“It’ll be another demanding schedule for us,” Sertich said. “We know our league is going to be as tough as it usually is. And our non-conference games are against some quality teams, too.
“You want to play the top competition and hopefully it’ll make us better as the season winds down and you prepare for the playoffs.”
Bemidji State opens the season Sept. 25 at John Glas Fieldhouse with an exhibition game with the Bison. The Beavers then begin the regular season Oct. 2-3 at Mercyhurst College, a team who lost to the University of Wisconsin in last years’ national championship game.
Speaking of the Badgers, BSU will host the defending national champions Oct. 9-10 in the first Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup of the season. This will be the ninth-consecutive season that Bemidji State has went head-to-head four times with the defending champs. The Beavers stay at home the following week to play Ohio State University Oct. 16-17.
Following the two home WCHA stints, the green and white will move out of conference for a road matchup with Northeastern University Oct. 23-24 and a home tilt against Wayne State University Oct. 30-31.
As the calender tips to November and on into December, Bemidji State will play six consecutive series’ against WCHA competition before taking off for Christmas vacation.
A road duel set up against Minnesota State University Nov. 6-7 will be followed by a home series against St. Cloud State University Nov. 13-14. The Beavers will hit the road to face Frozen Four participant University of Minnesota the following week on Nov. 20-21.
Next up comes a home-and-home series with the University of North Dakota. The Beavers will play host to the Fighting Sioux Dec. 4 and will travel to Ralph Engelstad Arena Dec. 5. A Dec. 11-12 road trip to Frozen Four participant University of Minnesota Duluth ends Bemidji State’s 2009 portion of the 09-10 campaign.
Once the calendar turns to the new year, BSU will have nothing but WCHA matchups to finish the season.
The Beavers will open the new decade by playing host to both the Mavericks Jan. 8-9 and Golden Gophers Jan. 15-16.
Bemidji State will go back to the road for four straight weekends, beginning Jan. 22-23 against the Buckeyes. BSU will play the Huskies Jan. 29-30 and will then take on the Badgers Feb. 5-6. The Feb. 6 game with the Badgers will be the first outdoor women’s collegiate hockey game. The Camp Randall Hockey Classic will be played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc.
Another home-and-home with UND awaits BSU Feb. 12-13. The Feb. 12 game will be played at the Ralph, and the following day the two teams will come to the Glas to wrap up the series.
The Beavers will play host to the Bulldogs Feb. 19-20 to wrap up the regular season, and will participate in the first round of the WCHA Final Face-Off Feb. 26-28.
“We need to win some hockey games next year,” Sertich said. “I think we made some progress in the second half of last year. We became much more competitive and won some games. but we need to consistently win games in our league and move up in our standings. We have more of a veteran team now and I’m hoping we can win some points in the WCHA.”
Time for all the games will be released at a later date.
About Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., houses a 17-sport athletic department. Its men’s and women’s hockey programs compete at the NCAA Division I level. The BSU women’s ice hockey team is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
For further information about the university, visit our Web site at: http://www.bemidjistate.edu.