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BEMIDJI — One poor period wasn’t going to ruin what was, overall, a pretty successful road trip for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team last week. “Nine periods of hockey over the course of five days isn’t easy, but we did a good job,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. “We won two out of three on the road. Normally you’re doing cartwheels when you do something like that. I don’t know if we can really ask any more out of our guys. There’s one period of hockey we’d probably like to have back, but those things happen.”
They’ve already clinched home ice in the WCHA playoffs, but the Bemidji State women’s hockey team has even loftier goals. The Beavers are a win away from their highest-ever regular-season league finish (third). They’re also close to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. “This group had their sights set on (home ice) right from the get-go,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said. “Certainly clinching home ice was a big accomplishment but right away they wanted to do even better than that.”
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Playing in its third game in five days, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team ran out of offensive gas on Saturday night at Lake Superior State. The Beavers outshot the Lakers 30-24 in the game but couldn’t find a way to beat LSSU goaltender Gordon Defiel. The Lakers, meanwhile, scored a third-period power-play goal with seven minutes to play then added two empty-netters en route to a 3-0 win.
BEMIDJI — In years past, Senior Night was the last chance for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team to play in front of their home fans at the Sanford Center. That’s not the case this year — the Beavers clinched home-ice advantage for the WCHA playoffs last week. But Saturday night’s Senior Night festivities weren’t any less special. The Beavers scored a season-high six goals and had contributions from all eight seniors on the roster as they beat Ohio State 6-2, completing the series sweep at the Sanford Center.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Brendan Harms scored the go-ahead goal on a power play midway through the third period as the Bemidji State men’s hockey team edged Lake Superior...
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s hockey team already clinched home ice advantage for the WCHA playoffs in last week’s series with St. Cloud State. But the Beavers weren’t about to take this weekend’s series against Ohio State — the regular-season finale at the Sanford Center — lightly. BSU (19-9-3, 14-9-2 WCHA) scored three unanswered goals after an early first-period deficit and beat the Buckeyes 3-1 on Friday night at the Sanford Center — their third straight win.
BEMIDJI — With two weeks to go in the regular season, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team can rest a little easier this weekend when they take the ice at the Sanford Center. After earning five conference points last weekend in St. Cloud, the Beavers clinched home ice advantage in the WCHA playoffs for the first time in program history. That means this weekend’s home series against Ohio State won’t be BSU’s last. And, more importantly, it gives the eight seniors on the Beavers a chance to enjoy their senior weekend activities even more.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team has bad memories of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Last season, the Beavers traveled to the Soo in mid-January and were swept away by Lake Superior State. One of those losses was a 1-0 Lake Superior victory with literally one second to play in regulation. LSSU won 4-2 in game two despite mustering just 18 shots on goal. Needless to say, this year’s Beavers remember that series. This weekend, they hope to make up for it. BSU takes on LSSU in a WCHA series today and Saturday.
The four-month wait is over: Tonight, Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth will finally flip the switch at AMSOIL Arena. A power outage in the area pulled the plug on BSU and UMD’s originally scheduled season opener on Oct. 9. The teams ended up playing the next night in Bemidji, with the Beavers winning 3-2 on Charlie O’Connor’s late goal. Although it was a big game for BSU at the time — UMD was ranked No. 2 nationally — tonight’s game (7:07 p.m. faceoff) will have a bit of a different feel.
BEMIDJI — After exploding for 11 goals in the first two periods in an 11-0 win over Warroad on Friday night, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team knew that kind of offense would be rare on Saturday afternoon — and not only because scoring 11 in a single game is not typical. Sartell-St. Stephen’s defense — led by goaltender Matthew Partch’s 33 saves — limited the Lumberjacks to just two goals in the first two periods, but Bemidji rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to earn the 5-4 comeback victory at the Bemidji Community Arena.