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BEMIDJI — Coming into his first-ever varsity match, Noah Hunt didn’t know what to expect. “I had no idea,” Hunt said. “I was just thinking, ‘This kid is way stronger...
BEMIDJI — Tied at 42 going into halftime, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team knew they needed someone to spark them Saturday against Wayne State. Although senior guard Brock Lutes was his reliable self, he was not 100 percent after being hobbled by an injury the previous week. The Beavers knew they needed another few players to step up to snap their three-game losing streak. DJ Anderson helped provide that spark. “I think we came together as a team after that loss to Augustana,” Anderson said, referring to BSU’s 90-71 loss against the No. 18 team in the country.
Considering where his team was during most of November, Tom Serratore is pretty happy with its status as the Bemidji State hockey team hits the season’s halfway point. The Beavers end 2014 on a high note — a five-game unbeaten streak that seemed so close, yet so far, during the month of November.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team only got three of the available four points during its weekend series against Northern Michigan, but given the white-knuckle nature of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, the Beavers will take every point they can get. A night after beating Northern Michigan 4-2, on Saturday night the Beavers managed to rally from an early 1-0 deficit and managed a 1-1 tie in front of 3,023 fans at the Sanford Center. "Our guys played their hearts out for three periods," BSU head coach Tom Serratore said.
ST. CLOUD -- Bemidji State outshot and out chanced St. Cloud State, but the Beavers couldn't slam home any rebounds and the Huskies shut out the No. 9-ranked Beavers, 3-0 Saturday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. It was the first time on the road in more than a month for the Beavers, who fall to 11-6-1 overall and 7-6-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
BEMIDJI — One recent mantra of the Bemidji State hockey team: “Bad shots are good shots.” Meaning: Even a shot that doesn’t look like it will be a snipe past the goalie can still set up a teammate for a rebound goal. “Offense is so tough to come by this day in age, you have to put pucks on net from anywhere,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said “You have to crash the net. We talked about that. You might call it a greasy goal, but that’s how you score. You have to be active in the slot and work.” On Friday night against Northern Michigan, that pattern worked wonders for the Beavers.
BEMIDJI — It took a trip to Anchorage, but Bemidji State’s power play finally broke out. After failing to score more than one man-advantage goal in any of their previous 14 games, the Beavers scored five in the same weekend against Alaska Anchorage last weekend. The Beavers scored two power play goals Friday and three Saturday and tied both games against the Seawolves. Matt Prapavesiss can’t explain why, all of a sudden, BSU’s special teams happened to find the back of the net at that specific moment. But the senior captain will take it. “It’s hard to say,” the defenseman said.
BEMIDJI — One of the keys to the Bemidji State women’s hockey team’s resurgence this season has been simple. “We don’t overestimate anybody, we don’t underestimate anybody,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said. The Beavers, who are 10-5-1 overall and 6-5-1 in the WCHA, have some marquee wins under their belts — including a 1-0 victory against No. 2 Minnesota in Minneapolis as well as a 4-1 win over No.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s basketball team is still searching for some answers. The Beavers, who are 2-5 overall, are 0-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and are still looking for their first win. For BSU guard Tatum Sheley, the Beavers are also looking to figure out who is going to give them some offense. “We have a lot of scoring to make up from last year,” said Sheley, who is currently second on the team with 12.1 points per game in 15 seven contests. “I think we’re just trying to figure out who’s going to be consistent game after game.
BEMIDJI — During Friday’s game against St. Cloud State, Bemidji State basketball fans cringed when they saw Brock Lutes come down awkwardly on his right ankle less than two minutes into BSU’s 88-65 loss. And when they saw him wearing a walking boot on the bench during BSU’s 79-66 loss to Minnesota Duluth the next day, those cringes might have turned to panic. As BSU’s leading scorer and the NSIC North preseason player of the year, it is likely that the Beavers will need Lutes playing and healthy to make a run at NSIC hardware this season. The Beavers dodged a bullet this time.