As I’m sure you already know if you have any interest in Beavers sports: The men’s hockey team won the North Star College Cup this weekend, beating No. 7 Minnesota Duluth 4-0 and No. 1 Minnesota State 3-1 en route to winning the trophy.
It’s a big deal for the Beavers, who were basically an afterthought for most fans and media going into a tournament field that featured three ranked teams.
I’ll have a column on the win in tomorrow’s paper. The video is embedded above, so you can relive the MSU victory again and again. Also, here’s the story that appeared in Sunday’s paper.
Here’s how the Beavers’ win was covered in the Twin Cities and national media:
Star Tribune: Bemidji State upsets No. 1 Minnesota State Mankato
Mankato Free Press: Mavericks, Beavers put WCHA in spotlight
College Hockey News: Beavers’ Two Upsets Earns North Star Cup
SB Nation College Hockey: Bemidji State Upsets #1 Minnesota State to Win North Star College Cup
My USCHO ballot
Despite the Mavericks’ loss to the Beavers, I kept them as the No. 1 team in my poll this week. Most voters didn’t agree, as North Dakota took over the top spot and the Mavs dropped to third.
Whatever. MSU is still No. 1 in the pairwise and looked a lot better against BSU than Minnesota-Duluth. UMD inexplicably stayed at No. 7 despite the split… seems inconsistent if you ask me. I had UMD at No. 8 (they were 9 on my ballot last week, but a bunch of teams ahead of them on my ballot also lost so I moved them up).
I guess my question is: if you’re going to penalize the Mavs for losing to the Beavers, why not penalize the Bulldogs too? MSU looked better against both BSU and Minnesota than the Bulldogs did, but still dropped to third. Ugh.
Also, BSU received three votes for their efforts. Those three votes were not mine — I tend to make it a policy, this late in the season, not to vote for teams with losing records in the polls. But if BSU can string a few victories together here, they have a legit case for being ranked. We’ll see — they take on top-10 BGSU and Tech the next two weekends.