Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.
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BEMIDJI, Minn.—The wait is over. The dates and matchups for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 in Bemidji are set. The dates: Jan. 17-19, 2019. The matchups: Bemidji girls vs. Woodbury; Bemidji State men vs. Michigan Tech; Minnetonka boys vs. Andover; Bemidji State women vs. Minnesota State; and Bemidji boys vs. Greenway. Representatives from the Minnesota Wild, Fox Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and the local organizing committee made the announcement at a ceremony Sunday morning, July 1, on the Lake Bemidji waterfront near the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statue.
EDMONTON, Alta.—The big moment finally arrived for Zach Whitecloud. The former Bemidji State defenseman made his NHL debut Thursday night for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta. The rookie told media Thursday afternoon that he had received word the previous day that he would make his first appearance in the lineup.
RED LAKE, Minn.—Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, continuing the same regulation that was in place this past winter and the previous 2017 open water season, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources release.
FARGO—Curling runs deep in the Fenson family. Never has that been more evident than this week. Pete Fenson, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and one of the most decorated Americans the sport has seen, is competing alongside his oldest son, Alex Fenson, at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo. Meanwhile, the Bemidji, Minn., family also is occupied with younger son, Graem Fenson, in action for the U.S. at the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships in Scotland. Not that this is anything new for the Fensons.
FARGO—Jamie Sinclair's team finished round-robin play undefeated at 7-0 Wednesday, March 7, to secure the top seed in the women's playoffs at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo. The Sinclair rink defeated Ann Podoll's team 8-1 to wrap up the round robin at Scheels Arena and received a bye to the final Saturday, March 10. The Cora Farrell and Cory Christenson rinks each finished at 5-2 and will meet in a semifinal Friday, March 9, with the winner advancing to the final.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—As if the first meeting of the season between the Bemidji State University men's hockey team and Michigan Tech needed any more cause for excitement, the MacInnes Cup, and much more, will be on the line in this weekend's series at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. The backdrop of Michigan Technological University's annual Winter Carnival will provide additional motivation in a series that could potentially be a first-round Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff matchup.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Winter Olympics always make for a special time in "Curling Capital U.S.A." Bemidji, Minn., the home of America's only Olympic medal-winning curling team, has been a hotbed for the sport for generations and will be represented once again at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games that begin this week. Pete Fenson will temporarily step away from his duties as the owner of Dave's Pizza to serve as an analyst for NBC's curling telecasts for the second straight Olympics.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—In a series that needed a deciding Game 3, Bemidji State had to wait until the final minute to put the final nail in the coffin and secure a spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals. The Beavers' quest for the Broadmoor Trophy continues after surviving a tense final few minutes to defeat Northern Michigan 3-1 on Sunday at the Sanford Center, clinching the 2-1 quarterfinal series win. Top-seeded BSU owned a 2-1 lead throughout the final frame as the No. 8-seeded Wildcats desperately tried for an equalizer.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Wade Chiodo, head coach of the Bemidji High School boys hockey team, on Friday, Feb. 24, issued an apology in regard to a post-game brawl after Tuesday's Section 8AA playoff game. Chiodo sent the statement to school administrators at both Bemidji and Brainerd high schools. Brainerd defeated the defending section champion Lumberjacks 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday in Brainerd. After the game, a brief scuffle broke out between the teams and a Bemidji player was assessed a post-game penalty. Chiodo's statement reads:
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Despite taking a 2-0 first-period lead, the Bemidji State men's hockey team fell 4-2 to Bowling Green in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest on Friday night. The Falcons (11-12-2, 9-8-1-1 WCHA) scored four unanswered goals to earn the series split with the Beavers (15-8-3, 15-3-2-2 WCHA). Kyle Bauman and T.J. Roo gave BSU an early 2-0 lead with their first-period goals but the Falcons robbed the Beavers of their momentum with a goal late in the frame.