BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Seventeen regular-season home games, 12 games versus 2018 NCAA Tournament participants, non-conference contests with the University of North Dakota and Merrimack College, and road trips to the Air Force Academy and St. Cloud State University highlight Bemidji State University’s 36-game 2018-19 men’s ice hockey schedule. The announcement came in conjunction with the release of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s upcoming 140-game regular-season schedule.
In addition to the Beavers’ 28-game WCHA slate, BSU has eight nonconference contests, which include a home-and-home series with North Dakota to open the season and the return of Merrimack to the slate for the first time since 2007 to go with road trips to a pair of 2017-18 top 15 in St. Cloud State and Air Force.
The Beavers break the seal on their 63rd season of play Oct. 12, when they welcome North Dakota to open the home-and-home series. After a week off, BSU jumps in to league play with road trips to defending WCHA Tournament Champion Northern Michigan University, Oct. 26-27, and its only trip to the last frontier, Nov. 2-3, to face the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
After a home series versus Hockey East member Merrimack, Nov. 9-10, the Beavers travel to St. Cloud State University to wrap up the four-game non-conference stint with a pair versus the Huskies, Nov. 16-17. The series marks the first time the Beavers have visited the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center since the 2013-14 season. The Beavers keep it within the state the following weekend (Nov. 23-24) when they host the 2017-18 WCHA Regular-Season Champion Minnesota State University, Mankato before a road trip to Houghton, Mich. to face Michigan Technological University to put a cap on November and get a busy month of December underway, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
The Beavers will play the bulk of December in front of their own fans at Sanford Center. BSU welcomes long-time rival University of Alabama-Huntsville for a league series, Dec. 7-8, and will host Alaska-Anchorage to wrap up their season series, Dec. 14-15. After a week off for the holidays, Bemidji State will hit the road for a rare Saturday-Sunday series at Air Force, Dec. 29-30. The four-game road trip continues five days later (Jan. 4-5) when the Beavers travel to Bowling Green, Ohio for a two-game WCHA series at Bowling Green State University.
Head Coach Tom Serratore and the Beavers will return to Bemidji, Minn. Jan. 11 to open a four-game homestand. BSU’s first opponent will be the University of Alaska. BSU’s lone meeting with the Nanooks will take place Jan. 11-12 before BSU hosts Michigan Tech Jan. 18-19 to wrap up its regular-season series with the Huskies.
After a road trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to face Lake Superior State University, Jan. 25-26, and a week free from competition, BSU continues its trek through Michigan with a Feb. 8-9 match up with Ferris State University.
After nearly a month without a home contest, BSU returns to Sanford Center for a four-game homestand versus Northern Michigan, Feb. 15-16, and Bowling Green, Feb. 22-23, before wrapping up the 2018-19 regular season with a visit to Mankato, Minn. for a two-game series with the Mavericks, March 1-2.
The WCHA playoffs and the “Battle for the Broadmoor” begin March 8-10 with the top eight teams playing best-of-three quarterfinal series at the home sites of the top four seeds. The semifinal round, March 15-17, will again feature a best-of-three series on the campuses of the top two remaining seeds with the winners advancing to a single-game conference title game for the Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament on the home ice of the highest remaining seed March 23.
The NCAA Tournament opens March 29-30. Advancing teams will be seeded in any of the four regional sites, which include Providence, R.I., Manchester, N.H., Fargo, N.D., and Allentown, Pa.
After a weekend off the ice, the four regional championship teams will participate in the Frozen Four, which will take place April 11 and 13 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Beavers finished the 2017-18 campaign with an overall record of 16-14-8 and recorded a 13-9-6-4 mark in WCHA play, to earn fourth place in the WCHA standings and the right to host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs for the third time in four years. Senior goaltender Michael Bitzer earned a spot as a member of the All-WCHA Second Team and 18 BSU student-athletes were recognized with 2017-18 WCHA All-Academic awards. Following the season, six Beavers signed contracts to play professional hockey, including sophomore defender Zach Whitecloud, who inked an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.
The 2018-19 men’s hockey season ticket renewal/purchase process is already underway with season tickets beginning at $275. For more information, to renew your current season ticket package or for questions regarding season ticket options, call (218) 755-2827.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).