Beavers Are Top Ten

Ed. Note: The fruits of my Google search for “Letterman hockey top ten” are shown above…

For the first time since 2010 (fitting!) the Bemidji State men’s hockey team is back in the USCHO top 10.

The Beavers, after a 2-1 win over Northern Michigan Friday and a 5-2 rout on Saturday, leaped up from No. 13 into the top 10 of the USCHO poll.

For what it’s worth, the Beavs (11-2-1 overall and 11-0-1 in the WCHA) are the No. 2 team in the state of Minnesota, according to the poll. Minnesota is currently No. 11 and Minnesota State 14. St. Cloud State is No. 15, which means all five Minnesota teams are still ranked.

The highest ever ranking for the Beavers, if you’re curious, was No. 4 (on Dec. 12, 2009). They could get there this year as long as they keep winning.

If you’re curiouis, I have BSU as No. 8 in my poll, ahead of Boston U and Minnesota State. The Gophers are 12th in mine — they split with the Mavericks last week and honestly I think MSU has a better resume than MSU.

Here’s my picks:

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

Couple other notes:

-No surprise here, but BSU senior forward Brendan Harms is this week’s WCHA offensive player of the week. Harms had six points this weekend — a goal and an assist on Friday plus four assists on Saturday — to lock up the weekly award.

-Beaver fans in Canada will get to see the team on TV later this month. BSU’s Jan. 6 game at Bowling Green will be available to stream on TSN GO. More info on that here.

-Don’t know a whole lot on Princeton, who BSU hosts this weekend. The Tigers are currently 0-6-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the ECAC. And that’s about the extent of my knowledge on them. But here’s a season preview from last week’s Trentonion newspaper. I’ll try and get some more info on them later this week. It’s always fun when the Beavers get to play some East Coast teams they don’t get to see very often.