Looking for a way a men's hockey team can jump start a lethargic early season? How about hitting the road and sweeping a non-conference series against a team from the powerful Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Not only that, but do it on an ice surface on which the team has experienced zero success over the last six years. And then do it all without the services of the team's best all-around player. That was the exact scenario for the Bemidji State men's hockey team last weekend.
Coming into the 2006-07 season the Bemidji State men's hockey team knew it's early season schedule was brutal - six road games all against top-flight competition. The expectations have certainly come to pass. The Beavers currently stand 0-3-1 this season and head to Minnesota State-Mankato today and Saturday looking for their first win of the season. It won't be easy breaking into the win column. Mankato has always been a notoriously tough place for the Beavers to play during the NCAA DI era as BSU stands 0-7-1 while visiting the Maverick's home ice.
Oh yeah, it's here -- "the greatest time of year." With all due respect to the world renowned band "Da Yoopers" and its classic song, "It's The Second Week of Deer Camp" here's a more localized version from the hack. Believe it explains pretty well just what goes on a certain deer camp somewhere "nord a Gonvick." To all the hunters heading out to start the season on Saturday please remember -- be safe and have fun. Enjoy your heritage and traditions.
A good early season indication of where the Bemidji State men's hockey team stacks up against the elite in College Hockey America should come this weekend. The Beavers travel east to take on traditional rival Niagara University in the CHA opening series for both teams. Game time is set for 6 p.m. both nights. BSU and Niagara were voted 1-2 in the CHA Preseason poll.
There was hope that some of the excitement from the Beaver/Winona State football game might spill over to The Glas on Saturday night. It didn't. There was little for the Beaver faithful to cheer about as the Beavers dropped a 5-2 decision to the University of Regina in exhibition play. "First off, Regina was a lot better team tonight," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore, "so, hat's off to them. "But, we also have to get a lot better and play with much more consistency in all phases of the game. We had some stretches (Saturday) were we played pretty well, especially down low.
In three years at Bemidji State Orlando Alamano never had the opportunity to start a men's hockey game. It wasn't because he wasn't able or capable.
A team ranked in the top five in the nation or an exhibition contest, the goal for the Bemidji State men's hockey team is the same -- improve each time out. The Beavers make their home debut tonight, hosting the University of Regina in a two game exhibition series. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m. tonight and 7:05 p.m. Saturday. BSU head coach Tom Serratore said the value of the exhibition series is that it will provide an opportunity to take a look at a lot of players under game situations. "We'll use the series to give a lot of playing time to some of the young guys," Serratore reported.
Nothing like starting off the season with a bang. The Bemidji State men's hockey team goes in search of its fourth consecutive 20+ win season tonight, hitting the road for the first of what promises to be many tough road battles during the 2006-07 season. First up for BSU is national power Maine. The Hockey East power is currently ranked seventh nationally and is coming off a big 3-1 season opening win at the University of Minnesota last weekend. "Bottom line, the beginning of schedule will be very tough," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore.
All the pieces are in place - excellent goaltending, a veteran team featuring 13 upperclassmen, talented forwards and three consecutive strong seasons to build on. The Bemidji State men's hockey seems poised to carry on its recently earned reputation as one of the top mid-major teams in NCAA Div.
"... so what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." -- Aldo Leopold I am very fortunate. My memory concerning outdoor activities is indeed very full. And many come flowing back as the opening of duck hunting season approaches. A lot has been written over the last few years concerning the sorry condition of duck hunting in Minnesota.