Fact: Bemidji State has the toughest schedule in the WCHA. It could be argued that they have the toughest schedule in the nation.
In the first two months of the season six of their eight series will be (or have been) against opponents that were ranked at the time.
This week the Beavers get another ranked team in Lake Superior State, and BSU knows it has to defend better against the hard-hitting, physical Lakers than the team in recent series.
Also: here’s my feature on BSU freshman forward Ruslan Pedan from earlier in the week. He’s been a huge part of BSU’s power play, which is in the top-20 nationally so far.
I’d link you to some stories from the Soo side of things but I can’t find any pregame coverage for this series. So I can’t do that. Sorry. (If you find me some good links on the Lakers send ’em my way.)
Here’s Shane Frederick’s morning skate blog for the weekend in WCHA action.
UPDATE: Lines are up. Radoslav Illo is back in action for BSU tonight.
BEMIDJI STATE (4-6-2, 4-3-1 WCHA)
Radoslav Illo – Cory Ward – Danny Mattson
Markus Gerbrandt – Jeff Jubinville – Brendan Harms
Phil Brewer – Charlie OConnor – Brad Robbins
Phillip Marinaccio – Mitch Cain – Matt Hartmann
Ruslan Pedan – Matt Prapavessis
James Hansen – Graeme McCormack
Sam Rendle – D.J. Jones
LAKE SUPERIOR STATE (6-3-1, 2-2-0 WCHA)
Garret Clemment – Chris Ciotti – Andrew Dommett
Alex Globke – Dan Radke – Colin Campbell
Ian Miller – Mitchell Nardi – Gus Correale
Daniel Vernace – Stephen Perfetto – Bryce Schmitt
Matt Bruneteau – Zach Loesch
Andrew Perrault – Zach Sternberg
Kevin Czuczman – Eric Drapluk