• Bemidji State wraps up non-conference play this weekend at St. Cloud State.
• BSU received a school-record 10 points in this week’s U.S. College Hockey Online poll.
• BSU saw its lead in College Hockey America halved to four points this past weekend as Niagara swept Wayne State.
• Tom Serratore needs one win to tie Vic Weber for second on the BSU career wins list (42).
• Brendan Cook enters the weekend riding a BSU Division I-era record nine-game scoring streak.
• Bryce Methven will tie BSU’s career record for games played by a defenseman on Saturday.
Bemidji State (15-9-2 / 12-2-0 CHA) continues a difficult two-week non-conference stretch in which it faces stiffest competition of the season, wrapping up the non-conference portion of its 2003-04 slate at perennial power St. Cloud State (16-9-3 / 12-7-3 WCHA). The Huskies currently stand tied for third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with Wisconsin at 27 points, two points behind co-leaders Minn.-Duluth and North Dakota.
Bemidji State will be looking for its first win over St. Cloud State since Dec. 6, 1986 when both programs were members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association in NCAA Division II.
The St. Cloud State series will wrap up non-conference play for Bemidji State in 2003-04 and will leave BSU with four home games remaining in its final six contests of the regular season, all against CHA competition. The Beavers built an eight-point lead in the CHA standings after a Jan. 30-31 sweep of Findlay, which at the time was the largest lead of any conference leader in the nation. But that lead has dwindled to four points with Niagara in CHA play as BSU wraps up its non-conference slate, and with the Beavers at St. Cloud State this weekend the Purple Eagles could pull into a first-place tie with BSU with a two-game series at Alabama-Huntsville.
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 844-381-68 (.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; 41-41-15 record.