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Halloween night is probably a good time to hold a college hockey exhibition game. There's something kind of eerie about an exhibition; teams are out on the ice competing like it's a regular game, but it isn't. Since it's an exhibition the game doesn't count as a win or loss and official records are not kept. Unofficially, the Beavers dominated the University of Manitoba Friday night at The Glas, winning 7-0. BSU freshman goalie Dan Bakala recorded the shut out win in his first collegiate game. Bakala was rarely tested as the Bison mustered just 14 shots on the night.
Exhibition games on a college hockey schedule usually serve one main purpose --giving a team the opportunity to give playing time to freshman. While that's certainly the case for Bemidji State this weekend in its series with the University of Manitoba, a focus is also being placed on wins and losses. Even though the games are exhibitions and don't count in the official records, the Beavers are in a position where wins are important. "We're 1-5," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "We want to win games, any games, no matter the opponent and establish an identity as a team.
The Bemidji State men's hockey team came within one period of recording on impressive sweep, falling 5-3 to the St. Cloud State Huskies Saturday night at The Glas. Three power play goals in the second period were the difference for the Huskies, who ended the night 3 for 8 with the man advantage. The Beavers ended 2 for 5. "We played five of six pretty good periods this weekend," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "We had a lot of energy in the first period and played with a lot of character. In the second, we got fatigued, killing those penalties.
Remember all the questions that faced the Bemidji State men's hockey team after an 0-4 start? Well, they've been answered. The Beavers put on a fine display of big time hockey Friday at The Glas, topping nationally ranked St. Cloud State 4-2. Bemidji State never trailed in the game while recording a victory over the Huskies for the first time since Dec.
Coming into the current season the Bemidji State men's hockey team had some major questions to answer. Who would step up to replace goalie Matt Climie - a four year starter -- and departed defensemen Dave Deterding and Riley Weselowski? Finally, where would the scoring come from this year? Four games into the 2008-09 season those questions still remain, as well as a few others. The Beavers continue the early season schedule today with the home opener, hosting nonconference foe St.
The Bemidji State men's hockey season hasn't exactly started off the way junior defenseman Chris Peluso or his teammates had hoped. A pair of road sweeps to start the year has the Beavers 0-4 and searching for an identity.
A lot has changed since Bemidji State and the Air Force Academy teed it up for a men's college hockey game. One of the founding members of College Hockey America, Air Force dumped the league in favor of Atlantic Hockey. A perennial cellar dweller in the CHA, the change in scenery has greatly benefited the Air Force program. The Falcons became the first team in Atlantic Hockey history to win back-to-back championships the last two seasons. Air Force has advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last two years as well, putting a scare into its first round opponent each year.
Ready or not, the curtain opens on the 2008-09 Bemidji State men's hockey season tonight, as the Beavers head south for a nonconference series at Minnesota State, Mankato. The Beavers and Mavericks are set to square off at 7:37 p.m. today and 7:07 p.m. Saturday from Alltel Center in Mankato. Both teams have had precious little time to prepare for the season opener as organized practice started Saturday. "We had three practices this week, a travel day Thursday and then we play on Friday," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "Everyone is feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.
The goals of the Bemidji State men's hockey team this season are straight forward and to the point. First, repeat as College Hockey America regular season champs. Then earn a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 by winning the league tournament. The Beavers are scheduled to open the season Friday, heading south to take on nonconference opponent Minnesota State-Mankato of the WCHA. It will be a stern test for the Beavers who only began organized practices on Saturday.
Tom Jenkins and Ross Kvittem overcame three days of strong winds and upper 80 degree temperatures to win championship titles at the 2008 Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament Monday. Bemidji Town and Country Club played tough as three straight days of steady 25 mile per hour winds, with gusts to 35, along with temperatures in the high 80's made for challenging conditions. Jenkins became the first four time winner in the men's championship field, while Kvittem won his first title in the senior men's championship. Jenkins ...