Breaking radio silence: Beaver hockey back home, hoops opens on the road

Hello there. I’m not even going to pretend to give an excuse for not posting anything here other than it was a Bemidji State hockey bye week two weekends ago and I got lazy. Let’s just get into it, shall we?

BSU hockey returns home to face Michigan Tech

The reeling Michigan Tech Huskies come into the Sanford Center this weekend, having lost their last five games after upsetting then-No. 1 Minnesota earlier this season.

Both teams are fairly evenly matched despite Tech’s 2-6 overall record. Daver Karnosky of Tech Hockey Guide says:

Facing a lunch-bucket team coming out of their bye week might be just what the Huskies need to shake off some of their struggles.

BSU head coach Tom Serratore and Tech coach Mel Pearson both think the games will be very close. Serratore said as much in his weekly press conference Tuesday. I wrote a little bit about it in my preview of the Tech series.

I’ll try and update this tomorrow with a few more links, but for now two pretty interesting ones.

First, Joe Paisley covers Colorado College and does a bang-up job of it on his blog. He is also USCHO’s WCHA columnist and did a nice little piece on BSU defenseman Brady Wacker in his weekly WCHA column. It’s worth the read.

Second, Atlantic Hockey is talking expansion again as UConn is leaving for Hockey East, but apparently Alabama-Huntsville is in the mix. They still haven’t applied to the WCHA and it’s unclear if they will be selected for Atlantic Hockey, but apparently Atlantic Hockey commissioner Bob DeGregorio is interested. Keep your eye on this.

BSU hoops opens season today

The Bemidji State basketball team is finally kicking off after an, um, turbulent summer that saw old head coach Matt Bowen leave for Minnesota-Duluth and a somewhat long (due to the nature of when it happened) hiring process.

The Beavers will be trying to figure out a way to replace not only James Ellisor but also the slightly less touted (but arguably as important to the team’s success last year) Bryce Tesdahl.

I wrote at length about this in my preview in Friday’s paper, but I think new head coach Mike Boschee has the Beavers on the right track. He’s instilling a new, faster-paced offense this season.

Most of the players I talked to said it was a little rough at first but they’re ultimately happy with how things have progressed. They have the athletes to get up and down the floor and it should be a pretty exciting brand of basketball.

Granted, we may not see the same results as last season – BSU finished 22-9, so that would be tough. But I do think that the Beavers have the ability to finish in the top half of the conference this year and return to the NCAA tournament  NSIC coaches picked them 12th in the preseason.

The Beavers take on a pair of Colorado schools this weekend. They take on Colorado-Colorado Springs Friday night and Metro State Saturday night in the GMAC/NSIC Tip-Off Challenge at Winona State. Metro State is ranked No. 5 in the nation while UCCS was picked to finished 11th in the RMAC.

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