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BEMIDJI—A strong second quarter vaulted the Bemidji State women's basketball team to a 79-74 win over St. Cloud State on Sunday afternoon at the Sanford Center. It was the first win of 2016 for BSU and snaps a four-game losing streak. The Beavers (6-8, 2-8 NSIC) outscored the Huskies (8-6, 7-3 NSIC) in the second period, outscoring them 23-11 en route to a 39-30 halftime lead.
BEMIDJI—Junior William Harvey's slam dunk with 13 seconds remaining helped seal the Bemidji State men's basketball team's 70-69 victory over St. Cloud State Sunday afternoon at the Sanford Center. The Beavers (7-6, 4-5 NSIC) led 34-31 at halftime, but the Huskies (6-9, 3-6 NSIC) didn't go away, as the teams traded baskets and tied the game seven different times in the first 12 minutes. St. Cloud eventually pulled out to a six-point lead, 61-55, with five minutes left.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Jordan Heller scored twice and Michael Bitzer made 28 saves as the Bemidji State men's hockey team scored five third-period goals to beat Alaska Anchorage 5-1 late Saturday night at Sullivan Arena. With the win the Beavers (7-9-4 overall, 6-8-3 WCHA) earned the sweep of the Seawolves (8-9-3, 5-7-2 WCHA) and leave their 10-day Alaska trip with seven out of eight possible conference points. BSU is now in fourth place in the league standings with 17 points—the fourth and final home ice slot.
BEMIDJI — A hot-shooting start, perhaps buoyed by the excitement of playing their first game of the season at the Sanford Center, propelled the Bemidji State men’s basketball team early in their game against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night. That shooting touch went a bit colder later in the game. Despite leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Beavers couldn’t sustain their offensive flow in the second half. That, combined with a UMD team that didn’t miss much, led to the Bulldogs 92-83 victory over the Beavers in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Sophomore center Kyle Bauman scored twice and Cory Ward added a goal and an assist as the Bemidji State men's hockey team stayed unbeaten on their Alaska trip with a 6-3 WCHA victory over Alaska Anchorage. The Beavers, who are unbeaten in 12 straight games against the Seawolves, continued that mastery on Saturday, as they outshot the Seawolves 29-20 and dominated on special teams play—BSU scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded.
Being without one of the three members of the “Triplet Line” of Myles, Gerry and Leo Fitzgerald was difficult enough. The Bemidji State men’s hockey team found that playing without two of the three was even more difficult. Myles missed 12 straight games since the Oct. 23-24 series against Minnesota State with an upper-body injury and hadn’t scored a point all season. Gerry was the team’s leading scorer up until suffering an injury in BSU’s Nov. 27 game at Alabama Huntsville.
BEMIDJI — Lindenwood’s fast start on Thursday was, to say the least, a shock to the system for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team. The Beavers aren’t used to giving up very many goals, much less two in the first three minutes of play. But after the Lions stunned the Beavers with scores by Carla Goodwin (at the 36-second mark) and Holly Dietzler (at 2:50), BSU got down to business. The Beavers scored four unanswered, including three to end the first period, en route to a 5-3 nonconference victory at the Sanford Center.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska—Leo Fitzgerald's goal with 9 minutes, 11 seconds left in the third period helped the Bemidji State men's hockey team tie the game, and the Beavers ended up skating to a 1-1 overtime tie with Alaska on Sunday night at the Carlson Center. "It was one of those hockey games that nobody deserved to lose," BSU head coach Tom Serratore told Beaver Radio Network following the game. "It was a good game, a good tie for both teams. It was one of the best games that we've played in this year."
FAIRBANKS, Alaska—Myles Fitzgerald hadn't suited up for the Bemidji State men's hockey team since late October. Ever since, he had been out commission with some nagging injuries. But on Saturday night in Alaska, Fitzgerald signaled his return to the Beavers lineup in a big way. The sophomore winger scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as BSU beat Alaska 6-5 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action at the Carlson Center.
For the Bemidji State men’s hockey team, their long week’s journey into night — that is, the shorter daylight hours of the state of Alaska — officially begins tonight. The Beavers left Thursday for a 10-day sojourn to Fairbanks and Anchorage, where they will look to rally from a mediocre first half of the season and pick up some key WCHA conference points when they take on the Nanooks and Seawolves over the next two weekends. It will be a unique situation for the Beavers, who are getting both of their Alaska series out of the way in one trip.