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Pioneer sports editor Jack Hittinger talks with Bemidji State goaltender Jesse Wilkins about his mask.
BEMIDJI — On Friday night, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team gave up a pair of shorthanded goals that led to their ultimate demise against Minnesota State. On Saturday night, special teams once again proved the difference. This time, the Beavers gave up two Minnesota State power play goals and took a few inopportune penalties as the Mavericks again won 3-2, sweeping their Western Collegiate Hockey Association Series at the Sanford Center. “I thought we played a very good game 5-on-5,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. “Our guys got after it.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team didn’t expect to have it easy against Minnesota State in its Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener Friday night. The Mavericks came into the game winless and had gone three-plus contests without a goal, but the defending WCHA conference and tournament champions weren’t to be taken lightly. Still, with BSU up 2-1 going into the third period, the Beavers were in excellent position to beat the Mavericks and earn some early conference points. Instead, the Beavers, as senior captain Graeme McCormack put it, died by their own sword.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State football team has made possible what was once impossible. Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but after losing their first three games to start the season the Beavers have turned right around and won four straight. And that gives BSU the chance to do something that looked grim at the beginning of the season: Win a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North division title. With four games remaining in the regular season and the Beavers (4-3, 3-0 NSIC North) unbeaten in divisional play, this weekend’s contest against St. Cloud State (1 p.m.
BEMIDJI — At the beginning of last season, Gerry, Leo and Myles Fitzgerald got about as much press for their familiar relations — triplets on the same line — as they did for their hockey skills. As their sophomore season has arrived, the conversation has shifted. BSU’s “Triplet Line” could also be simply called its “Scoring Line.” Through the first three games this season, Gerry, Leo, and senior winger Markus Gerbrandt — who has played alongside the two as Myles recovers from an injury — have netted nine points. The Beavers are 1-1-1 in that span, against No. 5 Minnesota Duluth and No.
BEMIDJI — Just eight games into the 2015-16 season and the Bemidji State women’s hockey team is starting to get a pretty good idea of how good it can be this season. After last weekend’s positive results — a scoreless tie against North Dakota in Bemidji followed by a come-from-behind overtime victory on Saturday in Grand Forks — the No.
BEMIDJI — Jerry Hulla will handle the coaching duties for the Bemidji State volleyball team for the remainder of the season, according to a Bemidji State spokesman. Hulla, an assistant coach, is taking over for head coach Wayne Chadwick, who will not be coaching the team for the final eight matches of the regular season. Chadwick is still the head coach but “the university is calling on him to handle some important administrative duties for the department of athletics,” according to Scott Faust, BSU’s director of communications and marketing. The Beavers are 5-16 overall this year and 3-9 i
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BEMIDJI — When a volleyball team is in a the midst of a losing streak, even small runs by the other team can be detrimental to the confidence. On Tuesday night, it nearly happened to Bemidji State in set two of its match against Minnesota Crookston. Down 1-0 in the match, the Beavers fell behind to the Golden Eagles 3-0 in the second set before scoring their first point. It forced BSU to play from behind the entire set.
The national pollsters took notice of the Bemidji State Hockey teams after this past weekend's games against the University of North Dakota.