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BEMIDJI — Three goals from Bemidji State’s top line, along with a fortuitous bounce late in the second period, gave the Beaver women’s hockey team its first win over North Dakota in three years. Kaitlyn Tougas had a goal and two assists, Stephanie Anderson and Alex Citrowske each had a goal and assist, and Rachael Kelly added another goal as the Beavers defeated UND 4-1 Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center. “It was a good solid win,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said. “It might not have been the prettiest game to watch at times. But the girls did a good job competing hard.
BEMIDJI — Once again, Bemidji State dominated one of the top teams in the country on the statistics page. But once again, No. 5 Michigan Tech found a way to dominate where it mattered — on the scoreboard. Alex Petan’s early third-period goal broke a deadlock and proved to be the game-winner in Michigan Tech’s 4-2 victory over the Beavers Saturday night at the Sanford Center. “The guys have to realize they’re playing good hockey,” BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. “I’ve never coached a team that has four good games and went 0-4.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team wanted to use its final game of the regular season as a way to both pay tribute to its seniors and send its underclassmen out on a positive note to the offseason. Against all odds, the Beavers nearly did that against Northern State. What was a 34-6 game at one point became a nail-biter, as the Beavers scored two touchdowns in the final 3:10 and had a chance at a third before time ran out. In the end, Northern State won Saturday’s game 48-41 at Chet Anderson Stadium. “They only know one way, and that’s to play hard,” BSU head coach Jeff Tesch said.
BEMIDJI -- Even when they're not playing their best hockey, the Michigan Tech Huskies are a force to be reckoned with. Bemidji State found that out the hard way Friday night. The Beavers outshot and out-chanced the No. 5-ranked and undefeated Huskies, but in the end Michigan Tech again found a way to win, pulling out a 2-1 victory in front of 2,921 spectators at the Sanford Center. "I don't think we could ask any more out of our guys," BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. "We played three pretty good periods of hockey. Five on five we were all over them. Did we deserve better fate? Maybe.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji State’s often-frustrating season has had its ups and downs. The Beavers come into this afternoon’s season finale (1 p.m.
BEMIDJI — At this point, playing highly-ranked teams has become old hat for the Bemidji State hockey team. Although the Beavers are 3-5-0 overall (and 1-5-0 against teams currently in USCHO.com’s top 10), that just means this weekend’s opponent — 8-0-0 and fifth-ranked Michigan Tech — won’t be striking fear into the hearts of the Beavers. “Bring it on,” BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh said when asked about the Huskies. “They’re 8-0. The challenge is there. It’s the WCHA, so there’s not an easy weekend. “We have a really good atmosphere around the rink with everybody right now.
BEMIDJI -- Even before she enrolled at Bemidji State, Alexis Joyce already experienced a little bit of the Beavers' rivalry with North Dakota. "I had a teammate who just signed a National Letter of Intent with North Dakota and we always went back and forth with it," said Joyce, a freshman defender who played for four straight Class AA state tournament teams at Lakeville North. "Then when I came up for my official visit they were playing North Dakota.
BEMIDJI — It’s not often that the a team has a conference’s preseason player of the year yet is picked to finish in the bottom half of the league. But...
BEMIDJI -- After last weekend, both Nate Arentz and Brendan Harms were inundated with texts from friends in North Dakota. Not that either of the sophomore forwards minded. "Some people from Fargo were sending us some text messages and stuff after the weekend," Harms said. "We're having fun playing together." That showed last weekend. Arentz, a center from Lakeville, and Harms, a winger from Steinbach, Man., combined for eight points in Bemidji State's series sweep of Alaska at the Sanford Center. Arentz had three goals, two assists and was plus-six on the weekend.