Serratore Showdown headlines key CHA weekend tilt
Bemidji State hosts Air Force, looks towards CHA lead
• Bemidji State is unbeaten in its last seven meetings with Air Force (6-0-1) and has lost just twice in the last 11 meetings in the series (7-2-2).
• BSU is 5-1-0 in College Hockey America, its best start ever in CHA play.
• The Beavers can move into sole possession of first place in the CHA with a three-point weekend against Air Force. Second-place BSU trails Niagara by two points; the Purple Eagles are in non-conference play this weekend.
• BSU has already tied its Division I-era single-season record with five road victories.
• Game 2 of the weekend series will be played at Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine, Minn. Opening face-off is set for 7:35 p.m.
Bemidji State will tackle the Air Force Falcons (7-9-2 / 1-4-1 CHA) in an important College Hockey America series to open the second half of the 2003-04 campaign, in a split weekend series which will see Division I ice hockey travel to the Minnesota Iron Range for the first time. Game 1 of the weekend tilt will be played at BSU’s John Glas Fieldhouse, with Game 2 to be hosted by the city of Coleraine, Minn. at Hodgins-Berardo Arena.
Bemidji State (8-6-2 / 5-1-0 CHA) will look to continue its best-ever start in CHA play, and BSU head coach Tom Serratore will look to continue his coaching success against an all-too-familiar nemesis - his older brother, Air Force head coach Frank Serratore. The duo are natives of Coleraine, and the special Jan. 3 visit to their home town will bring extra meaning to the sibling rivalry. The Serratore brothers are one of just two combinations in any Division I sport featuring family members coaching against each other in the same conference, joining the ACC’s Tommy and Bobby Bowden (Clemson and Florida State football, respectively). Both Serratore brothers are graduates of Coleraine’s Greenway High School (Frank ‘75, Tom ‘82).
Bemidji State is in its fifth season of Division I play, continuing the evolution of a program which has assembled one of the finest traditions in college hockey and all of American collegiate sports. A small-college dynasty prior to its ascension to Division I status in 1999, the Beavers hold 13 NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III national titles and have developed five NHL players, five Olympians and more than 80 All-America selections. Now in its 48th season of collegiate hockey, Bemidji State has compiled an all-time record of 837-378-68 (.679) and has the highest all-time winning percentage of the 58 programs which currently comprise NCAA Division I ice hockey.
BSU Head Coach Tom Serratore
•Third season at Bemidji State, third season as a collegiate head coach; 34-38-15 record.