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BEMIDJI—Entering this weekend, the Bemidji State men's hockey team had only defeated North Dakota once in Bemidji over the program's history. The Beavers picked up their second-ever win on home ice against their regional rivals Friday night, Oct. 12, knocking off the No. 13 Fighting Hawks, 2-1, to open the regular season at the Sanford Center. "It doesn't matter who you beat," said BSU head coach Tom Serratore. "Winning is so much fun. But how we won tonight, I think that's biggest thing. We won that game, and it was difficult."
BEMIDJI—The scheduling of the exhibition game Saturday, Oct. 5—the first for the Bemidji State men's hockey team since 2015—was no accident. Nine newcomers will see their first action in a Beaver sweater tonight against Lakehead University before making their regular-season debuts next weekend against North Dakota. Puck drop against the Thunder Bay, Ontario, school is set for 6:07 p.m. at the Sanford Center. "We just felt that it was important before we play UND to get an exhibition game in," head coach Tom Serratore said.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji State men's hockey team was picked to finish fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in preseason polls of league coaches and the media. Minnesota State was the favorite to repeat as WCHA regular season champion in both the Mankato Free Press coaches' and UAHHockey.com media polls. The Mavericks received seven of 10 first-place votes (88 points overall) in the coaches' poll, and 13 of 19 first-place votes (182 points overall) in the media poll.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Matt Read returned to his old stomping grounds Friday afternoon, Aug. 31. The former Bemidji State men's hockey star was back in town signing autographs at Top Shelf Hockey Shop as part of the store's third anniversary celebration.
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, N.D.—Jamie Sinclair's team finished at the top of the podium for the second straight year, winning the women's national title Saturday, March 10, with a 6-5 victory over the Cory Christensen rink at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo, N.D. Greg Persinger's team topped Heath McCormick's rink 7-5 to claim the men's championship and wrap up the week-long tournament.
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.