Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A big question for the Bemidji State men's hockey team coming into the season was how the team's young defensive corps would respond early in the season. With six of BSU's eight rostered defensemen either freshmen or sophomores, it was a fair query. But for defensemen Brett Beauvais, the fact that there are so many underclassmen on BSU's defense isn't a good indicator of experience. Although Beauvais, as a junior, has the most career games played out of anyone on the BSU roster (75), he doesn't view that as significant.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A third-period scoring explosion helped Bemidji State shatter Bowling Green's comeback hopes. The Beavers scored three times in the final frame to beat the Falcons 4-1 on Saturday night, finishing off the WCHA sweep by knocking off the league's preseason favorite. "I thought we probably saved our best period of the weekend for last," BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. "It was an important period. The winner of that period is going to win the game. I thought we had really good jump and we caught some breaks."