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BEMIDJI, Minn. — When news that North Dakota was dropping its women's hockey program was announced Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks, it hit the hockey community hard. Most of the criticism was centered on the UND administration, who first let the news leak to the press via Twitter while the Fighting Hawks were on the ice for practice, forcing the players to find out via friends or social media. The team had even flown a recruit out for an official visit — something the school administration must approve before giving the go-ahead.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A number of current, former and future Bemidji State women's hockey players have joined the U.S. women's national team's boycott of the upcoming women's World Championships, which start Thursday, March 30, in Plymouth, Mich. Former Beaver Stephanie Anderson, a member of Team USA's player pool, as well as current players Alexis Joyce and Emily Bergland, and incoming freshman Mak Langei, all said they would not be participating in the world championships. Team USA hopes to defend its gold medal from last season's world championships.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — It took just one minute for the Bemidji State men's hockey team to show Michigan Tech they meant business on Saturday night. Kyle Bauman's goal off the rush — exactly a minute into the game — seemed to take goaltender Angus Redmond and the rest of the Huskies by surprise. It was just a sign of things to come.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Three third-period goals helped the Bemidji State men's hockey team rally past Michigan Tech on Friday night, helping the first-place Beavers put some much-needed distance on the second-place Huskies in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. Sophomore winger Mike Soucier scored twice and junior winger Leo Fitzgerald scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the third period as the Beavers beat the Huskies 4-2 at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — When Zach Whitecloud was going through his college commitment process, he wasn't aware of the Bemidji area's large Native American population or influence. The 6-foot-3 freshman defensemen did know about the hockey at Bemidji State, though.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State men's hockey team always seemed just a step behind Ferris State. Despite outshooting the Bulldogs 36-27 and dominating play for big stretches of the game, the Beavers never really found their footing. By the time they did, it was too late. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead, then closed the game with a pair of late third period goals to beat the Beavers 5-2 on Friday night at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Following last Saturday's game at the Sanford Center, Bemidji State men's head hockey coach Tom Serratore took stock of all the nagging little injuries his Beavers' squad played through. "We got beat up during the game," Serratore said. "We blocked a couple shots. We had injured thumbs, wrists, knees... but our guys fought through it. They expended a lot of energy."
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The streak had to end someday. The Bemidji State men's hockey team came into Saturday night's game at the Sanford Center with a seven-game unbeaten streak against Minnesota Duluth. After a 1-1 tie on Friday night in Duluth, the Beavers even entered the third period Saturday in striking distance — another low-scoring, 1-1 game meant the Beavers were again in position for a good result against the top-ranked Bulldogs.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Jay Dickman's celebration after scoring his second-period power-play goal on Saturday was a little more animated than usual. Bemidji State's sophomore forward had just put the Beavers up 3-1 on Lake Superior State after finishing a wraparound goal past LSSU's Gordon Defiel. It had been a tumultuous period, with eight combined penalties and plenty of testiness between the two teams. "I was fired up because we just got a two-goal lead," Bemidji State's sophomore forward said. "It gave us a cushion."
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State men's hockey team came into this weekend's series against Princeton riding an eight-game unbeaten streak — one in which they had barely trailed by one goal, much less by two. On Friday night at the Sanford Center, Princeton gave the Beavers what BSU senior winger Brendan Harms called an "eye-opener." The Tigers scored twice in the second period and held the Beavers to just a single goal as they beat BSU 4-1 in their non-conference series opener.