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BEMIDJI — Of course Tim Bellew would have preferred that his Bemidji State baseball team had won more games than they lost during the first 16 games of the season. But with the grueling schedule the Beavers had — BSU played all 16 games on the road against a handful of ranked teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri — starting the season 3-13 could be much worse.
Brian Leonhardt is returning to Minnesota. The former Bemidji State tight end signed with his hometown Minnesota Vikings for a one-year, $600,000 contract, ESPN reported Friday afternoon. Leonhardt, 25, was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 22. He’s entering his fourth year in the league after going undrafted out of BSU in 2013. “It’s a nice deal for him,” BSU head coach Jeff Tesch said. “A local boy, it will be great for BSU to get to see him play. It’s a good deal.”
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team ended its season with a loss to Bowling Green last week, dropping games two and three in their best-of-three WCHA quarterfinals. That’s not how the Beavers wanted the season to end, but for head coach Tom Serratore, the up-and-down year was another step in the right direction for the BSU program. “I think we had a good year,” Serratore said. “College hockey is such a long season. “We were pretty consistent with our play, but you want to get on some runs. And we didn’t get on enough runs this year.”
ALVA, Okla.—Nick Hovila's one-out single scored two runs and broke a 12th-inning tie as the Bemidji State baseball team held on to defeat Northwestern Oklahoma State 5-3 at Myers Stadium on Tuesday night. BSU (3-10) snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time since March 6 against William Jewell. After Northwestern Oklahoma (8-17) tied the game in the eighth inning, the game went to extra innings. The Beavers had a chance to bring in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning, but came up short.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bemidji State men's hockey team was on the losing end of two goal reviews on Sunday night. The Beavers had one goal taken away, then had an opposing goal upheld, during Game 3 of their WCHA playoff series against Bowling Green. Those two key reviews, coupled with a pair of third-period BGSU tallies and outstanding goaltending from Chris Nell, gave the Falcons the 3-1 win and ended the Beavers' season. The Falcons (22-13-6) will play in the WCHA Final Five next weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Beavers end their season at 17-16-6.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team hopes to be on the road for a long time. On Friday night, the Beavers guaranteed that they’d at least be playing on Sunday. BSU scored the game’s first three goals — in three different ways — then held on for a 3-1 win over Bowling Green in Game 1 of their WCHA playoff series. Senior forward John Parker, senior forward Cory Ward and sophomore forward Kyle Bauman all scored for BSU (17-14-6) while sophomore goaltender Michael Bitzer stopped 24 shots to keep the Falcons (20-13-6) at bay.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team is packing a week’s worth of extra clothes and equipment for this weekend’s trip to Bowling Green. Just in case. “You have to think that way,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. “We have been pretty good on the road, so it’s something to grab on to. We’ve gotta be good on the road this weekend or else it will be spring break for us, and we don’t want that.”
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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team got off to a bad start Friday night in Mankato. Minnesota State’s Zeb Knutson scored the first goal just 1 minute, 52 seconds in. It didn’t get much better from there. The Mavericks scored three more times in the first period and held the Beavers to just 13 shots on goal as they cruised to a 6-1 victory in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series opener at Verizon Wireless Center.