Bemidji State is back home for the final two games of the season before the holiday break. They’re welcoming the Northern Michigan Wildcats, who are normally stout on defense behind goaltender Mathias Dahlström but last weekend gave up 10 goals against Bowling Green.
Here’s my preview of tonight’s game, as seen in today’s Pioneer. I focused on the Beavers’ special teams, which came on strong last weekend.
Also, if you’re interested, here are my WCHA picks on USCHO.com. I picked a BSU/NMU split but as always I’ll probably be wrong.
I also wrote another feature on Michigan Tech and Minnesota Duluth, who are playing a huge series in Houghton this weekend. So if you’re interested, that’s here.
Thirdly: the No. 9 BSU women’s team is on the road in St. Cloud. It’s their first time away from Bemidji in more than a month and their first time on Olympic ice this season, but the Beavers think the Olympic ice will benefit them due to their improved team speed this year.
Finally, I haven’t seen lines yet but I will share those with you when I get to the Sanford Center. I do know one thing: Forward Brendan Harms will be out at least four weeks with an upper body injury. He’s tied for the team’s scoring lead with Nate Arentz. It’s a tough blow for the Beavers, who are losing a good playmaker. But luckily for them he’ll have the holiday break to recover a bit and not miss too many games.
BSU coach Tom Serratore said freshman Kyle Bauman will take his place in the lineup. Bauman has played well so far so it may be a good opportunity to showcase more of his talents on BSU’s top line.
Check back later for lines. Puck drops at 7:37 p.m.
EDIT: So, this is odd. Dahlström isn’t playing. He’s not even listed on the line chart for the ‘Cats. Not sure what to make of this, but it certainly changes things.
For Bemidji State, Michael Bitzer will make his normal Friday start after Andrew Walsh started both games in Anchorage.
Bauman is indeed on the top line, with Cory Ward and Markus Gerbrandt.
Markus Gerbrandt – Cory Ward – Kyle Bauman
Phillip Marinaccio – Nate Arentz – John Parker
Leo Fitzgerald – Gerry Fitzgerald – Myles Fitzgerald
Charlie O’Connor – Mitch Cain – Phil Brewer
Sam Rendle – Sam Windle
Brett Beauvais – Matt Prapavessis
Ruslan Pedan – Graeme McCormack
Reed Seckel – Shane Sooth – Dominik Shine
Robbie Payne – Darren Nowick – Gerard Hanson
Cohen Adair – Casey Purpur – Joseph Manno
John Siemer – Zach Diamantoni – Sami Salminen
Jake Baker – Ryan Kesti
Mitch Jones – Brock Maschmeyer
Jordan Klimek – Ryan Trenz