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The task ahead of the Bemidji State men's hockey team is clear: sweep the weekend series with Wayne State and the win the College Hockey America regular season title. The Beavers host Wayne State today and Saturday at the John Glas Fieldhouse in the regular season finale for BSU. It also marks the final time Wayne State will play at BSU, as the Detroit-based program will dissolve its hockey program following the current season. BSU (11-4-3) sits atop the CHA standings with 25 points. Niagara (9-5-2) and Robert Morris (9-5-2) are tied for second with 20 points each.
Ask Bemidji State women's hockey coach Steve Sertich to describe senior Tara Hiscock and the words "leader," "stabilizing force" and "true impact player" constantly pop up. Hiscock and the Beavers enter the WCHA playoffs today heading east to take on Minnesota-Duluth in a best two of three opening-round series. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m. from the DECC. The task ahead for BSU is daunting. Currently ranked third in the nation, the Bulldogs won the WCHA regular season crown. The Beavers were 0-4 this year against UMD, falling 4-0, 1-0, 5-1 and 4-1.
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When Sarah Erickson, a senior forward for Bemidji High School, was named winner of the 13th annual Ms. Hockey Award Sunday, one word could describe her emotions. "I was shocked," she said. "I was in a unique spot - two of the other finalists (Kelly Seeler of Eden Prairie and Anne Schleper of St. Cloud) are two of my best friends. I'm also good friends with (remaining two finalists Emily Erickson of Grand Rapids and Lauren Smith of Holy Angels). No matter who won, I was going to be happy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A day after being completely dominated by North Dakota the Bemidji State men's hockey responded in a positive way Sunday, falling to UND 1-0 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Andrew Kozek's goal with a little less than five minutes to play in the game gave UND (21-8-2 overall), the second ranked team in the nation, the victory. While Kozek converted on the goal the winning score was really due to forward T.J. Oshie and a fine individual effort. Gaining control of the puck behind the net with two Beavers defenders at his side and back, Oshie was knocked down.
For the last four years the Bemidji State and North Dakota men's hockey teams have played a two-game series. During the previous three years the games were close and hard-fought battles that often went down to the wire. That wasn't the case Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Second-ranked North Dakota (20-8-2, 16-7-1 WCHA) ran its unbeaten streak to 12 games and its home win streak to seven in a dominating 5-1 win over the Beavers (14-14-3, 11-4-3 CHA).
After answering the bell in key league series the past two weekends, the Bemidji State men's hockey team takes on a challenge of another sort this weekend. The stakes aren't quite as high as those of the College Hockey America games played recently that cemented the Beavers hold on first place in the league.
MOON COUNTY, Pa. -- Needing a win to gain a split in a key College Hockey America series, Bemidji State turned in a dominating road performance Saturday by defeating Robert Morris 7-2. Coming into the series, the BSU coaches said the Beavers needed at least a split to harbor any hopes of winning the CHA regular season crown. After falling 4-1 on Friday, the Saturday game became very important. "This was a must win for us," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore, "and the guys responded. We got our ears pinned back here last night and last year.
Dominating second and third periods that led to four unanswered goals vaulted Robert Morris over the Bemidji State men's hockey team 4-1 Friday in Pittsburgh. The victory gave the Colonials a key two points in the College Hockey America standings and positioned RMU for what could be a key sweep of the Beavers. Conference standings now find the Beavers in first at 10-4-3 (23 points) with Robert Morris second 9-4-2 (20 points).
On paper, the task ahead for the Bemidji State men's hockey team is simple - win the final four games of the league season and hang a banner. Simple as that. Easier said than done. For waiting in the wings this weekend is Robert Morris University, a team that has become an intense rival for the Beavers. Bemidji State, indeed, holds destiny is its own hands - to quote a long standing cliché. The Beavers currently feature a record of 10-3-3 good for 23 points in the league standings.