You can tell it’s almost hockey season because there was certifiable ice in Bemidji last week.
And now there’s more good news for Bemidji State hockey fans: BSU will be on regional television at least twice this season.
The Beavers’ March 8-9 games against Minnesota at the Sanford Center will be aired on Fox Sports North, according to Roman Augustoviz of the Star-Tribune.
The Friday game will be available on the regular FSN channel (Channel 56 on Paul Bunyan and Channel 25 on Midcontinent Communications).
Saturday’s game is scheduled to be aired on FSN+, the network’s overflow channel. This is probably due to the fact that the Minnesota Wild are scheduled to host the Nashville Predators on March 9. But if the NHL lockout continues all season, the game will likely be moved back to the regular channel.
At this point, no other Beavers games have been selected for regional TV viewing – that I know of. As you know, the Beavers were shut out of national games on the NBC Sports Network.
EDIT: I should have mentioned (and I didn’t, because I’m stupid) that all BSU home games will once again be shown on Lakeland Public Television this season.
I also didn’t realize that Beaver home games on Lakeland are shown on cable systems throughout the region. So that’s pretty awesome. Thanks to everyone for pointing that part out.
UND captains suspended for season opener
This is somewhat unexpected. All four North Dakota captains (Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney) will not play in the Sioux’s season opener against Alaska Anchorage, according to the Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Schlossman.
The suspensions stem from a party held Saturday. No citations were handed out, but obviously there must have been a violation of team rules of some sort.
Gophers No. 1 in both women’s polls
Bemidji State didn’t appear on either poll but plenty of other WCHA teams were represented. Wisconsin is No. 2 in both polls, while North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth also appear in both polls, albeit in different rankings. The Sioux are No. 4 in the USA Today poll and No. 5 in the USCHO poll, while the Bulldogs are No. 7 in USA Today and No. 8 in USCHO.