College hockey America Champions Wrap Up Regular Season Against Niagara
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

• Bemidji State will play the 1,300th game in the history of the program on Friday
• BSU won the 2004 College Hockey America championship this past weekend by sweeping Air Force and by virtue of Findlay’s sweep at Niagara.
• The CHA Championship will award BSU the R.H. “Bob” Peters Cup, named after BSU’s legendary head coach who won 702 games and 13 national titles for the Beavers from 1966-2001. Peters’ leadership was instrumental in founding College Hockey America in 1999.
• BSU received points in both major polls this week.
• BSU will set a CHA single-season record for wins against league foes with one win this weekend.
• Brendan Cook needs one point to tie BSU’s D I-era season scoring record (39).
• Bryce Methven will set BSU’s career record for games played (his 137th) on Friday.

Bemidji State (18-11-3 / 15-2-1 CHA) wraps up its 2003-04 regular season this weekend against the Niagara Purple Eagles (18-13-3 / 13-5-0 CHA) in a series which most college hockey pundits expected would be intense, with the College Hockey America regular-season title on the line. However, in a remarkable turn of events last weekend, BSU clinched its first conference title since elevating its program to Division I in 1999. The Beavers pounded Air Force beind a Division I-era record 16 goals for the weekend and tied its D I-era scoring mark in a 9-1 Game 2 win, while Niagara was shocked on its home ice by Findlay, dropping 6-2 and 8-3 decisions.

Still, there is much for the Beavers to play for this weekend. BSU has an opportunity to clinch its first 20-win season as a Division I program and with a single victory will set a CHA season record for most wins against league opposition.

The top four seeds in the 2004 CHA Tournament, to be held March 12-14 in Kearney, Neb., are set. BSU and Niagara have clinched the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, and their requisite first-round byes. Ala.-Huntsville has clinched the No. 3 seed and Findlay will be seeded No. 4. Air Force and Wayne State are tied for fifth in the league and will settle the final seeds this weekend.

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 847-383-69 (.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; 44-43-16 record.