CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS: Where The Beaver Men, Women Team Are At Midseason

It’s almost Christmas. Just to get this out of the way, here’s my favorite Christmas song ever (no joke). OK, now that you know that, let’s get to the task at hand: As the New Year approaches, the Bemidji State men’s and women’s teams are trending in (slightly) different directions. The men are on a…
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BEAVERS GAMEDAY: Game 17, BSU Vs. Northern Michigan

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…
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WEEKEND RECAP: Women Make The Top 10, Men Swept By Another Top 10 Team

Apologies for the two-week blog hiatus. Reports of my demise (and that of the Beaver Blog) have been greatly exaggerated. Also false: Reports of the BSU women’s hockey team’s demise. For the first time since 2012, the Bemidji State women’s hockey team is ranked in the top 10. In the latest USCHO.com poll, the Beavers are…
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WEEKEND RECAP: Sweet Sweep (and Near-sweep) For Beavers

To call it “a pretty solid weekend” for the Bemidji State men’s and women’s hockey teams would be an understatement. The Beaver men’s team swept away Alaska with a big 6-1 win on Friday and a thrilling 4-3 overtime win on Saturday. The women’s team, meanwhile, scored a historic pair of games over No. 1…
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WEEKEND RECAP: Minnesota Is Good, But Bemidji State Proved Itself

Last weekend’s sweep at the hands of No. 1 Minnesota might have looked like simple cakewalks for those who simple saw the final scorelines. At least, Friday night’s game — a 5-2 Gopher win — certainly elicited that reaction from some corners of Twitter. This despite the fact that Minnesota only outshot Bemidji State 32-31…
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SEASON OPENER: Reading, Lines, Etc. For BSU/North Dakota

About to leave for Grand Forks, but before I get on U.S. Highway 2, some reading for you today. Bemidji State is looking fort a fast start against No. 2 UND tonight. Also: Michael Bitzer, not Andrew Walsh, will be starting in goal tonight for Beavers. Maybe a bit of a shock but I had…
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They Want My Poll: Media Poll, USCHO Poll Picks From Yours Truly

Would you like me to show you my soul, I mean, poll? I apologize for that terrible pun in the title but it gives me the bad excuse to post a Spoon song in this post. So what that video (the album is called “They Want My Soul”… I know, just bear with me and…
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WCHA Coaches, Media Pick Minnesota State As No. 1

The WCHA coaches conference call is starting now. With that, both my Bemidji Pioneer preseason media poll and Shane Frederick’s Mankato Free Press coaches poll will be released Here’s the press release for both polls. I’ll have more later, but here you go: 2014-15 Bemidji Pioneer WCHA Men’s Hockey Preseason Media Poll Rk           Team (1st place votes)          Points 1.           …
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