BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team garnered its highest ranking in program history as it was slotted eighth in the USCHO.com poll released Monday morning. This is the second time this season BSU has been in the top 10 in the USCHO.com after being ranked in a tie for 10th with Harvard University the week of Oct. 31. Monday’s poll marks the Beavers second time in the top 10 of any major women’s hockey poll in the program’s history.
Bemidji State helped lift itself into the poll after picking up its fourth victory over a ranked opponent last weekend as it upended University of North Dakota, ranked No. 6, 3-2 Saturday. The Beavers have also picked up wins over No. 2 University of Minnesota, No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth and No. 10 Providence College as they currently boast the best record in program history with a 10-5-2 mark through the first half of the season.
Monday’s poll marks another milestone for the program after the Beavers picked up their first-ever ranking earlier this season after defeating No. 2 Minnesota. The Beavers quickly fell out of the poll after falling to Minnesota State University the following weekend. BSU has either received votes or been in the top 10 of the USCHO.com poll since defeating No. 10 Providence Oct. 1. The Beavers are currently one of five Western Collegiate Hockey Association team in the top 10 including Wisconsin (No. 1), Minnesota (No. 2) North Dakota (No. 5) and Minnesota Duluth (No. 9). BSU has beaten every WCHA team in the top 10 aside from Wisconsin, who they play Dec. 9 and 10 at Sanford Center.