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MEN'S HOCKEY

Don Lucia hasn’t had many moments since leaving coaching where he felt like he was back behind the bench. But that was the case after the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Mason Cup Championship in March.
Bemidji State men’s hockey head coach Tom Serratore announced on Thursday the Beavers’ leadership group for the 2022-23 season.
All of the things that Augustana athletics had on its hockey checklist are now complete, with a coach hired, an arena under construction and Tuesday's announcement that the Vikings will join the CCHA in the fall of 2023.
The league did not name what school will become the new member, but John Buccigross, an ESPN anchor and college hockey insider, tweeted that the addition will be Augustana.

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Former Bemidji State men’s hockey defenseman Zach Whitecloud has been named to Canada’s National Men’s Team roster for the 2022 IIHF World Championship.
BSU will play 14 games against 2022 NCAA Tournament participants and 26 games against CCHA opponents.
A king’s journey is often filled with an odyssey of self-discovery prior to taking the throne. Fittingly, it was with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings that a young Mattias Sholl figured out that he wanted to be a goaltender – but not before exploring other options first.
For the year, Sholl posted a 13-13-0 record in 26 games played and finished with a 2.75 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
When you come out of the womb in the Sholl family, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up a goalie.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team counted on graduating senior Owen Sillinger leaving after this season, but probably not his younger brother Lukas. But it appears that time has come. Lukas Sillinger has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports.

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Fifth-year forward Ethan Somoza signed with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL on Tuesday, becoming the fifth Beaver to ink a professional deal at the conclusion of BSU’s season.
Teams go through peaks and valleys, stretches of success and fallow periods of failure. But it’s not every year that a team goes through all of that in the span of a few months.
The Beavers (19-20, 14-12 CCHA) could have put themselves in a better position for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid with a more successful regular season, but the finish to the year served as a suitable – if still a bit disappointing – consolation prize.

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