BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey team earned its highest ranking in a national poll since 2011-12 after the Beavers were ranked ninth in the Preseason USCHO.com Division I poll Monday. BSU earned the ranking after finishing 10th in the 2014-15 season’s final USCHO.com poll.
The Beavers finished last season with a program-record 21 wins, and look to build upon that season after retaining the services of 21 student-athletes for the 2015-16 season.
Defending national champions, University of Minnesota earned the No. 1 ranking after receiving all 15 first-place votes followed by Boston College in second. Four teams represent the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in the pool in (1) Minnesota, (3) University of Wisconsin, (6) University of North Dakota, and (10) Bemidji State.
The Beavers open their 2015-16 campaign with a non-conference match-up against Robert Morris University Friday and Saturday at Sanford Center.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).