Forget the losing streak; the Beavers can start thinking about beginning a streak of another kind. The Bemidji State (9-13-0, 5-3-0 CHA) men's hockey team ended a six game losing streak Saturday, defeating the Niagara Purple Eagles 3-1 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. The game wasn't as close as the final score may indicate. The Beavers took an early two goal lead and never let Niagara (11-10-1, 4-2-0 CHA)) back in the game to earn a series split. "The old hamburger will taste like steak tonight," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore.
Get a lead, sustain it and build on it. That's the key to winning a hockey game and something the Bemidji State men's hockey team couldn't do in falling to the Niagara Purple Eagles 4-3 Friday night. The Beavers got the lead and Niagara answered. The Beavers fought back to tie in the third period and Niagara answered. The result was the Beavers' sixth loss in a row, dropping their record to 8-13-0 overall and 4-3 in College Hockey America. "I don't know, I think this is the biggest losing streak since I've been coaching here," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore.
Only six games into the College Hockey America schedule, it's a little early for the Bemidji State men's hockey team to call a single series critical. While the league title may not be on the line this weekend when the Beavers host arch-rival Niagara University (10-9-1, 3-1 CHA) at the John Glas Fieldhouse, there's little doubt this is a big series for both teams. The series begins a string of 10 straight CHA games for the Beavers (8-12-0, 4-2 CHA), starting with the Purple Eagles tonight and ending Feb. 19-20 in Niagara.
Trailing by nine points at the 11 minute mark of the second half Thursday at Duluth East, things weren't looking good for the Bemidji High girls basketball team. But the Jacks turned things around and dominated down the stretch, running their record to 12-2 with a big 72-61 win. What prompted the big turnaround? "We starting playing our style of defense, running our offense consistently and making our shots," said BHS head coach Rick Kehoe matter-of-factly. The Jacks started out with a quick 6-1 lead before East came back to claim a 7-6 advantage.
The Bemidji High boys hockey team celebrated its first official game at the new Bemidji Community Arena Tuesday, defeating Section 8 foe Lake of the Woods 3-2. The Jacks improved to 10-6-1 on the year with the historic win, played in front of a large and appreciative crowd. The Jacks jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second period and then made the advantage stand up.
The result may have been the same as the night before, but the attitude of the Bemidji State men's hockey team was much improved following a 4-2 loss to UMD Saturday at the DECC. "I told the guys I have no problem losing a game as long as we play like we did (Saturday)," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore. "I thought we played well the whole game and I know we had more Grade A scoring chances. "It was a major improvement from Friday night when the effort was mediocre." The Bulldogs (11-7-6) scored a pair of first period goals and added another in a low scoring second to take a 3-0 lead.
The Bemidji State men's hockey team continues on its tough non-conference schedule this weekend, facing the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs at the DECC. Games today and Saturday are scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. start. The Beavers (8-10-0, 4-2-0 CHA) are coming off a pair of gut-wrenching losses to rival North Dakota, falling 4-3 at The Glas before being defeated by the same score in overtime at Ralph Engelstad Arena the next night. "I'm still very disappointed about that Saturday night game in Grand Forks," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore.
Bemidji State University's quest to become a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association cleared a major hurdle Thursday. Yet an even larger one remains. BSU officials have announced the institution's intention to formally pursue membership in the WCHA on behalf of its NCAA Division I men's ice hockey program. The university's announcement follows Thursday's unanimous vote of the WCHA member institutions to lift the league's moratorium on expansion, which had been in place since 1999. "I'm excited, but also realistic.
Long after the game was finished Tuesday night, the Bemidji High boys hockey locker room was filled with the sounds of celebration. Who could blame them? The Jacks had just ended a long, and often painful, winless streak against nemesis Moorhead, topping the Spuds 3-2 at the John Glas Fieldhouse. How long of a losing streak? Nobody seemed to know for sure, not even venerable BHS sports historian Jim Carrington.
Jared Bergquist's second period goal turned out to be the game winner as the Bemidji High boys hockey team rode a solid offensive effort and 39 save performance from goalie Derek Dudgeon to top Crookston 3-2 Thursday in Nymore. The win improved the Jacks to 8-5-1 on the year. They next entertain archrival Moorhead Tuesday is what should be a good gauge as to how much the Jacks have improved as a team this year. The small but quick Pirates proved a worthy opponent Thursday in the tightly contested game.