BSU’s 2014-15 roster is finally out, with a few surprises.
It turns out in my last blog post I was right: Not all 11 of the recruits I had seen listed as coming are actually coming in 2014. Instead, just eight freshman are joining the team this season.
Most surprisingly, though, is who’s not on the team.
In addition to the three graduating seniors (Radoslav Illo, Matt Hartmann and Jeff Jubinville), there are three other names not on the 2014-15 roster: forwards Danny Mattson and Brad Robbins and defenseman DJ Jones.
I’ve confirmed with BSU people that all three are no longer part of the program.
Neither Jones nor Robbins played a whole ton this season and combined for two points, but Mattson, who would be a senior this season, had 16 points in 33 games and was tied for second on the team with 14 assists.
It will be interesting to see where Mattson lands. He’s a useful winger who can distribute the puck well, so I suspect some team will be able to use him on a third or fourth line.
As for the incoming recruits, Beavers fans will be very pleased to see Myles, Leo and Gerry Fitzgerald finally on an official BSU roster. The trtiplets have been much anticipated since verballing with BSU two years ago.
Also coming this fall is former Bemidji Lumberjack Jordan Heller. As I’ve mentioned before, Heller will be the first former Lumberjack to suit up in green and white since Brad Johnson.
Rounding out that list are goaltender Michael Bitzer (which will give BSU four goalies next season… a little unusual), defenseman Brett Beauvais and forwards Kyle Bauman and Jay Dickman.
Pair of Prowlers commit to BSU
Congrats to Emily Bergland and Sylvia Marolt for verbally committing to play hockey at Division I Bemidji State!!!
— Prowler Blue Crew (@ProwlerBlueCrew) July 30, 2014
Jim Scanlan hasn’t spent much time behind the Bemidji State bench but he already has a head start on the 2015 season.
Thief River Fall rising seniors Emily Bergland and Sylvia Marolt verbally committed to BSU for the 2015 season.
Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald interviewed their coach, Corey Poole, earlier today and said the two actually committed to BSU while head coach Steve Sertich was still the head coach but didn’t publicize their commitment until now.
Still, Scanlan coached against both girls last year when he was behind the bench at East Grand Forks. I’m sure he’ll be glad to see his former foes on his bench instead.
Bergland tallied 28 goals and 51 points in 26 games for TRF while Marolt had 14 goals and 32 points in 25 games.
The Prowlers finished 24-2 and were one of just two teams to beat Scanlan’s East Grand Forks team last season. They beat the Green Wave twice but lost to them 2-1 in the Section 8A semifinal. The game went to double overtime; EGF eventually took second in the state after losing to Breck.