Monday Notes: I’m Back! Also, Bemidji State Gets The Sweep

I don’t have a whole lot to writer today but just to prove I haven’t died or abandoned this blog I thought I’d come out of the woodwork to post a little something on last weekend’s BSU sweep at Lake Superior State.

The Beavers snapped an 8-game winless streak with a much-needed 5-2 victory in Sault Ste. Marie Friday then came back Saturday and did it again, topping the Lakers 3-1 to complete the sweep.

Matt Prapavessis was the offensive star of the weekend for BSU, picking up two goals and an assist — both on the power play — on the weekend. Markus Gerbrandt also had two goals, as did Brendan Harms, who scored twice o Friday.

Freshman goaltender Jessie Wilkins was also outstanding for the Beavers, picking up his first two career victories. He made 43 saves Friday and 34 Saturday.

The sweep gave BSU sole possession of fourth place (aka, home ice position) in the WCHA standings. Before the weekend they were in a three-way tie for fourth. But because of BSU’s sweep (and Tech’s sweep by Ferris) the Beavers gave themselves a little breathing room. They have 18 points while fifth-place Alaska Anchorage swooped ahead of Tech and Lake State with 16 points after sweeping Minnesota State.

The Seawolves could theoretically leapfrog BSU for fourth this weekend, as they take on Alabama-Huntsville¬†(OK, will probably leapfrog… sorry, Huntsville) on the road and BSU steps outside of WCHA play for a home-and-home against North Dakota.

The good news for BSU is both Lake State and Tech are also idle (Lakers take on Notre Dame in nonconference play and Tech has the week off) so even if the Seawolves do pass the Beavers in the standings they won’t have to worry too much about the teams below them — at least for now.

Anyway, this whole post got way longer than I was intending.

North Dakota comes to town Friday riding a 7-game winning streak. I’ve heard rumors that this game is going to be sold out. Buckle up, I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting at the Sanford Center.

More on that later this week.

4 Responses

  1. BR

    Keep in mind that BSU has played 2 more games than Alaska Anchorage, Lake Superior, and Tech. That means those teams will have an extra series to make up the 2 point difference.
    Northern Michigan has played 6 less games than BSU – 12 possible points to make up for the 6 point lead BSU has over them.
    BSU has a tough schedule coming up. I don’t see home ice for the playoffs this year unless they start beating the good teams and sweeping the lesser teams.

    1. jackhitts

      Right. Plus, BSU has to go to Fairbanks and still has to play Mankato, Ferris and Bowling Green before the year is out. It’s going to be difficult.

    1. jackhitts

      Thanks! I was going to do a story on tickets for both games this week, you may be getting a call from me later today…

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