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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team learned Saturday afternoon why Minnesota State is the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II. The Mavericks (8-0, 4-0 NSIC South) handed the Beavers (5-3, 3-1 NSIC North) their first home loss of the season, winning 47-20 at Chet Anderson Stadium. “They did what we kind of expected them to do, and we just didn’t have an answer,” said BSU head coach Brent Bolte. “Their offense was really, really good.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team has this weekend off, but after last week’s season-opening series with North Dakota, the Beavers would’ve rather been playing. “I wish we were playing this weekend,” said head coach Tom Serratore. “It doesn’t matter how the outcome was this past weekend. You like to be playing two weeks in a row, maybe three weeks in a row, and then get a bye. But sometimes you can’t control the schedule.”
BEMIDJI -- For the first time in program history, the Bemidji State football team will face the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II. Minnesota State rolls into Chet Anderson Stadium today with an unblemished 7-0 record and the top spot in the AFCA Coaches and D2Football.com polls.
BEMIDJI -- The goaltender the Bemidji State women’s hockey team faces this weekend is arguably the most famous women’s hockey player in the country. That would be Maddie Rooney, the Minnesota Duluth goalie and 2018 U.S. Olympic gold medalist. Today, the Beavers open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play against Rooney and the No. 5 Bulldogs at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys and girls cross country teams braved the cold for their lone home meet of the season Tuesday afternoon at Greenwood Golf Course. The BHS boys finished third with 71 points, and the Lumberjack girls placed fourth with 127 points in the Bemidji Invitational. Perham took home team titles in both the boys and girls divisions with 44 and 43 points, respectively.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team garnered votes in this week’s USCHO.com poll after its series win with North Dakota over the weekend. The Beavers received 31 votes in Monday’s poll that followed a 2-1 win Friday in Bemidji, and a 1-1 tie Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D. The Fighting Hawks dropped three spots from No. 13 to No. 16 after scoring just two goals in the season-opening series.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Charlie Combs struck in the waning minutes of the third period Saturday night to earn a 1-1 tie for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team against No. 13 North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. With the Beavers (1-0-1) trailing the Fighting Hawks (0-1-1), 1-0, with 4:14 to play in the third period, Combs fired a slap shot past goalie Adam Scheel to level the score at 1-1.
BEMIDJI -- Entering this weekend, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team had only defeated North Dakota once in Bemidji over the program’s history. The Beavers picked up their second-ever win on home ice against their regional rivals Friday night, knocking off the No. 13 Fighting Hawks, 2-1, to open the regular season at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team received votes in this week’s coaches poll after the Beavers knocked off then-No. 21 Sioux Falls out of the top 25 with a 25-21 Homecoming win last Saturday. This week the Beavers will attempt to spoil Upper Iowa’s Homecoming at 2 p.m. today in Fayette, Iowa.
BEMIDJI -- A young Bemidji State men’s hockey team faces a big-time opponent tonight in its first game of the regular season. The Beavers will open the lid on the 2018-19 campaign with a home-and-home, non-conference series against North Dakota. The first game is set for 7:07 p.m. tonight at the Sanford Center before the series shifts west for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.