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Riding a seven game unbeaten streak and the high of a stunning comeback victory Saturday, the Bemidji State men's hockey team seems ready to face conference rival Alabama-Huntsville this weekend at The Glas. The Beavers (7-4-3, 3-2-3 CHA) have been hot of late, going 5-0-2 in their last seven games.
When the players from Bemidji and Crookston lined up for the national anthem before the girls hockey game Tuesday at Nymore Arena, the visiting side looked a bit thin. Make that a lot thin. Crookston dressed just 11 players for the game, including two goalies. That made for only nine position players and seven of those saw the majority of the action. With the Jacks skating three lines and a full compliment of defensemen, it looked like it would only be a matter of time before Crookston would wear down and the Jacks take control. Things didn't turn out that way - far from.
In one way, this may be a great time for Bemidji State to play a team from the ultra-competitive Western Collegiate Hockey Association. On the other hand ... Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth will renew their nonconference rivalry this weekend, playing at the Glas tonight in a 7:35 p.m. start and at the DECC in Duluth Saturday. A good weekend to take on a tough opponent? Well, consider that after starting the season 0-3, the Beavers have gone on a bit of a roll, fashioning a record of 5-1-3 in their last nine.
The Bemidji High girls basketball team may have fashioned a new team moniker in the early season. How about "The Comeback kids." The Lumberjacks trailed visiting Grand Rapids by at least five points six times on the night. On each occasion the Jacks fought their way back into the game, eventually earning a 55-54 win at the BHS Fieldhouse Tuesday night. Bemidji trailed 50-45 with just over four minutes left in the game.
There are few times during a regular season when a team takes control early and knows it will cruise to a victory. Monday was one of those nights for the Bemidji High Girls hockey team. The Jacks traveled to East Grand Forks and came away with a 9-0 victory, out-shooting the host team 40-10. The Jacks improved their record to 6-1 on the year and now prepare to host a strong Grand Rapids team in Nymore on Thursday in a battle of Northern Minnesota powers. The Jacks scored four times in the first period while peppering 20 shots on East Grand goalie Ashley Pavlish.
A pair of third period goals in a span of 45 seconds propelled the Bemidji High boys hockey to an exciting 5-4 win over visiting Eastview at the Nymore Arena Thursday. Trailing 4-3 in a game featuring nonstop action and a huge amount of penalties, the Jacks rallied in the third period.
The Bemidji High boys hockey team opened the 2006-07 season in style Saturday, handling Lake of the Woods 5-2 in a dominating performance at decrepit Nymore Gardens. The score didn't indicate how lopsided the game turned out to be as the Jacks out-shot LOW 30-15. If not for some errant shots and tough goaltending by LOW goaltender Ethan Leiding the score could have been much decisive in favor of the Jacks. BHS scored short-handed, even strength and on the power play, controlling the special teams battle on the night.
These 2-2 ties when Bemidji State and Niagara play are becoming a habit. For the second time in as many games the Beavers and Purple Eagles skated to a 2-2 tie, the latest happening Friday night at The Glas. The Beavers rebounded from a 2-1 deficit after two periods to tie things up in the third. Niagara then carried the play in the overtime period, even though a rare penalty was called against them in the extra session. "That's what happens when two pretty evenly matched teams play," said BSU coach Tom Serratore. "Obviously, they had more grade A scoring chances.
It's not often when a hockey series in November can be considered key in ultimately determining the conference champion. But that's certainly the case this weekend for the Bemidji State men's hockey team. The Beavers face College Hockey America leading Niagara today and Saturday at The Glas. The series has major implications. The Purple Eagles have shot out the gate in the early going, standing 4-1-1 in CHA play. Included are a win and tie against Bemidji State in October.
Walking back from his stand after a three hour afternoon vigil Sunday, the hunter was forced to stop and revel in the scene before him. To the west, a brilliant sunset stretched across the horizon, painting the looming sky in bright red and orange. At the same time, to the east, a full moon slowly rose in the sky, its immensity almost startling.