Bemidji State University Head Hockey Coach Tom Serratore and junior forward Markus Gerbrandt previewed the Beavers' Western Collegaite Hockey Association opening series versus University of Alaska Tuesday at the team's weekly press conference.
The Beavers, now 1-3-0 overall, look to get back on track after losing their last three games, but draw a 5-1-0 Nanooks’ team to get league play underway.
BSU has been thrown right into the fire this season, opening with then-No. 2 University of North Dakota before a trip to top-ranked Minnesota last weekend--both of which competed in the 2014 Frozen Four. This weekend BSU returns only to face one of the hottest teams in college hockey. After opening with five consecutive victories, Alaska is coming off its first loss, 4-2, at Western Michigan.
In a series that began during the 1981-82 season and was renewed last year after a 29-year hiatus, BSU owns a 4-2-1 all-time record versus the Nanooks, which includes a 3-1-1 mark in games played in Bemidji. As infrequent as the BSU-UA series has been, Alaska plays a significant role in Beaver Hockey history. BSU hosted the Nanooks for the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 1984. BSU eliminated Alaska, 9-6 and 4-2, and went on to defeat Merrimack to complete its perfect 31-0-0 season and earn its eighth national championship under head coach R.H. “Bob” Peters.