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Bemidji State senior Matt Francis didn't start out his final college season the way he expected. But that made the storybook finish at the end of the season even more special. A transfer from St. Cloud State, Francis had to sit out a year before resuming his playing career at BSU. "It was tough," Francis said. "The guys and the coaching staff made me feel very welcome, but it was hard not being able to contribute during games or even travel on the road trips. It was almost like I wasn't a member of the team." Francis really started contributing is his first year at BSU, in 2007-08.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - It's time ... That's the feeling of the Bemidji State men's hockey team as it opens play in the NCAA Tournament in Grand Rapids today, taking on Midwest Regional top seed Notre Dame in a 6:30 p.m. start at Van Andel Arena. The Beavers realize they have a huge task ahead, competing against the tournament's overall No. 2 seed in the Fighting Irish. At the same, the Beavers feel they have proven themselves capable of playing against any team in the country.
"In this episode of the "Puckfather", the brothers Serratore achieve the ultimate goal in college hockey, each advancing teams to the NCAA Tournament as head coach. "It is a compelling story, for in the world of college hockey it's unheard of to have two brothers who are even head coaches of two separate teams, let alone achieve the ultimate goal of advancing their teams to the biggest college hockey tournament in the nation...stay tuned for this week's episode ..." Honestly, hearing about the vast web of connections that link the college hockey community together is like watching an episode
There are a few circumstances that get Bemidji State men's hockey team fans on the edge of their seats during a game. A sure one is whenever freshman defender Brad Hunt gets control of the puck at the point. A murmur steadily growing louder can be heard, "shooooot ... shoooot the puck!" A booming slap shot has a way of energizing a crowd ...
The 2007-08 season was a transition year for Bemidji State goaltender Matt Dalton. After a highly successful junior career that saw him enter the college hockey ranks rated among the top freshmen in the nation, Dalton hit a wall. "It was tough for him as a freshman," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "Dalton came in with an expectation of playing right away. He then found out college hockey wasn't what he expected and that we had some pretty good goaltenders already here.
The Bemidji State men's hockey team knew one thing prior to the NCAA selection show Sunday morning -- the Beavers would be facing one of the top teams in the country in the opening round of the national tournament. The only real question was where the game would be played. The Beavers have been placed in the Midwest Regional of the 2009 NCAA Ice Hockey Championships and will play Notre Dame in the first round.
The question will be answered shortly after 10:30 a.m. today as part of the NCASA Selection Show on ESPN2. Following action Saturday night the ranking of the 16 teams in the tournament have been decided. The No. 1 seeds: 1) Boston University, 2)Notre Dame, 3) Denver, 4)Michigan. No. 2 seeds: 5)Yale, 6) Northeastern, 7)Minnesota-Duluth, 8) North Dakota. No. 3 seeds: 9)Vermont, 10)New Hampshire, 11)Cornell, 12)Princeton. No.
The College Hockey America Tournament third-place game settled nothing Saturday afternoon, as Alabama-Huntsville (5-20-5) and Niagara University (16-14-6) skated to a 1-1 overtime tie at the John Glas Fieldhouse. All the scoring happened in the first period. The Chargers Kevin Morrison got UAH on the board first, connecting at 3:07 with assists to Chris Fairbanks and Scott Kalinchuck Niagara responded just over six minutes later.
Big time players score big time goals. Matt Read's goal off a rebound 8:05 into overtime gave the Bemidji State men's hockey team a highly emotional 3-2 overtime victory over Robert Morris University to win the College Hockey America Tournament crown at the John Glas Fieldhouse Saturday, before a near capacity crowd. The game was a classic, befitting the venerable Glas where dozens of college hockey championships have been decided over the last 42 years. What a college hockey playoff game: The score was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second and third. In overtime, the Be
Bemidji State just wouldn't be denied. The Beavers (17-15-1, 12-5-1 CHA) advanced to the College Hockey America Tournament final Friday, topping Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Bemidji State advanced to the tournament final at 7 p.m. today, facing Robert Morris who defeated Niagara 2-1 earlier. The Beavers took a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but Huntsville wasn't about to cave.