then-No. 6 Minnesota State Mankato en route to a 45-17 victory. Now, the Bemidji State football team hopes to make it 2-for-2 on the road against ranked opponents. And this one could be even more difficult.
BEMIDJI -- Bowling Green was selected to finish first place in the 2016-17 Bemidji Pioneer WCHA Men’s Hockey Media Poll. The Falcons, who finished third in the league, received 15 first-place votes and 251 points by a panel of 30 media members from around the league.