It's great when a plan comes together ... Angling partners Scott Gregerson and Chuck Jordan found a school of walleyes during pre-fishing on Lake Bemidji Friday. They returned to the spot Saturday and hit the jackpot, winning the 2006 Kraus Anderson Walleye Classic and a $10,000 first place check. Gregerson of Cass Lake and Jordan of Osage boated a five fish limit of 14.92 pounds, besting second place finishers Greg Hendricks and Terry Peterson of Bemidji by over one pound.
"Yes. It was long ago, but what else have we but memories. For all life is divided into two parts: anticipation and memory, and if we remember richly, we must have lived richly." -- Louis L'Amour, off the Mangrove Coast, 2000 I richly remember ... Walleye anglers indeed lived richly on the bounty of Red Lake walleye. Not necessarily richly in a monetary sense, although millions of dollars were indeed made on the sale of Red Lake walleye fillets.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Among the myriad chants and cheers screamed by more than 8,500 raucous fans at Green Bay's Resch Center Saturday there was one that pretty much summed everything up: "When you say Wisconsin, you said it all." Badgers leading scorer sophomore Joe Pavelski scored a hat trick, leading the Badgers (27-10-3) to a 4-0 win over Bemidji State (20-14-3) in the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament Midwest Regional. The Badgers scored once in the first and then dominated the second to take a 3-0 lead.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Among the myriad chants and cheers screamed by over 8,500 raucous fans at Green Bay's Resch Center Saturday there was one that pretty much summed everything up: "When you say Wisconsin, you said it all." Badgers leading scorer sophomore Joe Pavelski scored a hat trick, leading the Badgers (27-10-3) to a 4-0 win over Bemidji State (20-14-3) in the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament Midwest Regional. The Badgers scored once in the first and then dominated the second to take a 3-0 lead.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There is definitely more awareness of the Bemidji State men's hockey program this year compared to last. Last year the Beavers made their first appearance on the NCAA DI stage. The east coast media, and some on the national level, peppered the Beavers and head coach Tom Serratore with gee-whiz questions. "Aren't you going to be happy just being on the ice against the defending national champion? Aren't you just happy to be here? Are you going to skate just two lines in trying to match up with Denver? What is College Hockey America?
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There's certainly no mistaking where you are after arriving in Green Bay. As the NCAA-provided charter jet taxied into position Thursday afternoon and the Bemidji State men's hockey team entourage disembarked for its first-round NCAA tournament game Saturday against Wisconsin, the first thing everyone saw was a large green building with "Titletown Jet Charters" stenciled on its side in large letters. Hitting the road, there were signs for Lambeau Way and Lombardi Drive displayed immediately.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- He got them to the Promised Land. Now he wants to take the Beavers one step closer to hockey heaven. Bemidji State junior goaltender Layne Sedevie will be in the spotlight as the Bemidji State men's hockey team plays top-seeded Wisconsin Saturday in the opening game of the NCAA Midwest Regional in Green Bay. Like the Beavers, this is Sedevie's second time at The Dance. Last year, however, was different. It was Matt Climie who was the main goalie, taking over the job late in the season.
The 2005-06 championship run of the Bemidji State men's hockey team may best be termed a tale of two seasons. Coming off a record-setting 2004-05 campaign that saw the team claim 23 victories, win both the College Hockey America regular-season and tournament trophies, and push Denver to the limit before falling in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, hopes were high. Even though the Beavers lost NHL draftee Andrew Murray, 20-goal scorer Brendan Cook and a pair of stellar defensemen to graduation, this year's version of the Beavers returned a solid core.
When fall practice started for the Bemidji State men's hockey team, Shane Holman knew something was wrong. Working hard to come into the season in the best physical shape of his life, Holman said he started having spells where he experienced difficulty breathing and chest pain. "I didn't tell anybody and just let it go for a few months," said Holman, a junior from Hibbing, Minn. But the spells became more frequent and severe.
A quick check of the Bemidji State men's hockey roster under the heading of hometown reveals an interesting note. Senior defenseman Andrew Martens lists his hometown as Friendswood, Texas. What's that, a Longhorn on ice? Well, sort of. "I was born in Calgary and lived there until I was 10," said Martens, who is known by his teammates as Tex. "My step-father was then transferred to Texas and my mom and I decided to move with him." The transition lasted only a few short years. "When I was 13, I moved back to Canada," he said.