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Following his freshman season at Bemidji State, Riley Weselowski was uncertain about his hockey future. A highly regarded recruit out of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Weselowski was the league's highest scoring defenseman (20-40--60) his last year before joining the Beavers in 2004-05. He was so highly regarded he was one of three finalists for the league's most valuable player award. Things were light years different his first season at BSU. "There was such a huge difference," he said. "I came here after two years in Neepawa where I was playing every other shift in every game.
It will be Bemidji State against Wisconsin in Green Way, Wis., Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament. The Beavers will face top seed Wisconsin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Resch Center. Cornell will face Colorado College at 5:30 p.m. in the second game of the Midwest Regional bracket. The final game between the two winners will be played at 4 p.m. March 26. The suspense of who BSU would play and where was taken care of quickly.
The who, what, when and where of the Bemidji State NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament will be announced today. The NCAA Selection Show will be broadcast at 10 a.m.
DETROIT -- And we'll see you again in a couple of weeks... After a roller-coaster year of major ups and downs, the Bemidji State men's hockey team came through when it mattered most, capturing the College Hockey America tournament title 4-2 over Niagara University Sunday. In addition to retaining the McLeod Cup, the tournament victory also earned the Beavers (20-13-3, 14-7-1 CHA) a return trip to the NCAA tournament.
And the magical ride continues ... In yet another dramatic finish that came down to the last rock, Pete Fenson's Team USA captured the 2006 World Curling Team Trials 4-3 over Craig Disher of North Dakota Saturday at the Bemidji Curling Club. The Bemidji team will now represent the United States in the World Curling Championships April 1-9 in Lowell, Mass. The victory capped a dream-like six-week run for the Bemidji team that started out in February with a historic bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The team had little time to savor the Olympic success, however, retur
DETROIT -- A goal from junior forward Rob Sirianni just over one minute into overtime propelled Bemidji State into the College Hockey America final with a 4-3 victory over Alabama-Huntsville Saturday. The victory put the Beavers into the CHA Tournament final for the fourth consecutive year. BSU will play Niagara, a 3-2 winner over Robert Morris in the earlier semifinal, at 2:05 p.m. today for an automatic bid into the NCAA tourney. Trailing 3-1 just over a minute into the third period, the Beavers put on a major rally.
Bemidji State's quest to defend its College Hockey America tournament title and return to the NCAA tourney begins tonight in Detroit, Mich. The Beavers (18-13-3, 12-7-1 CHA) will face rival Alabama-Huntsville (19-12-2, 12-7-1 CHA) in one semifinal set for 6:35 p.m.
Sweet ... Five unanswered power play goals and shut out goaltending from junior Layne Sedevie propelled Bemidji State to a 5-0 victory over visiting Alabama-Huntsville Saturday at The Glas. Playing his second consecutive game for the first time this season, Sedevie was stellar in net. He stopped all 26 shots he faced, completing a strong weekend that saw him allow one goal over the two game sweep. The big victory gave the Beavers (18-14-3, 12-7-1 CHA) the series sweep it desperately wanted and needed.
Mission accomplished. Needing to sweep visiting Alabama-Huntsville by a three goal margin the Bemidji State men's hockey team took step one Friday, dumping the Chargers 3-1 at The Glas. The Beavers scored once in each of the first two periods to take a 2-0 lead. Huntsville came back to make it 2-1 with six minutes remaining, but BSU closed things out with a huge goal at 17:20. The last two minutes were marred by what could only be described as ugly play. UAH got the man advantage after Rob Sirianni was called for kneeing penalty.
When departing seniors Jean-Guy Gervais, Ryan Huddy, Andrew Martens and Lou Garritan finish their careers with the Bemidji State men's hockey team, they won't necessarily recall the championships won or the awards earned. Rather they will remember the times spent with "the boys" and the strong bonds of friendship that have been built during an incredible run for BSU at the NCAA Division I level. Not that there haven't been a lot of championship moments to remember. These seniors have not experienced a losing season in their four year careers, compiling an overall record of 73-53-1 thus far.