Beavers travel to Mankato for key WCHA series

Working the graveyard shift tonight to make sure I get this blog post up in a timely manner.

Especially since there’s been plenty of big news from Bemidji State this week, what with BSU athletic director Rick Goeb’s termination effective at the end of the school year and the affiliated report on BSU athletics that came with the firing. You can expect much more on that report from us in the coming weeks.

But back on the ice for the Beavers, it’s business as usual. BSU travels to Mankato Friday and Saturday for another “must-win” type of series. Bemidji and Minnesota State are locked in a three-way tie for seventh with six points in the conference (along with Michigan Tech). Both teams will be wanting to take at least two points – if not more – to break the deadlock in the middle of the conference.

For BSU, Mathieu Dugas will once again start at goal on Friday, as Tom Serratore said he’s going to keep riding with the hot hand.

Dugas will be facing a red-hot Mavericks team that has been scoring a ton of power-play goals, specifically Matt Leitner.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press has a nice story on Leitner, who leads the Mavs with 15 points in 12 games and has top-notch rink vision.

Frederick’s got a quick-hits capsule on the series, which you should read.

I won’t be going down to the game but I will be attempting to follow through the radio and through the Twitter-verse. Follow me (@Jackhitts) for some thoughts culled from a radio broadcast (which may not be wise, but it might be funny).

Also, follow Frederick (@puckato). Hopefully I can convince him to live-Tweet the entire series using nothing but Wilco lyrics, something which I was too scared to do as a rookie a few weeks ago. Maybe the veteran can come through for all of us.

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