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BEMIDJI — The first half of the Bemidji State women’s hockey season is in the books. And following a 3-1 victory to complete their two-game WCHA sweep over Minnesota State on Saturday afternoon at the Sanford Center, the Beavers get a much-needed break after nine straight weekends of game action. “I’m glad that everybody was still engaged this weekend,” BSU senior forward Kaitlyn Tougas said. “We got all six points and nobody checked out early. We’ve played pretty well so far but we have lots more room to grow.
BEMIDJI — Playing its 17th game in nine weeks, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team might have looked a bit gassed during Friday afternoon’s WCHA tilt with Minnesota State. The sixth-ranked Beavers haven’t had a weekend off yet this season, and following a two-game sweep at the hands of Minnesota in Minneapolis, BSU needed to find a way to overcome that fatigue to beat the Mavericks. “Nine weeks in a row, in the WCHA, is a very hard thing to do,” BSU sophomore defender Alexis Joyce said.
BEMIDJI — Reid Mimmack didn’t know until he walked into the locker room at about noon last Saturday. He was going to be Bemidji State’s starting goaltender against Alaska. “Coach just kind of pointed at me and said, ‘Hey, you’re in tonight.’ I had a big smile on my face,” Mimmack said. That smile hasn’t really left Mimmack’s face this week. The Bemidji State junior earned his first career collegiate victory last weekend, as the Beavers beat Alaska 6-3.
BEMIDJI — The performance, not the end result, means most to Bemidji State women’s hockey coach Jim Scanlan. Following a weekend in which the Beavers were swept at the hands of Minnesota in Minneapolis, BSU needs to have a short memory as they return home this weekend for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against Minnesota State. Both games will begin at 2:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sanford Center. “I took a lot of positives out of the weekend,” Scanlan said. “I thought just in terms of us taking the play to them and being aggressive, we did a good job.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team finally got the third period it wanted Saturday night against Alaska. “The last four, five games we’ve been one goal up or one goal down going into the third period,” BSU senior winger Markus Gerbrandt said. “It was good for our confidence to finally win a third period and ultimately win a game.” That phrase — “winning the third period” — has been a common one for BSU around the Sanford Center this season. In their previous seven game winless streak, the Beavers had been outscored by their opponents 9-4 in the third period.
BEMIDJI -- It had been so long since he’d seen any game action, Reid Mimmack wasn’t sure how he would react when they turned off the lights and called the Bemidji State junior’s name for the starting lineups at the beginning of Saturday night’s game. “It was definitely just, get the first save out of the way, feel the puck, get confident,” Mimmack said.
ABERDEEN, S.D.—After going into halftime tied with Northern State at 24, the Bemidji State football team 17 scored second-half points en route to a 41-24 win Saturday afternoon in Aberdeen, S.D. The victory gives the Beavers a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title and ends their season with a 7-4 overall record.
After a pair of back-to-back disappointing 3-8 seasons in 2013 and 2014, the Bemidji State football team has finally returned to its usual winning ways. With six wins on the season, the Beavers have already secured a winning season for the first time since going 7-4 in 2012. It’s quite the accomplishment for the Beavers — especially since they started the season 0-3. But head coach Jeff Tesch said his team still has something to play for — an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title.
BEMIDJI — After struggling to score two weeks ago against Northern Michigan, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team got a much-needed break last weekend. “We’re feeling good,” BSU senior winger John Parker said. “We needed the rest. I think it was a good weekend to recoup and regroup, kinda get refocused.” Now, the Beavers return to the ice for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against Alaska this weekend (7:37 p.m. Friday, 7:07 p.m. Saturday) looking for their first conference victory. “We need points.
The Minnesota women’s hockey team doesn’t often lose at home. Even rarer is when the Golden Gophers don’t win a two-game series. Last season, Bemidji State was the author of both of those Gopher defeats, taking five points from Minnesota at Ridder Arena.