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ST. CLOUD — Playoff hockey is coming to the Sanford Center again. After beating St. Cloud State 4-1 on Saturday afternoon, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team secured a home WCHA playoff series for the first time in program history. The Beavers (18-9-3, 13-9-2 WCHA) took two points from the Huskies in Friday night’s game and earned three more Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to give them 42 points in the league standings.
BEMIDJI — Entering their third year together on the Bemidji State tennis team, Deanie Hatch and Shaylin Prout almost know one another better than they know themselves. The two senior captains also happen to be doubles partners. “Our chemistry has been better every year,” said Hatch, a senior from Brea, Calif., who transferred in from Northern State in 2014.
ST. CLOUD — The Bemidji State women’s hockey team couldn’t hold onto a pair of two-goal leads, but still managed to salvage something on Friday night in St. Cloud. After skating to a 3-3 tie with St. Cloud State in the first game of their WCHA series, the Beavers’ Reilly Fawcett scored in the penalty shootout and BSU earned the extra point for the 4-3 win at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji High School girls basketball team has stayed close in its past five games with little to show for it. The Lumberjacks came into Thursday night’s game against Duluth East with a five-game losing streak. Their past three games has been decided by 11 or fewer points — including a heartbreaking 67-60 loss to Grand Rapids last Tuesday in which they had a late lead before losing in the final two minutes.
The Bemidji State women’s hockey team has been making history all season. The Beavers have a chance to do more of it this weekend in St. Cloud. Depending on their results against St. Cloud State today and Saturday, BSU could earn home-ice advantage for the WCHA playoffs for the first time ever. “We really, really want that home ice,” BSU senior captain Hanna Moher said. “We could do something really special for the first time ever. It’s really something we want to do, is clinch the spot this weekend.”
Minnesotans might turn up their noses about this sometimes, but when it comes to matters of hockey, Canadians usually have pretty sound opinions. And when it comes to the North Star College Cup, Bemidji State senior Graeme McCormack likes what he sees. After BSU lost to St. Cloud State during the final of Sunday’s game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, reporters asked McCormack and head coach Tom Serratore for their thoughts on the State of Hockey’s premier college hockey tournament.
Although the North Star College Cup doesn’t select an all-tournament team, BSU’s Markus Gerbrandt would have surely made such a team if it existed. Instead, the senior forward from Edmonton, Alberta, will have to settle for being named the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in the two-day tournament.
ST. PAUL—The Bemidji State men's hockey team was already in for a monster challenge even before taking the ice against No. 3 St. Cloud State in the finals of the North Star College Cup. The Huskies had been dominating opponents all season with a high-octane offense and a suffocating defense. So when St. Cloud State's Joey Benik scored two goals in the first 13 minutes of Sunday afternoon's NSCC title game at the Xcel Energy Center, BSU defenseman Graeme McCormack knew his team was in trouble.
ST. PAUL -- The northernmost college hockey team from the state of Minnesota seems to have fun playing in the North Star College Cup. Senior forward Markus Gerbrandt scored two-third period goals and sophomore goaltender Michael Bitzer made 30 saves as the Bemidji State men’s hockey team rallied from a 2-1 third-period deficit to upset No. 20 Minnesota 4-2 in a NSCC semifinal game Saturday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji State women’s hockey coach Jim Scanlan usually has one major piece of advice for Kristin Huber whenever the Beavers go on the power play. “I’ve always been a presence in front, but coach Scanlan always tells me to ‘block out the sun’ in front of the net,” Huber said with a laugh.