EVELETH, Minn. – The Bemidji State University Women’s Hockey Team will meet St. Cloud State University in the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-Off Classic, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd, Minn.
The contest will pit Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals against each other in a non-conference contests.
This marks the second consecutive season the Beavers have participated in the game and the seventh time in programhistory. Last season, the Beavers defeated University of Minnesota Duluth, 3-2, in a game played in Isanti, Minn. In all, the Beavers are 5-1 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-Off Classic with its only loss coming to then No. 1 University Wisconsin in the first-ever event, Oct. 18, 2008.
“We are thrilled to playing in this game in Brainerd,” said Jim Scanlan, Bemidji State’s Head Coach. “They have a terrific hockey community and they have always supported their teams with pride and passion that northern Minnesota is known for.”
St. Cloud State Head Coach Eric Rud said, “This is a great opportunity for us to bring women’s college hockey to young girls and college fans that might not have had a chance to come out and watch a game in person. I know people will be impressed with the skill of the college game and we can’t wait to be a part of this event.”
The women’s Hall of Fame game will raise awareness for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth, Minn. along with bringing NCAA Division I women’s hockey to a local community.
“We are pleased to be part of this game and I am personally excited to be able to watch this game in our barn,” said Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association President Sam Blum. “The game gives us a unique opportunity to create access for spectators to watch a DI women’s hockey game in our area.”
A capacity crowd is expected for the game.
Proceeds will go to Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd. “This is a fantastic organization that helps out those in need on a daily basis,” said Jim Ernster, Brainerd High School Girl’s Hockey Head Coach. “A safe, inviting atmosphere allows people to get hot meals seven days a week, no questions asked. To have the opportunity to help out an organization that embodies humility and grace is indeed a privilege.”
Additional details of the event will be announced in coming months.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum (www.ushockeyhall.com) was established in 1973 with the goal of preserving the rich history of ice hockey in the United States while recognizing the extraordinary contributions of select players, coaches, administrators, officials and teams.
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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).