Number 13 Baby: Beavers Keep Moving Up

The Bemidji State men’s hockey team keeps on moving up in the rankings. After their five-point weekend in Mankato, the Beavers have moved up from No. 15 to No. 13 in the poll. Minnesota State, their opponent in both games, dropped to No. 15 (from 11).

Most importantly — the Beavers tied (winning in 3-on-3 OT for the extra points) Friday and won in regular overtime Saturday, meaning their unbeaten Western Collegiate Hockey Association record is still intact at 9-0-1.

BSU welcomes Northern Michigan to the Sanford Center this weekend and have a very real chance of continuing their ridiculous torrid pace in the league. The Beavers beat NMU twice in October, both by identical 2-0 scores on the road. If they can keep that up they’ll reach double-digit wins before Thanksgiving — the fastest they’ve reached that plateau since 2009-10. That, coincidentally, was the last time the Beavers made an NCAA tournament appearance.

If you were wondering, BTW, I have BSU at No. 9. Am I wrong to have them in the top 10? Dunno. Here’s my full ballot:

1. Duluth
2. Denver
3. Boston College
4. Quinnipiac
5. Boston U
6. Lowell
7. Harvard
8. North Dakota
9. Bemidji State
10. Michigan
11. Minnesota
12. Notre Dame
13. St. Cloud
14. Minnesota State
15. Penn State
16. Ohio State
17. Union
18. Western Michigan
19. Air Force
20. Lake Superior

BSU signs two

Something I missed while it was getting a little crazy last week at the end of the week, but the Beavers added two recruits for 2017-18. Forward Brendan Harris (5-9, 161 lbs.,; 7/10/1996; Henderson, Nev.) and forward Ethan Somoza (5-11, 180; 5/7/1996; Simi Valley, Calif.).

Harris was previously a St. Cloud State commit but re-opened the recruiting process last year before verbally committing with the Beavers.

Now, he’s leading the British Columbia Hockey League with 41 points (9 goals, 32 assists) in 20 games for the Wenatchee Wild.

BSU recruiting coordinator Eddie Olczyk had some thoughts about Harris in a recent press release:

“Brendan is an electric playmaker and a dynamic skater. His hockey sense, speed, skill and ability to see the ice so well are a few of the reasons why he is having the success he is having in the BCHL this season. He plays for a very respected coach in Bliss Littler in Wenatchee, and has developed tremendously over the last few years. We are expecting Brendan to come in and be an all-situations player for us next season. He will be a key piece to our special teams, lineup, and hockey program over the course of his four years here at Bemidji State.”

It should be noted that Harris’ teammate Charlie Combs (5-8, 190, 7/13/1996, St. Louis) is second in the BCHL in scoring with 25g-11a-36pts in 20 games. He’s also verbally committed to BSU, which he did late last month.

The other BSU signee is a name that thoughts who follow BSU recruiting may be familiar with. Somoza committed to BSU all the way back in February of 2013 — which seems like an eternity for college hockey recruiting.

Somoza currently has eight points (three goals, five assists) for the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL.

“Ethan is a hard working left shot forward who has a proven ability to produce. He has played a lot of junior hockey, which will suit him well in the transition to the Division-l level,” Olczyk said. “His coach Dennis Williams in Bloomington has had a lot of success behind the bench, and we know Ethan has benefitted from playing for him. Ethan’s ability to skate and outwork the opposition on both sides of the puck are uncontested qualities that he possesses as a player. He has a nose for the net, and has shown that he can make plays in a number of different situations. We are thrilled that Ethan is going to be coming to Bemidji State in the fall.”