After winning the first-ever game in Wisconsin’s brand-new LaBahn Arena, then coming back the next night to tie the Badgers, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team has found itself in the polls for the first time this season.
Granted, they only received a single vote, but any time a team goes into the house of the defending runners-up and earns four points, they deserve a little recognition.
The question now becomes if the Beavers can keep up this momentum going into Ohio State this weekend.
They’re currently rolling with goaltender Abby Ryplanski, a transfer from Winnipeg who has started the last three games and been outstanding. After taking a tough 1-0 loss against St. Cloud State Oct. 13 (she made 27 saves), the sophomore started both games at Wiconsin, earning her first Beaver win and first shutout of the season in the opener before making 42 saves to earn the tie Sunday.
Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said he isn’t going to call Ryplanski his No. 1 goaltender at this point – senior Jessica Havel has also started two games this season and has played well – but right now Ryplanski has the hot hand so the Beavers may keep going with her until she needs a break.
-Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams started practice last week. I haven’t been able to do much on them yet, but Lakeland Public TV had quick features on both teams in last night’s broadcast.
The men, as you know, are trying to get in the swing of things with new coach Mike Boschee.
The women have seven returners and three transfers from last season; they’d like to improve on last year’s nine-win campaign.
-Finally, if you’re interested (and you should be), Lucas Punkari of the Fort Francis Times made the trek to Bemidji from Canada last weekend to watch the BSU/LSSU game and put the finishing touches on his feature about Fort Frances native Mitch Cain. That story went live Wednesday, so here’s a taste.
This post is admittedly all over the place tonight (I can’t focus… I wonder why?), but look for an extended blog post sometime today or tomorrow on the BSU mens’ series at Nebraska-Omaha. It’s their WCHA opener, which should be a nice, polite game against the NCHC-headed Mavericks.
I may, if the spirit moves me, write an additional post on the BSU football team’s game against St. Cloud State. So… look for that.
Until then, if you need me I’ll be watching baseball.