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MINNEAPOLIS — Bemidji State had two one-goal leads and Markus Gerbrandt scored twice against No.
BEMIDJI — Despite being outshot and outplayed on the offensive end for much of the game, Bemidji State was never out of it against No. 2 Wisconsin. Erin Deters came up with some huge saves and the Beavers got the goals when it counted to keep it interesting, but in the end the Badgers prevailed, winning 4-3 Saturday evening at the Sanford Center. “You never like coming up short,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said. “We’re trying to win hockey games, trying to get points. That’s what it’s all about. But we have to evaluate the performance, not the scoreboard, and I thought ours was very gritty.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Bemidji State couldn't ruin another top-five team's home opener. The Beavers, who had gone to Grand Forks, N.D., two weeks ago and waltzed out of Ralph Engelstad Arena with a 5-1 rout of No. 2 North Dakota, couldn't duplicate that feat against No. 1 Minnesota. The Gophers scored three times in the third period and defeated the Beavers 5-2 Friday night at Mariucci Arena. "I thought our guys played pretty well," BSU head coach Tom Serratore told Beaver Radio Network following the game.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women's hockey team scored a late third period goal but couldn't overcome two Wisconsin scores as the No. 2-ranked Badgers topped the Beavers 2-1 Friday night at the Sanford Center. The Beavers (4-3-0, 0-3-0 WCHA) trailed 2-0 in the second period.
BEMIDJI -- When Bemidji State started the season 0-4 against a schedule consisting of NSIC South Division heavyweights, the Beavers know they still had a shot at winning some hardware in the form of an NSIC North Division championship. So far, that trophy is still in play: The Beavers have gone a perfect 3-0 in the North Division after the rough start. But today's game will likely decide weather the Beavers will have a shot at that title at the end of the season.
BEMIDJI -- Sarah Stram scored the only goal as Bemidji State beat WInona State 1-0 Friday night at Chet Anderson Stadium. Stram's goal, the team-leading 11th overall on the season for the sophomore forward, came on a throw-in in the 20th minute of play. The Beavers held on from there, behind Sonja Barr's four-save night in goal and the rest of the BSU defense's shutout performance. BSU outshot Winona 6-4; it was just the second loss of the season for the Warriors, who are now 13-2 overall and 10-2 in the NSIC. BSU, now riding a six-game unbeaten streak, improves to 8-6-1 overall and 7-4-1
BEMIDJI — If anyone has an incentive to beat Minnesota, it’s Sam Windle. “I haven’t beat them since I’ve been here,” the senior defenseman said. The Beavers last defeated the Golden Gophers on Nov. 15, 2009 — the lone win against Minnesota in the program’s history. “We’re due for that,” said Windle, a Maple Grove native whose twin brother, Tom, played baseball for the Gophers. “It would be fun to get one there. I definitely want to beat them once.” The Beavers will get their chance this weekend in Minneapolis, when they’ll play the top-ranked Gophers (8 tonight, 7 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA — Both Bemidji High School cross country teams are returning to the state tournament. The BHS boys and girls each finished second as a team during Thursday afternoon’s Section 8AA cross country meet, held at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria. “We were very happy with how the kids performed today,” BHS head coach Ryan Aylesworth said. “The kids stepped up and did a great job getting back to state.” The Bemidji girls scored a total of 69 points as a team, finishing second behind Willmar, the state’s overall No. 1 team.
A week after upsetting then-No. 2 North Dakota -- and having to wait for a long week of practice at home in Bemidji -- it would, perhaps, be an understatement to say the Bemidji State hockey team is itching to make the four-hour trip to Minneapolis this weekend. The Beavers take on No. 1-ranked Minnesota Friday and Saturday. Even without that number in front of the Gophers' moniker, a BSU-Minnesota series always has special significance.
BEMIDJI — Last weekend's sweep at Ohio State was a "wake-up call" for the Bemidji State women's hockey team. "I think we were a little surprised with the speed of a WCHA team," BSU forward Stephanie Anderson said. "I don't think we were well-enough prepared for it." The Beavers, who went into the series with a program-best 4-0-0 record to start the season, struggled in their first conference series, losing to OSU 5-1 and 1-0. "For me, it was a good introduction to WCHA hockey," first-year BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said.